Tonge, Alan

Birth Date

25th February 1972


Bury, England



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Starting his career as a trainee with Manchester United, after playing for the Bolton Lads Club, he became Sir Alex Ferguson’s first signing for the club. Tonge signed a full contract for the Old Trafford club in July 1990.

Tonge never made the league side though and in the summer of 1991 moved to Horwich R.M.I.

He was signed by Exeter City from Horwich R.M.I. on non-contract forms in December 1991, the deal running until the end of the season.

He made his debut in a 1-0 home defeat against Wigan Athletic in February 1992.

Retained for the following season, Tonge was never a regular in the team and left at the end of the 1992-93 season. He had a brief spell playing for Elmore prior to returning to the Manchester area.

Tonge retired from playing in 1996 due to a back injury and received £7,000 as an insurance pay out. Living in Bolton in 2011, Tonge ran in the BUPA Great Manchester 10km Great Run to raise money for his chosen charity. He worked as a Lecturer at Manchester College and has a masters Degree in sports related Philosophy.



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