Newport County AFC are saddened to learn of the passing of former player, Tony Villars.
Villars, who passed away on Wednesday 9th September at the age of 68, was a member of County’s youth set-up and also worked as part of the groundstaff during the early days of his playing career before departing for Pontnewydd.
Following a successful spell in the Welsh pyramid system as a teenager, Villars earned a move to south Wales rivals Cardiff City prior to returning to Somerton Park in 1976.
The Pontypool-born winger went on to make 33 appearances for the club under Jimmy Scoular, who he was reunited with after their days together with the Bluebirds.
He also featured on the international stage on three occasions, representing Wales against England, Northern Ireland and Scotland during the 1974 British Home Championship.
Tony’s wife, Shan, and sons, Paul and Niki, described him as “a quiet and humble person”.
They said: “Returning to Newport County to end his career with Jimmy Scoular was a fitting end to his career. He was signed as an apprentice by the club when he was 15 years of age by Les Graham, whose family Tony remained in touch with.
“As a family, we’re very proud of his international appearances because people dream about representing their country and few do.
“He was a quiet and humble person and always knew how fortunate he was.”
Newport County AFC would like to offer its sincere condolences to Tony’s family and friends during this difficult time.