Roy Tunks

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Roy Tunks
Personal information
Full name Roy William Tunks[1]
Date of birth (1951-01-21) 21 January 1951 (age 69)
Place of birth Wuppertal, Germany
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
Rotherham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1974 Rotherham United 138 (0)
1969York City (loan) 4 (0)
1974–1981 Preston North End 277 (0)
1981–1988 Wigan Athletic 245 (0)
1988 Hartlepool United 5 (0)
1988–1990 Preston North End 25 (0)
Total 694 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Roy William Tunks (born 21 January 1951) is a German-born English former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He made over 850 appearances in a playing career spanning over twenty years.

He was signed for a record fee by Preston North End in 1974 as a goalkeeper from Rotherham United where he was known as the "boy with the golden gloves". He played well over 300 games for Preston North End, and was the club's Player of the Year for the 1979–80 season.

He moved to Wigan Athletic in 1981, and was part of the team that won the Freight Rover Trophy in 1985.[2]

After retiring in 1990, Tunks moved into coaching. He joined the FA and worked with England youngsters at under 16 to under 20 level. He also worked at Premier League clubs Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United as a goalkeeping coach. He was part of the backroom staff at Tranmere Rovers before moving on to become head of Goalkeeping Department at Manchester City F.C


  1. ^ "Roy Tunks". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  2. ^ "FREIGHT ROVER 85 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?". Wigan Athletic. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2019.

External links[edit]

  • Roy Tunks at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database