Tony Mowbray, born on November 22, 1963, in Saltburn, is an English footballer-turned- manager. He is married to Amber and has two sons, Lucas and Max.
In 1982, Tony Mowbray began his football career with his hometown club, Middlesbrough, and became the captain of the team at a young age of 22 years. As the captain, he was instrumental in helping the club move out of relegation and to reach the Premier League. In 1991, after playing a key role at the club for around ten years, Tony Mowbray moved to Celtic, a Scottish club, for £1 million. At the club, he started the practice of ‘huddle’ to boost the morale of the team. In 1995, he signed with Ipswich Town and was made its captain. Tony Mowbray ended his playing career on a high note in the 2000 Division One playoff final against Barnsley, in which he scored a goal, helping Ipswich win the game 4-2 and secure a promotion to the Premiership.
After finishing his playing career, Tony Mowbray took up an assignment as the first-team coach at Ipswich Town. He also assumed the role of a caretaker-manager of the club for a brief period, and the team played four matches, securing one win under him. In May 2004, Tony Mowbray succeeded Bobby Williamson as the manager of Hibernian, a Scottish football club, and the performance of the club in his first season, earned him the Scottish Football Writers’ Manager of the Year award. For the two consecutive seasons when he was at the club, Tony Mowbray succeeded in placing the club amongst the top four teams in the Scottish Premier League, a first since the managerial tenure of Eddie Turnbull, three decades back. During his tenure, the club performed exceptionally well in every domestic cup and also went on to play two matches in European tournaments.
In October 2006, Tony Mowbray signed with West Bromwich Albion and improved the standing of the club, helping it finish at the fourth position in the Championship. During the summer transfer period, Tony Mowbray replaced many top players of the club with fourteen new ones, including Chris Brunt (Sheffield Wednesday), Leon Barnett (Luton Town) and James Morrison (Middlesbrough), and registered a profit in the exchange. The restructured team went on to score thirteen points, finishing second in the Division and Tony Mowbray secured the Football League Championship Manager of the Month title for September 2007. Tony Mowbray developed the team’s strategy to one of attacking and passing the ball, which helped the team win the Football League Championship.
Gaining promotion to the Premier League, Albion reached the semifinal of the Football Association (FA) Cup against Portsmouth. Tony Mowbray was awarded with the Championship Manager of the Month title for April 2008 and in the following month the League Managers Association honored him with the Manager of the Year award.