Jonny Tuffey
Jonny Tuffey
Jonny Tuffey
● Jonny Tuffey (SKY)

born in Northern Ireland

Jonathan Tuffey was born on Tuesday, 20th January, 1987, in Banbridge, County Down.

The 6' 1 (12st 8lbs) goalkeeper signed for Dick Campbell's Thistle on Tuesday, 4th July, 2006, having most recently been with Coventry City.

Aged 19, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 15th July, 2006, in a 2-1 friendly win away to Lancaster City.

Jonny kept his first clean-sheet on Thursday, 27th July, 2006, in a 0-0 friendly draw at home to Greenock Morton.

He registered the last of his 45 clean-sheets on Saturday, 1st May, 2010, in a 1-0 win at home to Queen of the South in the SFL First Division.

Fittingly, that was actually the last of his 150 games for the club.

At June, 2021, Jonny's club-list included Coventry City, Partick Thistle, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, St Johnstone, Linfield, Glenavon and Crusaders.

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Tuffey started his career in 2003 at English club Coventry City, brought to the club by scout Willie McKeown. He progressed his way through the academy system with the Sky Blues but failed to make a first-team appearance. Tuffey was third choice at Coventry but was a near ever-present for the reserves. Tuffey signed for Scottish club Partick Thistle in May 2006. He made his debut for Partick Thistle in September 2006 in a 2–1 win against Hamilton Academical. In the very next game he conceded six goals in a 6–0 defeat to Gretna. He would go on to make 14 more appearances that term, keeping four clean sheets.

By the 2007–08 season, and with Thistle under new management, Tuffey had become Thistle's first-choice goalkeeper. In March 2008 he won the First Division player of the month award, in a month in which Thistle were unbeaten, including a 1–1 draw away to Rangers in the Quarter Final of the Scottish Cup. He finished the 2007–08 season with 34 appearances. Tuffey gained his first full cap on 19 November 2008 in a 2–0 defeat to Hungary. In gaining his first full international cap, Tuffey became the 32nd player to be capped for his country while playing for Partick Thistle and became the sixth Partick Thistle player to be capped by a country other than Scotland, and the first since Adrian Madaschi who played four times for Australia in the summer of 2004. After the game, he said "It was fantastic, it was something that I have dreamed about since I was a boy. It's been a long journey to get here but now that the cap has come I'm over the moon."

During the 2008–09 season Tuffey started all 36 league games for Partick Thistle and kept 14 clean sheets. He finished the 2009–10 season with 38 appearances. Tuffey turned down a new contract with Partick, signing with Inverness prior to the 2010–11 season. He struggled to become 1st choice during his time at ICT. He left Inverness at the end of the 2011–12 season. His last game for the club was in a 2–0 win over Hibs, although he was an unused substitute. He signed for St Johnstone shortly after leaving Inverness. Having made only one appearance for St Johnstone, he was released in June 2013 and subsequently signed for Northern Irish side Linfield.

Upon his release by Linfield, Tuffey joined fellow NIFL Premiership side Glenavon on a two-year deal. Tuffey made his official debut for the side in a Europa League qualifier in which Glenavon lost 3–0 away to FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk and lost subsequently 5–1 on aggregate. Tuffey has since replaced James McGrath as Glenavon's first choice goalkeeper and won the Glenavon player of the month award for August 2015. On 23 January 2021, Glenavon Manager Gary Hamilton told the club's website that Tuffey had turned down the offer of a new contract, stating, "He's looking for something else in his career, he's looking for a new challenge."

On 31 January 2021, on transfer deadline day, Tuffey signed for Crusaders on a three-and-a-half year contract. In August of that year, Tuffey took on the further role of the Women's team, Crusaders Strikers, having previously served as their goalkeeping coach. On 7 May 2022 in the 2022 Irish Cup final, Tuffey assisted a last-minute equaliser for Josh Robinson to force extra-time, in which Crusaders scored a last-minute winner to win the trophy.

(WIK/WS)



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