Marc Peter Tierney (born 23 August 1985) is an English retired footballer who played as a left back most recently for Football League Championship club Bolton Wanderers. Predominantly a left back, Tierney could play in other positions, such as centre-back. His brother Paul is also a retired professional footballer.
Tierney at Carrow Road, August 2012
|Full name||Marc Peter Tierney|
|Date of birth||23 August 1985|
|Place of birth||Prestwich, England|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|2004–2005||→ Carlisle United (loan)||10||(0)|
|2008–2009||→ Colchester United (loan)||6||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Prestwich, Greater Manchester, Tierney rose through the youth ranks at Oldham Athletic, making his professional debut for Oldham in a League Cup match in August of the 2003–04 season, against Scunthorpe United. In December 2004 he went to Carlisle United on loan for a three-month spell under Paul Simpson.
In January 2007, Tierney was signed by Shrewsbury Town in a two and a half year deal. He was a regular in the Shrewsbury side during the closing months of the 2006–07 season, as Town reached the League Two playoff final at Wembley. Notably, Tierney was sent off in the dying minutes of that game, making him only the second player to suffer this fate at the new stadium, and meaning he would miss the first game of the 2007–08 season.
In spite of Shrewsbury's disappointing 2007–08 season, Tierney enjoyed excellent personal form. His consistently dependable performances earned him both the fans' and players' player of the year awards.
On 27 November 2008 Tierney joined Colchester United on an initial five-week loan. The move was made permanent in the January transfer window. Tierney received his 1st red card against former employers Oldham.
On 12 January 2011, Tierney signed for Championship side Norwich City and was handed the number 32 shirt. The move came despite Tierney saying he would not move to Norwich "in a million years". He made his debut for The Canaries against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park as a substitute for Adam Drury in a 0–0 draw, and made his first start in the 2–1 win over Millwall at Carrow Road. Once Norwich had completed promotion he joined in with the mass celebrations by doing numerous cartwheels on the pitch. He repeated a similar celebration during a pre-season friendly against Real Zaragoza when two of the floodlights failed after a lightning strike to "entertain the fans". Tierney was given squad number 23 ahead of the 2011–12 Premier League season and started on the opening day of the season. He was the only player to start the first 6 games of the season, establishing himself as first choice left back. He is affectionately known as "Mad Marc" by the Norwich fans. Tierney continued his run in the team, starting all of the games up to Christmas until a serious injury ruled him out for the rest of the season of what was an impressive season for the team. At the end of the 2012–13 season, it was announced Tierney was not to be given a new contract, allowing him to look for other clubs on a free transfer.
Following his release from Norwich City, Bolton Wanderers announced that Tierney would be joining the club when his contract with Norwich expired on 30 June 2013. He made his debut for Bolton in their 1-1 draw with Lancashire rivals Burnley on 3 August 2013. Tierney established himself as Bolton's first choice left-back before suffering an ankle injury in the club's 1-1 draw with Yeovil Town at the Reebok Stadium meaning a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
On 23 April 2015, Tierney announced his retirement from professional football after failing to recover from his ankle injury.
Aside from England, Tierney is also eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland national team. His brother Paul has previously represented Republic of Ireland at U21 level. Giovanni Trapattoni and Marco Tardelli were reported to have been keeping an eye on him ahead of Ireland's participation in UEFA Euro 2012.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2002–03||Oldham Athletic||Division Two||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2004–05||Carlisle United (loan)||Conference National||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||10||0|
|2005–06||Oldham Athletic||League One||19||0||3||0||1||0||0||0||23||0|
|Oldham Athletic Total||37||0||4||0||3||0||0||0||44||0|
|2006–07||Shrewsbury Town||League Two||18||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||18||0|
|2008–09||Colchester United (loan)||League One||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||0|
|Shrewsbury Town Total||79||1||2||0||3||0||0||0||84||1|
|2008–09||Colchester United||League One||20||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||20||1|
|Colchester United Total||74||1||4||0||1||0||0||0||79||1|
|Norwich City Total||33||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||33||0|
|Bolton Wanderers Total||8||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||9||0|
- Does not include Football League Trophy appearances.
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0.
- "Town Sign Young Left-Sided Player". Shrewsbury Town Official Website. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2007.
- "Tierney celebrates double award". BBC Sport. 30 April 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2008.
- "Tierney Makes Two". Colchester United Official Website. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2008.
- "Tierney makes U's move permanent". BBC Sport. 2 January 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2009.
- "Tierney poised to join City". canaries.co.uk. 12 January 2011. Archived from the original on 16 January 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
- "Norwich City snap up Colchester defender Marc Tierney". bbc.co.uk. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2011.
- "Tierney deal agreed". www.bwfc.co.uk. Bolton Wanderers. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
- "Burnley 1 Bolton 1". BBC Sport. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- "Marc Tierney's good injury news for Bolton Wanderers". www.theboltonnews.co.uk. The Bolton News. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- "Bolton full-back forced to retire aged 29". BBC Sport. 23 April 2015.
- "Trap' keeping tabs on Norwich trio". RTÉ Sport. 24 November 2011. Archived from the original on 26 November 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
- "Marc Tierney Career Stats". Soccerbase. 20 October 2010. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
- "Tier Two (Championship) Honours". Coludaybyday.co.uk.