Wilkinson playing for the Central Coast Mariners in 2009
|Full name||Alexander William Wilkinson|
|Date of birth||13 August 1984|
|Place of birth||Sydney, Australia|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Central defender|
|2004||Ryde City Gunners||19||(3)|
|2005–2012||Central Coast Mariners||172||(2)|
|2011||→ Jiangsu Sainty (loan)||10||(0)|
|2012–2015||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||86||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 March 2020|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2015
Wilkinson was born in Sydney and made his senior debut for Northern Spirit in 2002. After moving to Ryde City Gunners and Manly United in 2004, Wilkinson joined A-League club Central Coast Mariners, where he eventually became club captain and made over 200 appearances. After spending time in China on loan to Jiangsu Sainty, Wilkinson played for Korean club Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors for 4 seasons (2012-2015).
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Career statistics
- 4 Honours
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Alexander's bright career began in Ryde East Primary School and Epping Boys' High School where he showed excellent talents on the field as a sportsman and off the field in his sportsmanship. His main junior football club was North Ryde and then with Gladesville Hornsby/Northern Spirit youth team where he played alongside Brett Holman. Two years after breaking into the first team of the Northern Spirit, the NSL would be shut down and went back to finding a job, where he would eventually work at a surf shop in his local Macquarie Centre.
On Sunday 12 November 2006, Noel Spencer was dropped from the starting eleven and in his absence Alex Wilkinson was named captain of the team. Spencer was then struck down with injury and Alex filled in as captain until round 18 when Spencer returned. He was named Captain for Season 3 (2007–2008) and only injury has interrupted that (with ex-Socceroo Tony Vidmar and midfielder John Hutchinson filling in). On 17 March 2011 it was announced that Wilkinson had signed a short-term loan deal with Chinese side Jiangsu Sainty. On 18 July he had signed a two and a half year contract with K League 1 team Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. The reported transfer fee paid to the Mariners upon completion of the deal is $450,000. Following a lengthy and successful stint in Asia, Wilkinson signed with Melbourne City in February 2016, for the remainder of the 2015–16 A-League season.
In July 2019, following the retirement of captain Brosque and after spending 3 years as vice-captain, Wilkinson was appointed captain of Sydney FC.
He represented Australia in 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. In August 2006, Alex was selected for the first time to join the 22 man Socceroos squad, training for the Asian Cup against Kuwait. He has also joined the 37 man training squad for the Socceroos against Qatar. He made his full national team debut against Ecuador in a friendly at The New Den in London on 5 March 2014.
He was a surprise inclusion for Australia's 2014 World Cup squad and started in Australia's 3–1 opening loss to Chile. After he cleared a certain goal off the line he was the first player in history to be involved in FIFA's new goal line review system which showed he successfully saved a goal.
- As of 8 May 2017
|Northern Spirit||2002–03||National Soccer League||30||0||0||0||0||0||30||0|
|Ryde City Gunners||2004||NSW Super League||19||3||0||0||0||0||19||3|
|Manly United||2004–05||NSW Premier League||15||0||0||0||0||0||15||0|
|Central Coast Mariners||2005–06||A-League||25||0||5||0||0||0||30||0|
|Jiangsu Sainty (loan)||2011||Chinese Super League||10||0||0||0||0||0||10||0|
|Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||2012||K League 1||15||0||0||0||0||0||15||0|
- ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of players: Australia" (PDF). FIFA. 14 July 2014. p. 3. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
- ^ "Alex Wilkinson" . Sydney FC. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
- ^ http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/a-league/news/1048909/Wilkinson-s-Chinese-adventure Archived 4 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine Wilkinson's Chinese adventure
- ^ http://au.fourfourtwo.com/news/245817,wilkinson-confirms-korea-move.aspx
- ^ "City Signs Alex Wilkinson" . Melbourne City FC. 5 February 2016.
- ^ "Alex Wilkinson Departs To Pursue A-League Opportunity" . Melbourne City. 26 April 2016.
- ^ "Sydney FC Sign Socceroo Alex Wilkinson" . Sydney FC. 26 April 2016.
- ^ "Wilkinson to captain Sydney FC" . The World Game. SBS. 18 July 2019.
- ^ Mariners youngster added to Socceroos training camp
- Central Coast Mariners profile
- Oz Football profile
- Alex Wilkinson – K League stats at kleague.com (in Korean)
- Alex Wilkinson – FIFA competition record
Categories: 1984 births | Living people | Soccer players from Sydney | People educated at Epping Boys High School | Australia youth international soccer players | Australia under-20 international soccer players | Australian expatriate soccer players | Central Coast Mariners FC players | Northern Spirit FC players | Jiangsu Suning F.C. players | Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC players | Melbourne City FC players | Sydney FC players | A-League players | Chinese Super League players | K League 1 players | Expatriate footballers in China | Expatriate footballers in South Korea | Australian expatriate sportspeople in China | Australian expatriate sportspeople in South Korea | 2014 FIFA World Cup players | 2015 AFC Asian Cup players | AFC Asian Cup-winning players | Association football central defenders | Australian soccer players
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