Despite a lack of public profile Chipperfield is undoubtedly one of the great servants of the Australian game. The curtain could well come down for the final time on the veteran utility’s 12-year international career at the conclusion of South Africa 2010, with only Mark Schwarzer and Brett Emerton possessing more caps amidst the current crop.
Chipperfield started as a talented attacker with great physical ability and an eye for goal. For the national team he generally played on the left side of midfield but by Germany 2006 he was firmly entrenched at left-back. Chipperfield’s abilities as a utility seemingly know no bounds and he has played striker, right and left midfield, as well as central and left full-back for his Swiss champions Basel.
His loyalty to the national team cause has, somewhat uncharacteristically in the modern game, also been evident throughout his domestic career with Chipperfield featuring for just two clubs across a 15-year span. Starting out with his local side Wollongong Wolves, Chipperfield helped the humble club twice become national champions picking up two Warren medals as the league’s best player into the bargain. Following the second title in 2001, Chipperfield moved to Basel where he has remained to this day. His arrival coincided with a significant upturn in fortunes for the club who ended a two-decade old title drought before enjoying going on to enjoy unprecedented success in the UEFA Champions League.
Injuries have been prevalent in the last 18 months for Chipperfield who missed a significant portion of the most recent Swiss season. Now 34, Chipperfield dates from a very different era for the game in Australia and for much of his early career he was a semi-professional, famously working part-time as a bus driver on the local school route.