Mark Bunn (English footballer)
Bunn warming up for Blackburn Rovers in 2011
|Full name||Mark John Bunn|
|Date of birth||16 November 1984|
|Place of birth||Camden, England|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Current club||Norwich City|
|2004||→ Kettering Town (loan)||17||(0)|
|2009||→ Leicester City (loan)||3||(0)|
|2009–2010||→ Sheffield United (loan)||32||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:14, 4 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in London, Bunn began his career with the Tottenham Hostspur youth team, before signing for Northampton Town. He made his league debut for Northampton and went on to make 90 appearances for the club, before a succession of permanent and loan spells with various clubs before being signed by Norwich from Blackburn Rovers as cover for John Ruddy, in time for the 2012–13 season. When Ruddy sustained a leg injury, Bunn took his place in the first team for much of the season.
He made his first team debut in a 3–0 victory over Queens Park Rangers in the first round of the League Cup in August 2005. He was given his league debut by then-manager John Gorman against Nottingham Forest in August 2006. Bunn made his 100th appearance for Northampton Town in a 2–0 victory over Oldham Athletic on 19 April 2008. His impressive performances ousted long term first choice keeper Lee Harper, who subsequently left Sixfields for Milton Keynes Dons.
Bunn has, to date, saved six penalties in his career, against Rotherham United, Tranmere Rovers, Peterborough United, Reading, Spurs and QPR. On 27 April 2007, he won the Northampton Town player of the season award finishing ahead of Jason Crowe and Chris Doig.
Colin Calderwood, Bunn's former manager at Northampton and manager at the time of Nottingham Forest made an inquiry about signing the young goalkeeper in July 2007 with apparent interest also coming from Nottingham Forest's East Midlands rivals Derby County.
On 29 August 2008, it was announced that the then 23-year-old he would be joining Premier League club Blackburn Rovers subject to a medical. The signing was completed two days later on transfer deadline day, on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee, believed to be over £1million. He made his Blackburn debut aged 24 in the FA Cup third round tie against Blyth Spartans.
Bunn signed for Leicester City on loan for a month on 16 February 2009, after first choice keeper David Martin suffered an injury. He made his debut a day later in a 2–2 draw against Hartlepool United, saving a penalty kick in a 1–0 win over Bristol Rovers on 21 February.
Bunn was recalled by Blackburn at the start of March, after first choice keeper Paul Robinson suffered an injury during Blackburn's 2–1 victory against Hull City. Despite his recall Bunn failed to make any further appearances for Rovers that season.
Loan to Sheffield United
In August 2009, on the eve of the new season, Bunn joined Sheffield United on a month's loan that was subsequently extended to a six-month deal later the same month. He made his debut in United's first game of the season, keeping a clean sheet in a 0–0 draw against Middlesbrough. Bunn started the season as first choice keeper but a loss of form saw him dropped to the reserves. Following injuries to the other keepers at the club he was restored to the first team towards the end of the year and subsequently signed an extension to his loan deal, keeping him at Bramall Lane for the remainder of the season. Bunn's improved form helped to cement him as the first choice keeper for the season and he was ever present.
Return to Blackburn Rovers
An unfortunate injury to Robinson persuaded Blackburn Rovers to invoke an early recall to Ewood Park in March, with Bunn departing having played thirty five games for the Blades. At the start of the 2010–11 campaign, Bunn changed his shirt number from 38 to 13. On 24 August 2010, he started the second round League Cup tie at home to Norwich City in a 3–1 victory. On 22 September 2010, he started Blackburn's third round League Cup game against Aston Villa in a 3–1 defeat at Villa Park. He made his Premier League debut on 28 December 2010 in a 3–1 away win against West Bromwich Albion coming on as a half-time substitute for Paul Robinson who unfortunately suffered an injury during the game at The Hawthorns. February 2011, saw him sign an extension to his existing contract to keep him at the club until the summer of 2013. On Wednesday 24 August 2011, Bunn started and played the full 90 minutes in a 3–1 win over Sheffield Wednesday at Ewood Park in the 2nd round of the League Cup. On 21 September 2011, he started and played the full 90 minutes in a 3–2 victory over Leyton Orient at Ewood Park in the League Cup third round. On Wednesday 26 October 2011, he started in the League Cup fourth round against Newcastle United at Ewood Park, playing the full 120 minutes after Gael Givet scored the winner in extra-time with a header, the game finished 4–3 to Blackburn. On 29 November 2011, he started and played the full 90 minutes in a 2–0 defeat against Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium in Wales. He made his full debut on 26 December 2011 against Liverpool at Anfield in a 1–1 draw, making a brilliant reflex save in the last minute to earn Rovers a point. On 31 December 2011, just five days later, Bunn started and played the full 90 minutes in goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford in a stunning 3–2 away victory for Rovers. He made 8 appearances in all competitions during the 2011–12 season.
On 29 August 2012, Bunn joined Premier League side Norwich City for an undisclosed fee on a two-year deal, with an option of a further year. He was signed to compete with John Ruddy to be Norwich's leading goalkeeper. Bunn made his Canaries debut in a League Cup clash against Doncaster Rovers where he kept a clean sheet in a 1–0 victory at Carrow Road. He held onto the gloves for the subsequent League Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur in which he was awarded Man of the Match in part due to his last minute penalty save which helped Norwich to a 2–1 victory. He made his first Premier League appearance of the season on 24 November, replacing first choice goalkeeper John Ruddy due to injury in the 82nd minute in a 1–1 draw away to Everton. He made his first league start four days later, helping Norwich secure a 1–1 draw away to Southampton. In the away match against Queens Park Rangers on 2 February 2013, Bunn saved Adel Taarabt's penalty kick which he caused by kicking Jamie Mackie's foot inside the penalty area. On 17 March, Bunn was sent off in a match against Sunderland after handling a loose ball outside the penalty box.
He is eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland through his father and grandmother.  Bunn has expressed a strong desire to play for the Republic, but has yet to be called up to the Irish team.
Club career statistics
- Statistics accurate as of 29 October 2013.
|Northampton Town total||90||0||14||0||0||0||104||0|
|Leicester City (loan)||2008–09||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|Sheffield United (loan)||2009–10||32||0||3||0||0||0||35||0|
|Blackburn Rovers total||6||0||9||0||0||0||15||0|
|Norwich City total||23||0||6||0||0||0||29||0|
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- Includes FA Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield