Hougang United FC

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Hougang United
Hougang United FC Logo.jpg
Full nameHougang United Football Club
Nickname(s)The Cheetahs
Founded1998; 23 years ago (1998) (as Marine Castle United)

2002 (as Sengkang Marine Football Club)

2004 (as Paya Lebar-Punggol FC)

2006 (as Sengkang Punggol FC)

2011 (as Hougang United)
GroundHougang Stadium
Capacity3,800
ChairmanBill Ng
ManagerStu Walbridge
LeagueSingapore Premier League
2021Singapore Premier League, 6th of 8
WebsiteClub website

Hougang United Football Club is a Singaporean professional football club that competes in the Singapore Premier League

History[edit]

Hougang United Football Club was founded as Marine Castle United Football Club, which was formed by Newcastle United fans in the Marine Parade area. Upon successful entry into the S.League in 1998, the club struggled in its early foray in the first few years, finishing in the bottom two for the next four seasons.

Marine Castle changed its name to Sengkang Marine Football Club in 2002 and finished in 8th position consecutively, its highest ever finish in its short history.

Financial difficulties then forced Sengkang Marine out of the S.League in 2004, and Paya Lebar-Punggol Football Club took its place in 2005, finishing the season as wooden-spoonist. The two clubs then merged their resources from 2006 to 2010 to form Sengkang Punggol Football Club, finishing no higher than 10th.

On 1 January 2011, the chairman of Sengkang Punggol Football Club, Mr. Bill Ng, announced the changes that began the rewriting of another chapter of the football club. With improved financial status and a change in name to the present Hougang United Football Club, there was renewed optimism among the Hougang fan base around the club's home stadium since its inception, Hougang Stadium.[1] The club also had its fair share of ‘marquee players’ in the earlier days like Grant Holt (formerly Norwich City), Michael Currie (formerly Queens Park Rangers), and Kim See-man (former South Korea youth international).

In November 2014, it was announced that Hougang United and Woodlands Wellington will merge for the 2015 season.[2]

In 2019, Hougang United in a consolidation of home stadiums moved out of Hougang stadium to Jalan Besar Stadium.[1]

Partnership[edit]

On 22 November 2014, Hougang United announced a partnership with Global Football Academy for the 2015 S.League season.[3]

Scholarship[edit]

The Hougang United FC Scholarship was launched in May 2015. The aim of the scholarship is to support and facilitate the academic development of young non-professional footballing talents.[4]

Supporters[edit]

The club has a supporters' community known as the Hougang HOOLS (Hougang Only One Love), which was set up in 2010. The fan group often organise an annual end of season friendly game against the players whom they sing for the entire season. The fan group's main objective is to collate everyone who supports Hougang United and grow them into a healthy fan community. The fan group also has an amateur band called Gate 3, who write songs about celebrating Hougang United.

Seasons[edit]

Season Name Changed League Pos. P W D L GS GA Pts Singapore Cup League Cup AFC Champions League FIFA Club World Cup
1998 Marine Castle United S.League 11th 20 2 3 15 19 44 9 Group stage Not qualified
1999 12th 22 3 3 16 21 56 12 Round of 16
2000 11th 22 4 4 14 18 45 16 Round of 16
2001 11th 33 7 6 20 35 71 27 Group stage
2002 Sengkang Marine 8th 33 11 6 16 62 84 39 Semi-finals
2003 8th 33 7 8–1 17 32 66 38 Group stage
2004
2005 Paya Lebar Punggol S.League 10th 27 1 1 25 23 78 4 Preliminary Not qualified Not qualified
2006 Sengkang Punggol 11th 30 4 6 20 32 72 18 Quarter-finals
2007 11th 33 5 10 18 39 69 25 Quarter-finals Runners-up
2008 11th 33 3 10 20 13 54 19 Round of 16 Preliminary
2009 10th 30 5 6 19 26 58 21 Round of 16 Group stage
2010 11th 33 7 6 20 24 48 27 Round of 16 Semi-finals
2011 Hougang United 7th 33 15 3 15 55 63 43* Semi-finals Runners-up
2012 8th 24 7 8 9 31 33 29 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals
2013 10th 27 9 3 15 37 40 30 Quarter-finals Group stage
2014 7th 27 12 6 9 49 42 42 Preliminary Semi-finals
2015 10th 27 4 9 14 28 42 21 Preliminary Semi-finals
2016 6th 24 9 5 10 35 39 32 Preliminary Group stage
2017 6th 24 9 3 12 24 31 30 Semi-finals Group stage
2018 Singapore Premier League 9th 24 2 6 16 22 44 12 Quarter finals
2019 3rd 24 13 4 7 58  45 43 Group stage
  • 2003 saw the introduction of penalty shoot-outs if a match ended in a draw in regular time. Winners of penalty shoot-outs gained two points instead of one.
  • Sengkang Marine sat out the 2004 S.League season. They merged with Paya Lebar Punggol to form Sengkang Marine on their return to the S.League in 2006.
  • Hougang United deducted 5-point for a pre-match brawl with Etoile during the 2011 season.
  • Hougang United's highest finish in 2019 season.

