Phillip Anthony "Phil" Bardsley (born 28 June 1985) is a footballer who plays for Stoke City and the Scotland national team. Although born in England, Bardsley qualifies for Scotland through his Glasgow-born father.
Bardsley began his career with Manchester United where he made 18 appearances in five seasons at the club. During that time, he was loaned to several clubs, including Royal Antwerp, Burnley, Rangers, Aston Villa and Sheffield United.
He joined Sunderland in January 2008 for an initial fee of £850,000. Bardsley established himself as a regular at the Stadium of Light under Steve Bruce and Martin O'Neill and he won the player of the year award in 2010–11. He lost his place in the team in 2012–13 after a falling-out with manager Paolo Di Canio, before returning to the first team under Gus Poyet. Under Poyet, Bardsley helped Sunderland to avoid relegation in 2013–14 and reach the 2014 Football League Cup Final, in which they lost 3–1 to Manchester City.
After his Sunderland contract expired in June 2014, Bardsley joined Stoke City on a free transfer.Close