David Felgate (footballer)
|Full name||David Wynne Felgate|
|Date of birth||4 March 1960|
|Place of birth||Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|1978–1979||→ Rochdale (loan)||35||(0)|
|1979||→ Crewe Alexandra (loan)||12||(0)|
|1980||→ Rochdale (loan)||12||(0)|
|1984||→ Cardiff City (loan)||4||(0)|
|1987||→ Bolton Wanderers (loan)||15||(0)|
|2001–2002||→ Hyde United (loan)||12||(0)|
|2005–2006||Rossendale United assistant manager|
|2006–2009||Stockport County goalkeepers coach|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
David Felgate (born 4 March 1960, Blaenau Ffestiniog) is a retired Welsh football goalkeeper. Due to his stature, many supporters affectionately nicknamed him "the fat goalie". 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.
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.
Felgate is perhaps best known for his performance in net for Leigh RMI against Fulham in the 1998/99 FA Cup at Craven Cottage. 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."
Felgate won a solitary full Welsh international cap in 1983, 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. 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.
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.
- Leigh RMI
- Northern Premier League Premier Division (1): 1999–2000
- Peter Swales Challenge Shield (1): 1999–2000
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- "Felgate takes full-time job at Stockport". Rossendale Free Press. 6 March 2006. Retrieved 2007-10-04.
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