HFX Wanderers FC
|Full name||HFX Wanderers Football Club|
|Founded||May 5, 2018|
|Owner||Sports & Entertainment Atlantic|
|League||Canadian Premier League|
HFX Wanderers Football Club, commonly known as HFX Wanderers, and also spoken as Halifax Wanderers, 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.
In December 2016, Sports & Entertainment Athletic owner Derek Martin met with Canadian Premier League officials to discuss launching a franchise in Halifax. Martin pitched the idea of a pop-up stadium to Halifax City Councillors in March 2017, and approval was given three months later. On May 5, 2018, Halifax was one of four groups accepted by the Canadian Soccer Association for professional club membership.
HFX Wanderers FC was officially unveiled on May 25, 2018, as the third team to join the Canadian Premier League. As well as confirming their place in the league for the 2019 launch season, the club also revealed their crest, colours and branding.
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.
The club will play their home games at Wanderers Grounds. The modular stadium will initially have a capacity of 6,500 spectators. The stadium's design will allow for it to be expanded as required for future growth.
Crest and colours
The shape of the crest takes inspiration from the Halifax Citadel, located near the club's stadium. 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.
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. Scottish Gaelic is used to signify that Nova Scotia is one of the few places remaining where the language is still spoken.
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.
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. 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. The 1882 signifies the year of formation for the Wanderers Amateur Athletic Club, who previously competed at the Wanderers Grounds. 'Privateers' refers to the history of Privateering in the region, as well as the popular regional song Barrett's Privateers.
Players and staff
- As of January 22, 2019
- As of December 7, 2018
|General manager||Stephen Hart|
|Head coach||Stephen Hart|
|Assistant coach||Derek King|
|Assistant coach||Michael Hunter|
|Head scout||Victor Mendes|
- As of September 11, 2018
|Stephen Hart||Trinidad and Tobago||June 27, 2018 – present||0||0||0||0||—|
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