Tony Hateley

Tony joined Villa for 23,000 from Notts County in 1963, replacing 'the Doog' (Dougan). He was still in his early 20s, and it was noteworthy that his main attribute was his head, with which he scored a great number of his goals in typical Tommy Lawton style. In one of his early games, he was released with the ball (to his feet!) with virtually a clear run-in on goal, and the crowd waited with baited breath, fearing that he was going to blow the chance! But he didn't, and from that time he showed much more confidence with his feet.
 
One match in which there was an absence of several key players produced a storming display from Villa after they were losing 1-5 at White Heart Lane in 1965. From this scoreline Villa finished the match 5-5 with Hateley scoring 4, and were unlucky not to have scored the winner!
 
His goal-scoring rate (not far behind Gerry Hitchens') is testimony that he was one of Villa's greatest strikers, and for three full seasons (prompted by the wiles of Phil Woosnam, and the centres of Harry Burrows, followed by Tony Scott and Johnny MacLeod) he caused mayhem in many a first division defence. However, with the leaving of Phil Woosnam, Hateley also decided that his time was up, and both left Villa to flounder towards relegation. His subsequent short spells with Chelsea and Liverpool are probably testimony to his real lack of quality, and that he done so well previously mainly because of the presence of Woosnam's wonderful skills. And although he did achieve a high level profile for a while, he was never selected for England.
 
Tony was a 'high-profile' signing for Liverpool during the Summer of 1967, arriving from Chelsea for a fee of slightly under 100,000 which was an enormous sum for the time. He had spent just less than a season for Chelsea after signing for them from Villa for 100,000.
 
Hateley had already scored over 150 League goals for Notts. County, Aston Villa & Chelsea when he arrived at Anfield as a 26-year-old and looked to still have the best years of his career ahead of him. He scored a hat-trick in only his 3rd League match for the Reds and missed only 4 First Division fixtures during his debut season, netting 16 times in all. He added another 7 goals as Liverpool reached the F.A. cup quarter-final stage, including four in one game as Walsall were thrashed 5-2 in a 4th round replay on Merseyside.
 
Tony never managed to repeat the success of that first season and his career at Anfield was to be only a brief one. He was substituted at Leeds on the last day of October 1968 and was never to pull on the famous red shirt again. Shankly bought Alun Evans almost immediately and the youngster from the West Midlands (later to join Villa) took over the No. 9 shirt for the rest of the 1968-69 season. Hateley was soon sold to Coventry City and after a spell with Birmingham City he moved back to his first club in Notts County. Tony finished his playing career with Oldham Athletic.
 
Tony's son Mark subsequently became a similar but much more mobile version of his father, and achieved a great deal more success. But Tony's scoring record for Villa speaks for itself.

Season

League

FA Cup

FL Cup

Europe

 

Games

Goals

Games

Goals

Games

Goals

Games

Goals

1963-64

35

17

2

1

2

1

 

 

1964-65

42

20

5

4

6

10

 

 

1965-66

39

27

1

0

4

1

 

 

1966-67

11

4

0

0

1

1