Chris Greatwich

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Chris Greatwich
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Greatwich playing for the Colonials
Personal information
Full name Christopher Robert Barbon Greatwich
Date of birth (1983-09-30) 30 September 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Westminster, England
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Youth career
0000–2003 Brighton and Hove Albion
2003–2004 Drury Panthers
2005–2006 Hartwick Hawks
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Ringmer
2006–2007 Lewes 3 (1)
2007–2008 Bognor Regis Town 20 (0)
2010–2012 Morris County Colonials
2012– Kaya 15 (5)
National team
2004– Philippines 44 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 June 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 November 2014

Christopher Robert Barbon "Chris" Greatwich[1] (born 30 September 1983) is an English–Filipino footballer who previously played for Morris County Colonials and now plays for United Football League (Philippines) club Kaya FC and the Philippines national football team.

Football career[edit]

Professional career[edit]

Greatwich's previous clubs include Bognor Regis Town, Lewes FC, Ringmer, Hartwick College and Drury University. In addition, he also used to play for Brighton and Hove Albion and was part of their successful FA Youth Cup side in 2002, which lost to eventual winners Aston Villa.

International career[edit]

Greatwich began his international career with the Philippines in 2004, making his debut against Myanmar in the Tiger Cup. He was unable to play in 2005 in the SEA Games due to his Hartwick Hawks making the NCAA Tournament in the United States, but played the following year in Bacolod when they hosted the qualifiers for the Asean Championships. It was here that Greatwich scored his first international goal against Laos in the sides' 1–2 defeat. He then scored in the 7–0 win over East Timor and played in wins against Cambodia and Brunei to see them qualify for the finals in Thailand. There they lost to Malaysia and Thailand before drawing with Myanmar in their final game.

In 2008 in Iloilo, Greatwich played in the AFC Challenge Cup games against Brunei, Tajikistan, and Bhutan. The team would eventually be eliminated on goal difference despite not conceding a goal or losing a match. Later that year, Greatwich played in the 2008 AFF Suzuki Cup qualifiers in Cambodia where the side again would be eliminated from the tournament this time on the basis of goals scored. Despite wins against East Timor (1–0) and Cambodia (3–2, with Greatwich scoring the second) the draw against Brunei (1–1) and loss to Laos (1–2) saw Laos and Cambodia qualify for the finals.

The 2009 AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers saw Greatwich play in all three games against Bhutan (1–0), host nation Maldives (2–3) and Turkmenistan (0–5) which saw them finish third in the group, behind Maldives and winners Turkmenistan, the latter advancing to the finals.

Greatwich was then a last minute addition to the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup in Vietnam despite not featuring in the qualifiers in Laos. In their first group game against Singapore, Greatwich scored an injury time equaliser to produce one of the biggest shocks in AFF Suzuki Cup history. Greatwich and the team went one better in the following game against defending champions Vietnam, when Greatwich scored a goal and an assist on Phil Younghusband's goal to win 2–0. Following a 0–0 draw in the final group game against Myanmar, the Philippines were matched up against Indonesia in the semi-finals. Both games were played in Jakarta following the ASEAN Football Federation's decision that the Philippines had no suitable venue to host the semi-finals, and lost both games 1–0. Greatwich suffered the misfortune of being sent-off in the final moments of the second leg.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list the Philippines' goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 November 2006 Panaad Stadium, Bacolod  Laos
2007 AFF Championship qualifier
2. 14 November 2006 Panaad Stadium, Bacolod  Timor-Leste
2007 AFF Championship qualifier
3. 23 October 2008 Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh  Cambodia
2008 AFF Suzuki Cup qualifier
4. 2 December 2010 My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi  Singapore
2010 AFF Suzuki Cup
5. 5 December 2010 My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi  Vietnam
2010 AFF Suzuki Cup
6. 15 October 2013 Panaad Stadium, Bacolod  Pakistan
2013 Philippine Peace Cup
7. 27 May 2014 National Football Stadium, Malé  Maldives
2014 AFC Challenge Cup

Personal life[edit]

Greatwich's brothers Phil and Simon also play for the Philippine national football team. He is also a full-time coach in New Jersey in the United States, working with younger age groups as the head coach of the Morris County Colonials U-20 team in the Youth Premier Soccer League.

Chris puts his achievements down to the foundation he was given at the Graduate Recruitment Bureau (GRB), where he worked prior to his move into full time football. His mentor Owen Gill taught him the work ethic and determination needed to be a success and he took this into his footballing career.




National team[edit]


  1. ^ "Philippines roster – 2008 AFC Challenge Cup". Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 

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