Canterbury United FC

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Canterbury United Dragons
Canterbury United.svg
Full name Canterbury United Football Club
Nickname(s) The Dragons
Founded 2002
Ground ASB Football Park, Christchurch
Ground Capacity 9,000
Chairman Craig Rhodes
Manager Keith Braithwaite
League ASB Premiership
2013-14 5th
Current season

Canterbury United FC is an association football club from Christchurch, New Zealand. The club plays most of its matches at English Park in Christchurch, though they occasionally play in Nelson. The club competes in the ASB Premiership, the top level of football in New Zealand.

History[edit]

Canterbury United logo 2004-2007

The club was founded in 2002 as a conglomerate of various Christchurch area clubs, in order to form a strong team to take part in the 2002 New Zealand National Soccer League. In 2004, the league was replaced by the New Zealand Football Championship, run on a regional franchise basis, and Canterbury United became one of the eight competing teams.

In Canterbury United's first season in the New Zealand Football Championship they missed out on the playoffs by four competition points, ultimately finishing fourth. In 2007, the club rebranded themselves as the "Canterbury United Dragons" with a new logo and mascot.

Final League placings at the end of the regular season:

  • 2010-11: 4th (Played 14 Won 6 Drew 2 Lost 6) Lost playoffs semi finals
  • 2009-10: 4th (Played 14 Won 5 Drew 3 Lost 6) Lost playoffs grand final
  • 2008-09: 8th (Played 14 Won 2 Drew 2 Lost 10) Missed playoffs
  • 2007-08: 8th (Played 21 Won 3 Drew 3 Lost 15) Missed playoffs
  • 2006-07: 4th (Played 21 Won 9 Drew 4 Lost 8) Missed playoffs
  • 2005-06: 3rd (Played 21 Won 13 Drew 2 Lost 6) Lost playoffs grand final
  • 2004-05: 4th (Played 21 Won 7 Drew 6 Lost 8) Missed playoffs

Current squad[edit]

2013-14 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 New Zealand GK Adam Highfield
2 England DF Terris, DanDan Terris
3 England DF Danny Boys
4 New Zealand DF Nick Wortleboer
5 New Zealand DF Tom Schwarz
6 New Zealand MF Murphy, ChrisChris Murphy
7 England MF Steven Morrison
8 New Zealand MF Clapham, AaronAaron Clapham (Captain)
9 New Zealand FW Kamo, RussellRussell Kamo
11 Solomon Islands MF Michael Fifii
12 New Zealand MF Barton, AndyAndy Barton
No. Position Player
13 New Zealand FW Nathan Knox
14 New Zealand MF Josh Smith
15 New Zealand DF Shawn O'Brien
16 New Zealand MF Ashley Welbourn
19 New Zealand DF Louie Bush
20 New Zealand FW Ken Yamamoto
21 New Zealand DF Tristan Nicol
23 New Zealand FW Aaron Spain
24 New Zealand MF Cory Mitchell

Non-playing staff[edit]

Head Coach

Assistant Coach

Team Manager

  • Martin Stewart

Managers[edit]

Honours[edit]

ASB Phoenix Challenge

  • Winners (1): 2012

ASB Premiership Youth League

  • Winners (2): 2009-10, 2011-12

References[edit]

External links[edit]