Blacktown Spartans FC

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Blacktown Spartans
Logo of Blacktown Spartans FC
Full name Blacktown Spartans Football Club
Founded 2002
Ground Blacktown Football Park Eastern Road Rooty Hill
Blacktown, Sydney
New South Wales, Australia
Chairman Dane Sim
Manager Ben de Haan
League NPL NSW
2013 9th

The Blacktown Spartans Football Club are an Australian semi-professional association football club currently playing in the NSW Premier League, the top tier of association football in New South Wales and the 2nd tier including the fully professional top tier, the A-League. They are based in Blacktown, located in the Greater Western Sydney area of Sydney, New South Wales.

History[edit]

The Blacktown Spartans were formed in 2002 in the effort to field elite Youth Squads. Permission was granted to form a semi-professional team, and were included into the NSW State League Division Two, the then Third Division. In 2006 they were promoted to the NSW State League Division One after finishing first. After the 2010 season, they were promoted to NSW Super League.After finishing 1st in Super League in 2011 the club has been promoted to Premier League in 2012.

The 2010 season can seen as the most successful for the Spartans, especially in the 2010 Waratah Cup as they have progressed to the semi-finals of the competition, and have been dubbed 'The Giant Killers' having knocked out Rockdale City Suns in Round 3,[1] Sydney United in the Round of 16,[2] and Granville Rage in the Quarter Finals[3] to book a spot in the Semi-Finals against New South Wales Premier League side Marconi Stallions.

In 2010 the Spartans Women were promoted from the NSW Super League to the NSW Premier League after finishing on top of the Club Championship with all 5 teams making the semi finals. The Under 12's and Under both won their respective Grand Finals.

2014 Season[edit]

Following a strong 2013 campaign, with the Senior Men's Premier League squad narrowly missing the finals, the Spartans have recruited strongly for the upcoming 2014 season. New signings include former Newcastle Jets and North Queensland Fury defender Brett Studman,[4] former Sydney Olympic trio Phil Makrys, Manny Giannorous and frontman Elsid Barkhousir and former Bonnyrigg White Eagles and Sydney FC Youth League representative David Gullo. Raymond Miller, previously of Blacktown City FC has also joined the fresh look at the Spartans, adding plenty of exciting play from wide areas.

The strength of these signings has many experts predicting a successful year for the tangerines.

2014 Pre Season Cup[edit]

The Blacktown Spartans made their first Final at Premier League level in the 2014 Pre-Season Cup, unfortunately falling at the final hurdle against Rockdale City Suns 3-2 in the final.

Along the way the Spartans were able to remain undefeated in all five Group fixtures, winning four and drawing just one.

Round 1[edit]

Round One of the 2014 NPLNSW season will always be a memorable one for Blacktown, with the Spartans destroying the Sutherland Sharks 6-1 at Blacktown Football Park. Four men shared the goals around, with David Gullo, Elsid Barkhousir and Corey Biczo grabbing one each while left-back Nathan Millgate nabbed himself a hat-trick of headed goals.

Current Squad[edit]

Blacktown Spartans 20134 NSWPL 1st Grade Squad

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

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Carlos Saliadarre
2 Australia DF Luke Austin
5 Australia DF Luka Dukic
10 Australia DF Manny Giannaros
3 Australia DF Nathan Millgate
17 Australia DF Keiran Dalton
18 Australia DF Zachary Freeburn
4 Australia DF Brett Studman
10 Italy MF David Gullo
19 Australia MF Reid Taylor
14 Australia MF Jacob Ott
41 England MF Kingsley Williams
8 Australia MF Raymond Miller
7 Australia MF Philip Makrys
6 Australia MF Gregory Kondek
13 Australia MF Corey Biczo
 ? Australia FW Tomislav Cirjak
9 Australia FW Elsid Barkhousir

Ins[edit]

Blacktown Spartan's Acquisitions For 2014 Season Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Italy MF David Gullo (Australia Bonnyrigg White Eagles)
Australia MF Phil Makrys* (Australia Sydney Olympic FC)
Australia DF Manny Giannaros* (Australia Sydney Olympic FC)
Australia FW Elsid Barkhousir (Australia Marconi Stallions)
Australia DF Brett Studman (Australia Sydney Olympic FC)
Australia MF Raymond Miller (Australia Blacktown City FC)
England MF Kingsley Williams (Australia Sydney Olympic)
Australia FW Tomislav Cirjak (Australia Central Coast Mariners Academy)
  • Giannaros and Makrys were mid-season acquisitions during the 2013 season.

Outs[edit]

Blacktown Spartan's Departures For 2014 Season Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Australia MF Mitchell Osman (Australia Bonnyrigg White Eagles)
Japan FW Jun Kato (Free Agent)
Australia FW Bryan Soane (Free Agent)
Australia MF Brenton Rhodes (Free Agent)

Under 20's Squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player

Currently Being Updated for 2014 Season.

Under 18's Squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player

Currently Being Updated for 2014 Season.

Youth League Staff[edit]

Policy

Club Officials[edit]

Management
  • Chairman: Dane Sim
  • Director:
  • Director:
  • Director:
  • Director:
  • Chief Executive Officer:
  • Chief Financial Officer:
  • General Manager, Media and Communications: Daniel Lang
  • Commercial Partnership Manager:
  • Marketing & Membership Manager:
Senior sporting staff
  • Head Coach: Australia Ben De Haan
  • Assistant Coach: Australia Mark Walker

Achievements[edit]

Currently Being Updated for 2014 Season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.footballnsw.com.au/index.php?id=17&tx_ttnews[pS]=1272636000&tx_ttnews[pL]=2678399&tx_ttnews[arc]=1&tx_ttnews[pointer]=1&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=3776&tx_ttnews[backPid]=455&cHash=936d8cd182
  2. ^ http://www.footballnsw.com.au/index.php?id=17&tx_ttnews[pointer]=14&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=3853&tx_ttnews[backPid]=16&cHash=df554f7230
  3. ^ http://www.footballnsw.com.au/index.php?id=17&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=3961&tx_ttnews[backPid]=76&cHash=010246032d
  4. ^ http://espnfc.com/player/_/id/68901/brett-studman?cc=3436

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