Tony Scully played thirteen games for City on loan from Notts County towards the end of a ‘well-travelled’ professional career. After appearing for thirteen clubs before arriving at Exeter he was to spend time at Crawley before dropping down the leagues. Tony also appeared for the Republic of Ireland at school, youth, under-21 and B level.
After playing school-age football for Cherry Orchard in Dublin, Tony signed for Crystal Palace as a trainee in 1992 and gained his first full contract in December 1993. He was to make just three substitute league appearances for Palace whilst having loan spells at AFC Bournemouth in October 1994 and Cardiff City in January 1996. Tony moved to Manchester City in August 1997, for a reported £300,000, where he made one full league outing and a further eight as a substitute.
A period on loan with Stoke City followed in January 1998 prior to Tony signing for Queens Park Rangers in March 1998 in a £150,000 transfer. He played 40 league matches for the Loftus Road club moving on to Cambridge United in July 2001 where he made a further 20 league starts, plus 11 as a sub and scored two goals. Tony then had loans at Southend United in November 2002 and Peterborough United in March 2003 prior to agreeing terms with Dagenham and Redbridge ahead of the 2003-04 season. After a short stay in Essex, Tony headed to Barnet and Tamworth (on loan) and then, in February 2004, found himself back in the Football League with Notts County where he scored five goals in 41 games.
Tony, now twenty-nine, arrived on loan at Exeter City early in the 2005/06 season and made his debut at Dagenham & Redbridge on 3 September 2005. Scoring the following week against Cambridge United he was then to add further goals against Woking and Kidderminster. He played his last game for the Grecians against Grays on 19 November 2005.
Within a week of returning to Meadow Lane, Tony moved to Crawley Town on loan and signed permanently for the Sussex club in January 2006. He remained in Sussex until August 2007 when a knee injury led to his release. Tony then played a few seasons for Mildenhall Town and St Neots Town where he was player-coach in 2010-11.
Tony’s son - also Anthony - became a footballer and, by 2023, had been with West Ham, Lincoln City and Wigan Athletic.