Anthony Pulis

Anthony James Pulis (born 21 July 1984) is a Welsh former footballer who is currently the head coach of Saint Louis FC.[2]

Anthony Pulis
Pulis (right) playing for Orlando City in 2013
Personal information
Full name Anthony James Pulis[1]
Date of birth (1984-07-21) 21 July 1984[1]
Place of birth Bristol, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Saint Louis FC
(Head Coach)
Youth career
000?–2002 Portsmouth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Portsmouth 0 (0)
2004–2008 Stoke City 2 (0)
2004–2005Torquay United (loan) 3 (0)
2006Plymouth Argyle (loan) 5 (0)
2006–2007Grimsby Town (loan) 9 (0)
2008Bristol Rovers (loan) 1 (0)
2008–2011 Southampton 0 (0)
2009–2010Lincoln City (loan) 7 (0)
2010–2011Stockport County (loan) 10 (1)
2011Barnet (loan) 4 (0)
2011–2012 Aldershot Town 5 (0)
2012–2014 Orlando City 44 (4)
Total 90 (5)
National team
2005 Wales U21 4 (0)
Teams managed
2016–2017 Orlando City B
2018– Saint Louis FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

A journeyman for much of his career Pulis represented Portsmouth, Stoke City, Torquay United, Plymouth Argyle, Grimsby Town, Bristol Rovers, Southampton, Lincoln City, Stockport County, Barnet and Aldershot Town during 10 years spent playing in England before moving abroad and establishing himself in the USL Pro with Orlando City. He made four appearances for the Wales under-21 team,[3][4] but did not represent his country at senior level.

Club career


Bristol-born Pulis began his career as a trainee with Portsmouth whilst his father Tony managed the club, turning professional in July 2003. Despite his father's sacking after only 10 months in charge, Anthony stayed at Fratton Park, hoping to break into the club's first team. He made just one first team appearance for Pompey, as a substitute in the 2–0 League Cup win away to Cardiff City on 9 November 2004.[5]

Stoke City

In December 2004, after failing to make an impact on the Portsmouth first team, Anthony Pulis and teammate Lewis Buxton each signed two and a half-year contracts with the elder Pulis' side, Stoke City.[6]

Almost immediately after his arrival at Stoke, Anthony joined Torquay United on loan, making his league debut as a first-half substitute for Alex Russell as Torquay lost 2–1 at home to Stockport County on 1 January 2005. However his appearances were limited and his loan spell was cut short.

Pulis once again found his first team opportunities scarce after his father was dismissed and replaced by Johan Boskamp prior to the 2005–06 season. In February 2006, he joined Doncaster Rovers on trial,[7] however no permanent deal materialised and he returned to Stoke. Towards the end of the 2005–06 season he was loaned to Plymouth Argyle, linking up with his father for the third time in his career.[8]

After his loan spell, Pulis returned to the Britannia Stadium for the 2006–07 season, coinciding with his father's June 2006 managerial reappointment there.[9] He moved, along with Martin Paterson, to Grimsby Town on loan on 23 November 2006.[10] However, he made only nine appearances before his loan spell was cut short due to injury.[11] In his second-last appearance, he was substituted at half-time as Grimsby suffered a 4–0 loss to Rochdale.[12]

The 2007–08 season started brightly for Pulis. He gained his first assist for the club, as his corner set up a Jon Parkin header in a 3–2 defeat to Southampton,[13] however injury problems kept him sidelined for several months thereafter. He was loaned out again, on this occasion to Bristol Rovers, however he made only one appearance for the club before his loan spell was curtailed due to another injury. In his only appearance for the club, a 14-minute cameo in a 2–0 defeat to Doncaster Rovers, Pulis conceded a penalty kick and was booked.[14]


In August 2008 Pulis moved to Southampton on a two-year contract a free transfer.[15]

He joined League Two team Lincoln City on one-month loan in October 2009[16] making his debut on 10 October in a 1–0 away win against Macclesfield Town.[17] Pulis became an instant first team regular at Lincoln but left the club when his loan contract expired on 7 January 2010.[18] He had spent the previous six weeks on the injured list.

In October 2010, he joined Stockport County on loan for a month[19][20] and made his debut for the club on 9 October 2010 in a match against Gillingham, a club his father managed, in which he scored a consolation goal for Stockport.[21] This was his first competitive goal of his eight-year career. The loan was extended into a second and third month.[22]

Pulis joined Barnet on loan in February 2011 but was sent off 29 minutes into his debut, a 3–0 defeat at home to Torquay United.[23]

Anthony Pulis was released by Southampton on 21 May 2011, having never made a first-team appearance for the club.[24]

Aldershot Town

At the start of August 2011, it was announced that Pulis had signed for League Two side Aldershot Town, on a one-year contract. He went on to make five league and two League Cup appearances for the club, of which he only started one game.[25]

Orlando City

In January 2012 Pulis joined USL Pro side Orlando City, Stoke's American affiliate in the third tier of the American soccer pyramid.[26] He scored his first goal for the Lions against the Richmond Kickers in a 2–0 win. In his three seasons at Orlando, the club won one USL Pro Championship and two Commissioner's Cups.

Pulis was a player-coach during his three years playing for Orlando[2] and at the end of the 2014 season he announced his retirement from playing to move into coaching full-time.[27]

Personal life

Pulis is a Catholic and regularly attends church.[28] He is the son of Welsh football manager Tony Pulis.[29]

Career statistics

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Portsmouth 2004–05 Premier League 0000100010
Stoke City 2004–05 Championship 0000000000
2005–06 Championship 0000000000
2006–07 Championship 1000100020
2007–08 Championship 1020100040
Torquay United (loan) 2004–05 League One 3000000030
Plymouth Argyle (loan) 2005–06 Championship 5000000050
Grimsby Town (loan) 2006–07 League Two 9000000090
Bristol Rovers (loan) 2007–08 League One 1000000010
Southampton 2008–09 Championship 0000000000
2009–10 League One 0000000000
2010–11 League One 0000000000
Lincoln City (loan) 2009–10 League Two 7010000080
Stockport County (loan) 2010–11 League Two 101200010131
Barnet (loan) 2010–11 League Two 4000000040
Aldershot Town 2011–12 League Two 5000201080
Orlando City 2012 USL Pro 1521062
2013 USL Pro 17130201
2014 USL Pro 12130151
Career Total 90512050201095
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy.


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  23. "Barnet 0–3 Torquay". BBC Sport. 12 February 2011.
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  29. "Anthony Pulis: Like father like son for Saint Louis boss". BBC Sport. 14 June 2019.
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