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Tony Cascarino
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Personal information
Full name Anthony Guy Cascarino
Date of birth 1 September 1962 (1962-09-01) (age 47)
Place of birth St Paul's Cray, Kent, England
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1987 Gillingham 219 (78)
1987–1990 Millwall 105 (42)
1990–1991 Aston Villa 46 (11)
1991–1992 Celtic 24 (4)
1992–1994 Chelsea 40 (8)
1994–1997 Olympique de Marseille 84 (61)
1997–2000 AS Nancy 109 (44)
2000 Red Star 93 2 (0)
Career 629 (248)
National team
1985–1999 Republic of Ireland 88 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Anthony Guy ("Tony") Cascarino (born 1 September 1962 in St Paul's Cray, Orpington, Kent, England) is a former association football player. He made his name as a striker for various British and French football clubs and for the Republic of Ireland national football team.

Since retirement, he has presented on TalkSPORT radio and written for both The Times and Ireland's Hot Press magazine.



Having originally planned to be a hair-dresser and a part time yoga instructor, Cascarino joined Gillingham F.C. in 1982 from Crockenhill FC, for a transfer fee of a set of tracksuit tops and some corrugated iron.[1] He went on to play for Millwall the club he supported as a boy. Millwall had missed an opportunity to sign Cascarino as a youngster and subsequently paid The Gills £225,000 to secure his services. He went on to play for Aston Villa, Celtic and Chelsea. However, his most successful years were with Olympique de Marseille and Nancy in the French Ligue 1 and Ligue 2.

Cascarino was born in England but represented the Republic of Ireland, qualifying through his Irish grandfather. However, he later revealed that his mother told him in 1996 that she was adopted and therefore no blood relative to the grandfather. Cascarino said in his autobiography: "I didn't qualify for Ireland. I was a fraud. A fake Irishman". However, through the adoption his mother gained the right to Irish citizenship and therefore he was indeed eligible.

Cascarino scored nineteen goals in eighty-eight international appearances, making him for a time Ireland's record caps holder. His aerial prowess fitted well with the long ball style of the team. Cascarino was an integral part of the teams that took part in the European Championship in 1988 and World Cups in 1990 and 1994.

Since retiring from football, Cascarino has become a semi-professional poker player, having appeared in the television series Celebrity Poker Club and commentating on the PartyPoker Poker Den. He has become something of a cult figure and was referenced in the song "All Your Kayfabe Friends" by Welsh band Los Campesinos! where the singer tells that "You asked if I'd be anyone from history / Fact or fiction, dead or alive / I said I'd be Tony Cascarino, circa 1995."

In December 2008 Cascarino was arrested for assaulting and threatening to kill his wife, French-born Virginie, who is the mother of two of his children. Cascarino divorced his previous wife, mother of two other children, after impregnating Virginie. [2]


Cascarino produced an autobiography,[3] which received great critical acclaim[4].

The book detailed his love of gambling, particularly playing all forms of poker, and revealed that his career had been blighted by crippling self-doubt, which he summarised as the "little voice"[3]. The book also candidly refers to his shame over his infidelities[3] and of leaving his wife, Sarah and two sons, Michael and Teddy (who was named after Cascarino's former Millwall team-mate Teddy Sheringham) and muses: "...maybe, just maybe, I was so wrapped up in my newfound celebrity that I'd become immune to the suffering I was causing".

He also revealed that during his time at Marseille, he and many other of the club's players were injected by club president Bernard Tapie's personal physician with an unknown substance. The physiotherapist at the time insisted the substance was legal and would provide an "adrenaline boost". Cascarino claimed that most players accepted the injections[3] and that "it definitely made a difference: I felt sharper, more energetic, hungrier for the ball".

See also


  1. ^ "Small Talk: Tony Cascarino". Guardian. 11 May 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-08.  
  2. ^ Tony Cascarino 'beat his wife'
  3. ^ a b c d Full Time: The Secret Life of Tony Cascarino. Simon & Schuster/TownHouse. 2000.  
  4. ^ "Books of the Year: The reading list".,,412875,00.html. Retrieved 2007-11-06.  

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