Ciarán Toner (born 30 June 1981 in Craigavon) is a Northern Irish former professional footballer and academy coach at Rotherham United. As a player he played as a midfielder from 2000 to 2015.
He came through the youth academy at Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur and was promoted to the club's first team during the 2000–01 season, but after loans to both Peterborough United and Bristol Rovers he was eventually released in 2002 without playing a first team game for the club. He then spent two years with Leyton Orient before joining Lincoln City for the 2004–05 season. His season with The Imps ended in controversy as he was loaned out to Cambridge United for the remainder of the season following a training ground bust up with teammate Marcus Richardson. Toner would end up suffering relegation to the Conference National with Cambridge while his parent club lost out on promotion in the League Two Play-off final. Following a trial he signed for Grimsby Town the following season and remained with The Mariners for three seasons and suffered a play-off final defeat in his first year. In the summer of 2008 he joined Rochdale and was part of the side that earned promotion to League One during the 2009–10 campaign. He was released by the club shortly afterwards and dropped into Non-league football for the first time in his career by signing for Conference North sides Harrogate Town, and a year later Guiseley. He remained clubless for the entire 2012–13 season and instead joined the coaching staff at Rotherham United before returning to playing at the age of 32 when he signed with Gainsborough Trinity in September 2013.
He has also earned two caps in 2003 for Northern Ireland, before that he earned 17 caps, scoring once for the Northern Ireland U21 side.Close