Tony Read (full name John Anthony Read)

Born 5 July 1942 in Haydock, St Helens.

A unique footballer as although Tony was primarily a goalkeeper he could also, and actually did, play outfield as a forward and had a decent goal scoring record.

Tony started his football career at Sheffield Wednesday, however he never made the grade and was signed by Gordon Clark for the Posh  in May 1964 as a goalkeeper.

Tony’s debut for the Posh came on the 15th September 1964 replacing regular keeper Willie Duff who had made two bad mistakes in the previous game when Posh lost 2-0 to Grimsby Town. Tony’s debut wasn’t as he hoped with the Posh being beaten 4-0 by Bristol Rovers and although he kept his place for the next game, Tony conceded 5 goals as Posh lost 5-4 at home to Mansfield Town. This turned out to be Tony’s last game for the Posh.

In March 1965 Tony signed for Luton Town where he achieved much greater success. He arrived at Kenilworth Road  with a broken foot, and after a spree of goal scoring in the reserves, Tony played as a forward in the Luton first team during the 1965–66 season scoring 12 goals in 20 starts, even including a hat-trick against Notts County. However his rich vein of form soon dried up and he returned to his position between the posts.

Tony was a regular for the next six years and a firm fans’ favourite at Luton, and made a total of 203 appearances for the club before deciding in 1972 to hang up his gloves to concentrate on his used car business.

Posh Record:

Competition Starts Used Subs Unused Sub Goals
Football League 2 0 0 0
FA Cup 0 0 0 0
Football League Cup 0 0 0 0
Total 2 0 0 0