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Byron Anthony
Byron anthony
Full nameByron Joseph Anthony
NationalityWal Wales
Rovers apps (goals)a163 (7)
PositionDefender
Date of birth20 September 1984 (Age 32)
in Newport, Wales
Height6 ft 1 in
Joined
1 July 2006 from Cardiff City
Left
30 June 2012 to join Hereford United
Senior clubs
Cardiff City
Forest Green Rovers
Bristol Rovers
Hereford United
Hereford United
Newport County
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 10/05/2013

Byron Anthony is a central defender who joined Rovers in the summer of 2006. He was signed by Paul Trollope and Lenny Lawrence without having previously played a single Football League match, but he quickly asserted himself as a first-team regular playing alongside Steve Elliott in the centre of defence. He suffered a setback however when he suffered a broken metatarsel in October 2007, which sidelined him for approximately five months. After returning from that injury he returned to playing regular first team football, helped by his ability to fill in at both fullback positions when required.

When Paul Buckle took over the manager's position in the summer of 2011 he brought in a large number of his own players, resulting in Byron playing less often during the 2011–12 season. He was eventually loaned out to Rovers' League Two rivals Hereford United on a month-long deal in mid-February 2012, later extended until the end of the season. With his contract up that summer it was perhaps not a great surprise when he was released, at which point he was Rovers' longest serving player.

He is a former Welsh Under-21 international, winning a total of five caps at that level in 2004 and 2005.

CareerEdit

A Clash of Heads

Byron is given the once over by Phil Kite after a clash of heads

Byron began his career as a youth player with Cardiff City, but failed to make an impact with the Bluebirds, making just two League Cup appearances. He joined Forest Green Rovers on a month's loan in February 2006, playing four league games for the Gloucestershire club, and signed for the Pirates on a free transfer in July of the same year. He proved to be an astute signing, establishing himself as a first team regular early on in his time with The Pirates, and also performed some coaching duties during Stuart Campbell's spell as caretaker manager in 2011.

Following his release from Rovers in 2012 he joined Hereford United on non-contract terms, but was released after playing just two games. After a short time without a club he signed for his home town team, Newport County in November 2012. His first season with Newport was hugely successful, with the team reaching the Conference play-off final at Wembley against Wrexham, where he played alongside former Gas men David Pipe and Andy Sandell. County won the game 2–0, winning promotion to the Football League.

Career statsEdit

SeasonClubLeague
AppsGoals
2004–05Cardiff City 00
2005–06Cardiff City 00
2005–06Forest Green Rovers (loan)40
2006–07Bristol Rovers 230
2007–08Bristol Rovers 201
2008–09Bristol Rovers 302
2009–10Bristol Rovers 370
2010–11Bristol Rovers 373
2011–12Bristol Rovers 161
2011–12Hereford United (loan)151
2012–13Hereford United 20
2012–13Newport County 213

Record against RoversEdit

Byron has never played in a competitive match against Bristol Rovers.

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