14 August 2006

Tony Capaldi

Norwegian born with an Italian name, thankfully Tony Capaldi elected to play for the country of his mother's birth...

Name: Anthony Charles Capaldi
Born: 12 August 1981, Porsgrunn (Norway)
Height: 6.00 ft
Weight: 11.08 st
Position: Left-Back / Midfielder

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 22 Full Caps (2004-2007), 14 Under-21 Caps (2001-2003), 4 Under-18 Caps / 1 Goal, Under-16 Caps, Under-15 Caps.
Club Honours: (with Cardiff) FA Cup Runner-Up 2007/08.

Club Career:
Teams.......... --Seasons-- Signed -Fee- --League-- FA Cup FL Cup Other
Birmingham City 99/00-02/03 Aug-98 Youth ..0 (0)/ 0
Hereford United 01/02 ..... Sep-01 .Loan .12 (0)/ 0 2(0)/0 (Football Conference)
Plymouth Argyle 02/03-06/07 Apr-03 .Free 122(19)/12 5(1)/0 4(0)/0 0(2)/0
Cardiff City... 07/08-09/10 May-07 .Free
Leeds United .. 09/10 ..... Nov-09..Loan ..3 (0)/ 0 1(1)/0
Plymouth Argule ........... Jul-10 Trial
Crystal Palace ............ Jul-10 Trial
Heart of Midlothian ....... Sep-10 Trial
Morecambe ..... 10/11...... Sep-10 .Free .17 (1)/ 0
Aberdeen .................. Jan-11 Trial
Oxford United.. 11/12-12/13 May-11 .Free .25 (5)/ 0 3(1)/0 2(0)/ 0 3(0)/0 

Tamworth ...... 13/14...... Aug-13 .Free .24 (0)/ 0 (Conference Premier)
Barwell ....... 13/14...... Feb-14 .Free .......... (Northern Premier League)

Biography:
A left-sided midfielder or defender, Tony Capaldi was Northern Ireland's regular left-back for the first two-and-a-half years of Lawrie Sanchez's management. Not really a natural in the position he really impressed as Sanchez employed him as a wing-back against Wales in Cardiff in September 2004 and was unlucky to be denied a penalty. When played as a traditional full-back he was often found out of position and was one of the players scapegoated following a humiliating 3-0 defeat by Iceland in September 2006. His place was given to Jonny Evans, a then untried eighteen year-old central defender, and Capaldi has dropped from the international reckoning and has not been included in a Northern Ireland squad since the earliest days of Nigel Worthington.

A big favourite during his time with Plymouth, Capaldi's 21 caps while with the Pilgrims is a club record.

In 2008 Capaldi was part of the Cardiff team that lost in the FA Cup Final against Portsmouth. He was a regular for the Bluebirds as they chased promotion until ruled out by a knee injury during the 2008/09 season. Unable to reclaim a regular place, he joined Leeds United on loan on 26th November 2009 until 4th January 2010. He was released by Cardiff in the summer of 2010. An expected move to Crystal Palace in August 2010 fell through at the eleventh hour.

After several unsuccessful trials, Capaldi joined Sammy McIlroy's Morecambe on 17th September 2010.

Capaldi joined Conference Premier side Tamworth after two injury-hit seasons at Oxford.

More to follow.

Official Plymouth Argyle Website
Official Irish FA Website

Northern Ireland Cap Details:
31-03-2004 Estonia............ A W 1-0 FR
28-04-2004 Serbia & Montenegro H D 1-1 FR
30-05-2004 Barbados........... A D 1-1 FR
02-06-2004 St Kitts & Nevis... A W 2-0 FR
06-06-2004 Trinidad & Tobago.. A W 3-0 FR
18-08-2004 Switzerland........ A D 0-0 FR
04-09-2004 Poland............. H L 0-3 WCQ
08-09-2004 Wales.............. A D 2-2 WCQ
09-02-2005 Canada............. H L 0-1 FR
26-03-2005 England............ A L 0-4 WCQ
30-03-2005 Poland............. A L 0-1 WCQ
03-09-2005 Azerbaijan......... H W 2-0 WCQ
07-09-2005 England............ H W 1-0 WCQ
08-10-2005 Wales.............. H L 2-3 WCQ
15-11-2005 Portugal........... H D 1-1 FR
01-03-2006 Estonia............ H W 1-0 FR
21-05-2006 Uruguay............ N L 0-1 FR
26-05-2006 Romania............ N L 0-2 FR
16-08-2006 Finland............ A W 2-1 FR
02-09-2006 Iceland............ H L 0-3 ECQ
06-02-2007 Wales.............. H D 0-0 FR
17-10-2007 Sweden............. A D 1-1 ECQ sub

Summary:
21(1)/0. Won 7, Drew 7, Lost 8.


Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:
31-08-2001 Denmark. A L 0-2 ECQ sub
04-09-2001 Iceland. H L 1-3 ECQ
05-10-2001 Malta... A D 2-2 ECQ
12-02-2002 Germany. H L 0-1 FR
06-09-2002 Scotland A D 1-1 FR
11-10-2002 Spain... A L 0-1 ECQ
15-10-2002 Ukraine. H D 1-1 ECQ
11-02-2003 Finland. H W 3-1 FR
28-03-2003 Armenia. A L 0-2 ECQ
01-04-2003 Greece.. H L 2-6 ECQ
10-06-2003 Spain... H L 1-4 ECQ
05-09-2003 Ukraine. A L 0-1 ECQ
09-09-2003 Armenia. H W 3-1 ECQ
10-10-2003 Greece.. A W 1-0 ECQ

Summary: 13(1)/0. Won 3, Drew 3, Lost 8.

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