Manly United FC

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Manly United
Full name Manly United Football Club
Nickname(s) MUFC
Founded 2004
Ground Cromer Park
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Keith Pester
Coach Craig Midgley
League NPL NSW
2013 NPL NSW, 8th
Website Club home page
Current season

Manly United Football Club is an Australian soccer club based in Manly, Sydney. The club competes in the National Premier Leagues NSW and their home ground is Cromer Park, in the Northern Beaches suburb of Dee Why, approximately 10 minutes away from Manly. Its main grandstand is named after former Socceroo captain Lucas Neill, who played for the club as a junior.


Manly United has competed in the NSW Premier League since 2004–05 when they were elevated after winning the Super League Division, never actually making it into the old – now defunct – NSL. The club was previously called Manly Warringah Dolphins, but changed its name in 2004 following promotion. Their ground has always been Cromer Park, though a popular local nickname is Hackett Hive in tribute to ex-player Andrew Hackett's notorious "bee-like energy" in midfield (who like Lucas Neill left for English Football, though with less success). Manly United is considered an important side in the NSWPL, as it is based on a geographic area, rather than founded by a single ethnic group (e.g. Croats, Serbs, Italians) like other ex-NSL clubs. The Club is closely affiliated with the Manly Warringah Football Association the second largest community Football Association in Australia.

Lucas Neill Scholarship[edit]

Since 2006 ex-Manly junior Lucas Neill to provide opportunities for up and coming footballers from his junior club. Each year the scholarship is awarded to a different young player from Manly to trial in Europe. In 2012 the recipient was Tom Manos.[1]


  1. ^ Kathy Stone. "Teen Tom's Chance Of A Lifetime". Four Four Two Magazine. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 

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