HFX Wanderers FC

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HFX Wanderers
HFX Wanderers FC logo.png
Full nameHFX Wanderers Football Club
FoundedMay 5, 2018; 17 months ago (2018-05-05)
StadiumWanderers Grounds
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Capacity6,200
OwnerSports & Entertainment Atlantic
PresidentDerek Martin
CoachStephen Hart
LeagueCanadian Premier League
2019Canadian Premier League, 7th
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 competes in the Canadian Premier League at the top of the Canadian soccer league system, and play their home matches 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]

They played their first league game on April 28, 2019, in 1–0 away loss to Pacific FC.[9]

Stadium[edit]

The club plays their home games at Wanderers Grounds.[10] The modular stadium opened with a capacity of 6,500 spectators.[11] The stadium's design allows for it to be expanded as required for future growth.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14] Scottish Gaelic is used to signify that Nova Scotia is one of the few places remaining where the language is still spoken.[15]

The crest was created by Canadian graphic designer Mark Guilherme[14] based on consultation and feedback from meetings with supporters, Halifax city leaders and local residents.[16]

The official club colours are navy, grey, and cyan (branded by the club as "harbour blue," "naval grey," and "aqua ocean").These colours symbolize the night sky, the Royal Canadian Navy, and the Atlantic Ocean.[13]

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.[17] 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.[14] The 1882 signifies the year of formation for the Wanderers Amateur Athletic Club, who previously competed at the Wanderers Grounds.[18] '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 August 13, 2019[19]
Akeem Garcia in home colours.

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth.

No. Position Player Nation
3 Defender André Bona  France
4 Defender Chakib Hocine  Algeria
5 Midfielder Elton John  Trinidad and Tobago
6 Defender Chrisnovic N'sa  Canada
7 Midfielder Juan Diego Gutiérrez  Peru
8 Midfielder Elliot Simmons  Canada
9 Midfielder Kodai Iida  Japan
10 Forward Luis Alberto Perea  Colombia
11 Forward Akeem Garcia  Trinidad and Tobago
12 Forward Mohamed Kourouma  Canada
13 Midfielder Kouamé Ouattara  Ivory Coast
14 Forward Vincent Lamy  Canada
15 Midfielder Scott Firth  Canada
16 Defender Duran Lee  Canada
17 Forward Tomasz Skublak  Canada
18 Midfielder Andre Rampersad  Trinidad and Tobago
20 Defender Ndzemdzela Langwa  Canada
21 Goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams  Trinidad and Tobago
22 Forward Abd-El-Aziz Yousef  Somalia
23 Defender Matthew Arnone  Canada
24 Defender Alex De Carolis  Canada
25 Defender Zachary Sukunda  Canada
50 Goalkeeper Christian Oxner  Canada

Current staff[edit]

As of December 7, 2018[20]
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 August 30, 2019
Coach Nation Tenure Record
G W D L Win %
Stephen Hart  Trinidad and Tobago June 27, 2018 – present 25 8 4 13 032.00

Club captains[edit]

Years Name Nation
2019 Jan-Michael Williams  Trinidad and Tobago

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. ^ "HIGHLIGHTS: Pacific FC earns historic 1st win in CPL". April 28, 2019. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  10. ^ Shaw, Kyle (May 25, 2018). "HFX Wanderers unveiled as Canada's newest professional soccer club". The Coast. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  11. ^ "Welcome to 'The Kitchen': Wanderers Grounds could be fortress for HFX Wanderers FC". canpl.ca. October 30, 2018. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  12. ^ "Stadium Profile". hfxwanderersfc.canpl.ca. HFX Wanderers FC. May 25, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Emblem Inspiration". hfxwanderersfc.canpl.ca. HFX Wanderers FC. May 25, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  14. ^ a b c "HFX Wanderers FC becomes third club to join the CanPL". The CanPL Hub. May 30, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  15. ^ "Keeping Canada's unique Gaelic culture alive". BBC News. October 21, 2010. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  16. ^ "HFX Wanderers FC: Club Story". Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  17. ^ "Who Are We?". Privateers 1882. May 25, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ "Roster". HFX Wanderers FC. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  20. ^ "Owners Profile". hfxwanderersfc.canpl.ca. Retrieved September 11, 2018.

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