|Full name||Marcus Tudgay|
|Date of birth||3 February 1983|
|Place of birth||Shoreham-by-Sea, England|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|2006||→ Sheffield Wednesday (loan)||1||(1)|
|2010–2011||→ Nottingham Forest (loan)||4||(3)|
|2012–2013||→ Barnsley (loan)||9||(3)|
|2013–2014||→ Barnsley (loan)||5||(1)|
|2014||→ Charlton Athletic (loan)||2||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:09, 26 May 2015 (UTC).
Born in Shoreham, Sussex, Tudgay came through the ranks at Derby County and made his senior debut in August 2002. His final Rams goal came against future club Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough in November 2005.
Tudgay joined Sheffield Wednesday for an undisclosed fee in January 2006, penning a contract to keep him at Hillsborough until 2010. He had initially signed on loan with the club but manager Paul Sturrock decided to make his move permanent after he claimed a debut goal in a 3–0 win over Crewe Alexandra.
The manager's faith in him was justified as Tudgay scored vital goals in Sheffield Wednesday's successful attempt to avoid relegation from the Championship, including a goal against his former employers on the last day of the season in a 2–0 win.
Tudgay was ruled out for the start of the 2006–07 campaign due to a bizarre injury sustained at a family barbecue over the summer. The player cut his toe on glass, severing tendons and requiring surgery which ruled him out of competitive action for three months. But he bounced back on his return, forming a good partnership with Deon Burton, to score six goals in five games. He was moved out to the wing after injuries to Wade Small and Jermaine Johnson but still finished the season with 11 goals. The 2007–08 season saw Tudgay add eight goals to his career record, the most notable of these was a second half volley to lead his side to a 2–0 victory in the Steel City Derby at Hillsborough and another goal against Derby County in the FA Cup which helped to earn his side a replay. He missed the end of the season due to an injury.
At the start of the 2008–09 season Tudgay scored twice in the opening game against Burnley, the first coming within 30 seconds of kick off. He played in almost every position during the season. He won the Fans player of the month awards for February and March 2009 and the PFA Fans Championship Player Of The Year award, as well as the Sheffield Wednesday Player of the Year.
On 15 July 2009 it was reported that the Owls had rejected an offer from newly promoted Premier League side Burnley, describing the bid as unwelcome. Later that month he signed a new four-year contract until the summer of 2013.
On 25 August 2010 it was reported that newly promoted Premier League side Blackpool had tried to sign Tudgay the previous month and were about to make an improved offer for him. Sky Sports reported that Blackpool manager Ian Holloway had watched Tudgay in action the previous night. Two days later, the Yorkshire club rejected at £500,000 bid from Blackpool, calling the sum "derisory".
On 25 November 2010, Tudgay moved to Nottingham Forest on loan, with a view to a permanent deal in January 2011. He scored on his Forest debut in a 3–0 win against Crystal Palace on 18 December 2010 at the City Ground. In his next appearance for Nottingham Forest, he scored a brace in Forest's 5–2 victory over their East Midlands rivals Derby County. On 5 January 2011, the loan deal was made permanent and he signed for Forest for an undisclosed fee. His next goal was the winner against Portsmouth in a 2–1 victory for Forest. Tudgay's next goal came on 5 February against Watford, and it again proved decisive. He then did not score until April, when he opened the scoring in a 3–2 win against Leicester City. His final goal of the 2010–11 season came on the final day of the regular season, in a 3–0 win over Crystal Palace.
Tudgay's first league goal in the 2011–12 season came in a 2–0 win against Middlesbrough on 18 October 2011. His second league goal of the season was the only goal of the game against Reading on 1 November. His next goal came in the 3–2 win at home Ipswich Town on 19 November. His next goals came in the return fixture; Tudgay scored two as Forest beat Ipswich 3–1 on 2 January 2012. They would be Tudgay's last goals of the season.
After making an appearance and scoring a goal for Forest's reserves on 13 November 2012, on the next day, Tudgay signed for Barnsley on loan until January with a view to a permanent deal. His first goal for Barnsley was the equaliser in a 1–1 draw with Burnley on 27 November 2012. His second goal for Barnsley came in a 4–1 away defeat at Watford on 1 December. His third goal for the club was the winner in a 2–1 win at Millwall.
Tudgay joined Coventry City on a one-year deal on 29 July 2014. Tudgay quickly cemented his status as a fan favourite at Coventry City with a series of convincing performances as a centre-forward. After failing to score in his first 10 appearances for the club, Tudgay scored a thumping header against Walsall having missed a penalty earlier in the game. That goal was celebrated with a playful 'shushing' gesture that was taken in good faith by Coventry City fans who had taken 'our Marcus' to their hearts.
Tudgay's playing style at Coventry City has been described as a 'false 9', his imperious link-up play and deceptive movement have proven too much for most League One defences. Despite a relatively poor record in front of goal, Coventry City are unbeaten for every game that he has scored in, which includes crucial goals against Chesterfield and Crawley which helped secure survival in the 2014/15 season.
At the end of the season Tudgay was offered a contract extension by manager Tony Mowbray. After playing hard-to-get for around a month, Tudgay duly signed a new one-year deal which heralds in a bright new chapter at Coventry City.
Club career statistics
- As of 10 June 2015
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Derby County||2001–02||First Division||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sheffield Wednesday (loan)||2005–06||Championship||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|Derby County Total||92||17||5||1||2||0||0||0||99||18|
|Nottingham Forest (loan)||2010–11||Championship||4||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||3|
|Sheffield Wednesday Total||194||48||7||1||6||1||3||1||210||51|
|Charlton Athletic (loan)||2013–14||Championship||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|Nottingham Forest Total||57||10||1||0||4||1||2||0||64||11|
|Coventry City||2014–15||League One||22||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||23||4|
|Coventry City Total||22||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||23||4|
- A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including substitutes) in the Football League Trophy and 2011 Football League play-offs.
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- Marcus Tudgay career statistics at Soccerbase