James Tunnicliffe
Rovers apps (gls)1:25 (0)
Date of birth:17 January 1989
Place of birth:Denton, Greater Manchester
Height:6 ft 4 in
Date joined:15 July 2010
Joined from:Brighton & Hove Albion
Date left:May 2011
1 League appearances and goals only.

Central defender James Tunnicliffe joined Rovers on a season-long loan from Brighton & Hove Albion on 15 July 2010, having been brought in to provide depth to the defence following the release of Steve Elliott from the club at the end of the previous season.


Manchester-born James started his footballing career with local side Stockport County, making his debut for them in 2005 at the age of 16, shortly after spending some time on trial with Liverpool. The Merseyside club decided that they weren't prepared to meet the £750,000 price tag that was placed on him by The Hatters, and he returned to Edgeley Park and went on to make 41 League appearances for them.

A year after a brief loan spell with Northwich Victoria in 2007, Tunnicliffe turned down the offer of a move to Southampton, stating that he felt he would be better served by staying put.

In the 2009 off-season he signed for Brighton & Hove Albion for an undisclosed fee, and immediately established himself as a first-team player under manager Russell Slade. After Slade lost his job, and was replaced by Gus Poyet in November 2009 James became more of a fringe player and eventually found himself loaned out to Milton Keynes Dons to gain some match experience. After returning to the south coast he was loaned out again, this time to Bristol Rovers for the whole of the 2010–11 season. When this deal expired he was released by Brighton and he joined Wycombe Wanderers on a year-long deal the following season. After a month-long loan at Crewe Alexandra he was again released in the summer of 2012.

He was signed to a two-year contract by his first senior club, Stockport County, in time for the start of the 2012–13 campaign, and was almost an ever-present for them in the Conference National division, missing just one of the club's 46 league games.

Career statsEdit

2005–06Stockport County 10
2006–07Stockport County 50
2007–08Stockport County 50
2007–08Northwich Victoria (loan)30
2008–09Stockport County 300
2009–10Brighton & Hove Albion 172
2009–10Milton Keynes Dons (loan)91
2010–11Brighton & Hove Albion 00
2010–11Bristol Rovers (loan)250
2011–12Wycombe Wanderers 171
2011–12Crewe Alexandra (loan)20
2012–13Stockport County 452

Record against RoversEdit

James has played against Bristol Rovers four times in his senior career. He won two of those games, drew one and lost one, and he scored the first senior goal of his career when he played for Brighton at the Mem in 2009.

20 December 2008Stockport CountyEdgeley Park3–1 to Stockport
28 March 2009Stockport CountyMemorial Stadium2–0 to RoversSubbed off at half time
26 September 2009Brighton & Hove AlbionMemorial Stadium1–1Scored Brighton's only goal
6 September 2011Wycombe WanderersAdams Park3–1 to Wycombe

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