John Wilkinson (footballer, born 1979)

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John Wilkinson
John Wilkinson during a Singapore vs Lebanon match - 20080326.jpg
Wilkinson lining up for Singapore in 2008
Personal information
Full name John Colbridge Wilkinson[1]
Date of birth (1979-08-24) 24 August 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Exeter, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Tanjong Pagar United
Number 16
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2001 Exeter City 20 (2)
2001–2002 Tiverton Town ? (?)
2002–2004 Woodlands Wellington 73 (26)
2005 Geylang United 26 (15)
2006–2010 Singapore Armed Forces 133 (31)
2011 Insee Police United 8 (0)
2012 Home United 12 (0)
2013 Salgaocar 8 (0)
2013 Tanjong Pagar United 0 (0)
National team
2007–2010 Singapore 29 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:59, 6 July 2013 (UTC).

John Colbridge Wilkinson (born 24 August 1979) is a retired footballer who last played for Tanjong Pagar United FC and the Singapore national team.

Club career[edit]

Born in Exeter, Wilkinson played for Exeter City, Woodlands Wellington and Geylang United before joining Singapore Armed Forces in 2006.

Wilkinson's five seasons with SAFFC saw him help the Warriors win league titles in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, also winning the Singapore Cup twice in 2007 and 2008. He scored the Warriors' first ever goal in the AFC Champions League in a 4–1 away defeat against Shanghai Shenhua in China.

After reportedly turning down a three-year deal at SAFFC, Wilkinson joined INSEE Police UTD on a two-year contract in January 2012 and became the first foreign captain in the history of the Thai Premier League. Wilkinson failed to see out his contract at Police United however, and signed for reigning Singapore Cup champions Home United FC at the beginning of the 2012 S-League season. Wilkinson signed for Salgaocar in January 2013 until the end of the 2012-13 I-League season. On 6 June 2013, he was unveiled as the first signing of the mid-season window for Tanjong Pagar United, and will don the number 16 jersey.

International career[edit]

John Wilkinson at the Circle Line Stage 1 & 2 Open House

Wilkinson became a Singapore citizen, after marrying a Singaporean, thus allowing him to play international football for Singapore.

He was called up to the national team (consisted of 32) for a series for friendly matches against North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Australia. He made his debut for Singapore on 24 June 2007 in the second half against North Korea and even got an assist. He scored his first international goal when he broke the deadlock in the 1–1 draw against Gulf Cup champions, UAE on 12 September 2007.

He also scored in the 4–0 win over Palestine in a World Cup 2010 qualifying match on 8 October 2007. On 2 June 2008, he scored in a 3–7 home defeat against Uzbekistan in Third round of qualifying.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 September 2007 Singapore, Singapore  United Arab Emirates 1–1 Draw Friendly
2. 8 October 2007 Doha, Qatar  Palestine 4–0 Won 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 2 June 2008 Singapore, Singapore  Uzbekistan 3–7 Lost 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 22 June 2008 Beirut, Lebanon  Lebanon 2–1 Won 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification


Singapore Armed Forces


  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2001). The 2001–2002 Official PFA Footballers Factfile. AFS. p. 327. ISBN 9780946531349. 

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