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:

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

Honours[edit]

ASB Phoenix Challenge

  • Winners (1): 2012

ASB Premiership Youth League

  • Winners (2): 2009-10, 2011-12

Current squad[edit]

2014-15 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 Dan Terris
3 New Zealand MF Anthony Jones
4 New Zealand DF Julyan Collett
5 New Zealand DF Tom Schwarz
6 New Zealand MF Mark Peers
7 New Zealand FW Renta Yamamoto
8 New Zealand MF Aaron Clapham (Captain)
9 New Zealand FW Mario Hoffman
11 New Zealand MF Andrew Barton
12 New Zealand MF Jacob Allen
No. Position Player
13 New Zealand DF Andreas Wilson
14 New Zealand FW Ryan Stanley
15 New Zealand DF Dan Schwarz
18 New Zealand FW Adam Dickinson
19 New Zealand DF Pablo Moya
20 Scotland MF Stuart Kelly
21 New Zealand MF Shawn Obrien
23 New Zealand FW Aaron Spain
24 New Zealand MF Cory Mitchell
25 New Zealand DF Sam Maoate-Cox

Non-playing staff[edit]

Head Coach

Assistant Coach

Team Manager

  • Martin Stewart

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]