|Full name||Neil Leonard Dula Etheridge|
|Caps (goals)||38 (0)|
|Rovers apps (goals)a||12 (0)|
|Date of birth||7 February 1990|
|Height||6 ft 3 in|
|20 September 2012 from Fulham (loan)|
|21 November 2012 to join Fulham|
|a League appearances and goals only|
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 4/06/2013
Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge joined Rovers on loan from Fulham early in the 2012–13 season, initially on a one-month contract, but this was later extended to a three-month deal. Rovers already had 'keeper Sam Walker on loan from Chelsea due to a long-term injury to Scott Bevan, but he had conceded 19 goals during his eight games between the sticks and manager Mark McGhee felt the need to make a change.
Despite being born in London, Neil plays his international football for The Philippines, qualifying through his mother. He had previously represented England Schoolboys, but took the decision to switch allegiances early in his career.
He went away on international duty once during his loan spell in Bristol, winning his 37th cap in a friendly against Kuwait. He went back down to 36 caps shortly afterwards however, when the result was expunged from FIFA records for administrative reasons – the game had not been sanctioned by the Asian Football Confederation.
After starting out in the Chelsea youth system, he moved to the Fulham academy in 2006, turning professional two years later. Fulham were blessed with a surfeit of goalkeeping talent at this point however, and Neil found his first team opportunities extremely limited.
He joined non-league side Leatherhead on loan for the duration of the 2008–09 season, making his first appearances in senior football with them. He was sent out again towards the end of the 2010–11 season, this time to Charlton Athletic, but was recalled by Fulham just six days later without having made a single appearance for them.
At this point he still hadn't made his first team debut for The Cottagers, but his chance finally came when he played the full 90 minutes of Fulham's Europa Cup clash with Odense BK at Craven Cottage on 14 December 2011. This was his only game for Fulham by the time he joined Rovers in 2012.
|2010–11||→Charlton Athletic (loan)||0||0|
|2012–13||→Bristol Rovers (loan)||12||0|
Record against RoversEdit
Neil has never played a competitive first team match against Bristol Rovers.
As of the end of November 2012, Neil has been capped 36 times by the Philippines. His first international appearance came in 2008, when he played in a AFC Challenge Cup qualifier against Brunei. Since then he has been a regular in the Azkals side, when games haven't clashed with his club commitments.
All of Neil's full international caps are listed below.
- N.B. Philippines score is always given first. (Sources: Azkals Football, FIFA.com, The Passionate Fan and the Asian Football Confederation, plus various news reports)
|13 May 2008||Brunei||1–0||Iloilo Sports Complex, Iloilo City||AFC Challenge Cup quals|
|15 May 2008||Tajikistan||0–0||Iloilo Sports Complex, Iloilo City||AFC Challenge Cup quals|
|17 May 2008||Bhutan||3–0||Barotac Nuevo Plaza Field, Iloilo City||AFC Challenge Cup quals|
|17 October 2008||East Timor||1–0||National Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh||AFF Suzuki Cup quals|
|19 October 2008||Brunei||1–1||National Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh||AFF Suzuki Cup quals|
|21 October 2008||Laos||1–2||National Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh||AFF Suzuki Cup quals|
|23 October 2008||Cambodia||3–2||National Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh||AFF Suzuki Cup quals|
|14 April 2009||Bhutan||1–0||Galolhu National Stadium, Malé||AFC Challenge Cup quals|
|16 April 2009||Maldives||2–3||Galolhu National Stadium, Malé||AFC Challenge Cup quals|
|18 April 2009||Turkmenistan||0–5||Galolhu National Stadium, Malé||AFC Challenge Cup quals|
|22 October 2010||East Timor||5–0||National Sports Complex, Vientiane||AFF Suzuki Cup quals|
|24 October 2010||Laos||2–2||National Sports Complex, Vientiane||AFF Suzuki Cup quals|
|26 October 2010||Cambodia||0–0||National Sports Complex, Vientiane||AFF Suzuki Cup quals|
|2 December 2010||Singapore||1–1||My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi||AFF Suzuki Cup finals|
|5 December 2010||Vietnam||2–0||My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi||AFF Suzuki Cup finals|
|8 December 2010||Myanmar||0–0||Thiên Trường Stadium, Nam Dinh||AFF Suzuki Cup finals|
|16 December 2010||Indonesia||0–1||Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta||AFF Suzuki Cup finals|
|19 December 2010||Indonesia||0–1||Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta||AFF Suzuki Cup finals|
|9 February 2011||Mongolia||2–0||Panaad Stadium, Bacolod||AFC Challenge Cup quals|
|21 March 2011||Myanmar||1–1||Youth Training Centre, Yangon||AFC Challenge Cup quals|
|23 March 2011||Palestine||0–0||Youth Training Centre, Yangon||AFC Challenge Cup quals|
|25 March 2011||Bangladesh||3–0||Aung San Stadium, Yangon||AFC Challenge Cup quals|
|29 June 2011||Sri Lanka||1–1||Sugathadasa Stadium, Colombo||World Cup qualifier|
|3 July 2011||Sri Lanka||4–0||Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila||World Cup qualifier|
|23 July 2011||Kuwait||0–3||Mohammed Al-Hamad Stadium, Hawalli||World Cup qualifier|
|28 July 2011||Kuwait||1–2||Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila||World Cup qualifier|
|7 October 2011||Singapore||0–2||Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore||Friendly|
|11 October 2011||Nepal||4–0||Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila||Friendly|
|29 February 2012||Malaysia||1–1||Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila||Friendly|
|9 March 2012||North Korea||0–2||Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu||AFC Challenge Cup finals|
|11 March 2012||India||2–0||Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu||AFC Challenge Cup finals|
|13 March 2012||Tajikistan||2–1||Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu||AFC Challenge Cup finals|
|16 March 2012||Turkmenistan||1–2||Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu||AFC Challenge Cup finals|
|5 June 2012||Indonesia||2–2||Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila||Friendly|
|12 June 2012||Guam||3–0||Panaad Stadium, Bacolod||Friendly|
|7 September 2012||Singapore||2–0||Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore||Friendly|
|6 February 2013||Myanmar||1–0||Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon||Friendly|
|4 June 2013||Hong Kong||1–0||Mong Kok Stadium, Kowloon||Friendly|
He also played in a friendly against Kuwait on 16 October 2012, his first appearance for the Azkals after joining Bristol Rovers, but after losing the game 2–1 the result was wiped from the records when it was discovered that the game had not been sanctioned by the Asian Football Confederation per FIFA rules.
- Neil Etheridge's journey from Manila to the Memorial Stadium (BBC Sport, 28 September 2012)