John Filan

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John Filan
John Filan.jpg
Filan warming-up with Sydney FC
Personal information
Full name John Richard Filan
Date of birth (1970-02-08) 8 February 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Sydney FC
(Goalkeeping coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1991 St. George Saints 52 (0)
1991–1992 Wollongong Wolves 23 (0)
1992 St. George Saints 0 (0)
1992–1993 Wollongong Wolves 6 (0)
1993–1995 Cambridge United 68 (0)
1995 Nottingham Forest (loan) 0 (0)
1995–1997 Coventry City 16 (0)
1997–2001 Blackburn Rovers 64 (0)
2001–2007 Wigan Athletic 184 (0)
2006 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 3 (0)
2008 Sydney FC 0 (0)
Total 416 (0)
National team
1990–1992 Australia U23 14 (0)
1992–1997 Australia 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John Richard Filan (born 8 February 1970 in Sydney, Australia) is an Australian former football player and Goalkeeping coach of A-League side Sydney F.C.

As a player he was a goalkeeper from 1989 until 2008 and notably played in the Premier League for Coventry City, Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic, having also been contracted without playing for Nottingham Forest in England's top division. He also played in the Football League for Cambridge United and Doncaster Rovers, and in his native country for St. George Saints, Wollongong Wolves and Sydney F.C.. He was capped three times by Australia.

Club career[edit]

He played for St. George Saints and Wollongong Wolves in the old National Soccer League in Australia before moving to England to join Cambridge United in 1993, after an unsuccessful trial at Southampton.[1] In 1995 he signed for Coventry City, then moved on to Blackburn Rovers in 1997.

He joined Wigan Athletic in December 2001 for £600,000. Prior to the start of Wigan's debut season in the Premier League he had missed only one match for the club but was injured at the start of the 2005–06 season with Wigan's new signing Mike Pollitt taking his place in the side. Filan, however signed a new contract which kept him at the club until 2007. Seeing out his contract with Wigan, he was released at the end of the season. Whilst at Wigan he appeared as a substitute in the 2006 Football League Cup Final when Pollitt had to come off early in the first half with an injury.

International career[edit]

Filan was a member of the Australian team that competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. As he has an Irish passport through his ancestry, he once sought to play international football for Ireland. However, FIFA ruled against it in February 1999 because he had played for the Australian Olympic team.[2][3]

Coaching career[edit]

Filan returned to Australia in semi-retirement, resettling in his home town of Sydney. In August 2007 agreed terms with A-League side Sydney FC as backup to Clint Bolton,[4] however the deal fell through citing outside issues.[5]

Honours[edit]

Blackburn Rovers
Wigan Athletic

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (2003). In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology. p. 612. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X. 
  2. ^ Given hoping return to Ewood is a happy one
  3. ^ FIFA rule Leeds must free players
  4. ^ "Oh what a Filan: Sydney get their hands on veteran keeper". Sydney Morning Herald. 28 August 2007. Retrieved 28 August 2007. 
  5. ^ "Filan's about-face puts Sydney on spot". Sydney Morning Herald. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2007. 

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