Redlands United FC

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Redlands United
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Full name Redlands United Football Club
Founded 1918
Ground Cleveland Showgrounds
Head Coach Matt Chandler
League NPL Queensland
2013 5th
Website Club home page

Redlands United FC is semi-professional soccer club based in Cleveland, Brisbane, Queensland. The club formed in 1918 to be the second oldest association football club in Queensland. It re-entered the top tier, Brisbane Premier League (BPL), in 2010 after merging with former Queensland State League (QSL) side Redland City Devils. In 2012, Redlands had their best ever season, winning the Brisbane Premier League. Previously their best ever result was winning the First Division Grand Final in 1977. In 2013 Redlands United gained a 5 year licence for the new National Premier Leagues (NPL) competition[1]

Current Captain is Cameron Draper, Coach is Matt Chandler, President is Norman Schroeder.[2] and they take to the field in an all-red strip.

2013 Season

A frustrating first NPL season saw the Red Devils miss out on the play-offs by 3 points finishing 5th in the league. Injuries to key players saw the depth of the squad tested, with many of the younger players given the opportunity to cement their place in the team.

2012 Season[edit]

In 2012, Redlands United finally fulfilled their potential, finishing top of the Brisbane Premier League by a point with two Wolves FC who won the competition in 2011. The arrival from New Zealand of former Hawke's Bay United coach Matt Chandler saw something of a revolution take place at Cleveland Showgrounds. It was the first time the Devils had finished top of the table in a history that stretches back to 1918. Scottish midfielder Graham Fyfe scored twenty-nine goals for the season[3] which in was sufficient for him to win the Golden Boot award for top scorer in the league.

2011 Season[edit]

Redlands were tipped by many to be one of the stronger sides in the 2011 Brisbane Premier League but once again were unable to fulfill their potential, eventually finishing in ninth place on 33 points. Although injuries played a part in their poor season, ultimately their inability to beat sides above them cost them dearly with the highlight probably being a 1-0 win away at Olympic FC. Rhys Meredith finished the season as top scorer for the Devils with sixteen goals.

2010 Season[edit]

Redlands started the season relatively well, including a 7-0 thumping of Brisbane City at Spencer Park. However, due to a number of injuries the team struggled with consistency and found themselves in a relegation battle. Thankfully for the club, their form picked up at the end of the season and they finished well clear of danger in 8th place of the Brisbane Premier League.

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