2008–09 Central Coast Mariners FC season

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Central Coast Mariners
2008–09 season
Executive Chairman Lyall Gorman
Manager Lawrie McKinna
Stadium Bluetongue Stadium
A-League 4th
A-League finals 4th
A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup Group stage
AFC Champions League Group stage
Top goalscorer League: Matt Simon (11)
All: Matt Simon (13)
Highest home attendance 15,546 vs Perth Glory (31 December 2008, A-League)
Lowest home attendance 5,843 vs Tianjin Teda
(19 May 2009, AFC Champions League)
Average home league attendance 10,465

The 2008–09 season was Central Coast Mariners Football Club's 4th season since the inception of the A-League.

Central Coast's A-League season commenced on 15 August 2008. After losing in the Grand Final in the previous season, they again made the finals series after finishing fourth, only to be eliminated by Queensland Roar.

The Mariners also competed in the Pre-Season Cup, where they were eliminated in the group stage.

In Asia, the Mariners lost in the Champions League group stage, drawing two games and losing four.

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

Squad No. Name Nationality Position(s) Since Date of Birth (Age) Signed from Games Played Goals Scored
Goalkeepers
1 Matthew Nash Australia GK 2008 (1981-04-03) 3 April 1981 (age 36) Australia APIA Leichhardt Tigers 0 0
20 Danny Vuković Australia GK 2005 (1985-03-27) 27 March 1985 (age 32) Australia Bonnyrigg White Eagles 26 0
30 Andrew Redmayne Australia GK 2007 (1989-01-13) 13 January 1989 (age 28) Australia Australian Institute of Sport 2 0
Defenders
4 Pedj Bojić Australia RB, LB 2008 (1984-04-09) 9 April 1984 (age 33) Australia Sutherland Sharks 27 0
5 Brad Porter Australia RB, CM 2006 (1987-02-19) 19 February 1987 (age 30) Australia Australian Institute of Sport 53 1
6 David D'Apuzzo Australia LB 2008 (1988-09-05) 5 September 1988 (age 29) Australia APIA Leichhardt Tigers 10 0
8 Dean Heffernan Australia LB 2005 (1980-05-19) 19 May 1980 (age 37) Australia Sutherland Sharks 60 9
13 Paul O'Grady Australia CB 2005 (1978-11-06) 6 November 1978 (age 38) Australia Marconi Stallions 41 3
15 Andrew Clark Australia RB 2005 (1974-08-24) 24 August 1974 (age 43) Australia APIA Leichhardt Tigers 83 0
16 Nigel Boogaard Australia CB 2005 (1986-08-14) 14 August 1986 (age 31) Australia Central Coast Lightning 41 1
17 Matthew Osman Australia RB, RM 2005 (1983-07-29) 29 July 1983 (age 34) Australia Penrith United 77 4
18 Alex Wilkinson Australia CB, RB 2005 (1984-08-30) 30 August 1984 (age 33) Australia Manly United 109 1
25 Nathan Sherlock Australia CB 2009 (1990-02-02) 2 February 1990 (age 27) Central Coast Mariners youth 0 0
Midfielders
2 André Gumprecht Germany RM, CM 2005 (1974-11-26) 26 November 1974 (age 42) Singapore Singapore Armed Forces FC 83 5
3 Shane Huke Australia DM, CM, RB 2009 (1985-10-02) 2 October 1985 (age 32) England Rushden & Diamonds 5 0
7 John Hutchinson Malta LM, CM, DM 2005 (1979-12-29) 29 December 1979 (age 37) Australia Manly United 95 12
10 Adrian Caceres Australia LW, AM 2008 (1982-01-10) 10 January 1982 (age 35) Australia Melbourne Victory 29 3
12 Greg Owens Australia AM, RW 2007 (1981-01-27) 27 January 1981 (age 36) Australia Adelaide United 17 2
21 Ahmad Elrich Australia RW 2008 (1981-05-30) 30 May 1981 (age 36) New Zealand Wellington Phoenix 9 1
22 Nick Rizzo Australia LW 2009 (1979-06-09) 9 June 1979 (age 38) Australia Perth Glory 1 0
28 Matthew Lewis Australia LW 2009 (1990-06-06) 6 June 1990 (age 27) Central Coast Mariners youth 1 0
Strikers
9 Nik Mrdja Australia FW 2005 (1978-11-30) 30 November 1978 (age 38) Sweden AIK 44 11
11 Dylan Macallister Australia FW 2008 (1982-05-17) 17 May 1982 (age 35) Norway Lyn 26 5
19 Matt Simon Australia FW 2006 (1986-07-21) 21 July 1986 (age 31) Australia Central Coast Lightning 49 14
23 Adam Kwasnik Australia FW, RW, LW 2009 (1983-05-31) 31 May 1983 (age 34) New Zealand Wellington Phoenix 79 21
25 Brady Smith Australia FW 2009 (1989-08-10) 10 August 1989 (age 28) Central Coast Mariners youth 1 0

