Tunnicliffe playing for Peterborough United in 2011
|Full name||Ryan Tunnicliffe|
|Date of birth||30 December 1992|
|Place of birth||Heywood, Greater Manchester, England|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Current club||Wigan Athletic
(on loan from Fulham)
|2011–2012||→ Peterborough United (loan)||29||(0)|
|2013||→ Barnsley (loan)||3||(0)|
|2013–2014||→ Ipswich Town (loan)||30||(0)|
|2014–||→ Wigan Athletic (loan)||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:03, 9 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Ryan Tunnicliffe (born 30 December 1992) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Wigan Athletic on loan from Fulham. Born in Heywood, Greater Manchester, he began his career with Manchester United but failed to break into the first team and joined Peterborough United, Barnsley and Ipswich Town on loan before making a permanent move to Fulham in January 2014. He has also played internationally for England at under-16 and under-17 levels.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Honours
- 6 Footnotes
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Born in Heywood, Greater Manchester, Tunnicliffe was first scouted by Manchester United at the age of nine, while playing for local side Roach Dynamos. When he was nine years old his father made a bet of £100 that Tunnicliffe would one day play for Manchester United. He progressed through the Manchester United academy and signed as a scholar in July 2009. He turned professional in December the same year.
Peterborough United loan
On 1 July 2011, Manchester United agreed for Tunnicliffe to spend a six-month loan spell at Peterborough United, alongside teammate Scott Wootton. He made his debut in the opening game of the season on 6 August in a 2–1 home win over Crystal Palace, coming on as a substitute for Lee Frecklington in the 87th minute. He then made his first start in a League Cup game against Stevenage and set up the opening goal for team-mate David Ball.
Return to Manchester United
After returning from the loan spell at Peterborough United, Tunnicliffe was a regular in the Reserves and helped the team win two trophies at the end of the campaign, scoring his first goal for Warren Joyce's team at Chelsea.
Tunnicliffe made his senior Manchester United debut on 26 September 2012, when he came on as a substitute in the 2–1 League Cup win over Newcastle United; He came on in the 77th minute, replacing Marnick Vermijl to win his father a bet that he had made 10 years earlier, with a return of £10,000.
Ipswich Town loan
On 26 July 2013, Tunnicliffe joined Ipswich Town on a six-month loan. He was a regular in the Ipswich side throughout the first half of the 2013–14 season, but although manager Mick McCarthy expressed an interest in extending Tunnicliffe's loan deal, Tunnicliffe returned to Manchester United in January 2014.
After just two appearances for the Manchester United first team, Tunnicliffe joined Fulham for an undisclosed fee on 31 January 2014, along with fellow Manchester United reserve midfielder Larnell Cole. There he was reunited with former Manchester United coach René Meulensteen, then in charge of Fulham. He made his debut for Fulham in a 2-2 draw against his former club Manchester United nine days later.
Wigan Athletic loan
After Meulensteen's sacking as Fulham manager, Tunnicliffe and Cole were deemed by Meulensteen's successor Felix Magath to be surplus to requirements at the club. On 25 February 2014, just 25 days after signing for Fulham, Tunnicliffe joined Wigan Athletic on loan until the end of the season as cover for the injured Ben Watson.
Tunnicliffe made his England under-16 debut in October 2007 at the age of 14, captaining the side to a 2–2 draw against Northern Ireland in the Victory Shield. He played for the under-16s a further seven times. In August 2008 he made his first appearance for the England under-17 team against Portugal. He was part of the squad for the 2009 European Championship. He has played a total of ten times for the under-17s, scoring four goals. He made his Capital One appearance in their 5–4 defeat against Chelsea in Halloween 2012.
Tunnicliffe attended Siddal Moor Sports College. On 14 October 2012, Tunnicliffe was charged for drink-driving by Greater Manchester Police, after his car collided with a van in Green Lane, Heywood.
- As of match played 12 February 2014
|Club||Season||League||Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other[nb 1]||Total|
|Peterborough United (loan)||2011–12||27||0||1||0||2||0||–||–||30||0|
|Ipswich Town (loan)||2013–14||27||0||2||0||0||0||–||–||29||0|
|Wigan Athletic (loan)||2013–14||0||0||–||–||–||0||0||0||0|
- Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield.
- "Premier League clubs submit squad lists" (PDF). PremierLeague.com. Premier League. 2 February 2012. p. 25. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
- "Ryan aims high". Manchester Evening News. 19 December 2007. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
- "Ryan Tunnicliffe". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
- Marshall, Adam (18 May 2011). "Ryan is Academy star". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
- "Peterborough sign Man Utd's Ryan Tunnicliffe on loan". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 1 July 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
- "Fergie Jnr defends Man Utd link". Sky Sports. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
- "Peterborough 2–1 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 6 August 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
- "Stevenage 3–4 Peterborough (aet)". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 9 August 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- "Ryan Tunnicliffe's Manchester United debut wins 100–1 bet for father". The Guardian (Guardian News and Media). 26 September 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
- Marshall, Adam (22 February 2013). "Tunnicliffe's a Tyke". ManUtd.com (Manchester United). Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- "Manchester United's Ryan Tunnicliffe agrees Barnsley loan". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 21 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- "Ryan Arrives On Loan". ITFC.co.uk (Ipswich Town FC). 26 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
- "Ipswich Town eager to keep Ryan Tunnicliffe". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 18 September 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
- "Transfer Deadline Day: Fulham sign Mitroglou and Heitinga". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 31 January 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
- "Manchester United 2-2 Fulham" BBC Sport. 9 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
- "Championship: Wigan complete Ryan Tunnicliffe loan from Fulham". Sky Sports (BSkyB). 25 February 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
- "Sky Sports Scout – Ryan Tunnicliffe". Sky Sports. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
- "Late strike denies Lions". thefa.com (The Football Association). 11 October 2007. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
- "Ryan Tunnicliffe". thefa.com. The Football Association. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
- "Manchester United's Ryan Tunnicliffe on drink-drive charge". BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 14 October 2012.
- Ryan Tunnicliffe career stats at Soccerbase