Contiental record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2020 AFC Cup Group F Laos Lao Toyota 1–3 3rd
Vietnam Hồ Chí Minh City 2–3
Myanmar Yangon United 1–0

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 13 March 2021[5]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Singapore SIN Mukundan Maran
2 DF Singapore SIN Anders Aplin
3 DF Singapore SIN Afiq Yunos
4 MF Singapore SIN Afiq Noor
5 DF Singapore SIN Lionel Tan
6 DF Japan JPN Kaishu Yamazaki
7 FW Singapore SIN Shahfiq Ghani
8 DF Singapore SIN Hafiz Abu Sujad
9 FW Japan JPN Tomoyuki Doi
10 FW Singapore SIN Shawal Anuar
11 DF Singapore SIN Nazrul Nazari
12 MF Singapore SIN Fabian Kwok (Captain)
13 GK Singapore SIN Ridhuan Barudin
14 DF Kyrgyzstan KGZ Maksat Dzhakybaliev U21
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 MF Singapore SIN Farhan Zulkifli U23
16 DF Singapore SIN Faiz Salleh (Vice-Captain)
17 MF Singapore SIN Shahril Ishak
18 MF Singapore SIN Idraki Adnan U23
19 FW Brazil BRA Gilberto Fortunato
20 MF Singapore SIN Muhaimin Suhaimi
21 MF Singapore SIN Nikesh Singh Sidhu U23
22 FW Singapore SIN Khairul Nizam
23 FW Singapore SIN Sahil Suhaimi
24 FW Singapore SIN Naufal Azman U23
25 GK Singapore SIN Aizil Yazid U23
26 MF Singapore SIN Kishon Phillip U23
53 MF Singapore SIN Jarrel Ong U21
MF Singapore SIN Zulfahmi Arifin

On Loan[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Singapore SIN Harhys Stewart (to Young Lions FC)
DF Singapore SIN Sahffee Jubpre (to Young Lions FC)
MF Singapore SIN Nor Hakim Redzuan (to Young Lions FC)
GK Singapore SIN Heng How Meng (National Service till 2022)
DF Singapore SIN Jordan Nicolas Vestering (National Service till 2022)

Managers (head coach)[edit]

Name Nat Period Silverware
As Marine Castle None
As Sengkang Marine
Trevor Morgan England (2002–2003)
As Paya Lebar Punggol
Chow Kwai Lam Malaysia (2004 –2005)
As Sengkang Punggol
Trevor Morgan England (2006–2007)
Saswadimata Dasuki Singapore (2007–2008)
Mirko Grabovac (caretaker) Croatia (2008)
Swandi Ahmad (interim) Singapore (2008)
Jorg Steinebrunner Germany (2009)
As Hougang United
Aide Iskandar (interim) Singapore (25 June 2009 – 31 December 2009)
Aide Iskandar Singapore (1 January 2010 – 31 December 2011)
Nenad Bacina Croatia (1 December 2011 – 30 November 2012)
Johana Bin Johari (interim) Singapore (30 November 2012 – 31 December 2012)
Alex Weaver England (1 January 2013 – 31 March 2013)
Johana Bin Johari (interim) Singapore (April 2013 – August 2013)
Amin Nasir Singapore (21 August 2013 – 31 December 2014)
Salim Moin Singapore (1 January 2015 – 30 October 2015)
K.Balagumaran Singapore (1 November 2015 – 30 November 2016)
Philippe Aw Singapore (Jan 2017 – June 2018)
Clement Teo (caretaker) Singapore (June 2017 – Nov 2018)

Sponsors[edit]

Kit Sponsors
Season Sponsor Name
2011 Mitre
2012 Acono
2013 Waga
2014 Macron
2015– 2018 Vonda
2019- Warrix
Season Sponsor Name
2015–2016 ESW Manage
2017 Green Rubber
2017 ESW Manage
2017 Living Star
2017 VX Sports
2017 Churros Factory
2017 Cita Rasa Kitchen
2017 Pin Si Restaurant

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Eight Singapore Premier League clubs to share stadiums, views divided over 'semi-permanent move'". Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  2. ^ Ong, Terence (4 November 2014). "Jaguars to sit out next S-League season, Rams to merge with Hougang". The Straits Times. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Hougang United aim to do more for community". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Hougang United F.C. Scholarship". hgfc.com.sg. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  5. ^ "SPL 2021 Club Guide: Hougang United". Singapore Premier League. 13 March 2021. Retrieved 13 March 2021.

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