Waitakere United

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Waitakere United
Logo
Full name Waitakere United
Founded 2004
Ground Fred Taylor Park,
Waitakere City, New Zealand
Ground Capacity 4,000 [1]
Chairman Peter Bult
Manager Brian Shelley
League ASB Premiership
2013–14 4th
Current season

Waitakere United is a football (soccer) club based in Waitakere City, New Zealand. They are one of the franchises in the ASB Premiership. They play their home games at Fred Taylor Park in Kumeu.

History[edit]

Waitakere United was formed as a special franchise club in 2004 to play in the New Zealand Football Championship (NZFC), New Zealand's top domestic football competition. The team represents 12 member clubs from Mt Albert to the Kaipara.

In the inaugural season (2004–05) of the NZFC, Waitakere United finished runners-up to champions Auckland City FC but they followed up with a very disappointing 6th place in the next season. In the following season, however, Waitakere finished as NZFC premiers but lost in the grand final once again to Auckland City FC 3-2.

Due to the withdrawal of Vanuatu's Port Vila Sharks, Waitakere was given a berth in the inaugural OFC Champions League, for 2007, as NZFC premiers. They finished atop their group, edging out Auckland City and New Caledonia's AS Mont-Dore. They went on to defeat Ba F.C. of Fiji in the final, becoming the first OFC-League champions. Commins Menapi scored a crucial away goal that proved the difference as the tie finished 2-2 in aggregate. Taking this championship qualified United to compete in the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, where they lost in the 'play-in' match to Sepahan F.C. 1-3.

Waitakere United defended their championship in capturing the 2007–08 OFC Champions League, defeating Kossa FC in the final 6-3 in goal aggregate. During this season, Douglas Field was under extensive renovation forcing Waitakere United to play most of their home fixtures at Fred Taylor Park in Whenuapai.

Waitakere have a notable rivalry with neighbours Auckland City.

Current squad[edit]

As of 18 November 2014

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK Danny Robinson
2 Republic of Ireland DF Sean Harding
3 New Zealand DF Alec Solomons
4 New Zealand DF Luke Adams
5 Republic of Ireland DF Brian Shelley
6 New Zealand MF George Curry
7 New Zealand MF Dave Mulligan
8 Wales MF Chris Bale
9 England FW Adam Dickinson
10 New Zealand MF Tom Biss
No. Position Player
12 New Zealand FW Dylan Manickum
14 New Zealand DF Dean Lausev
16 New Zealand DF Tristan Prattley
18 England FW Derice Richards
21 New Zealand DF Andrew Boyens
22 New Zealand GK Alex Carr
24 New Zealand DF Harshae Raniga
-- Argentina MF Santiago Miguel Falbo
-- New Zealand MF Edward Sillars

Staff[edit]

  • Youth Team Coach: England Mark Holt
  • Goalkeeper coach: England Kevin O'Leary

Managers[edit]

FIFA Club World Cup History[edit]

FIFA Club World Cup History
Year Round Score Result Scorers
2007 Play-off New ZealandWaitakere United 1 – 3 Sepahan F.C.Iran Loss Aghili Goal 74' (o.g.)
2008 Play-off New ZealandWaitakere United 1 – 2 Adelaide United Australia Loss Seaman Goal 34'

Honours[edit]

Performance in OFC competitions[edit]

Best: Champions in 2007 and 2008
2007: Champions
2008: Champions
2009: 2° in Group A
2010: Finalist
2011: 2° in Group B
2012: 2° in Group A
2013: Finalist

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