Leicester-born Tony Elsby trained as a journalist with the Leicester Mercury and was later sports editor of two Leicestershire weeklies.
He gained a broad spectrum of experience on local, regional and national newspapers including the Peterborough Evening Telegraph, Nuneaton Tribune, Sunday Sport and Birmingham Post & Mail in such roles as reporter, feature writer, investigative and specialist columnist, and sub editor. He recently enjoyed a season as editor of the website, Vitalfootball Leicester City.
A keen sportsman Tony played, managed and coached in part-time professional football, was three times Northamptonshire County Squash Champion and long time county captain, later becoming a successful county, regional and national level coach, concluding with a tour preparing players, teams and coaches in Holland, France, Switzerland and Italy.
He ghost wrote the column of 1975 British Open squash champion Qamar Zaman for Squash Player International magazine and was privileged to play against both Zaman and the legendary Jonah Barrington, six times British Open champion.
Since running his own squash complex at Overstone, Northamptonshire, Tony has been an antiques dealer, auctioneer, and is now an increasingly wincing market trader, whose knees constantly complain about years of playing sport and standing for so long on unforgiving concrete. Ouch!
Married with three grown-up sons, he’s a keen but “sightseeing” golfer, long-suffering Leicester City fan and devotee of a certain Belgian honey beer, two pints of which, he says, have the effect of making lamp-posts look attractive and the wallet look empty! .
Readings, and “An Evening With” sessions undertaken with pleasure
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Tony Elsby (Poems of life and love) Poems

A Kiss For Mum

There should have been dancing
And hugging, with twirls
The day that you blessed us
With a precious baby girl... more »

Great Expectations

She rode it through the city street,
In a mask to fight the smog,
Slower than a motor car,
But faster than policeman plod.... more »

A Child's Message To The World

One day I sat on Santa's knee,
And he asked me what I'd like
If perhaps I wanted football boots,
Or a brand-new two-wheeled bike,... more »

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Comments about Tony Elsby (Poems of life and love)

Rachel Marocco 09 Sep 2012 08:55
Love your work. You've improved from the other poem I just read of yours and I think the comment went through on that one? Be on the lookout for my own poetry coming soon.
Rachel Marocco 09 Sep 2012 08:46
Love it, speaks the truth. especially for me to hear as my tendency is not conservation but I confess I've been very wasteful in the past, wasteful of time, money, and plastic, paper too. Come on everyone, I'm learning you can save the earth and make money! One thing I think will work for me, recycling electronics like old cell phones and getting paid for it!
Rachel Marocco 09 Sep 2012 08:44
Love it, speaks the truth. especially for me to hear as my tendency is not conservation but I confess I've been very wasteful in the past, wasteful of time, money, and plastic, paper too. Come on everyone, I'm learning you can save the earth and make money! One thing I think will work for me, recycling electronics like old cell phones and getting paid for it!