Nerds FC program logo
|Starring||Series 1 Cast
Series 2 Cast
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of episodes||17 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||25 minutes approx.|
|Production company(s)||Grundy Television (2006) Fremantle Media (2007)|
|Original run||14 April 2006 – 2007|
Nerds FC is an Australian television documentary featuring soccer. The first series of the show was aired as a lead-in for the 2006 FIFA World Cup on the Special Broadcasting Service network that featured coverage of the Australian national soccer team.
The show follows a football team of 14 nerds who were trained over 3 months, climaxing with a match against a professional team. Nerds FC is produced by SBS independent and Grundy Television (which has now merged with Crackerjack to become FremantleMedia Australia).
The team was specifically selected to have little to no knowledge of football, and also little physical ability or aptitude for the game. To find such individuals, ads were placed in local university newspapers and internet chat rooms seeking 18-25 year old men, Could you be described as an intelligent geek? Do you bore your friends with technical, scientific or obsessional details? Grundy Television wants you!
The aim of the program is to build a group of nerds into a side, able to play with reasonable ability against (semi) professional teams, give some nerds a physical challenge, and to make a TV program.
Unlike other reality television series, the team was meant to bond and produce a cohesive group that was capable of excellent results. There is no 'voting off' or winner, or strategic plotting against fellow participants, the team participates as a whole.
|Full name||Nerds FC Season 1|
|Timothy Weston||Left Wing||a 'performer', collects Warhammer Fantasy models Member of the Sutekh society at Sydney Uni|
|Joseph Gentle||Right Wing||computing, especially Artificial Intelligence and gaming (World of Warcraft)|
|John Truong||Right Wing||Mechatronics Space engineer, physicist and mathematician; astronomy; Dragonball Z|
|Jack Mackey||Centre Midfield||Knows 'Things', Solipsist, science|
|David Smith||Centre Midfield (Captain)||Computers; restoring classic cars, notably a 1969 MG-B; preparing a Mitsubishi Lancer for car rallying.|
|Robin Chow ('Nature')||Left Back||computer gaming (Warcraft III, Game Boy Advance, Diablo 2).|
|Nick Sifniotis||Left Back||Arcane branches of mathematics, ability to do arithmetic in base 17. Accounting. Composing music.|
|Marika Deku||Centre Back||Linguistics (ancient languages and their forms of writing), music (plays flute and piccolo)|
|Daniel Jones||Centre Back||Politics and Philosophy. Anti-VSU activist, reporter for Honi Soit|
|Phillip Massaad ('Mono')||Right Back||A bookworm, especially about historical ships and just about anything that floats, floated or sank. Other interests include airships, airplanes, locomotives and architecture.|
|Som Guan||Striker||computers (gaming), music (playing piano and guitar), theatre (performing), public speaking. Computer Systems Engineering student.|
|Phillip Lathourakis||Striker||ten pin bowling, playing the piano and GameCube|
|Tim Kirk ('Captain')||Striker||History, notably "the influence of nostalgia, historical kitsch, the theatre and pageantry of political expression and historical political satire and commentary"; Linguist; intern for The Cato Institute, 2004|
|Trent Apted||Goalkeeper||Computer Science PhD student, mainly involving "a toolkit for learning and adapting personalised gestures for ubiquitous computing interfaces." Trent's academic home page|
|Andy Harper||Coach||Spawning Salmon |
|Milan Blagojevic||Assistant Coach||none disclosed (nor likely)|
The Nerds FC Season 1 strip was Royal Blue with white piping at the sleeves and neck, with matching shorts and socks.
Song and Video
"We will enter history,
Failure to victory,
This team is proud to be
Watch the Promotional Video.
The first game played by Nerds FC was against the "Young Matildas", the Australia women's national football (soccer) team under 21s football team. The score was 11:0 to the Young Matildas.
The fourth episode had the Nerds FC playing a game against a team of inmates in a prison. The score was 8:0.
The seventh episode featured a rematch against the Young Matildas. The score was 5:0.
The final 'professional' outing was against Melbourne Victory in front of 25,000 people as post-match entertainment for the 2006 A-League Semi Final between Adelaide United and Sydney FC. The score was 12:2.