2008–09 A-League 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 Matthew Nash
2 Germany MF André Gumprecht
4 Australia DF Predrag Bojić
5 Australia MF Brad Porter
6 Australia DF David D'Apuzzo
7 Malta MF John Hutchinson
8 Australia DF Dean Heffernan
9 Australia FW Nik Mrdja
10 Australia MF Adrian Caceres
11 Australia FW Dylan Macallister
12 Australia MF Greg Owens
13 Australia DF Paul O'Grady
15 Australia DF Andrew Clark
16 Australia DF Nigel Boogaard
No. Position Player
17 Australia MF Matthew Osman
18 Australia DF Alex Wilkinson (Captain)
19 Australia FW Matt Simon
20 Australia GK Danny Vukovic
21 Australia MF Ahmad Elrich
22 Australia FW Sasho Petrovski
23 Australia MF Mile Jedinak
23 Australia FW Adam Kwasnik
24 Italy MF Andrea Merenda (Injury replacement)
26 Australia MF Chris Tadrosse (Injury replacement)
28 Australia MF Matthew Lewis
30 Australia GK Andrew Redmayne
40 Australia GK Mark Bosnich (Guest player)

2009 AFC Champions League 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 Matthew Nash
2 Germany MF André Gumprecht
3 Australia MF Shane Huke
4 Australia DF Predrag Bojić
5 Australia MF Brad Porter
6 Australia DF David D'Apuzzo
7 Malta MF John Hutchinson
8 Australia DF Dean Heffernan
9 Australia FW Nik Mrdja
10 Australia MF Adrian Caceres
11 Australia FW Dylan Macallister
12 Australia MF Greg Owens
13 Australia DF Paul O'Grady
No. Position Player
15 Australia DF Andrew Clark
16 Australia DF Nigel Boogaard
17 Australia MF Matthew Osman
18 Australia DF Alex Wilkinson (captain)
19 Australia FW Matt Simon
20 Australia GK Danny Vukovic
21 Australia MF Ahmad Elrich
22 Australia MF Nick Rizzo
23 Australia FW Adam Kwasnik
25 Australia DF Nathan Sherlock
26 Australia FW Brady Smith
27 Australia MF Matthew Lewis
30 Australia GK Andrew Redmayne

Youth 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
Australia GK Matt Nemes
Australia DF Nick Kapsis
Australia DF Nathan Sherlock (Captain)
Australia DF Steven Tibbetts
Australia DF Scott Wright
Australia MF Ashley Balcomb
Australia MF Laurence Braude
Australia MF Matthew Lewis
No. Position Player
Australia MF Tim McGowan
Australia MF Sean Mitchell
Australia MF Glen Trifiro
Australia FW Ty Owens
Australia FW Brady Smith
Australia FW Daniel Taylor
Australia FW Darko Vidovic

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
7 February 2008 MF Australia Adrian Caceres Australia Melbourne Victory Free[1]
9 March 2008 MF Australia Ahmad Elrich New Zealand Wellington Phoenix Free[2]
28 March 2008 FW Australia Dylan Macallister Norway Lyn Free[3]
16 July 2008 DF Australia David D'Apuzzo Australia APIA Leichhardt Tigers Undisclosed[4]
28 July 2008 DF Australia Pedj Bojić Australia Sutherland Sharks Undisclosed[5]
19 August 2008 GK Australia Mark Bosnich Unattached Free[6]
20 August 2008 GK Australia Matthew Nash Australia APIA Leichhardt Tigers Undisclosed[7]
1 October 2008 DF Australia Chris Tadrosse Unattached Free[8]
20 October 2008 MF Italy Andrea Merenda Unattached Free[9]
2 February 2009 MF Australia Shane Huke England Rushden & Diamonds Free[10]
9 February 2009 FW Australia Adam Kwasnik New Zealand Wellington Phoenix Free[11]
10 February 2009 MF Australia Nick Rizzo Australia Perth Glory Free[12]

