Anthony Pulis

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Anthony Pulis
Anthony Pulis.jpg
Pulis playing against Seattle reserves in USL Pro for the Orlando City Lions
Personal information
Full name Anthony James Pulis[1]
Date of birth (1984-07-21) 21 July 1984 (age 30)[1]
Place of birth Bristol, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Orlando City
Number 6
Youth career
000?–2002 Portsmouth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Portsmouth 0 (0)
2004–2008 Stoke City 2 (0)
2004–2005 Torquay United (loan) 3 (0)
2006 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 6 (0)
2006–2007 Grimsby Town (loan) 9 (0)
2008 Bristol Rovers (loan) 1 (0)
2008–2011 Southampton 0 (0)
2009–2010 Lincoln City (loan) 7 (0)
2010–2011 Stockport County (loan) 10 (1)
2011 Barnet (loan) 4 (0)
2011–2012 Aldershot Town 5 (0)
2012– Orlando City 34 (3)
National team
2005 Wales U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:55, 25 May 2012 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:47, 7 October 2009 (UTC)
For the Crystal Palace manager, see Tony Pulis

Anthony James Pulis (born 21 July 1984, Bristol) is a Wales under-21 international footballer who plays as a midfielder for North American USL Pro side Orlando City.

He has previously played for Portsmouth, Stoke City, Torquay United, Plymouth Argyle, Grimsby Town, Bristol Rovers, Southampton, Lincoln City, Stockport County, Barnet and Aldershot Town. He has made four appearances for the Wales under-21 team,[2][3] but has not represented his country at senior level.

Club career[edit]


Bristol-born Pulis began his career as a trainee with Portsmouth whilst his father Tony managed the club, turning professional in July 2003. Despite his father's sacking after only 10 months in charge, Pulis Jnr. stayed at Fratton Park, hoping to break into the club's first team. He made just one first team appearance for Pompey, as a substitute in the 2–0 League Cup win away to Cardiff City on 9 November 2004.[4]

Stoke City[edit]

Having failed to make an impact on the first team, Pulis rejoined his father, signing alongside Lewis Buxton for Stoke City in December 2004,[5] on a two and a half-year deal, where Pulis Snr. was manager.

Almost immediately after his arrival at Stoke, Pulis Jnr. joined Torquay United on loan, making his league debut as a first-half substitute for Alex Russell as Torquay lost 2–1 at home to Stockport County on 1 January 2005. However his appearances were limited and his loan spell was cut short.

In the 2005–06 season, with his father replaced as manager by Johan Boskamp, Pulis found first team opportunities scarce. In February 2006, Pulis Jnr. joined Doncaster Rovers on trial,[6] however no permanent deal materialised and he returned to Stoke. Towards the end of the 2005–06 season he was loaned to Plymouth Argyle, linking up with his father for the third time in his career.[7]

Pulis remained at Stoke for the 2006–07 season. Pulis Snr. returned to Stoke as manager in June 2006.[8] Pulis Jnr. moved, along with Martin Paterson, to Grimsby Town on loan on 23 November 2006.[9] However, he made only nine appearances before his loan spell was cut short due to injury.[10] In his penultimate appearance, he was substituted at half-time as Grimsby suffered a 4–0 loss to Rochdale.[11]

The 2007–08 season started brightly for Pulis. He gained his first assist for the club, as his corner set up a Jon Parkin header in a 3–2 defeat to Southampton, however injury problems kept him sidelined for several months following. Pulis was loaned out again, on this occasion to Bristol Rovers, however he made only one appearance for the club before his loan spell was curtailed due to injury. In his only appearance for the club, a 14-minute cameo in a 2–0 defeat to Doncaster Rovers, Pulis conceded a penalty kick and was booked.[12]


In August 2008 Pulis moved to Southampton on a two-year contract a free transfer.[13]

He joined League Two team Lincoln City on a month's loan in October 2009[14] making his debut on 10 October in a 1–0 away win against Macclesfield Town.[15] Pulis became an instant first team regular at Lincoln but left the club when his loan contract expired on 7 January 2010.[16] He had spent the previous six weeks on the injured list.

In October 2010, he joined Stockport County on loan for a month[17][18] and made his debut for the club on 9 October 2010 in a match against Gillingham, a club his father managed, in which he scored a consolation goal for Stockport.[19] The loan was extended into a second, then third month.[20]

Pulis joined Barnet on loan in February 2011 and got sent off 29 minutes into his debut, a 3–0 defeat at home to Torquay United.[21]

Anthony Pulis was released by Southampton on 21 May 2011, never having made a first-team appearance for the club.[22]

Aldershot Town[edit]

At the start of August 2011, it was announced that Pulis had signed for League Two side Aldershot Town, on a one year contract. He went on to make five league and two Football League Cup appearances for the club, of which he only started one game.[23]

Orlando City[edit]

In January 2012 Pulis joined USL Pro side Orlando City, his old club Stoke City's affiliate side.[24] He scored his first goal for Orlando City against Richmond Kickers in a 2–0 win.

Personal life[edit]

Pulis is a Catholic and regularly attends church.[25] He is the son of football manager Tony Pulis.


  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 505. ISBN 1-85291-665-6. 
  2. ^ Mark Currie (16 November 2005). "Cyprus U21 3 – Wales U21 3". icNorthWales. Retrieved 22 December 2007. 
  3. ^ "Wales U21 0–4 Germany U21". BBC Sport. 8 February 2005. Retrieved 22 December 2007. 
  4. ^ "Cardiff 0–2 Pompey". ESPNsoccernet. 9 November 2004. Retrieved 22 December 2007. 
  5. ^ Stoke swoop for young Pompey duo BBC Sport, 24 December 2004
  6. ^ Doncaster trial for Stoke's Pulis BBC Sport, 2 February 2006
  7. ^ Plymouth boss signs son on loan BBC Sport, 9 March 2006
  8. ^ Pulis confirmed as Stoke manager BBC Sport, 14 June 2006
  9. ^ Grimsby tie up treble loan swoop BBC Sport, 23 November 2006
  10. ^ Mariners loanee returns to Stoke BBC Sport, 2 February 2007
  11. ^ Grimsby 0 – Rochdale 4 Soccerbase, 1 January 2007
  12. ^ Doncaster 2–0 Bristol Rovers BBC Sport, 9 February 2008
  13. ^ "Saints add Pulis on two-year deal". BBC Sport. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 7 October 2009. 
  14. ^ "Imps sign Pulis on month's loan". BBC Sport. 7 October 2009. Archived from the original on 10 October 2009. Retrieved 7 October 2009. 
  15. ^ Macclesfield 0 – 1 Lincoln City BBC Sport, 10 October 2009
  16. ^ Two depart Lincoln City The Forgotten Imp, 7 January 2010
  17. ^ "Pulis Departs". Southampton F.C. 7 October 2010. Archived from the original on 10 October 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  18. ^ "Pulis joins Stockport". Southern Daily Echo. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  19. ^ "Gillingham 2 Stockport 1". BBC Sport. 9 October 2010. Archived from the original on 9 October 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  20. ^ "Stockport County extend Anthony Pulis loan deal". BBC Sport. 1 December 2010. 
  21. ^ "Barnet 0–3 Torquay". BBC News. 12 February 2011. 
  22. ^ "Released List Announced". Southampton FC. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  23. ^ "Anthony Pulis – Soccerbase". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  24. ^ "Pulis Junior Joins Orlando City". Stoke City F.C. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  25. ^ Walsh, David (22 November 2009). "Fanfare for the common manager". The Times (London). Retrieved 26 November 2009. 

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