Joel Porter

NameJoel William Porter
Born25th December 1978 in Adelaide, Australia, Australia
Period at Club2003-2009
Playing Record *160 Starts + 49 Subs = 209 Games (rank 40th)
65 Goals (rank 13th)
InternationalsAustralia, 4 caps, 6 goals
* Competitive first team matches only

Porter made his debut for the Socceroos in the Oceania Nations Cup in July 2002. He came on as a substitute against New Caledonia and scored in an 11-0 win. He started the next game against Fiji and scored 4 times in an 8-0 victory. In the remainder of the tournament Porter played twice more but didn`t manage to score. After the Oceania Cup, Porter had a spell with Olympic Sharks before deciding to try his luck in England, and Neale Cooper brought him to Pools in November 2003.

Porter made a slow start to his Pools career, often showing a frustrating reluctance to shoot when well-placed. But his confidence steadily improved as he has played more first team games. He received the benefit of his first full pre-season in 2004 and started the next season a stronger player. As the season progressed his levels of performance and consistency improved and he established himself as a key member of the first team, and developed a strong striking partnership with Adam Boyd. His performances during the season earned him the supporters` Player of the Season award.

Porter had an unlucky time during 2005/06 and 2006/07. A series of injuries limited him to just 20 league starts in two seasons. Having returned to fitness in April 2007 he went on to have his best injury-free spell for a long time, missing just a handful of games in the 2007/08 season and scoring 13 goals. With New Zealand-based Australian League side Wellington Phoenix expressing an interest in taking Porter back down under in the summer of 2008, Pools exercised a clause in his contract in the hope of keeping the striker at Victoria Park for another season.

If there was any truth in the rumour that Porter was unhappy to be in England for another season he didn`t let it show on the pitch. The 2008/09 season was the striker`s best season in a Pools shirt. Off the pitch he continued to be linked with a move to the Australian A-League, with Gold Coast United the latest club to show an interest, but on the pitch Porter got on with his job of scoring and creating goals, and he bagged a first ever league hat-trick in a 3-3 draw with Swindon Town.

Porter finally broke his silence on the A-League rumours in April when he unsurprisingly confirmed he would be leaving in the summer to take up a contract with Gold Coast. He signed off in style, scoring twice at Yeovil to take his season`s tally to a career-best 23 goals, before being crowned the Player of the Year by fans and players alike before his last home game against Leeds United.

DateEvent Description 
25 Dec 1978201Born in Adelaide, Australia 
25 Nov 200327Transferred to Pools from Sydney Olympic. Short-term 
29 Nov 2003101Made first team debut in Football League match against Swindon Town[view]
21 Jan 200412Signed new contract 
25 Jul 200512Signed new contract. Extended deal (three years) 
09 May 20083Contract extended. Option taken up 
25 Apr 2009101Made last appearance for first team in Football League match against Leeds United[view]
01 Jul 200927Transferred to Gold Coast United. Out of contract 

Appearances and Goals

Season First Team (League) First Team (Other) Reserves Youth Team
TOTALS 1353851100 25111430 1226 000
2003/04  189310 31210 200 000
2004/05  3631420 103210 201 000
2005/06  62300 00000 011 000
2006/07  148420 31100 713 000
2007/08  2415930 15400 101 000
2008/09  3711820 81510 000 000

Goals Breakdown

Competition Goals HomeAway/Neutral Scored 1Scored 2Scored 3+ Penalties
TOTALS 65 4322 4762 7
Football League 51 3714 3661 5
FA Cup 5 23 500 1
League Cup 4 22 400 1
Football League Trophy 4 13 101 0
League Playoffs 1 10 100 0
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2003/04 29 Nov 2003Football LeagueSwindon TownHW2-0Started0 00n/an/a
2003/04 07 Dec 2003FA CupBurton AlbionAW1-0Started1 00#000000#6495ED
2003/04 13 Dec 2003Football LeagueQueens Park RangersAL1-4Started0 00n/an/a
2003/04 20 Dec 2003Football LeagueColchester UnitedHD0-0Started0 00n/an/a
2003/04 26 Dec 2003Football LeagueBarnsleyHL1-2Started0 00n/an/a
2003/04 28 Dec 2003Football LeagueOldham AthleticAW2-0Sub1 00n/an/a
2003/04 03 Jan 2004FA CupSunderlandAL0-1Sub0 00#000000#6495ED
2003/04 10 Jan 2004Football LeaguePeterborough UnitedHW1-0Started0 00n/an/a
2003/04 17 Jan 2004Football LeagueTranmere RoversAD0-0Started0 00n/an/a
2003/04 24 Jan 2004Football LeagueBristol CityHL1-2Started0 00n/an/a
2003/04 27 Jan 2004Football LeaguePort ValeAW5-2Sub0 00n/an/a
2003/04 07 Feb 2004Football LeagueBarnsleyAD2-2Sub0 00n/an/a
2003/04 14 Feb 2004Football LeagueSheffield WednesdayAL0-1Sub0 00n/an/a
2003/04 20 Feb 2004Football LeagueBlackpoolHD1-1Sub0 00n/an/a
2003/04 28 Feb 2004Football LeagueWycombe WanderersAW4-3Started0 00n/an/a
2003/04 02 Mar 2004Football LeagueChesterfieldHW2-0Started0 00n/an/a
2003/04 06 Mar 2004Football LeagueColchester UnitedAW2-1Started0 00n/an/a
2003/04 13 Mar 2004Football LeagueQueens Park RangersHL1-4Started1 00n/an/a
2003/04 16 Mar 2004Football LeagueStockport CountyHD2-2Started1 00n/an/a
2003/04 20 Mar 2004Football LeagueGrimsby TownAW2-0Started010n/an/a

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