Alpha United FC

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Alpha United FC
Alpha United.svg
Nickname(s) The Hammer
Ground Bourda Cricket Ground
Ground Capacity 22,000
Head Coach Guyana Wayne Dover
League GFF National Super League
2010 1st

Alpha United FC is a Guyanese football club based in Providence. The club competes in the GFF National Super League, the top league of football in Guyana. They were league champions in the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

In 2011, Alpha United gained recognition as being the first Guyanese football club to qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League, North America's premier continental club tournament. Alpha United earned berth into the Champions League by finished in third place in the subcontinental tournament, the CFU Club Championship, which they earned a berth into through winning the National Super League.[1]

They finished third in the 2011 CFU-CC and qualified for the Preliminary Round of the 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League, becoming the first club from Guyana to play in the CONCACAF Champions League.[2] In the playoff for third place, Alpha United created history by beating Trinidad and Tobago's Defence Force on penalty kicks (4-3) after regulation and overtime failed to break the 1-1 deadlock.[3]

In their previous match, Alpha United met with the Puerto Rico Islanders in the 2011 CFU-CC semifinals, but after another regular time 1-1 draw, The Hammer succumbed to the 2010 Defending CFU-CC Champions 3-1 in the 30-minute overtime.[4]

In the Champions League, Alpha United traveled to Costa Rica to take on Herediano. In their first ever Champions League match, the side fell 8–0 managing only two shots on goal. The side fared better in the second leg, at one point taking a 2–0 lead before relinquishing the lead, and settling for a 2–2 draw and a subsequent elimination from the tournament, losing 2–10 on aggregates.

Alpha United also participated in the 2009 and 2010 CFU-CCs. In 2009, The Hammer lost to Haiti's Tempête FC in their 1st Round home and away tie. In 2010, they were eliminated by Trinidad and Tobago's San Juan Jabloteh in the 2nd Round Group Stage.

History[edit]

The origins of Alpha United FC are unknown,[5] as CONCACAF's records show their foundation date as "pending". According to Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation it appears that the club has been playing in Guyanese football competitions since the early to mid-2000s mounting their success in the later half of the 2000s. In 2009, Alpha United earned their first ever league title winning the Guyana National Football League and gaining subsequent entry into the CFU Club Championship.

Alpha United gained attention across the continent in 2011, when the club defeated the TT Pro League champions, Defence Force in the consolation match to earn a preliminary round berth in the CONCACAF Champions League, being the first ever Guyanese club in Champions League history to earn a berth.[6]

Colours and Badge[edit]

Alpha United's crest features a blue diamond with golden trim as the background. In front of the diamond is a hammer. Beneath the hammer, lies the club's motto, Unity With Strength. Above the hammer lies the club's name and their nickname, "The Hammer".

Stadium[edit]

It is not known what stadium is Alpha United's permanent home, although Providence Stadium near Georgetown is serving as the host venue for United in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Squad[edit]

2011–12 CCL[edit]

As of August 4, 2011[7]

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

No. Position Player
1 Guyana GK Ronson Williams
2 Guyana MF Shavane Seaforth
3 Saint Kitts and Nevis FW Tiran Hanley
4 Guyana DF Kris Comancho
5 Jamaica MF Kirk Duckworth
6 Jamaica MF Cornelius Henry
7 Guyana MF Dwain Jacobs
8 Jamaica DF Adrian Mitchell
9 Guyana FW Dwight Peters
No. Position Player
10 Guyana FW Anthony Abrams
12 Guyana DF Selwyn Isaacs
13 Guyana MF Travis Grant
14 Guyana MF Warren Gilkes
15 Guyana MF Philbert Moffatt
16 Guyana DF Kelvin McKenzie
18 Guyana MF Andrew Murray
19 Saint Kitts and Nevis FW Jevon Francis
20 Grenada MF Anthony Augustine
22 Guyana GK Richard Reynolds

Honors[edit]

Continental[edit]

Domestic[edit]

League titles[edit]

Cups[edit]

  • Guyana National Football League
    • Winners (2): 2007–08, 2013
  • Georgetown Regional Cup[8]
    • Winners (4): 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • GFF Super 8 Cup[8]
    • Winners (1): 2010
  • Kashif & Shanghai Cup[8][9]
    • Runners-up (1): 2009–10
  • NAMLICO Knock-out Tournament[8]
    • Winners (1): 2010

Performance in CONCACAF competitions[edit]

Alpha United's score listed first, as well as the home leg.

First Round v. Haiti Tempête -- 1:1, 0:2
First Round v. Cayman Islands Elite -- w/o
First Round v. Suriname WBC -- 1:1
First Round v. Guyana Defence Force -- 3:1
Second Round v. Trinidad and Tobago San Juan Jabloteh -- 0:2
Second Round v. Puerto Rico River Plate PR -- 1:1
Elimination stage 1 v. Antigua and Barbuda Bassa -- w/o
Elimination stage 2 v. Puerto Rico River Plate PR -- 0:0, 3:2
Semifinals v. Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Islanders -- 1:3 (a.e.t)
Third Place Playoff v. Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force -- 1:1 (4:3 pen.)
Preliminary Round v. Costa Rica Herediano -- 2:2, 0:8
Group Stage v. Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force -- 2:0
Group Stage v. Jamaica Harbour View -- 1:0
Semifinals v. Haiti Valencia --

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Footnotes

External links[edit]