Tony Barton won England Schoolboy (1 cap) and Youth (5 caps) honours before beginning his football career with Fulham who he joined as a junior. After a spell on loan to Sutton United, he turned professional with Fulham in May 1954. He went on to score 8 times in 49 games for Fulham.
He moved to Nottingham Forest in December 1959 and after never really establishing himself at Forest, making only 22 appearances (scoring once).
Portsmouth F.C. Player and coach December 1961 to 1967
Tony Barton moved to Portsmouth in December 1961, where he subsequently became player-coach. After retiring as a player, after 130 games and 34 goals for Portsmouth, he remained on the club's coaching staff.
He subsequently joined the coaching staff at Aston Villa, becoming assistant manager to Ron Saunders in 1980. Villa won the League Championship in 1981 (their first league title in 71 years) and Barton was promoted to the manager's seat in February 1982 after Saunders' resignation.
He guided Villa to victory over Bayern Munich in the 1982 European Cup final and followed this up with the European Super Cup in 1983, but their league form did not match their success in Europe and he was sacked in May 1984.
In July 1984, he took over as manager of Northampton Town but left in April 1985 after suffering a heart attack. In September that year he became assistant manager of Southampton under Chris Nicholl, remaining at the Dell until May 1988.
Caretaker Manager from March 1991 to May 1991
He later became assistant manager of Portsmouth and in March 1991 took over as caretaker manager for 12 games after the resignation of Frank Burrows.
He died on 20th August 1993, aged 57.