Cessnock City Hornets FC

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Cessnock Hornets
Cessnock City Hornets FC.gif
Full name Cessnock City Hornets FC
Ground Hornets Ground, Turner Park Complex
Ground Coordinates 32°50′32.68″S 151°21′50.88″E / 32.8424111°S 151.3641333°E / -32.8424111; 151.3641333Coordinates: 32°50′32.68″S 151°21′50.88″E / 32.8424111°S 151.3641333°E / -32.8424111; 151.3641333
Chairman Michael Southwor[1]
Head Coach Brendan Slade
League Northern NSW State League Division 1
2015 10th
Website Club website
Yellow jersey
Alt colours

Cessnock City Hornets FC is a semi-professional soccer club based in Cessnock in the Hunter Region, New South Wales. The Hornets currently compete in the NewFM Division with teams in First Grade, Under 23s and Under 19 divisions. The NewFM Division is the 2nd tier of Football in Northern New South Wales Football below the NBN State Football League.


Over the years, doubt has been expressed about the birth of soccer in Cessnock.

To get down to the basic truths, Sid Grant, a well known historian, undertook a detailed research including personal interviews with old Bob Harden (ex-West Wallsend skipper), Tom Rennex, ‘G ‘Tup’’ Rennex, Alf Brunskill, Alec Renfrew and others. But the truth of this problem came out when a former Secretary of the NDBFA, Mr George Reay of Dudley, presented Sid with both the official minute book and registrar of players book for the period 1902–1911.

This indicated clearly that soccer started in Cessnock in April, 1907. A group of 15 sportsmen met on a vacant allotment just south of the Cessnock railway station. Many of these enthusiasts were recent arrivals from Minmi, West Wallsend, Greta and Stockton. The first ground was a large vacant area near where the Aberdare Park was established 15 years later. 2007 saw Cessnock celebrate 100 years of football.[2]

Home Ground[edit]

Cessnock play their home games at the Hornets Ground, Turner Park Complex, Aberdare Road, Aberdare.

Hornets Ground, Turner Park Complex

2012 Season[edit]

The Hornets are proud to carry on the tradition with many local juniors staying with the club for the majority of their careers with some current players having played over 150 senior games for the club. The club has gone back to its roots with a return to classic jersey style of the black and yellow vertical stripes. The 2012 season got off to a rocky start with an interrupted pre season but all 3 teams had a strong chance to make the finals.[3] Confidence was high with strong mix of experienced players such as Andrew O’Hearn, Mick Hugo and Jeremie Morton combining with 2 new recruits from the Northern Territory Institute of Sport, Dylan Elford and Chris Mitchell. The Under 19's squad was the only senior team of the season to progress the semi finals with majority of players being 17 or younger. They were then beaten by Maitland.

The near future for the club looks to be bright with many great young talents in the 19's squad and more talented players from the junior teams which includes the 17's who won their final and the 15's who made their final.


Cessnock City Hornets' biggest rival is Weston Workers Bears FC who are currently in the Northern NSW NBN State League while Cessnock were relegated to the NewFM 1st Division in 2005. Both of the clubs have enjoyed success at the top of local football over their histories and have always had that extra spark in the games where these 2 clubs meet in any Grade/Age as you do with games between 2 rival football clubs.

The Hornets also have a big local rivalry with Singleton Strikers. Cessnock have dominated this rivalry in current years since Singleton were promoted into the NewFM 1st Division.

Cessnock share a somewhat local rivalry with Maitland Magpies too, who now currently play in the Northern NSW NPL

Worthy Mention[edit]

The end of the Hornets 2013 season saw the retirement of Andrew O'Hearn (nickname: Kanga ) a Cessnock City Hornets Football Club life member, a former Newcastle Breakers player, and Hornets 1st Grade Captain who ended his footballing career with 414 senior caps for the Hornets.


Current squad[edit]

First Grade[edit]

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

No. Position Player
20 Australia GK Owen Kemp (Vice-Captain)
Australia DF Ryan Maxwell
Australia DF Anthony Bower (Captain)
Australia DF Jayden Gunther
Australia DF Zac Thomson
Australia MF Nic Hugo
Australia MF Luke Johnston
Australia MF Liam Stephenson
Australia MF Alex King
Australia FW Wade Attewell
Australia FW Mitchell Cox
Germany GK Mathew Zechel
Australia MF Matthew Francis
Australia DF David O'Hearn (Club Captain)
Australia FW Toby King
Australia MF Craig Williams

Under 23s[edit]

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

No. Position Player
23 Germany GK Mathew Zechel
Australia DF Josh Bower
Australia DF Jake Peters
Australia DF Caleb J Whiting
Australia DF David O'Hearn (Captain)
Australia MF Dylan Sams (Vice-Captain)
Australia MF Matthew Francis
Australia MF Brodie Egan
Australia FW Toby King
Australia FW Sam Garaty
Australia MF Ben McDonald
Australia DF Ethan Cross
England MF Liam Apperley
Australia FW Mathew Pratt
Zimbabwe FW Chris Luphahla
Australia GK Sam Woods

Under 19s[edit]

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

No. Position Player
22 Germany GK Mathew Zechel
23 Australia GK Rowan Forbes
Australia DF Calebj Whiting
Australia DF Dylan Sams
Australia DF Sam Rossi (Captain)
Australia MF Liam Apperley
Australia MF Jye Douglass
Australia MF Callum Forbes
No. Position Player
Australia MF Jourdan Evans
England MF Jake Rohr
Germany MF Jason Zechel
Australia MF Ryan McNamara (Vice-Captain)
Australia FW Joel Brouwer
Australia FW Alex Westbury
Australia FW Sam Garaty
Australia FW Ethan Cross


Notable Former Players[edit]

Cessnock has had many players go on to represent Australia at a junior and senior level including