South Coast United

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This article is about the Australian soccer club located in Wollongong, New South Wales. For the Premier Basketball League club located in Fall River, Massachusetts, see SouthCoast United.
South Coast United
South Coast United SC emblem.
Full name South Coast United Soccer Club
Nickname(s) United
Founded 1984
Ground Sir Ian McLennan Park,
Kembla Grange, NSW
Ground Capacity Seated 500, Standing 5000
Chairman Zdenko Loncar
Manager Alan Pain
League Illawara Premier League

South Coast United Soccer Club is an Australian football (soccer) club from the city of Wollongong.

The club was founded in 1984 by Wollongong's Croatian Australian community. The club plays in the Illawara Premier League after being promoted in 2005 after a long stint outside the top division.

South Coast were previously in the Illawarra Conference League or Division 1 as it was previously known. In 2004, SCU were minor premiers of the Illawarra Conference League however lost the Grand Final to Helensburgh 4-1 (H'burg was coached by Alan Pain)

The high point in the club's history came in 1987, only a few years after its formation, when the club won its only Illawara Premier League championship.

The club is located at Kembla Grange and plays its home ground at Ian McLennan Park.

Former player then Manager Michael Santalab (now retired) played with Sydney United, Parramatta Power and the Olyroos.

Former player Brendon Santalab currently plays for A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers FC.

Former player Mile Jedinak currently for plays Crystal Palace FC and captain of Australia.

Current player Greg Valic played for the Wollongong Wolves.

New signing David Stojic has returned to the club from Australian 2013 club champion Sydney United.

The club last hosted the Australian-Croatian Soccer Tournament in 1994 and has been successful in its bid and will now host the 2014 Australia & New Zealand Croatian soccer tournament.

Year Division Points Placed
1996 Division 1 - IFA 31 5th
2001 Illawarra Conference League 32 5th
2002 Illawarra Conference League 39 7th
2003 Illawarra Conference League 35 9th
2004 Illawarra Conference League 62 1st - Premiers and Promoted
2005 Illawarra Premier League 42 5th
2006 Illawarra Premier League 35 9th
2007 Illawarra Premier League 49 5th
2008 Illawarra Premier League 36 9th
2009 Illawarra Premier League 36 3rd
2010 Illawarra Premier League 21 11th
2011 Illawarra Premier League 29 7th
2012 Illawarra Premier League 11th place 2013 Illawarra Premier League 10th place 2014 Illawarra Premier League 6th place

Notable former players[edit]

  • Mile Jedinak (MF) - Spent 2005 with South Coast United, Captain of Australia and currently playing in the Barclays Premier League with Crystal Palace F.C.
  • Michael Santalab (DEF) former Sydney United Olyroos AIS & former Club Coach ... Micheal first played for SCU at the age of 17 before continuing onto the AIS and beyond
  • John Sturm (FW) - 25 Years Club Player
  • Zvonko Usljebrka (FW) - Leading goal scorer in the Illawarra Premier League former Sydney United Player (NSL) W'Gong Mac. (NSL)
  • Joe Coelho (FW) - Former Golden Boot winner with a record 29 goals & W'Gong Mac. (NSL)
  • Neil Williams (MF) - Championship winning coach and former Welsh Youth International
  • Claude Cellini - Played Wollongong Wolves (National Soccer League)
  • David Skeen - Played Wollongong Wolves (National Soccer League) and Socceroo
  • Ante Deau - Played Sydney United (National Soccer League)
  • Brendon Šantalab (FW) - Currently plays for Western Sydney Wanderers FC in the A-League

Notable current players[edit]

  • David Stojic former Wollongong wolves & Sydney United fc
  • Greg Valic former Wollongong Wolves

See also[edit]

References[edit]

www.thegong2014.com.au