South Coast Wolves FC

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South Coast Wolves
South Coast Wolves FC logo.svg
Full name South Coast Wolves Football Club
Nickname(s) Wolves, South Coast, WCFC
Founded 1980–2008 (as Wolves)
2009 (as WCFC)
2010– (as South Coast)
Ground WIN Stadium
Ground Capacity 23,750
Chairman Paul Myjavec
Manager Nahuel Arrarte
League NPL NSW
2013 12th
Website Club home page
Current season

South Coast Wolves Football Club (formerly Wollongong Community Football Club and the Wollongong Wolves) is an Australian semi-professional soccer club based in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, currently playing in the NSW Premier League. The club was formed in 1980 as Wollongong City Football Club and competed in the National Soccer League until the competition ceased in 2004. The club then competed in the New South Wales Premier League in the 2004–05 season, where it still competes today. In 2009, the club was in financial crisis and could only survive through community support. The club was re-branded as a not for profit organisation, run and owned by the community since the financial demise of the Wollongong Wolves. In 2010, the club was renamed South Coast Wolves FC.

History[edit]

The Wollongong Wolves were founded in 1980 and competed in the National Soccer League from 1981 until its demise in 2004. The one exception to this was in 1987, when the Wolves competed in the second tier competition, the NSW First Division, where they were crowned both Premiers and Champions in that season. It would be the best part of two decades before the Wolves had success in the Grand Final of the NSL.

2000 Grand Final[edit]

The Wolves' first grand final win came in the 1999–2000 season, when the Wolves beat Perth Glory in a penalty shootout. Perth were up 3–0 at halftime, but goals from Scott Chipperfield, captain Matt Horsley and a last minute equaliser from Paul Reid put the game into extra time-Golden Goal. After no goals in extra time it went to penalties. Wollongong goalkeeper Les Pogliacomi was the hero saving vital penalties. The Wollongong Wolves won 7–6 on penalties.

2001 Grand Final[edit]

The Wolves earned the right to host the grand final for 2001. It was decided by Soccer Australia that the final would be moved away from Wollongong and instead be played at Parramatta Stadium in Sydney. The reason cited was that the 20,000 capacity at WIN Stadium was not large enough to host such an event. Ironically, the crowd attendance for the match was a disappointing 13,400, with many believing more patrons would have attended if the game was held in Wollongong. With the other team in the final travelling from Melbourne, there was not much interest from the Sydney public. Despite all this, the Wolves went on to claim their second NSL title. They defeated South Melbourne 2–1. Stuart Young and Sasho Petrovski were among the goal-scorers for the Wolves.[citation needed]

NSL demise (2003–04)[edit]

After the demise of the former national competition, the National Soccer League (NSL), the Wolves moved onto the top state competition, the NSW Premier League in the 2004–05 season. The Wolves secured a memorable grand final win in the 2008 Premier League. However, the club won the championship to only be in financial debt later in the year.

2009 "Wolves" demise and name changes[edit]

After winning the 2008 NSW Premier League championship, the club had showed many financial losses including A$240,000 in debts and losses of players and coaches. It was later announced that the current club would cease to exist and a new community organization would be formed which would ensure money problems would not plague the new club in the future.[1]

After a dismal 2009 season, the Wollongong Community Football Club requested a name change back to the former "Wolves" moniker, with the formal request being approved in November 2009.[2]

In 2010, the team adopted the name the South Coast Wolves.

Full list of name changes over the years:

  • 1981–1995/96 seasons – Wollongong City
  • 1996/97–2006 seasons – Wollongong Wolves
  • 2007–08 seasons – Wollongong FC
  • 2009 season – Wollongong Community FC
  • 2010–current seasons – South Coast Wolves

Colours and emblem[edit]

Like many other teams from the Illawarra region, the Wolves play in red and white. These colours are taken from the local floral emblem – the Illawarra Flametree – which is used by representative teams and sporting associations throughout the area. During recent seasons, this arrangement was inverted, with Wolves playing in white shirts, with red shorts and socks. Season 2012 sees the return of an all-red kit, with a white chevron across the chest.

Since their transformation into a community run-club, Wolves have always worn an alternate kit of yellow and blue, drawing inspiration from the local beaches and the sea. However, Wolves have switched to an all-black away kit for the 2012 season, which – like the home shirt – is highlighted by a yellow chevron.

Both kits – as well as other team apparel – is supplied by local brand Dixon Sportswear, under the moniker #10 Teamwear.

Stadia[edit]

When the Wolves were first admitted into the NSL in 1981, they played out of the Wollongong Showground and then in Corrimal before they made a home at Brandon Park, North Wollongong in 1988.[3] The ground had a capacity of 15,000. However, this site was demolished in 2003 in order for the University of Wollongong to build their new Wollongong Innovation Campus.[4] At the time, the Wolves had six years left on their lease to the ground, but had been promised to play out of WIN Stadium as co-tenants with NRL team, the St. George-Illawarra Dragons. The Dragons however, reneged on their offer, leaving the Wolves homeless.[3][5] The Wolves have now since settled on John Crehan Park in Cringila as their homeground, which has a capacity of 7,500. There have been rumours of a $3 million upgrade of nearby J.J. Kelly Park at Coniston in time for the 2014 NSW Premier League season.[3][5]

