Ryan Townsend

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Ryan Townsend
Personal information
Full name Ryan Townsend
Date of birth (1985-09-02) 2 September 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Central defender
Club information
Current team
Mandurah City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Burnley 1 (0)
2005 Wanneroo City ? (?)
2005–2007 Perth Glory 3 (0)
2007–2008 Persiba Balikpapan ? (?)
2008–2011 Mandurah City ? (?)
National team
2005 Australia U20 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:53, 31 August 2007 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:53, 31 August 2007 (UTC)

Ryan Townsend (born 2 September 1985) is an Australian footballer.[1]


Townsend was born in Manchester, in the United Kingdom, but was raised in Perth, Australia. After growing up in Australia he returned to the UK having earned a place in Burnley's youth development set-up. Townsend could have stayed at Burnley but they could not extend his contract due to ECU Joondalup (his club in Perth) demanding a large development fee.[2] Townsend instead returned to Perth where he started to train with Perth Glory before playing two games in 2005 on a short term contract. Townsend then joined Wanneroo City in the Football West State League, before he was offered a full-time contract with Perth Glory in place of Daniel Vasilevski for the A-League 2006-07 season. He was released four games before the end of the A-League season after a single appearance and then decided to play in Indonesia with Persiba Balikpapan until 2008.

Australian career[edit]

He has played for the Australian U20 side, the "Young Socceroos", three times. A highlight for Townsend was scoring against Japan in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship.