A Book of Remembrance


Tony (Anthony Norman) Collins

The family have set up this rememberance book to honour our Dad, Tony Collins, who rose from humble beginnings to become the first manager of black heritage in the English Football League in 1960 at Rochdale AFC, also known as the ‘Football Master Spy’.
To us he was our Dad and Grandad – warm, witty, perceptive, wise and with a wicked sense of humour! We hope that our tribute does justice to his charismatic personality as well as his professional acheivements, of which of course we are very proud.
Sadly the funeral will have to remain a small affair due to the current restrictions, however, we hope to arrange a more fitting celebration of both his personal life and professional acheivements at a later date when circumstances permit.
We thank everyone for the many kind words and tributes that we have already received, and invite you to offer your condolences here.
Thank you
Sandra, Andy and Sarita
Book Owner: Andy P Collins
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Jeremy Sayle

Having been lucky enough to know Tony for almost 40 years, it is with great sadness that we say our final farewells to him on Tuesday.  A true football man whose passion and love for the game shone through in every conversation – vastly knowledgable and always constructive in his comments; his achievements in …

Brian Hepworth

Sandra and I met in Rochdale in 1981 and I finally plucked up the courage to ask her out about 6 months later. Getting to know her I soon began to admire her sense of humour, family values, respect for others and her compassion for those less fortunate than herself. After a while she …