Death of former Gulls winger Tony Scott in Australia

Winger Tony Scott, who has died aged 80 in Australia, pictured at Torquay United in 1968.

Winger Tony Scott, who has died aged 80 in Australia, pictured at Torquay United in 1968. - Credit: Submitted

Tony Scott, who has died at the age of 80, will go down as one of Torquay United's best-ever wingers.

In the days before wages spiralled, a stream of old First and Second Division players came to Plainmoor, former West Ham and Aston Villa left-winger Scott joining Frank O'Farrell's fine Division Three team in 1967.

Gulls winger Tony Scott receives treatment from trainer Harry Topping at Plainmoor in 1968.

Gulls winger Tony Scott receives treatment from trainer Harry Topping at Plainmoor in 1968. - Credit: Submitted

He played 96 games over the next three years, laying on many goals for Robin Stubbs, Alan Welsh, John Rudge and Mickey Cave in front of crowds which often topped 10,000.

Many a full-back was confounded by his ability to cross the ball with the outside of his right foot, a skill which later benefitted the prolific Ted MacDougall at Bournemouth.

Scott retired through injury after a spell with Exeter City, coached at Manchester City and in the Middle East, and spent the last 30 years of his life in Australia.