F.C. Bruno's Magpies

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FC Bruno's Magpies
Full nameFootball Club Bruno's Magpies
Nickname(s)The Magpies
Founded2013
GroundVictoria Stadium, Gibraltar
Capacity2000
ChairmanLouis Perry
ManagerDavie Wilson
LeagueGibraltar Second Division
2017–183rd

FC Bruno's Magpies, also known as FCB Magpies, is a football team from Gibraltar. They play in the Gibraltar Second Division and the Rock Cup.[1]

History[edit]

The club was formed in 2013, initially as a group of friends who drank at the Bruno's Bar & Restaurant (A bar in Gibraltar).[citation needed] In its first two seasons, the club achieved respectable mid-table finishes in the Gibraltar Second Division. Mick Embleton the first manager of the team lasted two seasons before he stepped down due to stress related issues, a reserve squad was formed which saw Joe Entwisle lead them to their first points in the Division.

With the introduction of Chestertons, a Gibraltarian real estate agent, as the sponsor in 2015/16, the intent grew more serious, with moves to professionalise the club and establish a fanbase with the introduction of matchday programs and incentives for fans who attended games.[citation needed] The club finished fourth in that season and were the runners-up in the Second Division Cup, losing in extra time to Second Division champions Europa Point.

In October 2016, the club appointed Davie Wilson as manager, who has previously been assistant-manager the Gibraltar national football team and had recently departed Gibraltar Premier Division side Lions.[2] The club enjoyed a dominant start to the campaign, however a faltering winter saw them embroiled in a title race with the resurgent Gibraltar Phoenix. Ending the season in second place, the entered the play-off with Manchester 62, who finished 9th in the 2016–17 Gibraltar Premier Division. However, a 3-1 defeat ensured that The Magpies will remain in the Second Division next season.

In August 2017, the club announced a new sponsorship deal with GVC Holdings.

Current squad[edit]

As of 5 January 2019.[3]

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

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Ryan MacArthur
4 Spain DF Chema Triviño
5 Scotland MF Ross Gray
6 Gibraltar DF Carl Thomas
7 Gibraltar DF Jesse Ballester
9 England MF Thomas Parry
10 Gibraltar MF Ashley Rodriguez
14 England MF Matthew Bruce-Smith
15 Gibraltar MF Jamie Fortuna (captain)
No. Position Player
16 Gibraltar MF Matthew Grech
17 Brazil MF Matheus Assumpção
18 Canada MF Alex Dimitriu
20 Spain FW Fernando Cuesta
21 England MF Finnlay Wyatt
22 Scotland DF Mel-Jose Brown
23 United States MF Chase Covello
30 Gibraltar DF Garry Turner-Bone
31 Gibraltar GK Tito Podesta

Club staff[edit]

Position Name
Club Management
Manager Scotland Davie Wilson
Assistant Coach England Garry Lowe
Gibraltar Michael Macias
England Leigh Rowe
Wales Gareth Mead
Board
Chairman England Louis Perry
Vice-Chairman England Graham Hewitt
Financial Director England Mike Nicholls
Secretary England David Frier
Operations Manager Gibraltar John Calderon

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://gibraltarfa.com/domestic-football/cup/rock-cup
  2. ^ Magpies appoint Wilson as head coach GibFootballTalk. 8 October 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  3. ^ Match Programme: Bruno's Magpies vs College 1975 15 August 2018. Retrieved 19 August 2018.

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