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Position Left back
Born 31 Dec 1965, Adelaide (Australia)
Height 175 cm
Weight 68 kg
International Caps England: 15 full, 7 B, 11 U21

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Aston Villa 19 Jul 1983 03 Jul 1987 135 1 £475000
Chelsea 03 Jul 1987 06 Jun 1991 180 12 £1300000
Leeds United 06 Jun 1991 01 Jun 1997 208 5 £0
Torino 01 Jun 1997 23 Oct 1998     £0
Derby County 23 Oct 1998 01 Jun 2000 49 3 £0
Stoke City 01 Jun 2000 01 Jun 2001 41 0  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1991 - 1992 38 3 1   5   0   1  
1992 - 1993 33 1 4   1   5   0  
1993 - 1994 37   3   2   0   0  
1994 - 1995 28   1   0(1)   0   0  
1995 - 1996 17 1 3   4   2   0  
1996 - 1997 15(3)   4   0   0   0  
Total 168(3) 5 16   12(1)   7   1  

Jabba's Comments

With Peter Haddock having to retire through injury, and the alternative being the honest but limited endeavours of Glynn Snodin and Mike Whitlow, a new left back was always going to be a priority in summer 1991 - and we picked up the best one in the country. Stuart Pearce may have been an inspirational leader with a great shot, and Graeme LeSaux might have had a little more pace, but Tony Dorigo was the best left back around. In 4 years at Villa and the same period at Chelsea, he'd enhanced his reputation and Wilko's decision to spend £1.3 million on him was justified. Throughout that first season, his defensive qualities and his crosses for Lee Chapman played a crucial role in securing Leeds' first title in 18 years.

After a couple of years, although his skill level remained high we did start to see a few injuries keeping him out for longer and longer and from which he never seemed to fully recover. In 1995-96 we saw the debut of Ian Harte, and although he had another run in the side in 96-97, Dorigo's days were more or less over at Leeds. He spent just over a year with Torino before returning as a left-back/sweeper for Derby for a couple of seasons, and recently moved on to play for Stoke in summer 2000.

Luke Dorigo says: he's my dad and he was a great player in my view!

Fabin Dorigo says: I'd like to know where are his family from. My family name is Dorigo and my father was born in Udine, Italy.

Luke Dorigo says: Fabin Dorigo, my dad is half italian. My grandad was born in Italy.

Dominic says: What does he do know? Does he still play or does he do any sort of coaching?

Graham Hales says: "And Dorigo getting in there!" (Brian More, 1992). What a legend Tony was, my favourite player of all time. In fact, I've just formed a new Sunday team called "Dinamo Dorigo" in his honour. I hope that the great man is keeping well, and still "getting in there" at every possible opportunity.

Jimmy Nicholls says: Unfortunately that's no compliment to the great man as Graham is a chump and is possibly the worst football player I've ever seen, in fact the opposite of Dorigo himself.

Khizar Jamil says: I have to admit that he's my favourite player of all time as well. I've followed his career for ages and I'm actually an Aston Villa fan but I try and keep track of what he's doing these days. In fact, if you listen to Talk Sport you may hear him giving his expert views on certain football related issues! What a great player he was - shame he retired so early (end of the 2000/2001 season) when he still had a few years left in him. What a great guy as well!

Steve Moss says: I met Tony at the Man City V TNS UEFA qualifier at cities great new stadium (In the Datatend box). I spoke to Tony for some time and thought what a great guy he was, he even cheared me on to glory during an arm wrestle with a friend. Thanks for your support Tony! FYI He is now doing some tele & radio work.

Dennis says: As a Leeds Utd fan when Tony was around i can honestly say ive never seen a finer full back. Tony had blistering pace and noone ever got past him through speed. It was disgusting when Stuart Pearce stepped aside from England that he didnt take over. But Terry Venables never liked the Australian and instead decided to pick his bum boy Graeme Le Saux. Wherever you are Tony good luck and thanks for the championship in 1992.

Superste says: Was he English? Was he Australian? Who cares he was Yorkshire!! And he made it into my All time team! Well done Tone!!

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