Admiralty FC

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Admiralty FC
Full name Admiralty Football Club
Nickname(s) The Wolves
Founded 1987
Chairman Donahue Francis Marcel
Coach Rozaidi Zainal
League NFL Division 1

Admiralty Football Club, also commonly known as Admiralty FC, is a football club which plays in the NFL Division 1, the second tier of football in Singapore.[1] By securing first position in the 2012 Division Two, the Wolves were promoted to the NFL Division 1 in the 2013 season.

Admiralty FC came under the limelight in February 2012 when its management announced the appointment of former Woodlands Wellington team manager and Tampines Rovers Director of Operations R. Vengadasalam as their team manager. It also made waves in the local footballing fraternity when it announced that it was interested in joining the S.League in 2013.[2]

Following the arrival of Venga, Admiralty swooped for veteran midfielder and ex-Singapore international Mohd Noor Ali to become the team's player-coach. In preparation for the 2012 NFL Division 2 season, Venga also orchestrated the moves for several well-known former S.League players such as like Azhar Baksin, Tan Sio Beng and Shariff Abdul Samat, as well as Jean-Charles Blanpin and Nordine Talhi from Etoile FC following the Stars' decision to pull out from the 2012 S.League.

Former Geylang United player Masnashzreen Masturi, the younger brother of Home United's Masrezwan Masturi, also plays for Admiralty FC as a striker.

On 30 June 2012, Admiralty FC were crowned champions of the NFL Division 2 2012 season when they beat Jollilads Arsenal FC by a 5–1 scoreline. The victory was also the 12th consecutive win for the Wolves, preserving an unbeaten run for the club since the start of the 2012 NFL Division 2 season.

Admiralty made history by becoming the first NFL club to qualify for the League Cup after beating Singapore Recreation Club in the League Cup Playoff Final on 12 May 2013.[3]

Rivalries[edit]

Admiralty FC has a huge rivalry with fellow NFL club Sembawang Sports Club,[4] due to the fact that both teams have stemmed from the Sembawang area in northern Singapore. Both teams often locked horns in the NFL Division One in the nineties.

Club history[edit]

Admiralty FC started off in 1987 as a participant of the Sembawang Group League, a mini league organized by the Football Association of Singapore which involved amateur clubs based in the Sembawang area in the 1980s.[5] During its time in the Sembawang Group League, Admiralty FC often played against Delhi Juniors, which was the original name of Woodlands Wellington before it changed its name to Wellington FC in 1998.[6]

After two years of participation, Admiralty FC was made an official football club in 1989[7] to compete in the NFL Division 1 and it played the majority of its home games at the Yio Chu Kang stadium.[8]

Ex-Singapore international Zulkarnaen Zainal started off his career at Admiralty as a promising young fullback in 1992[9] and was caught in the middle of a transfer controversy when the Football Association of Singapore banned him for eight months after discovering that he had registered himself with Admiralty and South Avenue, a club which plays in the First Division as well.[10] The ban was later reduced to three months[11] to allow him to be involved competitively after his recent seven-week training stint with FC Nitra in Slovakia.

Nasiruddin Sawardi and Fahmie Abdullah[12] were two other ex-Singapore internationals who featured for Admiralty in the early nineties.

2012 NFL Division 2 season[edit]

In a pre-season friendly, Admiralty beat S.League side Geylang United, a team that was playing its football 2 divisions above the Wolves, with a 2–1 scoreline, giving everyone a sense of things to come. Observers at the friendly match thought that Admiralty was in no way inferior to the Eagles.[13]

Admiralty conquered the 2012 NFL Division 2 in great fashion,[14][15] bulldozing their way across the league[16] and embarking on a 12 match unbeaten run since the start of the season. They were crowned as NFL Division 2 champions on 30 June 2012 with 4 matches to spare.

During the S.League mid-season break, Tampines Rovers made an inquiry to Admiralty FC about the availability of tough tackling defender Shariff Abdul Samat. Upon hearing about the inquiry, Venga immediately released Shariff's Local Transfer Certificate, allowing the former 2007 S.League Young Player of the Year to make his return to the S.League.[17]

This was also around the same time where Geylang United came knocking on Admiralty's doors asking for the services of player-coach Mohd Noor Ali. Noor Ali was allowed to leave for the club where he played for 6 seasons in the S.League, joining the Eagles as their assistant coach.[18]

Following Noor Ali's departure, midfielder Azhar Baksin was installed as the new player-coach while defender Tan Sio Beng was appointed as the player-assistant coach. Both players were chosen due to their match experience in the S.League, as well as their valuable experience as ex-Singapore internationals.

