John Crawley (footballer)
Crawley coaching Central Coast Mariners in 2012
|Full name||John Crawley|
|Date of birth||5 March 1972|
|Place of birth||Parramatta, Australia|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|1992||→ Lota Schwager (loan)|
|1993||→ Magallanes (loan)|
|1994||→ Juventud Puente Alto (loan)|
|2005–2007||Central Coast Mariners||5||(0)|
|2014||Central Coast Mariners||0||(0)|
|2007–2015||Central Coast Mariners (goalkeeping coach)|
|2015–||Sydney FC (goalkeeping coach)|
|2015–||Australia U-23 (goalkeeping coach)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 June 2007.
Crawley first travelled to South America on a NSW Schoolboys tour in 1990. This eventually led to his signing with Chilean club Colo-Colo. Crawley spent the next five years at Colo-Colo, including some loan spells to clubs including Lota Schwager and Magallanes. Crawley acted as a liaison officer when the Australian national team stayed in Chile in preparation for the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification play-off against Argentina in November 1993. He made his first team debut for Colo-Colo in a draw against Atacama in the last game of the 1994 Primera División of Chile. Crawley remained second choice at Colo-Colo, behind Chilean international goalkeeper Marcelo Ramírez, and in 1995 was forced to decide between adopting Chilean citizenship or retaining his Australian passport.
Return to New South Wales
Crawley returned to Australia in 1995. He spent the next decade moving between several clubs, largely in the New South Wales state league, with the exception of a brief spell in the National Soccer League with Sydney United.
Crawley was signed by Central Coast Mariners in December 2004 ahead of the inaugural A-League season. By the start of the season, Crawley had shown good form and established himself as the Mariners first-choice 'keeper. However, a hip injury in the early rounds of the season saw Crawley miss most of the season, his place in the side taken by young goalkeeper Danny Vukovic, who Crawley had coached for several years.
Before his retirement as a player, Crawley had taken up a role as goalkeeping coach at the Mariners, and continued in that role for over a decade, also taking on other coaching duties including video analysis. His role in the development of Mariners goalkeepers Danny Vukovic and Mathew Ryan from young ages to becoming established professionals was particularly notable.
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- "News: Crawley departs – Nash steps up". Central Coast Mariners FC. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
- "Nash takes over from Crawley as Mariners goalkeeper coach". The World Game. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
- Adno, Carly (20 March 2015). "John Crawley says Mat Ryan sets standard for next generation of Aussie goalkeepers". Fox Sports. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
- Adno, Carly (8 July 2015). "Former Central Coast Mariners assistant, John Crawley, jumps ship to Sydney FC". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 April 2017.