Wilkinson, John

Birth Date

24th August 1979


Exeter, England



Biographical Text

John Wilkinson came through the youth ranks at Exeter City progressing from trainee to a full contract in July 1998.
He played 21 matches, scoring 4 goals in the South West Counties Youth league and Cup in 1995/96 and 20 matches, scoring 15 times in the Devon and Exeter Youth League in the same season.
He played 21 games and scored 11 goals in the South West Counties Youth league in 1996/97

He had made his league debut two months earlier in the last match of the season against Macclesfield Town at St. James’ Park.

Never a regular in the first team, Wilkinson was released following a series of injury problems, including torn ligaments and a broken ankle.

He had a short spell at Shrewsbury Town in 2001, but was not offered a contract and he joined Tiverton Town.

The opportunity arose to play professionally in Singapore, which John elected to pursue and after a successful period for Woodlands Wellington, he moved to Geylang United in 2005.

Wilkinson scored 15 goals from 26 appearances in central-midfield, earning a move to Singapore Armed Forces FC, one of the biggest clubs in the country, in 2006.

It proved to be an inspired move: since joining, for he was a member of the team who won the League in 2006, and the League and Cup double in 2007 and 2008.

Wilkinson joined INSEE Police UTD on a two-year contract in January 2012 and became the first foreign captain in the history of the Thai Premier League. He then moved to reigning Singapore Cup champions Home United FC at the beginning of the 2012 S-League season.

Wilkinson signed for Salgaocar in January 2013 until the end of the 2012-13.. In June 2013, he signed for Tanjong Pagar United

After marrying a Singaporean in 2005, Wilkinson took up citizenship and with passport in hand, he was eligible to represent Singapore at international level.

In 2007 he did so, coming on as a substitute against North Korea in a friendly. Since then he has made 29 appearances for the national team, scoring 4 times.



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