Martin Pringle

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Martin Pringle
Martin Pringle in 1995
Personal information
Full name Martin Ulf Pringle
Date of birth (1970-11-18) 18 November 1970 (age 47)
Place of birth Gothenburg, Sweden
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Club information
Current team
Eskilsminne IF (manager)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1994 Stenungsunds ? (?)
1994–1996 Helsingborgs IF 64 (15)
1996–1999 Benfica 41 (6)
1999 Charlton Athletic (loan) 7 (3)
1999–2002 Charlton Athletic 58 (8)
2002 Grimsby Town (loan) 2 (0)
Total 172 (32)
National team
1995–1996 Sweden 2 (1)
Teams managed
2003–2004 GAIS (assistant)
2004–2008 Göteborg FC (women)
2008–2009 Örgryte (assistant)
2009–2011 Västra Frölunda
2011 FC Copenhagen (assistant)
2015– Eskilsminne IF
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Martin Ulf Pringle (born 18 November 1970) is a Swedish former professional footballer who played as a centre forward, and the current manager of Eskilsminne IF.[1]

As a player, he played from 1991 until his career was cut short by injury in 2002. Having started his career with Stenungsunds he soon moved on to Helsingborgs IF before a switch to Portugal in 1996 with Benfica. In 1999, he moved to England with Charlton Athletic. Having suffered a horrific injury at Athletic that sidelined him for up to a year he returned in 2002 in a loan spell with Grimsby Town but was forced to retire in his second game for the club following a leg breaking tackle that ended his professional football career.

Pringle has since subsequently forged a career in coaching, notably in women's football.

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Early career / Benfica[edit]

Born in Gothenburg, Pringle did not play top flight football until well into his 20s, when he joined Helsingborgs IF. After consistent performances, he caught the eye of Portugal's S.L. Benfica, which signed him in August 1996.

However, Pringle's chances at the Lisbon club were very limited, and he amassed just over 40 league appearances in nearly three full seasons.[2] His best individual campaign was his first, as he started in 11 of his 15 matches and scored three times with Benfica eventually ranking third.

Charlton Athletic[edit]

In January 1999, Pringle signed for Premier League outfit Charlton Athletic on a two-month loan from Benfica.[3] Under the stewardship of Alan Curbishley, the club was embroiled in a relegation battle and had added Pringle to bolster the club's attacking ranks which included the likes of Clive Mendonca, Andy Hunt, Kevin Lisbie and Bradley Allen. He was handed his debut on 9 January 1999 in the clubs 1–3 away defeat against Southampton when he replaced Steve Jones in the 71st minute.

In his second game for Charlton, Pringle scored a dramatic 90th minute equaliser against Newcastle United in a 2–2 draw at The Valley. In March 1999, following his two-month loan at the club, he signed permanently for a fee of £800,000 but, ultimately was unable to help the Addicks avoid relegation, finishing the season with three goals in 18 games.

During the 1999–2000 season, Pringle and Charlton were eventual winners of the First Division and earned an automatic return to the top flight. He remained a favoured forward in the team's strike force, scoring another Premier League goal against Chelsea in a 2–0 win on 18 November 2000, but spent the entire following campaign on the sidelines due to injury.[4]

Loan to Grimsby Town[edit]

On his return to fitness, Pringle was loaned out to First Division outfit Grimsby Town, along with Charlton teammate Andy Todd, in February 2002.[5][6] He made his debut for his new team in a 0–0 away draw with Nottingham Forest on 23 February 2002. In his second game for the Mariners, with the score 3–1 in their favour against Stockport County, opposition defender Dave Challinor went in for a challenge on Pringle, which would break one of his legs in two places.[7] He was rushed immediately to the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby.[8]

Despite his injury, Pringle was subsequently given the opportunity to stay at Charlton[9] and was given a squad number and registered for the club for the 2002–03 season. On 4 November 2002, however, he was forced to retire from professional football.

International career[edit]

Pringle was capped twice by Sweden during one year, his debut coming in 1995.

Manager career[edit]

Pringle then took up coaching, his first head coach spell being with Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC in the Swedish Women's League. In 2008, he returned to the men's game, assisting at Örgryte IS.

In December 2009, Pringle was named Västra Frölunda IF manager.[10] On 11 July 2011, he and Johan Lange joined Roland Nilsson's coaching staff at FC Copenhagen.[11]


  1. ^ "Pressrelease - Martin Pringle ny tränare för Eskilsminnes herrlag". 14 September 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  2. ^ 1996/99 – Martin Pringle – 55J 8G; Flops do Benfica, 21 January 2007 (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ Charlton run into a spot of trouble on brink of the snake pit; The Guardian, 19 April 1999
  4. ^ Arsenal v Charlton preview; BBC Sport, 25 August 2000
  5. ^ "Pringle heads to Grimsby". Union of European Football Associations. 21 February 2002. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Addick duo joins Grimsby; BBC Sport, 21 February 2002
  7. ^ "Pringle contract boost". BBC Sport. 16 May 2002. Retrieved 9 May 2007. 
  8. ^ Grimsby 3–1 Stockport; BBC Sport, 26 February 2002
  9. ^ Pringle contract boost; BBC Sport, 16 May 2002
  10. ^ Martin Pringle ny huvudtränare i Västra Frölunda (in Swedish)
  11. ^ F.C. København fuldender trænerstaben (in Danish)

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