Former National team and Valletta FC player Tony Calleja passes away Published on: 23-06-2014
Former National team and Valletta FC player Tony Calleja passed away at the age of 71.
Tony Calleja was born on the 26th of March 1943, he was the son of Manwel Calleja, ex-President and Co-founder of Valletta FC. He played for all the categories with Valletta FC from Minors, Under 21, Reserves and Senior Team. He also captained every category and won the league championship in each category.
Tony made his 1st Division debut on the 25th of February 1962 versus St.Patricks (6 – 2). He started off playing as a Center Forwarded but was later on converted to an Attacking Midfielder. Between 1961-62 and 1968-69 he played 77 official games and scored 25 goals.
During this period he won the following honours: 1st Division Championship – 1962/63 ; FA Trophy 1962/63 &1963/64 ; Scicluna Cup 1963/64 ; Cassar Cup 1965/66 & 1967/68. He also played in two different European competitions with the Valetta Shirt, in the European Cup versus Dukla Prague in 1963/64 and against Real Saragoza in the Cup of Cups in 1964/65. Tony also formed part of the National Team on 27th April 1969 in a friendly match against Austria.
On behalf of the club’s official website we would like send our sincere condolences to the Calleja family.