- Joel Porter
Football player infobox
playername= Joel Porter
fullname = Joel Porter
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1978|12|25|df=y
height = height|m=1.75
currentclub = Hartlepool United
clubnumber = 10
years = 1998-19992000-20022002-20032003-present
clubs = West Adelaide
Melbourne Knights Sydney OlympicHartlepool United
caps(goals) = 20 0(3)56 (24)32 0(8)97 (28)
nationalyears = 2002
nationalteam = flagicon|Australia Australia
nationalcaps(goals) = 04 0(6)
7 August 2007
7 August 2007
Hartlepool United, Porter had previously played for Croydon Kings, West Adelaide, Melbourne Knightsand Sydney Olympic. During his final season at Sydney OlympicPorter managed to score 6 goals in 19 starts, having played many of those matches as a midfielder.
Porter decided to look to
Europein a bid to find a club. Porter almost signed for Rayo Vallecanobut the Spanish La Ligaclub were unprepared to take a gamble by signing him after doubts arouse over his fitness. After previously having trials in Englandwith Wigan Athletic and Sunderland, before visa problems prevented them, Porter finally signed for Hartlepool.
Porter made his Hartlepool début against Swindon Town and scored his first goal against Burton Albion shortly afterwards during a live televised
FA Cupmatch. Hartlepool manager Neale Cooperdecided to offer him an 18-month contract at the end of 2003. However Porter struggled to score in his first season and only notched up 5 goals in 31 appearances. Porter’s fifth goal for the club was perhaps one of the most important as it earned Hartlepool a draw in the first leg of the play-off semi-final against Bristol City.
During the following
2004/ 2005season, Porter became a fan favourite and was a massive success. After a slow start he forced his way into the team after coming on as a substitute against Doncaster Rovers and scoring two late goals. This earned him a place alongside Adam Boydin the Hartlepool line-up. He then went on to notch 14 goals in 37 appearances. Porter’s performances earned him the Hartlepool United’s Fans’ Player of the Year award. His performances attracted the attention of a host of Australian clubs such as Perth Glory and Wellington Phoenix FCwho wanted to see him return home to play in the newly formed A-League. Porter was closely linked to sign with the Phoenix, however Hartlepool elected to invoke the team option to resign him for one more year.
In the 2005/06 season, Porter struggled with a long-term knee injury that lasted 10 months and prevented him from playing for the majority of the season. Porter returned to Hartlepool squad after 10 months injured and came on as a substitute against Huddersfield, scoring after 6 minutes to mark his return. However, his return could not prevent Hartlepool from being relegated from
Football League One.
Porter also represented Australia in the
2002 Oceania Cupwhere he went on to make 4 appearances for the Socceroos, scoring 6 goals in the process and finished as his country’s top scorer. Porter was gifted the chance to play in the tournament as Soccer Australiacouldn’t afford to fund for its bigger overseas stars to play.
* [http://www.hartlepoolunited.premiumtv.co.uk/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10326~29378,00.html Hartlepool United profile ]
* [http://www.inthemadcrowd.co.uk/itmc_view_person.asp?oid=965 Joel Porter profile] at [http://www.inthemadcrowd.co.uk/ In The Mad Crowd]
* [http://www.hartlepool.vitalfootball.co.uk/player.asp?p=372 Vital Hartlepool profile]
* [http://www.ozfootball.net/ark/Players/P/PO.html Oz Football profile]
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