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Stuart Tomlinson
Personal information
Full name Stuart Charles Tomlinson[1]
Date of birth 10 May 1985 (1985-05-10) (age 24)
Place of birth    Chester, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Barrow
Number 21
Youth career
2001–2003 Crewe Alexandra
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Crewe Alexandra
Stafford Rangers (loan)
Burton Albion (loan)
20 (0)
0? (?)
01 (0)
016 (0)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 13:23, 2 January 2010 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Stuart Charles Tomlinson (born 10 May 1985) is an English football goalkeeper, currently playing for Barrow in the Conference National. He had previously been with club after his release by Crewe Alexandra, progressing from their youth team in 2001 aged just 16, until being released in summer 2009.


Playing career

Tomlinson made his senior debut for Crewe Alexandra in a Second Division clash with Oldham Athletic on 25 January 2003, replacing Danny Milosevic on 51 minutes after the Australian suffered an injury. Chris Armstrong put one past him, though Crewe ran out 3-1 winners at Boundary Park.[2] At the end of the season he signed his first professional contract. Dario Gradi said: "Stuart is outstanding on penalties because he is positive and doesn't flop over".[3]

His second game came on 17 March 2004 at the Boleyn Ground. Clayton Ince came off injured after 86 minutes with the score 4-2 to West Ham United. The eighteen year old held his nerve in front of over 30,000 spectators and no goals were scored in the brief period he was on the pitch.[4] Later in the year he had a loan spell at local non-league Stafford Rangers.

After recovering from a twisted ankle,[5] the young keepers next senior game was at Sincil Bank on 23 August 2005, replacing on-loan star Ben Williams at half time. Lincoln City sent the Railwaymen crashing out of the League Cup, putting two past Williams and three past Tomlinson for a 5-2 victory. His first start came in the FA Cup Third Round clash at Deepdale on 7 January 2006, the home side coming out 2-1 winners. He played his first Championship game on 28 January, replacing Ross Turnbull at half time, Watford put two past each men for a 4-2 win. After signing a one year contract extension in March,[6] Tomlinson got his first league start on 30 April, as Crewe beat Millwall 4-2, Ben May scoring both of the Lions goals.

In May 2006, Burton Albion requested a season long loan,[7] the move was delayed due to a calf injury.[8] He joined them for a pre-season friendly with Sheffield Wednesday.[9] However Crewe reconsidered the loan deal and so Nigel Clough signed aged veteran Kevin Poole.[10] Clough was still keen to sign Tomlinson,[11] with the saga continuing well into the season,[12] though no deal was made. Tomlinson picked up his first clean sheet in the Football League on 22 August 2006, during a 3-0 win at Grimsby Town's Blundell Park in the League Cup first round. He really came to prominence in the Football League Trophy tie with Rochdale on 31 October, saving all four of Rochdale penalties.[13] He went on to play seven League One games, as well make one appearance in the FA Cup. However he did not play in the 2007 end of the season, partly due to a torn groin[14] that kept him out of actions for a number of weeks.[15] In the summer there was once again talk of a possible loan move to Burton.[16]

In 2007-08 he was only used by Steve Holland once - in a 1-1 draw with Chester City in the Football League Trophy on 4 September. Chester won the game 4-3 on penalties.[17] Not long after this he was on the sidelines with a broken thumb.[18] In February, Tomlinson joined nearby Conference Burton Albion on a one month loan.[19] He played 90 minutes for the Brewers on 1 March, Histon won 3-1, Tomlinson being forced to make numerous saves.[20] He played no further part of Burton's season thanks to a cruciate ligament injury.[21][22]

After six months of rehab he recovered earlier then expected. His 2008-09 season started on 25 November, as Dario Gradi took him to the Walkers Stadium, where Leicester City won 2-1.[23] The next month he played six games, keeping four clean sheets (against Carlisle United, Cheltenham Town, Swindon Town and Millwall[24]). However he lost his place at the end of January following heavy defeats to Northampton Town and Peterborough United, as well criticism of his manager.[25] New manager Gudjon Thordarson told him that he would not offered a new contract at the end of the season, thus ending Tomlinson's long association with the club.[26]

