Phil Stubbins

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Phil Stubbins
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Personal information
Date of birth (1962-10-18) 18 October 1962 (age 57)
Place of birth Hull, England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1992 Heidelberg United 160 (41)
1993 Polis 26 (8)
1993–1994 South Melbourne 8 (0)
1994–1998 Westvale Olympic 130 (53)
1999 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 21 (6)
1999 Heidelberg United 15 (5)
2000–2004 Whittlesea Stallions 44 (7)
Total 404 (120)
Teams managed
1994–1998 Westvale Olympic
2000–2004 Whittlesea Stallions
2004–2005 Heidelberg United
2006–2007 Richmond SC
2005–2006 Victorian State Team
2007–2011 Adelaide United
2011–2012 Australian Institute of Sport
2012 Police United - TD
2012–2013 Bangkok Glass
2013 Ayutthaya
2014–2015 Newcastle Jets
2015–2017 West Adelaide
2019– Campbelltown City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Phil Stubbins is a former player and football manager, currently fronting the Australian College of Sport as their Head of Football.

Early years[edit]

Stubbins is from Hull, England, migrating to Australia in 1988. After schoolboy beginnings with his hometown club Hull City AFC, Stubbins also played top flight Football in Australia for both Heidelberg United and South Melbourne FC, as well as fulfilling further playing opportunities within South East Asia.

Leaving Australian football altogether for a period in 1993, he pursued interests onto the Australasian PGA Golf Tour.

His golfing ambitions were never truly fulfilled however, lured back to football as player/manager of Westvale Olympic FC in 1994.

He spent the next few years fulfilling a coaching/playing role until retiring from playing altogether in 2001.

Australasia PGA Tour[edit]

Although never actually participating on the PGA golf tour, Stubbins demonstrated his sporting prowess by successfully securing his Australasian PGA Tour card in 1993 and 1994. He led the field at qualifying school in 1993 by shooting a -5 under par 68 on the opening day. Venue – Spring Valley Golf Club, Victoria.

Coaching career[edit]

Westvale Olympic FC

Stubbins first stint into club management was with Westvale Olympic. Together with the club he successfully travelled through the State leagues of Victorian football by claiming a championship in each of the years 94, 95, 96, 98.

Whittlesea Stallions FC

Whittlesea Stallions FC became a newly formed member of the Victorian State League in 2000. Stubbins coached the youthful Stallions to two championships in their first two campaigns before moving on in 2004.

Heidelberg United FC

As a former player of the club, Stubbins returned as coach to Heidelberg United in 2004. His first year in charge was again to prove fruitful, as the club were crowned champions of the Victorian State League, 1st division. The club finished Runner/up in the Victorian Premier League the following season and also attained a grand final berth against eventual winners Green Gully FC.

Richmond FC

Joining the German backed outfit in last position on the Victorian Premier League table as their Manager, Stubbins successfully helped steer the club away from relegation and finish a respectable mid-table.

Coach of the Year

Stubbins was named Victorian, Coach of the Year in 2005/6 and was appointed Head Coach of the Victorian State team. During this time the representative team won the Mayor's Cup tournament in China by overcoming Tianjin Teda FC in the Final.

Adelaide United

In 2007 Stubbins joined Adelaide United of the Australian A-League as first team Coach with Aurelio Vidmar, as manager. Together they experienced many successful occasions during their Asian Champions League forays and a place in the prestigious World Club Cup in 2008.

They also held a place in the A-League Grand Final of 2009, losing 1–0 to Melbourne Victory.

Australian Institute of Sport

Stubbins spent a year with the renowned Men's football program in Canberra. The institute is renowned as a cutting edge facility for Sports Science and Best Practice.

Thailand

In 2012 Stubbins further expanded on his football experiences by taking an offer to work in South East Asia and the Thai Premier League, in particular.

He spent a year with Police United FC as their Technical Director before moving over to Bangkok Glass FC with (7) games remaining of their campaign as Manager/Head Coach. Stubbins concluded the campaign as 'Coach of the Month' for Thailand. However, both parties agreed on a split before the season got under way in March 2013.

In September 2013 Stubbins accepted an offer to join 16th placed Ayutthaya FC of Thailand. The 1st division club ultimately going on to consolidate an 8th-place finish in the league after undertaking a twelve-game unbeaten run under Stubbins guidance.

Stubbins was twice awarded Coach of the Month during this period.

Newcastle Jets

Stubbins signed as Head Coach of the Australian A-League club the Newcastle Jets on 5 May 2014.

This proved a difficult time for Stubbins, as the club continued its struggles to find finals football for the fifth straight season despite the change of management.[1]

Prince Alfred College

In October 2015, Stubbins joined the Prince Alfred College as Head of Football. He coincided his role with the Australian College of Sport to lead the College to league winners in 2016.

Campbelltown City SC

In September 2019 Phil Stubbins was appointed Head Coach with Campbelltown City SC after serving a year as the assistant coach with the club. As current National (Australian) National Premier League Champions, Campbelltown City were also crowned National Premier League Champions of South Australia in 2019.

Asian Champions League[edit]

Adelaide United became the first ever Australian football team to reach an Asian Champions League Final when they played Japanese Champions Gamba Osaka in 2008.

Most notable wins from ACL campaigns.. Adelaide United 3v0 Bunyodkor (Uzbekistan Champions) / Adelaide United 1v0 Kashima Antlers (Japanese champions) / Shaendong Lueng (Chinese champions) 0v2 Adelaide United / Pohang Steelers (Sth Korean Champions) 0v2 Adelaide United

FIFA World Club Cup[edit]

In 2008 Adelaide United participated in the prestigious FIFA Club World Cup with Manchester United the eventual winners of the Tokyo held event.

Adelaide United defeated Waitakere FC NZ 2–1 in their opening match and further went on to defeat African Champions, Al Ahly FC of Egypt 1–0.

They exited the FIFA World Club Cup in the Quarter finals by losing to eventual finalist's Gamba Osaka of Japan 0–1.

Australian Institute of Sport[edit]

Stubbins joined Football Federation Australia in 2011. Working as an assistant/analyst with various Australian National youth teams and also with the renowned Men's football program at the Australian Institute of Sport.

The institute is renowned as a cutting edge facility for Sports Science and Best Practice.

Thailand[edit]

In 2012 Stubbins further expanded on his football experiences by taking an offer to work in South East Asia and the Thai Premier League, in particular.

He spent a year with Police United FC as their Technical Director before moving over to Bangkok Glass FC with (7) games remaining of their campaign as Manager/Head Coach. Stubbins concluded the campaign with Bangkok Glass FC as 'Coach of the Month' for Thailand. However, both parties agreed on a split before the season got under way in March 2013.

In September 2013 Stubbins accepted an offer to join 16th placed Ayutthaya FC of Thailand. The 1st division club ultimately going on to consolidate an 8th-place finish in the league after undertaking a twelve-game unbeaten run under Stubbins guidance.

Stubbins was twice awarded Coach of the Month during this period.

Coaching accreditations[edit]

Pro Diploma / AFC 'A' Licence / F.A. International Licence[citation needed]

Managerial statistics[edit]

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Newcastle Jets Australia 5 May 2014 26 May 2015 28 3 8 17 010.71
Total 28 3 8 17 010.71

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gardiner, James (5 May 2014). "Phil Stubbins named Newcastle Jets' new A-League coach". The Newcastle Herald.