Manly United FC

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Manly United
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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
2014 NPL NSW, 10th
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.

History[edit]

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]

Current squad[edit]

As of 4 October 2014[2]

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

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Dylan Mitchell
2 Australia DF Jimmy Oates
3 Australia DF Leigh Egger
4 Australia DF Graeme Forbes
5 Australia DF Joshua Lawson
6 Australia MF Josh Ward
7 Australia MF Scott Balderson
8 New Zealand MF Daniel Grant
9 Australia FW Chris Payne
10 Australia MF Brendan Cholakian
No. Position Player
11 Australia DF Roberto Speranza
13 Japan MF Masakatsu Tanaka
14 Australia DF Rhys Williams
16 Australia MF Jed Prater
17 Australia Nathan Sim
19 New Zealand MF Daniel Saric
21 Australia Patrick Weir
22 Australia FW Jack Green
23 Australia MF Damir Prodanovic

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kathy Stone. "Teen Tom's Chance Of A Lifetime". Four Four Two Magazine. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Players and staff". Manly United. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 

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