Freddy Hall

Full Contact Player

Freddy Hall

Limerick

Goalkeeper

03.03.1985

Bermudan

Freddy grew up in Bermuda, and started his football career as goalkeeper for the St. George's Colts in the island's junior league.

Freddy started playing his football, alongside an education, in the US and he soon became a star goalkeeper at student level. After then attending the University of South Florida and playing high level college football he transferred to Quinnipiac University in 2006. As a sophomore, he won two NCAA Statistical Awards for leading the tables in save percentage and saves per game. Whilst at Quinnipiac, Freddy was coached and mentored by Shaka Hislop (the former West Ham and Newcastle keeper) who retains a keen interest in Freddy's career.

In the winter of 2009, Freddy was invited to trials with Charlton Athletic, but opted to finish university. Hall graduated from Quinnipiac University in May 2010 and joined the Bermuda Hogges in the USL Premier Development League.

Freddy's next move was to the UK, to trial with Plymouth. He made his first appearance for The Pilgrims on trial, having come on for the injured Romain Larrieu in an away defeat against Devon rivals Torquay United in a pre-season game. On a subsequent pre-season tour to Holland, Freddy was able to demonstrate his shot-stopping skills when he played the full game against SC Cambuur. Although then Argyle manager Peter Reid described Freddy's performance during trials as "smashing", with no firm deal in place, Freddy returned home to Bermuda before thereafter signing a one-year deal with English League Two side Northampton Town.

Freddy made his Northampton Town debut in an away game against Morecambe on 7 January 2012, but the following summer presented an opportunity to sign for MLS side Toronto. Freddy's Toronto debut was in a 1-1 friendly draw against Liverpool, and his competitive debut would come in the MLS in a 2-1 away defeat to Colombus Crew.

In March 2014, Freddy became a Full Contact client as part on an ongoing collaboration that we have with Bermudan footballers. Keen to return to the UK, Freddy was able to impress Burton Albion sufficiently to earn a short-term contract until the end of the 2013/2014 season.

Freddy, a 6ft 2 keeper with great athleticism, is regarded as the Bermudan no.1 keeper, having made his debut in September 2011 against Trinidad and Tobago in a World Cup qualifying fixture.

Freddy spent the 2014/2015 pre-season training with full time Conference Premier club Chester and registered to play for them on non-contract terms. He made his League debut on 12th August 2014 away to Forest Green Rovers, and impressed hugely in the four fixtures that he played. Sadly, Chester were unable to free up any funds to engage Freddy on a sustainable contract, and so a parting of the ways was reached shortly before the end of the transfer window closure.

On the 7th October 2014, Freddy returned to the Conference Premier division, signing with AFC Telford United. Freddy performed excellently on his debut on the 18th October, as Telford registered their first away win of the season beating Woking 3-1. A particularly stand out performance came on New Year's Day when in difficult conditions for a keeper Freddy kept a crucial clean sheet and earned the Man of the Match award for his performance against Nuneaton. A further clean sheet followed on 17th January 2015, in an outstanding away win at Wrexham and whilst Telford's brave relegation battle appeared to be in vain Freddy continued to turn in excellent performances week in, week out.

On the 7th March 2015 Freddy won another man of the match award - keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 away win at Torquay, a performance that included two quite remarkable saves.

On 25th March 2015 Freddy returned to international duty, keeping a clean sheet in Bermuda's sensational 5-0 away win in the first leg of their 2018 World Cup Qualifying tie against Bahamas. Another clean sheet followed in the return leg, as Bermuda progressed 8-0 on aggregate to set up a huge second round tie against Guatemala. It was on 12th June that Freddy would put in perhaps the best performance of his career - away to the highly fancied central Americans in high altitude, Bermuda earned a superb 0-0 draw in the first leg - this being Freddy's third consecutive clean sheet for his country but by far the most important. Save after save kept his country in the game, as even the Guatemalan fans gave Freddy and his team-mates a standing ovation as they left the field.

In the summer of 2015, Freddy signed for Irish Premier Division club Limerick (mid-way through their season) and made his debut on 17th July 2015 away to Derry. Freddy's clean-sheet on debut was in fact Limerick's first League clean-sheet of their season (at the 20th attempt). Indeed, Limerick had not won a game at the point of Freddy's arrival but managed to win three and draw one in his first five appearances and he would go on to make 14 appearances in the remainder of the season. Freddy's valiant efforts took Limerick within a whisker of retaining their top-flight status but sadly it was not to be.

Such was Freddy's impact, the club moved to retain his services for the 2016 season and Freddy shone again as Limerick stormed to the title - regaining their top-flight status at the first attempt.






















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