- Episode 1: One of the Wiggles gives a "Go Nerds FC" cheer during the credits
- Episode 2: Anthony LaPaglia gives a "Go Nerds FC" cheer during the credits
- Episode 6: Blue Wiggle, Anthony Field, reveals his same-colour blue Nerds FC jumper underneath his Wiggles shirt and declares himself a fan.
|Full name||Nerds FC Season 2|
|Nickname(s)||Nerds FC version 2.0
Nerds FC 2.0: Upgraded
|Ground||Sydney Academy of Sports|
|Name||Nickname||Player No||Position||Nerd Interest(s)|
|Adam Pemberton||Goalie, Octopus, Silver Surfer, Thac0||1||Goal keeper||AD&D2, Soft drink can tab chainmail, Computer gaming|
|David Collien||Flash, Snake||4||Centre back||Building robots, playing the ukulele|
|Matt Chen||Chi Qui||2||Striker||Culture of Asia, Film, Computer Vision|
|Patrick Neumann||Paddy, Goon Warrior, Gooner||15||Defender||Aerospace engineering, The Society for Creative Anachronism and History|
|Matthew Rochford||Rochy (usually pronounced 'Rocky')||14||Midfielder||Cross dressing, social theory, Star Trek, text messaging, television static, poetry, installation art|
|Michael Lake||6||Midfielder/substitute||Apple fanatic, 3D Puzzles, RoboCup (rUNSWift 2006)|
|Ben Smith||βΣπ $mith||11||Left back/substitute||Memorised Pi to 486 decimal places, (αwΣsΦme²)! Aims to be a maths teacher, Anime|
|Rahul Prasad||Poodle||9||Right back||Collects stamps, butterflies and coins, popular culture|
|Glenn Leong||Strafe||7||Striker||Performing in UNSW Revues, Gaming (particularly PC oriented) and Anime Cosplay|
|Gareth White||Ruby||8||Central midfield or 'number ten'||Rubik's Cube, mathematics, represented Australia at the 2002 International Mathematics Olympiad|
|Chris Anderson||-||13||Defender||Software Development, Piano, Magic, Poker, Art, Hypnotherapy|
|Felix Lawrence||3||Centre back||Coffee connoisseur, physics|
|Richard Merzian||Richie||10||Holding midfielder (Captain)||activism, environmentalism|
|Craig Foster||Fozzie||Coach||SBS Chief Football Analyst, football expert|
|Francis Awaritefe||Assistant Coach||Computer programmer|
The Nerds FC Season 2 strip was yellow with black shoulder and collar stripe, black shorts, socks and shoes. The goalie wore a grey shirt, grey shorts, socks and shoes. In a radio interview on station 2SSR however, Adam (the Goalie) commented that the grey shoes were due to his large feet, not the goalie strip; and that he would have been wearing those shoes regardless of the position he was given.
Song and video
The team song for series 2 is a rock version of the previous season's song. The song features Australian Idol finalist Chris Murphy playing guitar and singing some solos and an orchestral backing in the final section of the piece. In addition to this, the rap in the middle is changed to fit with the interests of the series 2 nerds.
In episode three the Nerds played the Nerds FC team from Season 1. The original Nerds team won 3:0.
In episode four, the team was taken to Bluetongue Stadium to face a team of celebrities. The celebrities won 5:2.
In the fifth episode, the Nerds faced off against a team of military servicemen. The score was 2:0 to the military.
The curtain raiser was a match between the Nerds FC Series 1 and the New South Wales Under 11's Elite Squad.
References and notes
- "Nerds FC Home Page". Retrieved 2007-02-20.
- "Nerds FC - Series 1 @ EzyDVD". Retrieved 2007-03-09.
- "Nerds FC - Series 2 (2 Disc Set) @ EzyDVD". Retrieved 2007-06-04.
- rUNSWift 2006 - Current Team
- SBS TV station advertisement seen on 12 may 2007
- 2SSR interview aired 30 June 2007
- Nerds FC Final Match - Chris Anderson's Blog accessed 4 May 2007 Archived September 27, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- photos - Jon Harsem accessed 4 May 2007