Tony Della Sciucca
Tony Della Sciucca
A. Player

Italy

Antony Della Sciucca was probably born in Italy, but his date and place of birth remain unknown to us. *

The midfielder joined John Lambie's Thistle for a trial in March 1999, and had recently played with Perugia.

He made his one and only appearance on Thursday, 25th March, 1999, in a 1-0 friendly defeat at home to Motherwell.

Tony's club-list included Perugia and Partick Thistle.

Bio Extra

With Thistle embroiled in a battle to avoid dropping to the FOURTH tier, Firhill was a tense place to be in the springtime of 1999. John Lambie took over from Tommy Bryce and he was just a few weeks in to his 3rd spell as Thistle gaffer when he arranged a midweek friendly with Motherwell, to try a couple things out and to cast his eye over a few prospects. The arrival of one trialist in particular caught the imagination of John Traynor in the Daily Record who, on 25th March 1999, ran with the headline DELLA'S SO BELLA FOR JAGS. The headline was in reference to ex-Perugia man Tony Della Sciucca, who was a free agent after a recent spell in Canada. Lambie said:

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I want to see the player in action before any signing talks begin. I have to come up with ways to keep us in the Second Division and then I can concentrate on getting us back into the First. I hope Della Sciucca can do a job for us but I'll get a better idea after watching him play against a Premier League side. I'm told he is good, but I must see for myself. I also need a goalscorer and I have my eye on someone playing in England. I want to try out one or two of the young boys whom I haven't seen against Motherwell. Everything's going at a hectic pace as there is so much work to be done. No effort will be spared in getting this club back into the First Division. Division Two football isn't good enough for a team like Partick Thistle.

Only 665 saw a gritty, fighting display. Both teams had trialists playing, but it was a much improved performance. Motherwell scored early in the 1st half. Dells Sciucca came on in the second half, only to be replace by Tommy Callaghan. Either he was hopeless or injured! Late on, Callaghan headed over and Lauchlan had a shot well saved by the Motherwell keeper. Unsurprisingly, no deal was forthcoming for Della Scucca, and his footballing career path from thereon remains a bit of a mystery.

(WS/JK/AFK)



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