Anthony Bardon will play (selection permitting) his last international in a Gibraltar shirt tomorrow. With 28 International caps to his name, Bardon is currently Gibraltar’s joint 4thmost capped player (together with Lee Casciaro) only behind Liam Walker, Joseph Chipolina and Roy Chipolina in the list of all time appearances for the National Team.
Bardon would have loved to call time on his international career playing in-front of a home crowd, at the Victoria Stadium, but it is perhaps fitting that his final appearance could come in the country where his Grandfather was born.
"It’s a time where my focus has switched from being a professional footballer. I have recently relocated to the USA, Dallas-Fort Worth to be exact, where I am in the process of setting up my own youth football club. I am also working with FC Dallas (who play in the MLS) doing an internship. They are based in Frisco Texas, where I train every day with their reserve team North Texas SC. I am making the move into coaching and I hope to keep close ties with Gibraltar football and perhaps even open some doors for Gibraltarian youngsters to play in the US.
I know I am only 26 years old and I have been extremely fortunate to play international football for Gibraltar. It has been the biggest honour of my footballing career without a shadow of a doubt.
I want to thank Gibraltar for providing me with five amazing years that I will never forget. Five years that built and developed my footballing mind and allowing me play in some wonderful stadiums around Europe wearing the colours of this amazing country. It has allowed me to play a part in our footballing history, the first competitive win in Armenia, the home win versus Liechtenstein, playing in front of the sold out Victoria Stadium in the Nations League and the European Qualifier against Republic of Ireland in March of this year.
In every one of my international appearances I gave everything I had for the shirt, for my team mates, the staff and for all of the Gibraltar fans.
But now it’s time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life, building my coaching career in the US, the country where I spent my teenage years living there from the age of 11 to 19.
It will be an emotional day tomorrow and whatever happens it will be one that I will never forget. Thank you to everyone who has helped me along my incredible journey as a player, I could have never dreamed of ending my career as a Gibraltar International with so many caps to my name."