Blues stalwart McTiernan makes landmark appearance

Blues ace Dave McTiernan
Blues ace Dave McTiernan

Whitby Town stalwart Dave McTiernan has moved into third spot in the all-time appearance list for the Blues.

McTiernan now sits behind long-standing keeper David Campbell and striker Paul Pitman in the appearances list.

He’s amassed 418 appearances for the Blues and the beginning of October signalled a milestone when Sutton Coldfield Town visited the Turnbull Ground.

The midfielder has been with the Blues on-and-off for 13 years, racking up over 400 appearances and is just one goal short of the 50-mark.

The tough-tackler is now targetting the top-two Campbell and Pitman after leapfrogging Graham Robinson.

“It’s a fantastic achievement,” McTiernan told The Whitby Gazette.

“There are some good players on that list. I just have to keep going to see if I can beat those in front of me.

“Robbo played a big part in me coming to the club. He got me to Whitby with Harry Dunn.

“I owe a lot to Graham but it’s nice to beat him.

“He hasn’t mentioned it yet, no doubt he’ll catch up with me at some point.

“I think Dave Campbell is the next one so I’ll aim for that, but there’s a long way to go.”

During his time with the Blues, McTiernan has picked up eight red cards, with his last coming towards the end of last season at Stourbridge.

He has also collected a number of yellow cards on top of that and has witnessed a number of changes at the club.

He added: “A lot has changed at Whitby Town.

“The mentality around the club and the style have altered.

“When I started here, we had a lot of experienced players, the likes of David Logan, who were hard-hitters.

“Now the players are a lot more technical and the football is a lot better. It’s moved on a lot in the last 10 years.”

With a season-and-a-half left on his contract, McTiernan needs 67 games to beat Pitman’s record and 58 to surpass Campbell.

Blues boss Chris Hardy was quick to sing the praises of club stalwart McTiernan.

“To make this number of appearances is a great achievement for Macca and one he can be proud of,” said Hardy.

“The fact that he has racked up this number of games for this club is testament to him as a real football man and to his quality on the pitch.”