Happy Valley AA

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Happy Valley
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Full name Happy Valley Athletic Association
Nickname(s) Fishball(魚丸)
Founded 1950
Ground Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground, Tai Po Sports Ground
Ground Capacity 11,981 and 3,000
Chairman Pui Kwan Kay
Head Coach Paul Foster
League First Division
2012–13 Second Division, 2nd
Current season

Happy Valley Athletic Association (Chinese: ) is a Hong Kong football club. The club is also known simply as Happy Valley (or HVAA). It is historically one of the most successful football clubs in Hong Kong, having won the first division league six times (after South China and Seiko) and had consistently been in the top division, until they relegated to the second division after the season 2009–10. After spending three seasons in the Second Division League, Happy Valley returned to the First Division League in the 2013–2014 season.

Happy Valley last won the Hong Kong First Division League in the 2005–06 season, losing just one match. The League title was Happy Valley's fourth in eight seasons.

On 5 January 2014, seven coaching staff and players from Happy Valley were arrested by the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) for allegations with match-fixing.[1][2] On 12 February 2014, the Hong Kong Football Association announced that Happy Valley will be suspended from all First Division League and FA Cup fixtures for the rest of the 2013–14 season.[3]

Honours[edit]

Major trophies are listed below.

  • Hong Kong First Division League
    • Winners (6): 1964–65, 1988–89, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2005–06
    • Runners-up (16): 1959–60, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1974–75, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–70, 1981–82, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1990–91, 1999–00, 2001–02, 2004–05
  • Hong Kong League Cup
    • Winners (1): 2000–01
    • Finalists (5): 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07
  • Hong Kong Senior Shield
    • Winners (6): 1969–70, 1977–78, 1982–83, 1989–90, 1997–98, 2003–04
    • Finalists (9): 1966–67, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1994–95, 1999–00, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06
  • Hong Kong FA Cup
    • Winners (2): 1999–00, 2003–04
    • Finalists (4): 1986–87, 1993–94, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

2000: First Round
2002: Second Round
2004: Group stage
2005: Group stage
2006: Group stage
2007: Group stage
1998/99: quarter-final
2000/01: Second Round

Player[edit]

Current 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
1 Montenegro GK Darko Božović
2 Hong Kong DF Wong Yi Ching
3 Hong Kong DF Ma Siu Kwan
4 Hong Kong DF Ho Bong Tam
5 Croatia DF Saša Mus
6 Paraguay DF Pablo Leguizamón Arce
9 Croatia FW Tino Lagator
11 Hong Kong MF Li Chun Yip
13 Hong Kong DF Tai Sze Chung
15 Hong Kong FW Chow Man Ho
18 China MF Fan Weijun
No. Position Player
19 Hong Kong GK Leung Man Lai
20 Hong Kong DF Wong Yim Kwan
22 Hong Kong FW Julius Akosah
23 Hong Kong MF Darran Yan
24 Ghana MF Yaw Anane
25 Hong Kong FW Lau Ka Shing
27 Hong Kong FW Lam Wing Chung
28 Cameroon MF Wilfred Bamnjo
37 Hong Kong DF Yeung Chi Lun
 ? Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Muana Muenyi Lukalu
Spain GK Ramon Algaba

Retired numbers[edit]

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

No. Position Player
8 MF Cheung Sai Ho (posthumous)

Coaches[edit]

Club's mascot[edit]

The mascot of Happy Valley is a panda, as the fan club's captain wearing the number 12 jersey on the squad list.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Happy Valley in match-fixing probe" (in English). The Standard. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "As ICAC probes alleged match-fixing, HKFA vows to step up checks on club backers" (in English). South China Morning Post. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Happy Valley and Tuen Mun football clubs suspended from league amid match-fixing probe" (in English). South China Morning Post. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 

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