Dean Coney made
his football debut for Fulham against Newport County when he was
just seventeen. Forming a flourishing partnership with Gordon Davies,
he scored 19 goals in his first season gaining England Under 21
recognition. This scoring rate was not to continue and when he moved
Queen's Park Rangers in 1987 for £200,000, he had scored fifty
six times in 211 appearances for the Craven Cottage side. At QPR,
Trevor Francis used Dean in midfield which did not suit his style
A move to Norwich came in March 1989 for the sum of £350,000.
Competing with Robert Fleck, Robert Rosario, Malcolm Allen and
Lee Power for a place in the starting
eleven limited Dean's appearances in a Norwich shirt to 17 league
games , five of which were as substitute. A hernia problem and
a snapped cruciate ligament ended Dean's Norwich career.
Some time was spent in Hong Kong with Ernst Borel before Dean joined
non-league Farnborough Town. Now playing as a defender, he became
their player-manager. He lost this position in the summer of 1997
and joined Carshalton Athletic of the ICIS League Premier Division.
He has since had to retire through a knee injury but managed 21
appearances in 1997/98 scoring once.
Dean returned to management in March 1999 when he and Keith Day
were placed in temporary charge of team affairs at Farnborough following
the departures of Alan Taylor and then John Harding as manager of
the troubled Conference side. Coney remained briefly at Farnborough
as first team coach following the arrival of Graham Westley as manager.
He has since done some coaching work with West Ham's schoolboys.
Dean joined his former Fulham teammate Jim Stannard at Conference
South side Redbridge in January 2005 with Coney acting as Stannard's
After working as a self-employed labourer, he is now a manager at
a branch of Ladbrokes.