Current squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Thomas Hamilton
2 Australia MF Jack Keating
3 Australia MF Chris Nathaniel
4 Australia DF Michael Robinson
5 Australia DF James Baldacchino
6 Australia MF Zac McKenzie
7 Australia MF Chris Price
8 Australia MF Matthew Bailey (captain)
9 Australia FW Peter Simonoski
10 Australia Ricky Zucco
11 Australia FW Mitchell Del Turco
12 Australia MF Ben Zucco
No. Position Player
13 Australia Brett Wilson
15 Australia DF Darcy Madden
16 Australia Sam Chappel
20 Australia MF Joseph Lavalle
21 Australia Samuel Jacob
22 Australia MF Samuel Matthews
23 Japan DF Hiroaki Kawasaki
25 Australia FW Jordan Murray
26 Australia DF Jacob Timpano
30 Australia GK Daniel Collison
31 Australia GK David Hamilton

Notable former players[edit]

Australia
 
East Timor
England
Fiji
Guinea
Lebanon
New Zealand
Scotland

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Head coach: Nahuel Arrarte
  • Under 20s coach: Peter Willis
  • Goalkeeper coach: John Krajnovic
  • Physio: Matt Whalan

Seasons[edit]

Season Division P W D L GF GA Pts Position Finals position Topscorer
1981 NSL 30 8 12 10 35 39 28 11 / 16 N/A
1982 30 16 3 11 43 46 35 3 / 16 N/A
1983 30 4 15 11 41 55 27 15 / 16 N/A
1984 NSL
(Northern Conference)
28 5 5 18 15 12 / 12 DNQ
1985 22 5 6 11 29 46 16 10 / 12 DNQ
1986 22 9 5 8 26 25 23 8 / 12 DNQ
1987 NSW First Division 1st Champions
1988 NSL 26 13 8 5 44 32 34 1 / 14 Major Semi-final
1989 26 8 7 11 22 29 23 9 / 14 DNQ
1989/90 26 8 4 14 30 48 20 11 / 14 DNQ
1990/91 26 8 8 10 32 34 24 9 / 14 DNQ
1991/92 26 9 10 7 24 17 28 5 / 14 Elimination Final
1992/93 26 11 6 9 33 27 39 4 / 14 Semi-final
1993/94 26 6 9 12 24 32 27 11 / 14 DNQ
1994/95 24 8 4 (2/2) 12 39 46 38* 12 / 13 DNQ
1995/96 33 5 5 23 31 63 20 11 / 12 DNQ
1996/97 26 8 8 10 42 48 32 10 / 14 DNQ
1997/98 26 13 3 10 51 33 42 6 / 14 Elimination Final
1998/99 28 8 8 12 45 52 32 10 / 15 DNQ
1999/00 34 17 9 8 72 44 60 2 / 16 Champions
2000/01 30 18 7 5 80 40 61 2 / 15 Champions Sasho Petrovski (21)
2001/02 24 6 7 11 28 43 25 10 / 13 DNQ Stuart Young (9)
2002/03 24 5 8 11 24 43 23 13 /13 DNQ Stuart Young (9)
2003/04 24 8 5 11 34 41 29 9 / 13 DNQ Chimaobi Nwaogazi (11)
2004/05 NSW Premier League 15 4 4 7 16 12 / 12 DNQ Shane McGirr (18)
2006 18 5 1 12 16 9 / 12 DNQ Adam Casey (6)
2007 18 6 4 8 22 7 / 12 DNQ Daniel Aliffi (12)
2008 22 13 5 4 39 19 44 2 / 12 Champions Ilija Prenzoki (12)
2009 22 1 2 19 20 62 5 12 / 12 DNQ Ilija Prenzoki (7)
2010 22 6 4 12 32 39 22 10 / 12 DNQ Mark Picciolini (10)
2011 22 9 3 10 35 36 30 7 / 12 DNQ Mark Picciolini (11)
2012 22 12 1 9 41 39 37 4 / 12 Qualifying Final
2013 22 3 5 14 28 53 14 12/ 12 DNQ
2014 18 5 6 7 23 30 21 TBD
P = Played
W = Win
D = Draw
L = Loss
GF = Goals for
GA = Goals against
Pts = Points
     = Champions
     = Runners-up (premiership)
Note 1: During 1984 to 1986, the league was split into two conferences – The Wolves played in the Northern Conference and the position in the table reflects position in the conference.
Note 2: During the 1994/95 season, draws went to penalty shoot-outs (2 points for win, 1 point for loss; Wolves won 2, lost 2 of these shootouts. Wins in regular time were worth 4 points).

Honours[edit]

  • Oceania Club Champions: 2001
  • NSL Champions: 1999–2000, 2000–01
  • NSL Minor Premiers: 1988
  • NSW Premier League Champions: 1987, 2008
  • NSW Premier League Minor Premiers: 1987
  • Waratah Cup Winners: 1997, 2007

The Oceania Club title, however, did not lead to them playing in the FIFA Club World Championship it had qualified them to play in, as FIFA had cancelled the World Club Championship due to financial reasons.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
South Melbourne
NSL Champions
1999/00–2000/01
Succeeded by
Sydney Olympic
FIFA Oceania Club Championship 2000–01 Winners
Australia
Wollongong Wolves
First title