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Neil Etheridge
Full nameNeil Leonard Dula Etheridge
NationalityPhi Philippines
Caps (goals)38 (0)
Rovers apps (goals)a12 (0)
PositionGoalkeeper
Date of birth7 February 1990
in Enfield
Height6 ft 3 in
Joined
20 September 2012 from Fulham (loan)
Left
21 November 2012 to join Fulham
Senior clubs
Fulham
Leatherhead
Charlton Athletic
Bristol Rovers
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.

Neil had played 12 times in League Two before being recalled early from his loan by Fulham, who included him on their bench for a Premier League game against Chelsea a week later.

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.

CareerEdit

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.

Career statsEdit

SeasonClubLeague
AppsGoals
2008–09Fulham 00
2008–09Leatherhead (loan)??
2009–10Fulham 00
2010–11Fulham 00
2010–11Charlton Athletic (loan)00
2011–12Fulham 00
2012–13Fulham 00
2012–13Bristol Rovers (loan)120

Record against RoversEdit

Neil has never played a competitive first team match against Bristol Rovers.


International careerEdit

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.

International appearancesEdit

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)
DateOppositionResultVenueCompetition
13 May 2008Bru Brunei1–0Iloilo Sports Complex, Iloilo CityAFC Challenge Cup quals
15 May 2008Tjk Tajikistan0–0Iloilo Sports Complex, Iloilo CityAFC Challenge Cup quals
17 May 2008Bhu Bhutan3–0Barotac Nuevo Plaza Field, Iloilo CityAFC Challenge Cup quals
17 October 2008Tls East Timor1–0National Olympic Stadium, Phnom PenhAFF Suzuki Cup quals
19 October 2008Bru Brunei1–1National Olympic Stadium, Phnom PenhAFF Suzuki Cup quals
21 October 2008Lao Laos1–2National Olympic Stadium, Phnom PenhAFF Suzuki Cup quals
23 October 2008Cam Cambodia3–2National Olympic Stadium, Phnom PenhAFF Suzuki Cup quals
14 April 2009Bhu Bhutan1–0Galolhu National Stadium, MaléAFC Challenge Cup quals
16 April 2009Mdv Maldives2–3Galolhu National Stadium, MaléAFC Challenge Cup quals
18 April 2009Tkm Turkmenistan0–5Galolhu National Stadium, MaléAFC Challenge Cup quals
22 October 2010Tls East Timor5–0National Sports Complex, VientianeAFF Suzuki Cup quals
24 October 2010Lao Laos2–2National Sports Complex, VientianeAFF Suzuki Cup quals
26 October 2010Cam Cambodia0–0National Sports Complex, VientianeAFF Suzuki Cup quals
2 December 2010Sin Singapore1–1My Dinh National Stadium, HanoiAFF Suzuki Cup finals
5 December 2010Vie Vietnam2–0My Dinh National Stadium, HanoiAFF Suzuki Cup finals
8 December 2010Mya Myanmar0–0Thiên Trường Stadium, Nam DinhAFF Suzuki Cup finals
16 December 2010Idn Indonesia0–1Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, JakartaAFF Suzuki Cup finals
19 December 2010Idn Indonesia0–1Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, JakartaAFF Suzuki Cup finals
9 February 2011Mgl Mongolia2–0Panaad Stadium, BacolodAFC Challenge Cup quals
21 March 2011Mya Myanmar1–1Youth Training Centre, YangonAFC Challenge Cup quals
23 March 2011Ple Palestine0–0Youth Training Centre, YangonAFC Challenge Cup quals
25 March 2011Ban Bangladesh3–0Aung San Stadium, YangonAFC Challenge Cup quals
29 June 2011Sri Sri Lanka1–1Sugathadasa Stadium, ColomboWorld Cup qualifier
3 July 2011Sri Sri Lanka4–0Rizal Memorial Stadium, ManilaWorld Cup qualifier
23 July 2011Kuw Kuwait0–3Mohammed Al-Hamad Stadium, HawalliWorld Cup qualifier
28 July 2011Kuw Kuwait1–2Rizal Memorial Stadium, ManilaWorld Cup qualifier
7 October 2011Sin Singapore0–2Jalan Besar Stadium, SingaporeFriendly
11 October 2011Nep Nepal4–0Rizal Memorial Stadium, ManilaFriendly
29 February 2012Mas Malaysia1–1Rizal Memorial Stadium, ManilaFriendly
9 March 2012Prk North Korea0–2Halchowk Stadium, KathmanduAFC Challenge Cup finals
11 March 2012Ind India2–0Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, KathmanduAFC Challenge Cup finals
13 March 2012Tjk Tajikistan2–1Halchowk Stadium, KathmanduAFC Challenge Cup finals
16 March 2012Tkm Turkmenistan1–2Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, KathmanduAFC Challenge Cup finals
5 June 2012Idn Indonesia2–2Rizal Memorial Stadium, ManilaFriendly
12 June 2012Gum Guam3–0Panaad Stadium, BacolodFriendly
7 September 2012Sin Singapore2–0Jalan Besar Stadium, SingaporeFriendly
6 February 2013Mya Myanmar1–0Thuwunna Stadium, YangonFriendly
4 June 2013Hkg Hong Kong1–0Mong Kok Stadium, KowloonFriendly

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.

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