Fran Tierney was one of the highly regarded players to come off the Crewe Alexandra production line, during a period when Dario Grady produced a number of top class talents such as Danny Murphy, Robbie Savage and Neil Lennon.
Tierney was regarded as the hottest of prospects in the early part of his career and was reportedly set for a high profile move to Liverpool in the mid 90’s before a serious knee injury scuppered the deal.
He signed for the Rovers in March 2001 having had brief spells with Notts County and Exeter City, with questions marks over his fitness still hanging over him, having never really moved on from injury.
Fran’s time at the Rovers, as throughout his career, was littered with injuries. However when fit, he proved he had the ability to play at a much higher level. Skilful on the ball he had great vision and awareness and could provide a quality final ball with either foot. He is indelibly etched on the history of the club, as it was his goal in extra time which won the conference play-off final in 2003 and lifted the club back into the football league. Sadly, injury eventually had the final say and ended the midfielder’s career in late 2004.