In July 2009 he joined Port Vale for pre-season training,[27] playing 45 minutes of a pre-season friendly.[28] Micky Adams considered signing Tomlinson up whilst first choice keeper Joe Anyon was out injured.[29] He impressed manager Micky Adams on his trial and would have been signed to a contract if the cash-strapped club could find the finance, instead Adams considered offering Tomlinson non-contract terms.[30] However, Tomlinson left the club to search for a more permanent offer elsewhere.[31] On 6 August 2009 he joined Barrow of the Conference National, just two days before the start of their season.

Personal life

Tomlinson currently lives in Ellesmere Port. Outside of football his principle interest is marine fish[32] and his nicknames include 'Wombat' and 'The Cat'.


  1. ^ "Search 1984 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Retrieved 2009-05-02.  
  2. ^ "Oldham 1-3 Crewe". BBC Sport. 13 February, 2003. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  3. ^ "Gradi grateful to hero Tomlinson". BBC Sport. 1 November 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  4. ^ "West Ham 4-2 Crewe". BBC Sport. 16 March, 2004. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  5. ^ "Gradi offers keeper Deeney trial". BBC Sport. 28 July 2005. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  6. ^ "Tomlinson extends Crewe contract". BBC Sport. 28 March 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  7. ^ "Burton want Scarborough defender". BBC Sport. 16 May 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  8. ^ "Brewers delay Crewe keeper swoop". BBC Sport. 8 July 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  9. ^ "Brewers see off Owls in friendly". BBC Sport. 1 August 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  10. ^ "Burton sign veteran keeper Poole". BBC Sport. 12 August 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  11. ^ "Brewers still want Crewe keeper". BBC Sport. 29 August 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  12. ^ "Clough keen to hang on to Poole". BBC Sport. 20 September 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  13. ^ "Rochdale 1-1 Crewe". BBC Sport. 31 October 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  14. ^ "Welcome to my website". player site. 06 Feb 2007.!. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  15. ^ "Out for the season". Personal site. 17 Apr 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  16. ^ "Gradi keen to loan out Tomlinson". BBC Sport. 20 June 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  17. ^ "Chester 1-1 Crewe". BBC Sport. 4 September 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  18. ^ "I want to force my way back into the side". Personal site. 09 Nov 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  19. ^ "Burton land Crewe keeper on loan". BBC Sport. 21 February 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  20. ^ "Burton 1-3 Histon". BBC Sport. 1 March 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  21. ^ "Crewe number one shirt out of sight". Personal site. 13 Mar 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  22. ^ "Crewe´s blues sure to end". Personal site. 14 Mar 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  23. ^ "Leicester 2-1 Crewe". BBC Sport. 25 November 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  24. ^ "Millwall 0-0 Crewe". BBC Sport. 20 December 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  25. ^ "Tomlinson looking to prove worth". BBC Sport. 21 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  26. ^ "Thordarson Wields Axe". The Sentinel. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-09.  
  27. ^ Baggaley, Michael (July 16, 2009). "Port Vale: Mini Mama handed trial by Valiants boss Adams". The Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-07-16.  
  28. ^ Baggaley, Mike (July 18, 2009). "Newcastle Town 0 Port Vale 3". The Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-07-18.  
  29. ^ "Adams to keep tabs on Tomlinson". BBC Sport. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  30. ^ "Adams keen to snap up trial pair". BBC Sport. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-30.  
  31. ^ Shaw, Steve (August 04, 2009). "Port Vale: Adams disappointed by Tomlinson exit". The Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-08-04.  
  32. ^ "Considering a loan move in Januar". Personal site. 20 Dec 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  

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