Alex Wilkinson

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Alex Wilkinson
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Wilkinson playing for the Central Coast Mariners in 2009
Personal information
Full name Alexander William Wilkinson[1]
Date of birth (1984-08-13) 13 August 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current team
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Number 18
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Northern Spirit 44 (0)
2004 Ryde City Gunners 19 (3)
2004–2005 Manly United 15 (0)
2005–2012 Central Coast Mariners 172 (2)
2011 Jiangsu Sainty (loan) 10 (0)
2012– Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 61 (4)
National team
2001 Australia U-17 9 (4)
2002–2003 Australia U-20 8 (0)
2014– Australia 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 December 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 June 2014

Alexander William Wilkinson (born 13 August 1984) is an Australian football (soccer) player who plays for Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the K-League.

Club career[edit]

Alexander's bright career began in Ryde East Primary School and Epping Boys' High School where he showed excellent talents on the field as a sportsman and off the field in his sportsmanship. His main junior football club was North Ryde and then with Gladesville Hornsby/Northern Spirit youth team where he played alongside Brett Holman. He currently plays as a central defender for the Australian A-League team Central Coast Mariners. On Sunday 12 November 2006, Noel Spencer was dropped from the starting eleven and in his absence Alex Wilkinson was named captain of the team. Spencer was then struck down with injury and Alex filled in as captain until round 18 when Spencer returned.

He was named Captain for Season 3 (2007–2008) and only injury has interrupted that (with ex-Socceroo Tony Vidmar and midfielder John Hutchinson filling in). On 17 March 2011 it was announced that Wilkinson had signed a short-term loan deal with Chinese side Jiangsu Sainty.[2] On 18 July he had signed a two and a half year contract with K-League team Jeonbuk Motors. The reported transfer fee paid to the Mariners upon completion of the deal is $450,000.[3]

Achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season A-League Finals Asia Other 1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Australia Central Coast Mariners 2005-06 21 0 4 0 5 0 30 0
2006-07 21 0 6 0 27 0
2007-08 12 0 3 0 5 1 20 1
2008-09 21 0 2 0 6 0 3 0 32 0
2009-10 27 1 27 1
2010-11 30 1 4 0 34 1
2011-12 24 0 3 0 6 0 33 0
Club subtotal 156 2 16 0 12 0 19 1 203 3
Club Season Chinese Super League Chinese FA Cup Asia Other Total
China Jiangsu Sainty 2011 10 0 10 0
Club Season K-League Korean FA Cup Asia Other Total
South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2012 15 0 15 0
2013 21 2 4 0 2 0 26 2
Total 192 3 17 0 14 0 19 1 242 4

1Includes A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup

International career[edit]

He represented Australia in 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. In August 2006, Alex was selected for the first time to join the 22 man Socceroos squad, training for the Asian Cup against Kuwait.[4] He has also joined the 37 man training squad for the Socceroos against Qatar. He made his full national team debut against Ecuador in a friendly at The New Den in London on the 5th of March 2014.

He was a surprise inclusion for Australia's 2014 World Cup squad and started in Australia's 3-1 opening loss to Chile. After he cleared a certain goal off the line he was the first player in history to be involved in FIFA's new goal line review system which showed he successfully saved a goal.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Central Coast Mariners:

International[edit]

Australia

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Noel Spencer
Central Coast Mariners club captain
2007–2012
Succeeded by
John Hutchinson