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
19 January 2008 DF Australia Alvin Ceccoli Australia Adelaide United Free[13]
24 February 2008 DF Australia Tony Vidmar Retired[14]
27 February 2008 MF Australia Tom Pondeljak Australia Melbourne Victory Free[15]
4 March 2008 FW Australia John Aloisi Australia Sydney FC Free[16]
2 June 2008 DF Australia Damien Brown Retired[17]
16 June 2008 MF Australia Ian McAndrew Released Free[4]
25 June 2008 FW Australia Adam Kwasnik New Zealand Wellington Phoenix Free[18]
18 July 2008 GK Australia Matthew Trott Released Free[19]
19 October 2008 GK Australia Mark Bosnich Released Free[20]
25 December 2008 MF Australia Mile Jedinak Turkey Gençlerbirliği $821,500[21]
4 February 2009 FW Australia Sasho Petrovski Australia Newcastle Jets Free[22]

Club[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Australia Lawrie McKinna
Assistant coach
Youth team coach
Development manager
Australia Alex Tobin
Goalkeeping coach Australia John Crawley
Strength and conditioning coach Australia Andrew Clark
Academy manager Australia Tony Walmsley

Other information[edit]

Executive chairman Australia Lyall Gorman
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Central Coast Stadium (20,059 / 105x68 metres)

Source:[citation needed]

Kit[edit]

Supplier: Reebok

Home
Home alt.
Away
Away alt.
Goalkeeper 1
Goalkeeper 2

Pre-season and friendlies[edit]

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
Pre-Season Challenge Cup Group stage Group stage 20 July 2008 3 August 2008
A-League 4th 15 August 2008 25 January 2008
A-League finals Minor semi-final Minor semi-final 6 February 2009 13 February 2009
AFC Champions League Group stage Group stage 11 March 2009 19 May 2009

Pre-Season Challenge Cup[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
Wellington Phoenix 3 2 1 0 5 3 7
Central Coast Mariners 3 2 0 1 5 2 6
Sydney FC 3 1 0 2 4 7 3
Queensland Roar 3 0 1 2 3 5 1

A-League[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Melbourne Victory (C) 21 12 2 7 39 27 +12 38 2010 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Adelaide United 21 11 5 5 31 19 +12 38
3 Queensland Roar 21 10 6 5 36 25 +11 36 2009 A-League Finals Series
4 Central Coast Mariners 21 7 7 7 35 32 +3 28
5 Sydney FC 21 7 5 9 33 32 +1 26
6 Wellington Phoenix 21 7 5 9 23 31 −8 26
7 Perth Glory 21 6 4 11 31 44 −13 22
8 Newcastle Jets 21 4 6 11 21 39 −18 18

Source: the-AFC.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1First place through to sixth place qualify for the 2009 A-League Finals Series.
2First place qualifies for the 2010 AFC Champions League Group stage.
3Winning the 2009 A-League Grand Final automatically earns qualification for the 2010 AFC Champions League Group stage, unless first place are champions.
4Second place qualifies for the 2010 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off, unless they qualify for the 2010 A-League Grand Final alongside first place or become A-League Champions, subsequently third place then qualify for the 2010 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off.


Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
21 7 7 7 35 32  +3 28 5 2 4 19 14  +5 2 5 3 16 18  −2

Results by matchday[edit]

Matchday 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Ground A H A A H H A H H A H A A H H A A H H A H
Result D L W D D W D L W D W L D D W L W W L L L
Position 2 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 2 4 4 5 4 4 4 3 4 4 4

Last updated: 4 May 2014.
Source:[citation needed]
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

Finals series[edit]

Minor semi-final[edit]

AFC Champions League[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
South Korea Pohang Steelers 6 3 3 0 7 3 +4 12
Japan Kawasaki Frontale 6 3 1 2 10 7 +3 10
China Tianjin Teda 6 2 2 2 6 5 +1 8
Australia Central Coast Mariners 6 0 2 4 5 13 −8 2

Statistics[edit]

