HFX Wanderers FC

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HFX Wanderers
HFX Wanderers FC logo.png
Full nameHFX Wanderers Football Club
FoundedMay 5, 2018; 8 months ago (2018-05-05)
StadiumWanderers Grounds
OwnerSports & Entertainment Atlantic
PresidentDerek Martin
CoachStephen Hart
LeagueCanadian Premier League
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HFX Wanderers Football Club, commonly known as HFX Wanderers, and also spoken as Halifax Wanderers,[1] is a Canadian professional soccer club based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The club will compete in the Canadian Premier League in the inaugural 2019 season and play its home games at Wanderers Grounds.

History[edit]

In December 2016, Sports & Entertainment Athletic owner Derek Martin met with Canadian Premier League officials to discuss launching a franchise in Halifax.[2] Martin pitched the idea of a pop-up stadium to Halifax City Councillors in March 2017, and approval was given three months later.[3][4] On May 5, 2018, Halifax was one of four groups accepted by the Canadian Soccer Association for professional club membership.[5]

HFX Wanderers FC was officially unveiled on May 25, 2018, as the third team to join the Canadian Premier League.[6] As well as confirming their place in the league for the 2019 launch season, the club also revealed their crest, colours and branding.[7]

On July 28, 2018, HFX Wanderers FC fielded an Atlantic Selects team to play a friendly against Fortuna Düsseldorf's under-21 squad at Wanderers Grounds. The Atlantic Selects won on penalties after a 2–2 score in regulation time. The official attendance was 4,809.[8]

Stadium[edit]

The club will play their home games at Wanderers Grounds.[9] The modular stadium will initially have a capacity of 6,500 spectators.[10] The stadium's design will allow for it to be expanded as required for future growth.[11]

Crest and colours[edit]

The shape of the crest takes inspiration from the Halifax Citadel, located near the club's stadium.[6] The crest also includes the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge, which connects the Halifax Peninsula and Dartmouth, and an anchor to represent the Atlantic Ocean and Halifax Harbour.[12]

Underneath the club's name reads the Scottish Gaelic motto, Ar Cala, Ar Dachaigh, Ar n-Anam, which translates to Our Harbour, Our Home, Our Soul.[13] Scottish Gaelic is used to signify that Nova Scotia is one of the few places remaining where the language is still spoken.[14]

The crest was created by Canadian graphic designer Mark Guilherme[13] based on consultation and feedback from meetings with supporters, Halifax city leaders and local residents.[15]

The official club colours are aqua ocean, naval grey and harbour blue. They are used to signify the Atlantic Ocean, the Royal Canadian Navy, whose Maritime Forces Atlantic is headquartered in Halifax, and the skies and harbour of the region respectively.[12]

Club culture[edit]

Supporters[edit]

The first supporters group to lobby for a Halifax team to join the Canadian Premier League was founded in September 2016 under the name Wanderers SG.[16] At the launch event to unveil HFX Wanderers' identity, supporters announced they were changing their name to Privateers 1882 in order for the club to continue the Wanderers name.[13] The 1882 signifies the year of formation for the Wanderers Amateur Athletic Club, who previously competed at the Wanderers Grounds.[17] 'Privateers' refers to the history of Privateering in the region, as well as the popular regional song Barrett's Privateers.

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of January 22, 2019[18]
No. Position Player Nation
3 Defender Elton John  Trinidad and Tobago
4 Defender Chakib Hocine  Canada
8 Midfielder Andre Rampersad  Trinidad and Tobago
11 Midfielder Akeem Garcia  Trinidad and Tobago
21 Goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams  Trinidad and Tobago
Defender Zachary Sukunda  Canada
Midfielder Elliot Simmons  Canada
Forward Vincent Lamy  Canada

Current staff[edit]

As of December 7, 2018[19]
Executive
President Derek Martin
General manager Stephen Hart
Coaching staff
Head coach Stephen Hart
Assistant coach Derek King
Assistant coach Michael Hunter
Head scout Victor Mendes

Head coaches[edit]

As of September 11, 2018
Coach Nation Tenure Record
G W L T Win %
Stephen Hart  Trinidad and Tobago June 27, 2018 – present 0 0 0 0 !

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Halifax Canadian Premier League team to be called the HFX Wanderers". Sportsnet. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  2. ^ Smith, Amy (December 9, 2016). "Promoter sees pro soccer in Halifax as sport reaches 'tipping point'". CBC News. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  3. ^ Boon, Jacob (March 24, 2017). "Pop-up soccer stadium could come together this summer". The Coast. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  4. ^ "Halifax approves downtown soccer stadium for new professional league team". The Chronicle Herald. June 21, 2017. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  5. ^ "4 clubs get membership from Soccer Canada; expected to join CPL". Sportsnet. May 5, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  6. ^ a b McIsaac, Greg (May 25, 2018). "HFX Wanderers Football Club Joins Canadian Premier League". Canadian Premier League. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  7. ^ MacDonald, Glenn (May 25, 2018). "HFX Wanderers FC introduced". The Chronicle Herald. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  8. ^ Palov, Willy (July 28, 2018). "Wanderers win shootout thriller over Fortuna Dusseldorf". The Chronicle Herald. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  9. ^ Shaw, Kyle (May 25, 2018). "HFX Wanderers unveiled as Canada's newest professional soccer club". The Coast. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  10. ^ "Welcome to 'The Kitchen': Wanderers Grounds could be fortress for HFX Wanderers FC". canpl.ca. October 30, 2018. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  11. ^ "Stadium Profile". hfxwanderersfc.canpl.ca. HFX Wanderers FC. May 25, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Emblem Inspiration". hfxwanderersfc.canpl.ca. HFX Wanderers FC. May 25, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  13. ^ a b c "HFX Wanderers FC becomes third club to join the CanPL". The CanPL Hub. May 30, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  14. ^ "Keeping Canada's unique Gaelic culture alive". BBC News. October 21, 2010. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  15. ^ "HFX Wanderers FC: Club Story". Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  16. ^ "Who Are We?". Privateers 1882. May 25, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  17. ^ Kloke, Joshua (May 25, 2018). "The Starting XI: Interview with HFX Wanderers president Derek Martin, examining rumours of Giovinco and Piatti transfers". The Athletic. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  18. ^ Hampshire, Gareth (November 29, 2018). "HFX Wanderers FC announce historic first player signing". york9fc.canpl.ca. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  19. ^ "Owners Profile". hfxwanderersfc.canpl.ca. Retrieved September 11, 2018.

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