Kingborough Lions United FC

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Kingborough Lions United
KingLionslogo.png
Full name Kingborough Lions United Football Club
Founded 1998
Ground Lightwood Park, Gormley Park
Ground Capacity 1,000
Chairman Brian Dale
Manager Tim Dale
League T-League
2013 6th
Website Club home page

Kingborough Lions United are a semi-professional soccer club based in Kingston, Tasmania, Australia. They compete in the T-League.

History[edit]

Kingborough Lions is a strong club, and has a complicated history having been formed out of several former clubs. The club formed as a merger between Kingborough United and West Hobart Lions in 1998.[citation needed]

However, West Hobart Lions was already a unified side formed out of a smaller West Hobart club, and the previously large successful side of "Caledonians" who were a powerhouse club in the 1950s, but had since faded.[1] Kingborough United themselves were also already a merged side, having come together out of a union of Kingston and Rapid.

As a result, Kingborough Lions are the inheritors of the traditions of these four clubs, and have now become a large club that the municipality of Kingborough can be proud of. Although relatively unsuccessful since merging, the club is well set in a growing community for future success.

Kingborough play their home games at either Lightwood or Gormley park. Both grounds will go under renovations for the 2012 season - most notably Gormley Park which is having a drainage system installed.

For the 2012 season the Kingborough Lions recruited Matthew Rhodes as the new head coach from Metro; bringing with him 3 players.

The club name was changed for Kingborough Lions United Soccer Club to Football Club with the new club logo being present on the new home and away strips which will be worn by the Premier, Reserves and u19s Premier teams for the season. The club gained a few new sponsorship as well worth 21,000 over 3 years.

Honours[edit]

  • State Championships: 6 times (as "Caledonians", 1953,1955,1956,1957,1958,1960) 4 times (as "Rapid", 1976,1979,1980,1982) 3 times (as "Lions", 2007,2008,2011)
  • State Championship Runners-up: Once (as "Caledonians",1959) Twice (as "Rapid" 1961,1965) Twice (as "Lions" 2006,2009)
  • Southern Premierships: 7 times (as "Caledonians", 1953,1955,1956,1957,1959,1960,1981) 5 times (as "Rapid",1958,1961,1964,1976,1982) 4 times (as "Lions" 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011)

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reconnecting to Caledonians". Hobart Mercury. Retrieved 2011-06-30.