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John Filan (born 8 February 1970 in Sydneymarker) is an Australian former footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Club career

He played for St. George Saints and Wollongong Wolves in the old National Soccer League in Australia before moving to Englandmarker to join Cambridge United in 1993. In 1995 he signed for Coventry City, then moved on to Blackburn Roversmarker in 1997.

He joined Wigan Athletic in December 2001 for £600,000. Prior to the start of Wigan's debut season in the Premier League he had missed only one match for the club but was injured at the start of the 2005–06 season with Wigan's new signing Mike Pollitt taking his place in the side. Filan, however signed a new contract which kept him at the club until 2007. Seeing out his contract with Wigan, he was released at the end of the season. Whilst at Wigan he appeared as a substitute in the 2006 Football League Cup Final when Pollitt had to come off early in the first half with an injury.

Filan returned to Australia in semi-retirement, resettling in his home town of Sydney. In August 2007 agreed terms with A-League side Sydney FC as backup to Clint Bolton, however the deal fell through citing outside issues.

Filan is currently employed with Sydney as their Goalkeeper Coach and briefly came out of retirement to provide goalkeeping cover during the 2008 season.

International career

Filan was a member of the Australian team that competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelonamarker.

As he has an Irish passport through his ancestry, he once sought to play international football for Ireland. However, FIFAmarker ruled against it in February 1999 because he had played for the Australian Olympic team.


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