Terry Phelan

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Terry Phelan
Personal information
Full name Terrence Phelan
Date of birth (1967-03-16) 16 March 1967 (age 47)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1986 Leeds United 14 (0)
1986–1987 Swansea City 45 (0)
1987–1992 Wimbledon 159 (1)
1992–1995 Manchester City 104 (2)
1995–1997 Chelsea 15 (0)
1997–2000 Everton 25 (0)
1999 Crystal Palace (loan) 14 (0)
2000–2001 Fulham 18 (0)
2001 Sheffield United 8 (0)
2001–2005 Charleston Battery 39 (0)
2005–2009 Otago United 6 (0)
Total 447 (3)
National team
1987 Republic of Ireland U21 1 (0)
1990 Republic of Ireland U23 1 (0)
1990 Republic of Ireland B 1 (0)
1991–2000 Republic of Ireland 42 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Terrence "Terry" Phelan (born 16 March 1967) is a former professional footballer who played as a left-back from 1984 to 2009. He played in the Premier League for Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton, as well as in the Football League for Leeds United, Swansea City, Wimbledon, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Sheffield United. He finished his career abroad for Charleston Battery and Otago United. Nicknamed "The Scuttler",[citation needed] he also made 42 appearances for the Irish national team, whom he represented at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Phelan started his career as part of the Leeds United youth system, and made 19 appearances for Leeds in the 1985–86 season, but was released on a free transfer by Leeds manager Billy Bremner. Phelan then spent a year at Swansea City, earning a move to top division Wimbledon a year later.

In his first season at Wimbledon, Phelan was a member of the team which won the FA Cup with a shock win over Liverpool in the final. He also helped Wimbledon finish seventh in the league on two occasions during his time there. After five years at Wimbledon in which he made 198 appearances, Phelan was transferred to Manchester City for £2.5 million at the start of the 1992–93 season, equalling the British record transfer fee for a defender as well as equalling the club's record fee. At Manchester City, Phelan made 122 appearances over three and a half seasons. Arguably the best goal of Phelan's career came at Maine Road for Manchester City in an FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur when the full-back ran the length of the pitch skipping several challenges and keeping his cool to slot home.

Phelan moved to Chelsea in November 1995, where he spent two years on the fringes of the first team (playing just 15 times in the league) before moving to Everton, where he played regularly under Joe Royle, until he suffered an injury from which he took nearly 18 months to recover.

During Phelan's injury, Walter Smith took over as Everton manager (after Howard Kendall's third spell as manager lasted just one season), and did not select Phelan following his recovery, instead loaning him to Crystal Palace. Phelan moved to Fulham in February 2000, and was part of the Fulham team which won promotion to the Premiership in 2001. However, Phelan was released by Fulham following promotion having just made 2 league appearances that campaign.[1] Phelan then had a short spell with Sheffield United before moving to the United States, where he played for Charleston Battery and also coached young players. In October 2005, Phelan was named as player-coach of Otago United in New Zealand Football Championship.[2] He remained as coach for four seasons up until the end of the 2008/09 season when due to poor results he was replaced by his assistant Malcolm Fleming for the 2009–10 season. Now, during the summer, Terry leaves his family to teach youth soccer with One on One Soccer.

International career[edit]

He made 42 appearances for the Irish national team, whom he represented at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Coaching career[edit]

Terry Phelan is one of the coaches at the new Templegate Training Academy in Ardwick, Manchester[3]–where he is tasked with passing on his skills to the next generation.

Honours[edit]

Wimbledon
Fulham
Charleston Battery
Awards

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Games played by Terry Phelan in 2000/2001". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Terry Phelan arrives in Otago". NZCity News. Retrieved 30 May 2006. 
  3. ^ Manchester Evening News, 25.06,13