Marc Pugh

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Marc Pugh
Personal information
Full name Marc Pugh
Date of birth April 2, 1987
Place of birth Bacup, England
Nickname Pughy
Position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Bury
Youth clubs
2003- 2006 Burnley F.C.
Professional clubs*
Years Club Apps (goals)
7 (1)
10 (1)

* Professional club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 20:52, 26 September 2006 (UTC).

Marc Pugh (born Bacup, England on April 2, 1987) is a professional English footballer currently playing for Bury F.C in the English Football League 2. He plays mainly as an attacking midfielder but can play as a striker and on the wing. He has represented England in the North-West of England team and attended the All Saints High School in Rossendale.

Playing Career


His footballing career began at the Football League Championship side Burnley F.C where at a young age, he started as a Centre of Excellence player, and gradually worked his way up through the ranks to become a footballing apprentice. He began as a first year apprentice which involved both playing for the youth and reserve teams and taking a 'Modern Apprenticeship In Sporting Excellence' at college. This was spread out over three years and by the second year the club would either take them on as 3rd year apprentices or release them. Due to Marc's great goalscoring record (which led him to be named on the first team bench) they decided to keep him on for a third year.

As a 3rd year apprentice he scored 15 goals for the club's reserve and youth team. This led to him to be sent out on loan to Kidderminster Harriers, a Nationwide Conference team, for real footballing experience. Whilst at the Harriers, he scored one goal and made 10 appearances. Also, during a match he did a smart piece of skill which involved flicking the ball over an opponents head with his heel, then crossing the ball in for a teammate to score. The move was featured on Soccer AM's showboating section as showboat of the week. Also, during a reserve match, Marc had to play in goal after reserve keeper Mark Crossley was sent off. The Harriers lost the game 7-1, but Marc had a good game in the goal. As a result, he is high in the list of stand-in goalkeepers during matches.

During the course of the season, Marc learned that he would not get a professional contract at Burnley, and would be released at the end of the season. This was partly due to the fact that both Chris McCann and Kyle Lafferty had both already received first team contracts and they were only 2nd year apprentices.

Professional Career

Having just been released from Burnley, Marc started looking for a new club, and was eventually offered a place at League Two side Bury FC. At the time of Marc's arrival at Bury, the threat of relegation loomed over the club. On top of this, the club had lost several good players to Preston (including David Nugent and Simon Whaley). As a result, Bury's season had slumped and they were entangled in a relegation battle. Pugh ended up playing six games in the 05/06 season for the club (including 3 as a sub) and scored his first goal in the 1-1 draw against Lincoln City. As a result of his good performances (and helped by the fact that Bury had survived relegation), Bury manager Chris Casper offered him a one year deal at Gigg Lane; his first professional contract. Pugh will no doubt be looking forward to a more stable season in 06/07 in what will be his first professional season and will want to put in some good performances in order to gain a longer contract. His squad number is 31 for Bury in the 06/07 season as it was for the six games he had at the end of the season.

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