David Felgate (footballer)

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Dave Felgate
Personal information
Full name David Wynne Felgate
Date of birth (1960-03-04) 4 March 1960 (age 54)
Place of birth Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1977–1978 Blaenau Ffestiniog
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1980 Bolton 0 (0)
1978–1979 Rochdale (loan) 35 (0)
1979 Crewe Alexandra (loan) 12 (0)
1980 Rochdale (loan) 12 (0)
1980–1985 Lincoln City 198 (0)
1984 Cardiff City (loan) 4 (0)
1985–1987 Grimsby Town 36 (0)
1987 Bolton (loan) 15 (0)
1987–1993 Bolton 223 (0)
1993 Bury 0 (0)
1993 Wolverhampton 0 (0)
1993–1995 Chester City 72 (0)
1995–1996 Wigan 3 (0)
1998–2002 Leigh RMI 32 (0)
2001–2002 Hyde United (loan) 12 (0)
2002–2003 Radcliffe Borough 1 (0)
2004 Chorley 1 (0)
2004–2005 Bacup Borough
2005–2006 Rossendale United 1 (0)
2006–2007 Manchester City 0 (0)
National team
1983 Wales 1 (0)
Teams managed
2005–2006 Rossendale United assistant manager
2006–2009 Stockport County goalkeepers coach
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

David Felgate (born 4 March 1960, Blaenau Ffestiniog) is a retired Welsh football goalkeeper.[1] Due to his stature, many supporters affectionately nicknamed him "the fat goalie".[2] Felgate had a long professional career from 1978 to 1995, making a total of 612 Football League appearances. Of the league appearances, 238 came with the Bolton Wanderers and he also turned out for league sides Rochdale, Crewe Alexandra, Lincoln City, Grimsby Town, Cardiff City, Chester City, and Wigan Athletic.[3]

He also had spells with Bury and Wolverhampton Wanderers without making any league appearances for these clubs, and Felgate later continued to play non-league football for clubs including Leigh RMI, Hyde United, and Bacup Borough until he was in his mid-40s.[4]

Felgate is perhaps best known for his performance in net for Leigh RMI against Fulham in the 1998/99 FA Cup at Craven Cottage.[2] Non-league Leigh achieved a 1–1 draw against the southwest London side, and thereby attention of the British media. In particular, Felgate, who was then 38 years old, received widespread plaudits for his performance in the match, which prompted then-Fulham boss Kevin Keegan to declare that Felgate's goalkeeping was "the best I've ever seen at any level."[5]

Felgate won a solitary full Welsh international cap in 1983,[1] having earlier played for his nation's schoolboys team. The keeper came on as a substitution for the legendary Neville Southall in a friendly against Romania.[4] Felgate would have had an additional international cap had Wales's scheduled match against Northern Ireland two years earlier in 1981 not been cancelled to Bobby Sands's hunger strike.[6]

After his retirement from playing, Felgate first acted as Manchester City's Academy Goalkeeping Coach and later became the assistant manager for the sem-professional Rossendale United club. He was then employed by Stockport County's as first team Goalkeeping Coach in League One.[7]

In January 2009 he left Stockport County to rejoin Manchester City as their academy goalkeeping coach.[8]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Leigh RMI

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Courtney, Barrie (20 May 2004). "Wales – International Results 1980–1989 – Details". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2007-10-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Meat pie, sausage roll, hefty Dave's great in goal!". The Bolton News. 18 November 1998. Retrieved 2007-10-03. 
  3. ^ "Goalkeeper Coaching in Lancashire". Just4Keepers. Retrieved 2007-10-05. 
  4. ^ a b "Bacup feeling safe in keeper Felgate's hands". Lancashire Evening Telegraph. 18 September 2004. Retrieved 2007-10-05. 
  5. ^ "Felgate's finest hour". The Bolton News. 16 November 1998. Retrieved 2007-10-03. 
  6. ^ Longmore, Andrew (8 November 1998). "Football: Bring on the aristocrats". The Independent. Archived from the original on 22 February 2008. Retrieved 2007-10-08. 
  7. ^ "Felgate takes full-time job at Stockport". Rossendale Free Press. 6 March 2006. Retrieved 2007-10-04. 
  8. ^ "Luca released". Stockport County F.C. Official Website. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  9. ^ "Leigh clinch promotion glory". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 28 June 2000. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Leigh RMI 2 Lancaster City 1". TheBoltonNews.co.uk (Newsquest (North West) Ltd). 12 August 2000. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 

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