Hougang United FC

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Hougang United FC
Hougang United FC Logo.jpg
Full name Hougang United
Nickname(s) The Cheetahs
Founded 1981
Ground Hougang Stadium
Hougang, Singapore
Ground Capacity 2,500
Chairman Bill Ng
Head Coach Salim Moin
League S.League
2014 7th
Website Club home page

Hougang United Football Club is a professional football club in Singapore's professional league S.League.

History[edit]

Hougang United Football Club was founded as Marine Castle United Football Club, which was formed by Newcastle United fans in the Marine Parade area. Upon successful entry into the S.League in 1998, the club struggled in its early foray in the first few years, finishing in the bottom two for the next four seasons.

Marine Castle changed its name to Sengkang Marine Football Club in 2002 and finished in 8th position consecutively, its highest ever finish in its short history.

Financial difficulties then forced Sengkang Marine out of the S.League in 2004, and Paya Lebar-Punggol Football Club took its place in 2005, finishing the season as wooden-spoonist. The two clubs then merged their resources from 2006 to 2010, to form Sengkang Punggol Football Club, finishing no higher than 10th.

On 1 January 2011, the chairman of Sengkang Punggol Football Club, Mr. Bill Ng, announced the changes that began the rewriting of another chapter of this football club. With improved financial status and a change in name to the present Hougang United Football Club, there was renewed optimism among the Hougang fan base around the club's home stadium since its inception, Hougang Stadium. The club has a group of supporters known as the HOOLS (Hougang Only One Love). The club also had its fair share of ‘marquee players’ in the earlier days like Grant Holt (formerly Norwich City), Michael Currie (formerly Queens Park Rangers) and Kim See-man (former South Korea youth international).

In November 2014, it was announced that Hougang United and Woodlands Wellington will merge for the 2015 season.[1][2] With the announcement that Hougang United will retain its name after the merger and assimilation of most of Woodlands staff into Hougang's structure, including players and head coach Salim Moin, Woodlands Wellington ceased to exist in the S.League from 2015.[3]

Seasons[edit]

Season S.League Singapore Cup Singapore League Cup
Club Pos P W D L F A Pts
1998 Marine Castle United 11th 20 2 3 15 19 44 9 Group Stage
1999 12th 22 3 3 16 21 56 12 Round of 16
2000 11th 22 4 4 14 18 45 16 Round of 16
2001 11th 33 7 6 20 35 71 27 Group Stage
2002 Sengkang Marine 8th 33 11 6 16 62 84 39 Semi-Finals
2003 8th 33 7 8-1 17 32 66 38 Group Stage
2004
2005 Paya Lebar Punggol 10th 27 1 1 25 23 78 4 Preliminary
2006 Sengkang Punggol 11th 30 4 6 20 32 72 18 Quarter-Finals
2007 11th 33 5 10 18 39 69 25 Quarter-Finals Runners-up
2008 11th 33 3 10 20 13 54 19 Round of 16 Preliminary
2009 10th 30 5 6 19 26 58 21 Round of 16 Group Stage
2010 11th 33 7 6 20 24 48 27 Round of 16 2nd Runners-up
2011 Hougang United 7th 33 15 3 15 55 63 43* Semi-Finals Runners-up
2012 8th 24 7 8 9 31 33 29 Quarter-Finals Quarter-Finals
2013 10th 27 9 3 15 37 40 30 Quarter-Finals Quarter-Finals
2014 7th 27 12 6 9 49 42 42 Group stage Semi-Finals
  • 2003 saw the introduction of penalty shoot-outs if a match ended in a draw in regular time. Winners of penalty shoot-outs gained two points instead of one.
  • Sengkang Marine sat out the 2004 S.League season. They merged with Paya Lebar Punggol to form Sengkang Marine on their return to the S.League in 2006.
  • Hougang United deducted 5 point for a pre-match brawl with Etoile during the 2011 season.

Last updated on 15 May 2014

Players[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

As of 1 April 2015 [4]

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

No. Position Player
1 Singapore GK Ridhuan Barudin
2 Singapore MF Fairoz Hasan
3 Japan MF Renshi Yamaguchi
4 Singapore MF Taufiq Ghani
5 Singapore FW Muhaymin Salim
6 Japan DF Kunihiro Yamashita
7 Japan MF Shunsuke Nakatake
8 Singapore DF Firman Hanif
9 Japan FW Manato Takahashi
10 Equatorial Guinea FW Chupe
11 Singapore MF Fareez Farhan
No. Position Player
12 Singapore DF Faizal Amir
13 Singapore DF Ruzaini Zainal
14 Singapore MF Matthew Abraham
15 Singapore MF Tengku Mushadad
16 Singapore DF Kenneth Chang
17 Singapore DF Faiz Salleh
18 Singapore GK Basil Chan
19 Singapore MF Nurhilmi Jasni (team captain)
20 Singapore DF Goh Swee Swee
21 Singapore DF Lau Meng Meng
22 Singapore GK Ahmadulhaq Che Omar

Prime League Players[edit]

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

No. Position Player
23 Japan DF Yuki Uchiyama
24 Singapore DF Gavin Tan Gong Yee
25 Singapore DF K Selvendhran
26 Singapore MF Ahmad Zaki
27 Singapore MF Indra Hafriefendy
28 Singapore DF Rayyan Mohamed
29 Singapore MF Wayne Low Liu Wei
30 Singapore DF Haidil Sufian
31 Singapore FW Nor Syafiq Rosli
32 Singapore MF Audi Rahmat
No. Position Player
33 Singapore DF Ridhuan Shamsuddin
34 Singapore MF V Sathiyamoorthy
35 Singapore MF Danish Uwais
36 Singapore DF Firdaus Sham
38 Singapore MF Faisal Hamidi
39 Singapore GK Hafiz Jaafar
40 Singapore FW Zulcarlnaen Kiflee
41 China GK Yeo Qi Long
42 Singapore DF Azrin Hamdan

Managers[edit]

Sponsors[edit]

  • Main Sponsor: SPEED Institute
  • Kit Supplier: Macron

References[edit]

External links[edit]