The club today can confirm that Tony Stokes has signed for Canvey Island F.C.
On leaving Concord Rangers, Chairman Ant Smith gave us these words about Tony’s time at the club
“I would like to wish Tony the very best of luck at Canvey and hope he does well for them and Danny Heale. Tony has been superb for us the past seasons scoring so many important goals and skippering the side. I am proud to be able to say he got his love of football back at Concord and also found his wife Megan and has carved himself a career path with me in the Aspect Group. So it’s not easy for me to see him go, but he wants to play every game and it would be wrong of us to stand in his way.”
Before departing the club, Tony sat down and shared some words with us.
“Everyone knows how much I love Concord, I’ve been here five seasons, won four trophies and scored 116 goals. Everything great that has happened to this club, I’ve been a part of. However I need to play every game, I’m 28 now and although I’ve got plenty of years left in me, everyone knows football is a short game and it only takes one injury to finish it all. I don’t want to look back on my career and think I’ve sat on the bench for the last couple of seasons.”
You mentioned the highs in your Concord career, what is your greatest memory?
“It’s got to be the play-off semi away to Wealdstone. We had done well to get to the play-offs, but we never had a good record there, they had a hostile crowd…it was a tough place to go. On the coach journey up there, I was being sick. I was so ill that day. I could hardly move, so I was on the bench. It’s 1-1 at full time, the lads had done really well. Into extra time, and with ten minutes to go, Dan Cowley says “can you go on” I said sure…and I scored the winner. We’ve had many great times, but that’s my greatest memory…when the chips are down, Concord came through.”
Concord have a loyal following of fans, do you have any message for them as you depart?
“I just want to say thank you to everyone who has shown me support these last 5 seasons, I’ve had some great times at the club. I’m sad to leave, but as people can understand I need to play, and that’s football. I also want to thank the Chairman, who gave me the platform to play and help me establish a career away from the football pitch. My family and I want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts.”
Tony Stokes and Ant Smith were chatting to Chris Clark.