Phil Hoadley

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Phil Hoadley
Personal information
Date of birth (1952-01-06) 6 January 1952 (age 65)
Place of birth Battersea, England
Playing position Central defender
Youth career
1967–1968 Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1972 Crystal Palace 73[1] (1)
1972–1978 Orient 255 (9)
1978–1982 Norwich City 77 (0)
Total 406 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Phil Hoadley (born 6 January 1952) is an English former footballer born in Battersea, London, who made more than 400 appearances in the Football League playing as a central defender for Crystal Palace, Orient and Norwich City.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Hoadley began his career as an apprentice with Crystal Palace.[2] He made his first-team debut on 27 April 1968, as a substitute in the Second Division match away to Bolton Wanderers. At 16 years 112 days, he became Palace's then youngest player.[3] After appearing in 88 matches in all competitions for Crystal Palace,[4] he joined Orient, in September 1971,[1] whom he captained to the semi-finals of the 1977–78 FA Cup.[5] Having played nearly 300 games for Orient,[6] his transfer to Norwich City in 1978 was the first move under freedom of contract legislation with a tribunal setting his value at £110,000.[7][8] After three years with Norwich he moved to play in Hong Kong football in February 1982,[9] but was forced to retire from professional football following a knee injury.[7] He returned to England and became a publican.[9]

Later career[edit]

Following his professional football career Hoadley remained involved with amateur football in the Norfolk area and worked in a variety of jobs before returning to Norwich City in the 1990s as football in the community officer.[7] As of 2006, he was landlord of a community-run public house in his local village.[10]


  1. ^ a b Purkiss, Mike; Sands, Nigel. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. p. 328. ISBN 0907969542. 
  2. ^ a b "Phil Hoadley". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Youngest Ever Players Revealed". Crystal Palace F.C. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Appearances". Crystal Palace F.C. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  5. ^ Murphy, Alex (25 January 2002). "Orient golden days when Kitch was in". Evening Standard. London. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "O's Cup Legends Return To E10". Leyton Orient F.C. 22 April 2008. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c "Phil Hoadley". Flown From The Nest. Steve Whitlam. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "Tribunal fixes Hoadley's price at £110,000". The Times. 25 August 1978. p. 9. An independent transfer tribunal has decided that Norwich City must pay Orient £110,000 for Hoadley, a defender whom Orient had valued at £150,000. He refused to sign a contract at the start of the new season, and, under the new regulations, was able to negotiate his own transfer. 
  9. ^ a b Purkiss, Mike; Sands, Nigel. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. p. 75. ISBN 0907969542. 
  10. ^ Brealey, Sarah (20 September 2006). "Village pub that's run by villagers". Archant Publications. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 

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