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By Craig Cooper

Tony Kinsella took time out to talk to the Blues online last week.

Biography of playing career: -

Tony joined Millwall in 1978, and helped them win the FA Youth Cup in 1979. Millwall beat Harlow Town, Sunderland, Nottingham Forest and Everton on their way to reaching the final of the FA Youth Cup where they played Manchester City. Over two legs, they drew 0-0 at Maine Road in the First Leg, before they defeated City 2-0 at The Den. After playing in Millwall's first team for a couple of seasons, Kinsella left the London club and signed for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 1981. After just one season playing in America, Tony signed for Ipswich Town in 1982. He played 12 matches in all competitions in two seasons at Portman Road. 'It was a pleasure to sign for Sir Bobby Robson at Ipswich. I didn't really get a chance to work with him as he took the England manager's job in the Summer of that year. Bobby was a great manager who was all about the team ethos and not certain individuals.' Kinsella went back to Millwall in 1984, and played 146 times in total for the club. Kinsella also had spells at Enfield Town (then in the conference) and Doncaster which he captained the side under manager Billy Bremner. He finally played for Barnet.

After a bad injury, Kinsella had to retire from football at the age of 28. He has managed at Clacton, Harwich and Witham in the past whilst working for the Press Association on Saturday's in the professional game.

Best experience as a Player?

TK - My best experience as a player has to be making my debut for Millwall against Wrexham first team when I was 17. Winning the FA Youth Cup was also a great experience. I played 10 games for Republic of Ireland U21's, and was called up to the full squad twice. However, I was injured the first time and Ipswich manager Bobby Ferguson pulled me out the squad the second time.

Best players played with/against?

TK - I played with Frank Worthington at Tampa Bay Rowdies and he was an exceptional talent. I played against George Best, who was one of the best ever players to have graced the game.

Achievements as a manager?

I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at Leiston and reaching the play-offs last season was a massive achievement. Winning the Suffolk Premier Cup last year also, and this year our aim once again is to try and reach the play-offs against a lot of new teams who Leiston have never played before.

Updated 16:16 - 7 Oct 2018 by Craig Cooper

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