Bob Catlin

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Bob Catlin
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Personal information
Full name Robert Catlin
Date of birth (1965-06-22) 22 June 1965 (age 51)
Place of birth Wembley, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1985 APIA-Leichhardt 22 (1)
1987–1992 Marconi Fairfield 140 (0)
1992 Warringah Dolphins 1 (0)
1992–1994 Notts County 3 (0)
1993 Birmingham City (loan) 8 (0)
1994–1997 Marconi Fairfield 69 (0)
1997–1998 Sydney Olympic 26 (0)
1998 Leichhardt Tigers 10 (0)
1998–2000 Newcastle Breakers 61 (0)
2000–2001 Newcastle United 25 (0)
2001–2002 Marconi Stallions 2 (0)
2002–2003 APIA-Leichhardt 25 (0)
2003–2004 Canterbury-Marrickville 22 (0)
2004 Manly-Warringah Dolphins 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Robert "Bob" Catlin (born 22 June 1965) is an English-born Australian former professional football (soccer) player who played in the Football League for Notts County and Birmingham City[1] and played more than 300 games in the Australian National Soccer League.[2] He played as a goalkeeper.


Catlin was born in Wembley, London and raised in Australia.[3] He began his football career in Australian domestic football, playing for APIA-Leichhardt and 140 games and scoring one goal in the National Soccer League (NSL) for Marconi Fairfield before deciding to try his luck in England.[2] Catlin and compatriot Shaun Murphy joined Notts County in August 1992 for a total fee of £137,000.[4] Catlin conceded eight goals in his first three appearances for the club. In March 1993 he joined Birmingham City on loan, but after his first game it transpired that the club had mistakenly signed him instead of the Notts County youth goalkeeper they had watched.[3] In November 1993, Notts County were fined £20,000 for irregularities in the transfer of Catlin and Murphy, relating to payments made to a third party other than the players' clubs.[5]

In 1994 Catlin returned to Australia where he played out a long career with numerous clubs.[2] He holds the record for appearances by a goalkeeper in Australia's national competitions.[6] In December 2000, he became the first NSL keeper to record 100 clean sheets when Newcastle United held league leader South Melbourne to a 0–0 draw in his 325th national league match,[7] going on to set a record of 105 clean sheets which in 2003 was beaten by Jason Petkovic.[8]

He represented Australia at schoolboy international level in 1981, but never played a full international for his adopted country, though he was chosen for two representative matches against visiting European club sides, Torpedo Moscow in 1990 and Vitesse Arnhem in 1993.[2]

Bob recently won the 2014 manly warringah football association coach of the year award for guiding manly vale football club out of a relegation battle and pushing them towards the finals, winning six of the nine matches he was in charge.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Notts County : 1947/48–2007/08". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Australian Player Database CA". OzFootball. Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 78. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  4. ^ Stapleton, David (10 May 1993). "Super Notts Win The First Battle" (reprint). Nottingham Evening Post. Up The Maggies. Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "Football: Butcher sacked by Sunderland". The Independent. 27 November 1993. Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  6. ^ Warry, Glenn (July 2007). "My Football Career – a Life of Transition and Achievement" (PDF). The Marston. Australian Professional Footballers' Association. 12: 18. 
  7. ^ Maddaford, Terry (19 December 2000). "Soccer: Carlton financial woes rebound on leaders". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "Archived News : November–December 2003". 14 December 2003. Retrieved 28 May 2009.