Hall of Fame: Tony Willcox

Tony Willcox


Monday, 22 Apr 2013, 12:13

The next inductee into the Welsh premier League Hall of Fame is the late, Tony Willcox, known in Welsh football circles as Mr Cwmbran.

Willcox managed Cwmbran Town for 11 years from their first match in the then League of Wales, and led them to the inaugural title in 1992/93 following a titanic battle with Inter Cardiff.

The reward for winning the league was a place as Wales’ first ever entrants in the European Cup and despite winning the home leg against Cork City 3-2, the Crows went out on the away goals rule following a 2-1 defeat in ireland.

As well as the inaugural title, Cwmbran secured third place in 1999 and 2000 as well as givng Barry Town a run for their money in 2001 before the Crows had to settle for second place.

Under Willcox, Cwmbran also reached two Welsh Cup finals and five European campaigns, becoming the first Welsh club, and only the second throughout Europe, to play in all four European competitions.

Tony sadly passed away at the frighteningly young age of 47 in April 2003, having suffered heart problems.