St. Catharines Wolves

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St. Catharines (Roma) Wolves
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Full name St. Catharines Wolves
Nickname(s) The Wolves, Roma
Founded 1977
Dissolved 2014
Ground Club Roma Stadium
St. Catharines, Ontario
Ground Capacity 2,000
Chairman Mario Arghittu
Manager Carlo Arghittu
League Canadian Soccer League
2013 Regular season: 11th
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page

St. Catharines Wolves (also known as St. Catharines Roma Wolves or simply Roma Wolves), are a Canadian soccer team, founded in 1977. The club is a former member of the Canadian Soccer League (CSL), where it fielded a professional team from 1998-2013, and now operates youth teams in the Peninsula Soccer League. Teams play out of Club Roma in St. Catherines, Ontario in the Niagara Peninsula. The team's colors are dark red and white, mimicking those of the famous Italian club AS Roma.

History[edit]

The St. Catherines Roma Wolves were founded in 1977 and played their first season in 1978 in the National Soccer League (NSL), later renamed the CNSL with the addition of the Winnipeg Fury in 1993. From their formation through to 1994, the club was known as St. Catharines Roma. In 1995 they underwent restructuring and changed their name to St. Catharines Wolves. The club name was revised again in 1996 to St. Catharines Roma Wolves, and the following season of 1997 would be their last in the soon-to-be-dissolved NSL. However the Wolves would finish the NSL era successfully, becoming champions of the league in its final season.

The Roma Wolves next played from 1998 through 2005 in the Canadian Professional Soccer League, which was renamed the Canadian Soccer League (CSL) in 2006. Building off their success in 1997 in the NSL, the club would win championships in the CSL in 1998 and 2001.

In 2012-13, following the controversy faced by the CSL over standards and allegations of match-fixing, the Canadian Soccer Association would de-sanction the league, putting the future of many of its clubs and operations in doubt. In May 2014 the Roma Wolves ceased operations of the professional team due to the de-sanctioning of the CSL, financial and volunteer issues and combined with competition from Niagara United for players in the Niagara Peninsula.[1]

Colours and badge[edit]

The club's colors are dark red and white.

Current squad[edit]

as of 18 July 2012[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 Canada GK Claudio Perri
2 Canada DF Matthew Di Maria
3 Canada DF Nicholas Vecchi
6 Canada DF Yasser Majd
7 Canada MF William Janetos
8 Canada MF Camilo Veloza
9 Canada MF Derek Luberhino
10 Canada MF Scott Maclennan
11 Canada FW Calvin Rosario
12 Canada DF Geoffrey Attard
No. Position Player
13 Canada DF Angelo Beatrice
17 Canada MF James Bond
20 Canada FW Ross Campbell
Canada FW Abu Kamara
Canada FW Carlo Arghittu
Canada Johnny Maurizio
Canada Mark Dano
Canada Fidan Nika [3]
Canada Florian Nika [4]
Canada Lennox Stevenson [5]

Staff[edit]

As of July 2012:

Management[edit]

General Manager: Armand Di Fruscio

Director of Sports: Carl Mendonca

Sports[edit]

Head Coach: Carlo Arghittu

Assistant Coach: Stacey Gough

Team Chef: Angelo Pizzacalla

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs
1978 "2" NSL 1st Did not qualify
1979 Were none NSL 2nd Were not played
1980 "Senior" NSL 6th Runners-up
1981 Were none NSL 6th Did not qualify
1982 Were none NSL 3rd n/a
1983 n/a NSL n/a n/a
1984 n/a NSL n/a n/a
1985 n/a NSL n/a n/a
1986 n/a NSL n/a n/a
1987 n/a NSL n/a n/a
1988 n/a NSL n/a n/a
1989 n/a NSL n/a n/a
1990 n/a NSL n/a n/a
1991 n/a NSL n/a n/a
1992 n/a NSL n/a n/a
1993 n/a NSL n/a n/a
1994 n/a NSL n/a n/a
Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Umbro Cup league Umbro Cup playoffs
1995 Were none NSL 2nd Champions 2nd Champions
Year League Regular Season Playoffs Open Canada Cup
1996 CNSL 2nd Final n/a
1997 CNSL 1st Champions n/a
1998 CPSL 2nd Champions Runner-up
1999 CPSL 6th Did not qualify n/a
2000 CPSL 3rd Semi-Finals Runner-up
2001 CPSL 5th Champions n/a
2002 CPSL 4th, Western Did not qualify n/a
2003 CPSL 4th, Western Did not qualify n/a
2004 CPSL 6th, Western Did not qualify n/a
2005 CPSL 4th, Western Did not qualify n/a
2006 CSL 5th, National Did not qualify n/a
2007 CSL 1st, National Semi-Finals n/a
2008 CSL 4th, National Quarter-Finals n/a
2009 CSL 2nd, National Quarter-Finals n/a
2010 CSL 13th DNQ n/a
2011 CSL 12th DNQ n/a
2012 CSL 15th DNQ n/a
2013 CSL 11th DNQ n/a

Notable players[edit]

Honours[edit]

1998, 2001

St. Catharines' Concord Gunners[edit]

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

No. Position Player
- Canada DF Coulter Lewis
- Ghana DF Kwami Boafo
- Croatia MF Martin Mamic
- England MF Stefan Cox
- United States FW James Blair
- Canada Michael Shepherd
- Canada Sam Blakely
No. Position Player
- Italy Thomas D'Angelas
- Canada Patric Cain
- Canada Phillip Hull
- South Africa Sefako Phala
- Canada Brian Edgar
- India Mazhar Shah

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bill Potrecz (May 28, 2014). "Wolves suspend operations". St. Catherines Standard. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ "CSL Roster". Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Wallace, Jim (24 Jun 2012). "Great start for young Wolf". The Standard. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Wallace, Jim (24 Jun 2012). "Great start for young Wolf". The Standard. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Wallace, Jim (24 Jun 2012). "Great start for young Wolf". The Standard. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 

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