Andrew Keith Petterson (born 26 September 1969 in Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia) is a former Australian football player who last played for ECU Joondalup in the Western Australian premier league. He became the club’s Technical Director in 2013 as part of the club’s acceptance into National Premier Leagues WA. He has a daughter Ellen Petterson (1992) and son Cameron Petterson (1996).
Petterson began his career in his native Australia, leaving East Fremantle Tricolore in 1988 to join the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. In November 1988 he left Australia to join English side Luton Town. He spent time with Swindon Town and Ipswich Town where he became the first Western Australian born player to appear in the newly formed Premier League in a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest before joining Charlton Athletic in July 1994 for a fee of £85,000.
He was third-choice keeper for most of the 1994–95 and 1995–96 seasons, behind Mike Salmon and AmericanMike Ammann, spending time on loan with Bradford City, Ipswich Town, and Colchester United. However, with both Salmon and Ammann injured towards the end of the 1995–96 season, Petterson played well enough in the final nine games, conceding only five goals, to earn a new contract. He began the following season as Salmon’s deputy, but after his return to the side in January 1997 became first choice, winning the club’s player of the year award at the end of the season. The start of the 1997–98 season saw Petterson as Charlton’s first choice keeper, but after 26 appearances lost his place to first Salmon and then Sasa Ilic as Charlton Athletic gained promotion to the Premier League via a Wembley play-off final win over Sunderland. Petterson started the 1998-99 Premier League season for Charlton Athletic as deputy to Ilic and made his first appearance as a substitute in a 2-1 loss to Chealsea at Stamford Bridge. He then started the next game as the Addicks defeated West Ham United 4-2 at the Valley. Petterson again return to the substitute’s bench after Ilic was declared fit before he was allowed to join Portsmouth on loan in November 1998 as cover for Alan Knight. Petterson stayed until February, helping Pompey survive relegation in 1999 before returning to an unsuccessful relegation battle for Charlton Athletic as the South London club returned to the Championship after just one season in the top flight.
Petterson signed for Portsmouth on a free transfer in July 1999 as Alan Ball looked to strengthen his squad after the club’s take over. Petterson was a regular under Ball, but with the managers dismissal from the club in November he struggled to establish himself at Fratton Park and had loan spells with Wolverhampton Wanderers (February to May 2000) and Torquay United (March to April 2001). Following a calf injury in pre-season, Petterson failed to make the Pompey first team at all in the 2001–02 season, being behind Dave Beasant and Yoshi Kawaguchi in the pecking order and was allowed to join West Bromwich Albion on a free transfer in March 2002. At the Hawthorns he was understudy to Russell Hoult, as he had been at Portsmouth, and although failed to make the first team appearance he was part of the Baggies squad who gained promotion to the Premier League after finishing as runners-up in the Championship. He was released at the end of the season., and then joined Championship new boys Brighton & Hove Albion in August 2002. He was released by Brighton in December 2002 and later played in the League of Ireland for Derry City until being released in April 2003.
He moved on to Bournemouth in December 2003 and to Rushden & Diamonds in September 2004 on non-contract terms. However, Petterson joined Southend United a week later, playing just once before a free transfer move to Walsall in Jauary 2004.
On his Walsall debut Petterson conceded six goals, and went on to play a further two games. Walsall were relegated at the end of the season, and Petterson was subsequently released in May 2004.
Petterson joined Notts County on a short term deal in December 2004, but was released at the end of January 2005. Two months later he joined Conference National side Farnborough Town.
He returned to Australia, joining A-League outfit Newcastle United Jets as player / Goalkeeper coach for the inaugural season in 2005 before returning to Perth to play for semi professional outfit ECU Joondalup.
Full name Andrew Keith Petterson
Date of birth 26 September 1969 (age 46)
Place of birth Fremantle, Western Australia
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper (retired)
East Fremantle Tricolore
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1994 Luton Town 25 (1)
1988 Swindon Town (loan) 27 (0)
1993 Ipswich Town (loan) 1 (0)
1994–1999 Charlton Athletic 85 (0)
1994 Bradford City (loan) 3 (0)
1995 Ipswich Town (loan) 1 (0)
1996 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 6 (0)
1996 Colchester United (loan) 5 (0)
1998–1999 Portsmouth (loan) 13 (0)
1999–2002 Portsmouth 32 (0)
2000 Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 0 (0)
2001 Torquay United (loan) 6 (0)
2002 West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
2002 Brighton & Hove Albion 7 (0)
2002–2003 Derry City F.C. 6 (0)
2003 Bournemouth 0 (0)
2003 Rushden & Diamonds 0 (0)
2003–2004 Southend United 1 (0)
2004 Walsall 3 (0)
2004–2005 Notts County 0 (0)
2005 Farnborough Town 4 (0)
2005–2006 Newcastle United Jets 0 (0)
2006 ECU Joondalup 55 (0)
1987–1988 Australia U-20 3 (0)