|Full name||Ciarán Toner|
|Date of birth||June 30, 1981|
|Place of birth||Craigavon, Northern Ireland|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
→ Peterborough United (loan)
→ Bristol Rovers (loan)
→ Cambridge United (loan)
|2003||Northern Ireland||2 (0)|
1 Senior club appearances and goals
Ciarán Toner (born June 30, 1981 in Craigavon, Northern Ireland) is a professional international footballer who currently plays for Rochdale in the Football League. He has notably played for Leyton Orient and Grimsby Town.
Toner was promoted to the first team setup at White Hart Lane at the beginning of the 2000-2001 season. The Irish midfielder failed to make an appearance for the club in his two seasons at the Premiership outfit, but spent time on loan with Peterborough United and Bristol Rovers, before being released at the end of the 2001-2002 season.
His next port of call was too sign with Leyton Orient. He made his debut for the Brisbane Road club on the opening day of the 2002-2003 season, with a 3-2 victory over Macclesfield Town. Ciaran went on to make just over 60 appearances for the club in his two season stay. He scored twice, his first coming in a 1-1 away draw with Hull City on August 31 2002. While with Orient, Toner impressed enough to be called up to the Northern Ireland international team, where he played in two games, against Spain and Italy.
At the start of the 2004-2005 season, Toner was signed by Lincoln City manager Keith Alexander on a one year deal. Ciaran became a first team regular at Sincil Bank, and became even more popular with the club and its supporters when he scored vital goals in victories over the clubs rivals Grimsby Town and Mansfield Town. Toner made 17 appearances for The Imps, scoring twice, before being severely disciplined by the club for a "training ground incident" involving fellow team mate Marcus Richardson. The pair were both fined by the club, made available for transfer, and loaned out too other clubs. An unexpected end to the season for the Irishman and he spent the remaining two months on loan with Cambridge United. Toner made 8 appearances for United, and the club were eventually relegated from the Football League at the end of the season.
Following the expiry of his loan deal at Cambridge, Lincoln City decided against renewing Toner's one year deal,and he was released from Lincoln a few weeks prior to the end of the 2004-2005 season. Following several weeks off, Toner joined up with Grimsby Town on an initial trial period in July 2005. He was one of many players on trial at the club that summer, and joined the club for there pre-season Royal Army boot camp. Shortly before the start of the season, manager Russell Slade rewarded Toner with a one year contract, to which he accepted. In his first season with Grimsby, Toner was in and out of the first team squad, after initially starting the season as a regular bench warmer. He eventually got a run in the team due to Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala being absent,so he could be on international duty in the African Nations Cup, but he lost his place again when Curtis Woodhouse was signed in the January transfer window.In his second season at Blundell Park, Toner finished joint top scorer with 8 goals, as he played a large part in keeping Alan Buckley's side in the Football League. Toner was rewarded and signed a new 2 year deal in the summer of 2007. During the 2007-2008 season, Toner struggled with fitness problems that curtailed his season, and eventually saw him play second fiddle to other players at the club, and at the end of the season, Buckley decided to cancel his contract by mutual consent. Upon his departure from Blundell Park, he gave an interview to the local press stating that he always gave 100% and didn't see any reason why the fans wouldn't acknowledge this upon his future return. On the 26 June 2008 it was confirmed that Toner would leave the club after agreeing with the club to cancel his contract, despite having one year remaining on the deal. While at Grimsby, Toner managed to score some important goals, two of them goals came against his former side Lincoln City, in the clubs local derbys. One of them came in a 3-0 home win for The Mariners in 2005, while the other came in a 2-1 away win for Grimsby in 2007. He had previously scored in 2004 for Lincoln in the same fixture.
Immediately after his release from Grimsby, he signed a deal with fellow League 2 side Rochdale. He didn't feature in 'Dale's first game of the season, against former club Grimsby Town at Blundell Park and instead ,Ciarán made his debut against Oldham Athletic in the league cup and has become a first team regular alongside veteran Gary Jones in the centre of Midfield. Toner became an integral part of the Dale side by making 37 appearances and scoring a wonder strike against Aldershot Town. Rochdale went on to finish sixth in the league and claim a play off spot.
Ciarán had a race to be fit for the opening day of the 2009/2010 football season, Ciarán had problems with his ear drum in Rochdale's pre season training camp in Marbella before suffering from shin splints which made him miss the rest of Rochdale's pre season matches. Ciarán won his race by being named as a unused substitute for Rochdale's opening day fixture to Port Vale, however he is still believed not to be match fit.