Joel Porter

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Joel Porter
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Personal information
Full name Joel William Porter[1]
Date of birth (1978-12-25) 25 December 1978 (age 38)
Place of birth Adelaide, Australia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Croydon Kings
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Croydon Kings 58 (28)
1998–1999 West Adelaide 20 (3)
1999–2000 Croydon Kings 28 (14)
2000–2002 Melbourne Knights 56 (24)
2002–2003 Sydney Olympic 32 (8)
2003–2009 Hartlepool United 162 (46)
2009–2012 Gold Coast United 43 (7)
2012–2014 West Adelaide 12 (1)
2014–2014 Cumberland United 6 (0)
2014–2015 Northern Demons 10 (2)
Total 427 (133)
National team
2002 Australia 4 (6)
Teams managed
2013–2014 West Adelaide (asst manager)
2013–2015 Adelaide United Women (asst manager)
2014 West Adelaide
2015–2016 Adelaide Raiders
2017– Croydon Kings (asst manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 September 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:13, 27 December 2012 (UTC)

Joel William Porter (born 25 December 1978) is an Australian football (soccer) player.

Club career[edit]


Before joining Hartlepool United, Porter had previously played for Croydon Kings, West Adelaide, Melbourne Knights and Sydney Olympic. During his final season at Sydney Olympic Porter managed to score 6 goals in 19 starts, having played many of those matches as a midfielder.

Hartlepool United[edit]

Porter decided to look to Europe in a bid to find a club. Porter almost signed for Rayo Vallecano but the Spanish La Liga club were unprepared to take a gamble by signing him after doubts arouse over his fitness. After previously having trials in England with Wigan Athletic and Sunderland, before visa problems prevented them, Porter finally signed for Hartlepool.

Porter made his Hartlepool début against Swindon Town and scored his first goal against Burton Albion shortly afterwards during a live televised FA Cup match. Hartlepool manager Neale Cooper decided to offer him an 18-month contract at the end of 2003. However Porter struggled to score in his first season and only notched up 5 goals in 31 appearances. Porter's fifth goal for the club was perhaps one of the most important as it earned Hartlepool a draw in the first leg of the play-off semi-final against Bristol City.

During the following 2004/2005 season, Porter became a fan favourite and was a massive success. After a slow start he forced his way into the team after coming on as a substitute against Doncaster Rovers and scoring two late goals. This earned him a place alongside Adam Boyd in the Hartlepool line-up. He then went on to notch 14 goals in 37 appearances. Porter's performances earned him the Hartlepool United's Fans' Player of the Year award. His performances attracted the attention of a host of Australian clubs such as Perth Glory and Wellington Phoenix FC who wanted to see him return home to play in the newly formed A-League. Porter was closely linked to sign with the Phoenix, however Hartlepool elected to invoke the team option to re-sign him for one more year.

In the 2005/06 season, Porter struggled with a long-term knee injury that lasted 10 months and prevented him from playing for the majority of the season. Porter returned to Hartlepool squad after 10 months injured and came on as a substitute against Huddersfield, scoring after 6 minutes to mark his return. However, his return could not prevent Hartlepool from being relegated from Football League One. He helped Hartlepool win promotion back to the Football League One the following season and helped Pools survive in the third tier the following two seasons.

Gold Coast United[edit]

On 24 April 2009 Porter announced he was leaving Hartlepool United for Gold Coast United.[2][3][4][5]

International career[edit]

Porter also represented Australia in the 2002 OFC Nations Cup where he went on to make four appearances for the Socceroos, scoring six goals in the process and finished as his country's top scorer. Porter was gifted the chance to play in the tournament as Soccer Australia could not afford to fund for its bigger overseas stars to play.

National team statistics[edit]


Australia national team
Year Apps Goals
2002 4 6
Total 4 6


  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. p. 337. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  2. ^ Porter to prove a handful
  3. ^ Joel: No Regrets At Gold Switch
  4. ^ Porter Too Good To Coast
  5. ^ Bleiberg blasts Pools boss However, he has joined Southend United on loan until 11 October 2009 due to Alex Revell joining swindon town
  6. ^

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