After a dominant season in Division 2, R. Vengadasalam, the team manager of Admiralty FC submitted their application to join the 2013 S.League season in July 2012 but their bid was rejected. A FAS spokesman explained that this was because the S.League will remain a 13-team competition next season.[19]

NFL Division 2 Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Admiralty FC (C) (P) 12 12 0 0 50 4 +46 36 Promotion to NFL Division 1 2013
2 Sporting Westlake FC 12 7 1 4 24 16 +8 22
3 Tessensohn Khalsa Rovers 11 5 4 2 13 14 −1 19
4 Kaki Bukit Sports Club 11 5 3 3 23 15 +8 18
5 Pioneer CSC 11 5 2 4 10 24 −14 17
6 Katong FC 13 4 2 7 24 37 −13 14
7 Prisons SRC 11 4 1 6 15 13 +2 13
8 Jollilads Arsenal FC 13 2 3 8 13 29 −16 9
9 Balestier United Recreation Club 12 0 2 10 8 31 −23 2

Updated to games played on 13 July 2012.
Source: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9j904ZQII5ET3Y5ekNmanptZ1E NFL 2012 Match Reports as of 13 July 2012, Division 2, Page 2 of 3
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

First Team[edit]

Players[edit]

As of 9 May 2013[20]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Singapore GK Rezal Hassan
2 Singapore MF Nurhaizal Sufri
3 Singapore DF Faliq Sudhir
4 Singapore FW Guntur Djafril
5 Singapore DF Nurhidayat Khamarudin
6 Singapore DF Mahmod Hashim
7 Singapore MF Shamsurin Abdul Rahman
8 Singapore MF Faiz Ronedin
9 Singapore MF Masnashzreen Masturi
10 Iran FW Tehranizadeh Mojtaba
11 Singapore MF Helmi Mohamad
No. Position Player
12 Singapore MF Mathew Shiva
13 Singapore DF Jonathan Xu
14 Singapore MF Rozaini Zainal
15 Singapore DF K Sathiaraj
16 Singapore DF Haziq Sudhir
17 Singapore MF Azhar Baksin
19 Singapore DF T. Anandraj
20 Singapore MF Mohd Noor Ali
21 Singapore MF Maziz Rahman
23 Singapore GK Siddiq Durimi
24 Singapore GK Hazwan Halimi

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Two-tier S-League in 2014?". Asiaone Sports. 
  3. ^ "Admiralty FC grateful for chance to compete in StarHub League Cup". Goal.com.Singapore. 
  4. ^ "Sundram stars in Sembawang triumph", The Straits Times, 10 May 1993, Page 30
  5. ^ "Jadual Sukan", Berita Harian, 1 November 1987, Page 11
  6. ^ "New tourney to kick off in style", The Straits Times, 7 October 1987, Page 30
  7. ^ "FACTFILES AND RATINGS OF THE EIGHT NFL DIVISION ONE TEAMS", The Straits Times, 1 April 1993, Page 30
  8. ^ "APRIL'S NFL DIVISION ONE FIXTURES", The Straits Times, 1 April 1993, Page 30
  9. ^ "Watch out for classy Zul next season", The Straits Times, 17 April 1992, Page 39
  10. ^ "Zulkarnaen and Admiralty FC guilty of breaching contract", The Straits Times, 15 May 1993, Page 39
  11. ^ "Zulkarnaen's ban cut to 3 months", The Straits Times, 16 July 1993, Page 38
  12. ^ "Rough diamond whose big ego needs polishing", The Straits Times, 7 April 1992, Page 30
  13. ^ "Admiralty FC defeat Geylang United 2–1". JustSports. 
  14. ^ "NFL Round-up: Admiralty FC preserves hundred percent winning run". Football OPOD. 
  15. ^ "OPOD's NFL Preview: Sporting Westlake to deny Admiralty in top of the table clash". Football OPOD. 
  16. ^ "Unstoppable Admiralty FC to preserve their status as the only unbeaten side in NFL". Football OPOD. 
  17. ^ "Shariff set for S-League return". Axross The Line. 
  18. ^ "Noor back at Geylang as coach". The New Paper. 
  19. ^ "Bad news for Admiralty as S-League sticks to 13 teams". The New Paper. 
  20. ^ "Admiralty FC 2013 squad". Chairman of Admiralty FC.