Eastern Suburbs AFC

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Eastern Suburbs AFC
Eastern Suburbs Logo.jpeg
Full name Eastern Suburbs Association Football Club
Nickname(s) The Lilywhites
Founded 1934
Ground Madills Farm, Kohimarama, Auckland, New Zealand
Chairman Chris Ruffell
Head Coach Malcolm McPherson
League Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier Stirling Sports Premiership (Summer)
2015–16 1st

Eastern Suburbs Association Football Club (ESAFC) is a semi-professional association football club in Kohimarama, New Zealand. The club competes in the Stirling Sports Premiership (formerly known as the New Zealand Football Championship) which is the highest level of domestic football in the country.

Alongside their Stirling Sports Premiership club status, in the winter the club competes at the highest level of winter football in New Zealand, which is contested regionally, in the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier League.

Club history[edit]

Eastern Suburbs was formed in 1934 as a result of the merger of Tamaki United AFC (formed 1924) and Glen Innes (formed 1930). One of the country's strongest clubs, it has won all major honours in the country, including winning the prestigious national Chatham Cup on six occasions.

Malcolm McPherson is the current Head Coach of the Eastern Suburbs Premier First Team while the Premier Reserves Team is coached by Tom Speers.

Titles include:

1951, 1953, 1965, 1968, 1969, 2015
1965, 1966, 2015
  • Auckland FA:
1948, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1962

Management team[edit]

Position Staff
Head Coach Scotland Malcolm McPherson
Assistant Coach England Martin Bullock
Goalkeeping Coach New Zealand Michael O'Keeffe
Fitness Coach South Africa Sunz Singh
Head Physiotherapist New Zealand Robert Lee
Team Manager New Zealand Carl Tinsley
Youth Coach New Zealand Hoani Edwards
Youth Assistant Coach England Matt Maslak
Administration Manager New Zealand Tracey Kingdon

Current Players[edit]

First team 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
3 New Zealand DF Finn Cochran
5 New Zealand DF Luke Adams
6 New Zealand MF Mario Ilich
7 New Zealand MF Tim Payne
8 New Zealand MF Moses Dyer
9 New Zealand FW Sean Lovemore
10 New Zealand MF Sam Burfoot
11 Sweden MF Armin Pasagic
12 Croatia GK Silvio Rodic
14 New Zealand MF Andrew Blake
16 New Zealand DF Anthony Hobbs
No. Position Player
18 New Zealand DF Tristan Prattley
20 England FW Derek Tieku
25 New Zealand GK Zac Speedy
29 Nigeria MF Emmanuel Ekpo
36 Japan FW Fabian Kurimata
1 New Zealand GK Josh Dijkstra
4 Scotland DF Ross Haviland
2 New Zealand DF Hayden Johns
24 New Zealand DF Calvin Opperman
13 New Zealand MF Jordan Vale
15 Nigeria FW Osita Henry Chikere

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
New Zealand GK Calvin Lee
New Zealand GK Corey Walters
New Zealand DF George Andrew
New Zealand DF Dylan Horgan
New Zealand DF Jamie Lamb
New Zealand DF Jared Sinkinson
England DF James Smith
New Zealand DF Troy Tapsell
New Zealand DF Liam Williams
New Zealand MF Frank Clarke
No. Position Player
New Zealand MF Luke Clissold
Sweden MF Oliver Derlin
England MF Rob Dymond
New Zealand MF Lucas Imrie
New Zealand MF Tawanda Marowa
New Zealand MF Allan McBride
New Zealand MF Dylan Morris
New Zealand MF Izak Papa
New Zealand MF Brennen Priestley
New Zealand MF Dane Schnell
New Zealand MF Charles Spragg
New Zealand MF Oscar Spragg
New Zealand MF Art Twigg
New Zealand MF Denny Twigg
New Zealand MF Sam Twigg
New Zealand FW Dylan Bull
New Zealand FW Matthew Palmer

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