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Phil Harrington

Personal information
Full namePhilip Harrington
Date of birth23 November 1963(age 53)
Place of birthBangor, Wales
Playing positionGoalkeeper
Club information
Current clubDouglas Hall (manager)

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Philip "Phil" Harrington (born 23 November 1963, Bangor, Gwynedd) is a Welsh goalkeeper and current manager of Douglas Hall in the Munster Senior League.

Although he was born in Bangor, Harrington grew up in nearby Caernarfon and it was while on the books of Caernarfon Town that he was spotted by Chester coach Cliff Sear and joined the Football League club on schoolboy terms. He became an apprentice with the club after leaving school in 1980, with his performances for Chester's reserve and youth sides prompting a call up to the Wales Youth side for the 1981 European Youth Championships.

Harrington made his first - team debut for Chester in a 3 - 1 home win over Huddersfield Town on 20 February 1982. He went on to make 76 appearances over the next three years, amid competition from Grenville Millington, Mike Salmon, Billy O'Rourke and John Butcher. Harrington was first - choice goalkeeper at Chester by the end of 1982 - 83, but an injury in the penultimate game of the season at Torquay United prematurely ended his campaign and led to defender Noel Bradley having to deputise for him. But Harrington recovered in time for one of his most memorable games for Chester in a Milk Cup tie against Bolton Wanderers in September 1983, when he saved the first three Bolton penalties in the penalty shoot-out to give Chester victory. This season saw him miss just five games for Chester, but unfortunately the campaign ended with the club finishing bottom of The Football League.

Three months of 1984 - 85 were spent on loan at Oxford United without making any appearances. He then moved on to Blackpool in March 1985, but again did not make the first - team. He did though play two games for both Burnley and Preston North End during 1985 - 86.

Signed for Cork City F.C. in May 1988 as a replacement for Tim Dalton and made his League of Ireland debut on 4 September 1988. Kept 112 clean sheets from 257 appearances in his Cork career.

"Biscuits", as he is nicknamed, re-signed from Avondale F.C. in the 2005 season as cover for the injured Michael Devine in the away UEFA Cup tie against Ekranas . He managed to keep a clean sheet in that game and marked another shut out against Drogheda in a league match in United Park which City won on their march to league glory.


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