Andy Russell (English footballer)

Andy Russell
Personal information
Full name Andrew James Russell
Date of birth (1987-11-21) 21 November 1987
Place of birth Southampton, Hampshire, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
South China
Number 6
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Happy Valley 12 (0)
2009 Mossley
2010 Chorley
2013–2014 Fylde
2014– South China 20 (2)
National team
2016– Hong Kong 5 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 May 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2016

Andy Russell (born 21 November 1987), is a Hong Kong football player currently playing for Hong Kong Premier League club South China. Andy Russell was born on the South Coast of England (Southampton), but moved to Hong Kong with his parents when he was only 18 months old. He lived in Hong Kong until he went to university in Manchester, England.[1]

Club career

In 2008 he signed his first contract as a professional footballer for Happy Valley, which played in Hong Kong First Division League. After returning to the UK, Russell joined Mossley in the NPL First Division North and found employment with sportswear giants Adidas. He joined Chorley in 2010 when manager Garry Flitcroft took over. For the 2013-14 season, Russell chose Fylde after being convinced by manager Dave Challinor.[1] He helped the club retain the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy by beating Chorley 4-1 with one goal and one assist.[2]

In July 2014, Andy announced on his twitter account that he had signed for South China for the 2014-15 Hong Kong Premier League season.[3] Coach Yeung Ching Kwong claimed they needed him because the club needed more local players for the 2015 AFC Cup.[4]

International career

On 14 March 2016, Russell received his first call-up for Hong Kong in preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification against on 24 March 2016. He made his debut in a 2-0 loss to Qatar.[5]


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