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Anthony Toland 1977-2011

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In the days after Anthony’s untimely death his young son, Ethan, told his mother Majella, that his daddy is in heaven with Michael Jackson. Not too many of us who knew Anthony through football knew that he was a fan of Michael Jackson. What we certainly knew was that he was definitely a football fan. Among the last calls that Anthony made on Christmas Eve were to his Glengad United team mates, lining them up to play with him in the Michael Doherty (Newman) Christmas Cup in Carndonagh when he returned. Unfortunately Anthony was never going to make that trip home and the tournament was cancelled as a mark of respect. Ethan called it correctly when he said his daddy was in heaven. You can imagine him up there now, if not with Michael Jackson , then in the company of the many other fine Inishowen football people who have passed away in the recent past. 
Anthony first joined Glengad United as a 17 year old in 1994 and he would play for the club on and off for the next 17 years. He became one of the most decorated players ever to play for Glengad, winning 3 Fr. O’Gara Cup medals in 1998, 2003 & 2004, Inishowen First division titles in 1998 & 2009, Premier League runners up and Credit Union Cup winner medals in 2011. He also won a Credit Union Cup with Culdaff in 2001 and a Premier League runner up medal with Carndonagh in 2006. He also won representative honours with the Inishowen League in the Oscar Traynor Inter League competition. Among his other accolades were several Player of the Year and Top Goal Scorer awards with Glengad United. 
Anthony played with distinction for Culdaff, Carndonagh FC and Clonmany Shamrocks but returned to Glengad United in 2008 to lend his considerable experience to our youthful team. He played a major role in helping Glengad to the First Division title in 2009 and consolidating their position in the Premier League in subsequent seasons. Last May, in Maginn Park, Buncrana, Anthony played a starring role as Glengad United won the Credit Union Cup for the first time in the history of the club. 
Due to work commitments this season Anthony was unable to play for Glengad as much as he, or we, would have liked. His last game for the club was in early December against Greencastle in the Premier League and he was Man of the Match as he helped his team to victory. Anthony made a huge personal sacrifice to play in that game as he was due to fly back to Inverness on that afternoon. Without hesitation he agreed to remain and play with his team mates, missing his direct flight and therefore having to make a 12 hour journey via Birmingham to return to work. He was a great player but above all he was a great sportsman, respected throughout the game in Inishowen by team mates, club members, opponents and referees. 
This respect was clearly visible at his funeral where former team mates from Sea Rovers, Culdaff , Carndonagh FC and Clonmany Shamrocks formed a Guard of Honour with his team mates from Glengad United FC. The esteem in which Anthony was held was also reflected in the large number of colleagues who travelled from Ullapool, Scotland to attend his funeral. A fitting tribute to one of Inishowen’s great players. 

We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Anthony’s mother, Ann, his son Ethan, his partner Joanne, his sisters Caroline and Jackie, his brothers Brendan, Geoffrey and Martin and their families and also to Ethan’s mother Majella. May he rest in Peace. 

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