Appearances[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total A-League A-League finals Pre-Season Cup AFC Champions League
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Australia Matthew Nash 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 MF Germany Andre Gumprecht 17 1 5 + 6 1 1 0 2 0 2 + 1 0
3 MF Australia Shane Huke 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 + 1 0
4 DF Australia Pedj Bojić 27 0 20 0 1 0 1 0 5 0
5 DF Australia Brad Porter 32 1 20 + 1 0 2 0 3 1 3 + 3 0
6 DF Australia David D'Apuzzo 10 0 2 + 6 0 0 0 1 + 1 0 0 0
7 MF Malta John Hutchinson 31 2 20 2 2 0 3 0 6 0
8 DF Australia Dean Heffernan 14 0 5 + 1 0 1 0 1 0 6 0
9 FW Australia Nik Mrdja 22 4 3 + 11 2 0 + 2 1 0 + 3 1 3 0
10 MF Australia Adrian Caceres 29 3 17 + 3 2 1 + 1 0 3 0 2 + 2 1
11 FW Australia Dylan Macallister 26 5 12 + 5 4 2 0 3 1 2 + 2 0
12 MF Australia Greg Owens 1 0 0 + 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 DF Australia Paul O'Grady 9 0 3 + 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
15 DF Australia Andrew Clark 18 0 7 + 4 0 1 + 1 0 2 0 3 0
16 DF Australia Nigel Boogaard 18 0 11 0 1 0 1 0 5 0
17 MF Australia Matthew Osman 27 1 13 + 4 1 2 0 2 + 1 0 5 0
18 DF Australia Alex Wilkinson 32 0 21 0 2 0 3 0 6 0
19 FW Australia Matt Simon 25 13 16 + 3 11 2 0 0 0 4 2
20 GK Australia Danny Vuković 27 0 16 0 2 0 2 + 1 0 6 0
21 MF Australia Ahmad Elrich 9 1 3 0 0 0 2 1 1 + 3 0
22 MF Australia Nick Rizzo 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 + 1 0
23 MF Australia Adam Kwasnik 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 + 1 2
25 FW Australia Brady Smith 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
25 DF Australia Nathan Sherlock 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 MF Australia Matthew Lewis 1 0 0 + 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 GK Australia Andrew Redmayne 2 0 1 + 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players who made appearances but left the club during the season:
22 FW Australia Sasho Petrovski 25 7 16 + 4 6 0 + 2 0 3 1 0 0
23 MF Australia Mile Jedinak 15 6 15 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 MF Italy Andrea Merenda 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 MF Australia Chris Tadrosse 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
40 GK Australia Mark Bosnich 6 0 4 0 0 0 1 + 1 0 0 0

Goalscorers[edit]

Includes all competitive matches. The list is sorted by shirt number when total goals are equal.

Rank Pos. No. Player A-League Finals Pre-Season
Challenge Cup
AFC Champions
League
Total
1 FW 19 Australia Matt Simon 11 0 0 2 13
2 FW 22 Australia Sasho Petrovski 6 0 1 0 7
3 MF 23 Australia Mile Jedinak 6 0 0 0 6
4 FW 11 Australia Dylan Macallister 4 0 1 0 5
5 FW 9 Australia Nik Mrdja 2 1 1 0 4
6 MF 10 Australia Adrian Caceres 2 0 0 1 3
7 MF 7 Malta John Hutchinson 2 0 0 0 2
FW 23 Australia Adam Kwasnik 0 0 0 2 2
9 MF 2 Germany André Gumprecht 1 0 0 0 1
DF 17 Australia Matthew Osman 1 0 0 0 1
DF 5 Australia Brad Porter 0 0 1 0 1
MF 21 Australia Ahmad Elrich 0 0 1 0 1
Total 35 1 5 5 46

Clean sheets[edit]

Rank Pos. No. Player A-League Finals Pre-Season
Challenge Cup
AFC Champions
League
Total
1 GK 20 Australia Danny Vuković 3 0 0 1 4
2 GK 40 Australia Mark Bosnich 1 0 0 0 1

Disciplinary record[edit]

As of 17 May 2014
R. Name A-League A-League finals Pre-Season Cup AFC Champions League Total
YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card
1 Pedj Bojić 7 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 10 0
2 Matt Simon 6 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 9 0
3 Andrew Clark 5 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 8 0
Nigel Boogaard 1 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 5 1
5 Dylan Macallister 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 1
6 Sasho Petrovski 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Brad Porter 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Dean Heffernan 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
John Hutchinson 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
10 Adrian Caceres 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
11 Alex Wilkinson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Paul O'Grady 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
David D'Apuzzo 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Matthew Osman 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
15 Danny Vuković 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
André Gumprecht 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0

Awards[edit]

The Mariners Medal dinner was held in early March 2009, in Tumbi Umbi:[23]

References[edit]

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