Accra Hearts of Oak S.C.
|Full name||Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club|
-Continental Club Masters-Phobia
|Founded||11 November 1911|
Accra Sports Stadium|
Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
|Chairman||Togbe (King) Afede XIV|
|Manager||Seth Hoffmann |
|League||Ghana Premier League|
Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club, commonly referred to as Hearts of Oak or just Hearts. Hearts of Oak S.C is a professional sports club based in Accra ( Greater Accra ) Ghana . The club is competing in the Ghana Premier League.
The club was founded on 11 November 1911.
Hearts of Oak won their first major match in 1922 when Sir Gordon Guggisberg, governor of the Gold Coast, founded the Accra Football League. Hearts won 6 out of 12 seasons in this league. In 1956, Hearts joined the Ghanaian football league and have flourished since.
Hearts of Oak S.C suffered a great tragedy on 9 May 2001 when 127 people died in Africa's worst footballing disaster while watching a match between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko. Trouble started when supporters of Asante Kotoko began ripping out seats in an act of hooliganism in protest at a goal allowed by the referee for Hearts of Oak. The match was officiated by referee J.Wilson Sey, from Cape Coast. Police reacted by firing tear gas into the crowd, it has been suggested that this was an over-reaction. Reports suggest that the gates to the ground were locked and the stadium was not designed up to FIFA standards and the rush to escape the tear gas was a contributory factor to the death toll. A commission inquiry indicted six police officers in its report but they were not convicted because it was deemed that the deaths could have been caused by the stampede instead of the tear gas.
Official trophies (recognized by CAF and FIFA)
- 1956, 1958, 1961–62, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1984, 1985, 1989–90, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2009. (20 titles)
- 1973, 1974, 1979, 1981, 1989, 1990 (After winning a protest that declared them winners), 1993–94, 1995–96, 1999, 2000. (10 titles)
- 1997, 1998. (2 titles)
- 2004 (won)
- 2000 (won)
- Runners-up: 1977, 1979
- 2001 (won)
- Runners-up: 2005
Current first team
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
For all former players with a Wikipedia article see Category:Accra Hearts of Oak S.C. players
- Petre Gavrilă (1991–95)
- Cecil Jones Attuquayefio (1998–01)
- Herbert Addo (2002–03)
- Ernst Middendorp (2004)
- Eyal Lahman (2008)
- Kosta Papić (2008–09)
- Nebojša Vučićević (2011–12)
- Charles Akonnor (2012)
- David Duncan (2012–13)
- Mohammed Ahmed (Polo) (Interim) (2014)
- Kenichi Yatsuhashi (2015-2016)
- Sérgio Traguil (2016 –2016)
- Frank Nuttall (2017-18)
- Henry Wellington Lamptey (2018) 
- Seth Hoffmann (2018 -) 
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