During most of his playing career Tony Marchi, who was the player-manager of Cambridge City from June 1965 to March 1967, had one of the hardest jobs in professional football; being understudy to two great Tottenham Hotspurs players, Danny Blanchflower and Dave Mackey.
The son of an Italian father and an English mother, Tony Marchi originally joined Sours as an amateur in July 1949 before in the summer of 1950 signing professional forms. He had by then already made his first of 317 senior appearances for Spurs. With his opportunities at Spurs limited usually when either Danny Blanchflower or Dave Mackey were injuried, he took the chance join Vincenza in Italy for a fee of £42,000 in the sumer of 1957. He then switched to fellow Italian side, A S Tonno before returning to Spurs for £20,000 in June 1959.
An England 'B' International, having been capped in 1957, he was part of the Spurs squad that won the League and Cup Double in 1960-61. He also won a Cup Winners Cup medal with Spurs in 1963, as Dave Mackey missed the final through injury.
Tony Marchi arrives at Cambridge City
In June 1965 at the age of 32, he left Spurs to become player/manager at Cambridge City. During his first season in charge City finished sixth in the Southern League, while the following season City reached the 1st Round of the F.A. Cup for first time in the club's history. As a result of fininical pressure, he left City in the March of that year. Six months later, he took over as manager of Northampton Town, a post he was to hold until the following May. This was to be his last manageral role.
Full Name: Anthony Vittoria Manchi
Born: January 21st, 1933 Edmonton, North London
Professional Playing Career: Tottenham Hotspur (1949-57)
Tottenham Hotspur (1959-65)
Management: Cambridge City (1965-67)
Northampton Town (1967-68)