Hume City FC

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Hume City
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Full name Hume City Football Club
Nickname(s) Anadoluspor, Anadolu
Founded 1979 as Holland Park FC
Ground ABD Stadium
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Steve Kaya
Manager Dean Hennessey (caretaker)
League NPL Victoria
2015 5th
Website Club home page
Current season

Hume City Football Club is a football club based in Broadmeadows a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Established by the local Turkish Australian community, the club competes in the National Premier Leagues Victoria. The club, known by the local Turkish Australian community as Anadoluspor, is the most successful Turkish Australian-backed football club in Australia.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Holland Park Football Club[edit]

The club was established as Holland Park Football Club in 1979 by Cengiz Binyazar, Halit Kirdar and Abdullah Saglam. The club officially registered with the Victorian Soccer Federation in 1979, with Emin Aslan holding the position of president in its inaugural season.

North Coburg Soccer Club[edit]

In 1993, the club decided on a change of direction and to take the club to higher places, out of the amateur divisions. The first step was the move to Reddish Reserve and to rename the club North Coburg Soccer Club. The club took on many more juniors. North Coburg achieved promotion from State League 4 in 1996, finishing the season in second place, and promoted again from State League 3 in 1999, finishing third. In the club's first ever season in Victorian State League Division 2 Nth-West, they surprised everyone[citation needed] and finished in fourth place, narrowly missing out on a promotion playoff place. In 2001, the club did make the finals series after placing 3rd in the league but didn't win their playoff. In 2002, after coming close the previous two season, the club achieved promotion from State League 2 N/W to State League 1 – the highest level the club had ever reached at the time. The club achieved four successive mid-table finishes in State League 1.

Coburg United Soccer Club[edit]

In 2006, the club was known as Coburg United Soccer Club and played its home matches at Knights Stadium in North Sunshine, Victoria. North Coburg achieved promotion in 2007 after a second-place finish to reach the Victorian Premier League for the first time in the club's history. The achievement marked a meteoric rise by the club, achieving four promotions in eleven years to go from State League 4 to the top division of football in Victoria. After making it into the Victorian Premier League in 2007, the club was almost relegated if it wasn’t for a 93rd-minute header by one of its local heroes Tansel Baser against Frankston Pines FC.

Hume City F.C.[edit]

The club was renamed to Hume City F.C. in 2009, when they moved to their new facilities at Broadmeadows Valley Park, in the City of Hume. A huge occasion was marked with in 2014, Hume City F.C. officially opened up their new $12m facilities which includes three grass pitches, a 3G pitch, a state of the art grandstand and modern clubrooms and changeroom facilities. The club underwent yet another rebrand in 2015, changing their logo "for a new identity, to represent the club's past, present and future" [1]

Hume managed a 6th-placed finish in 2014, the first season of the newly formed 14 team National Premier Leagues Victoria, what was former known as the Victorian Premier League. The following year, Hume qualified for the reintroduced finals series after a 5th-placed finish.[2] City went on to beat Melbourne Knights FC on penalties in the elimination final, after goalkeeper Chris Oldfield saved all four of Knights' penalties in the penalty shootout[3] The club then lost to eventual winners Bentleigh Greens SC.

In 2015, Hume went on an impressive FFA Cup run. The drew Queensland NPL side Brisbane Strikers FC in the round of 32 and looked set to bow out at the first hurdle, but managed a 91st-minute equaliser and then went on to win the game 4-3 in extra time.[4] The Broadmeadows side then drew New South Wales' Sydney Olympic FC, another former NSL club, in the Round of 16 and won 3-1 in front of over 1,500 people at the ABD Stadium.[5] In the quarter finals, the Club defeated fellow NPL Victoria side Oakleigh Cannons FC 3-2, with a 118th-minute winner from Marcus Schroen, in front of 1,504 people at ABD Stadium. The club drew defending A-League champions Melbourne Victory in the Semi-Finals,[6] but went down 3-0 to the premiers and champions of Australia. The match was mostly even until the final stages, with Hume conceding two goals late on. 6,575 people attended the fixture in what was City's highest ever attendance for a home fixture.[7]

In the off-season, Anadolu were dealt blows when influential midfielder Marcus Schroen decided to join NPL rivals South Melbourne FC[8] in November and star winger Jai Ingham signed for A-League side Melbourne Victory FC in January 2016.[9] That didn't stop the club from its high ambitions for season 2016, going on to make a number of high profile signings, including former Melbourne Heart FC full-back Jeremy Walker, Adelaide Blue Eagles attacker Kym Harris,[10] Tom Cahill,[11], Daniel Višević[12] and former Brisbane Roar winger Kofi Danning.[13] Hume qualified for the national stage of the 2016 FFA Cup, drawing National Premier Leagues NSW 2 side Marconi Stallions at ABD Stadium.[14] On 21 July 2016, Hume announced that head coach Lupce Acevski and assistant coach Zoran Markovski departed the club "by my mutual consent".[15] Then technical director Dean Hennessy took over as caretaker coach for the rest of the 2016 season with under 20 head coach David Chick moving into the senior assistant coaching position.[15] In the FFA Cup Round of 32 clash, Marconi took the lead through Mirjan Pavlovic in the first period of extra time after regular time finished scoreless. Hume, upholding their reputation in the Cup as comeback kings, equalised in the 117 minute of play through Harris, eventually winning the clash in a penalty shoot-out.[16]

Current Squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK Chris Oldfield
2 Australia DF Daniel Chaabani
3 Australia DF Jeremy Walker
5 Australia DF Petar Franjic
6 Australia DF Ramazan Tavşancıoğlu
7 Australia MF Kofi Danning
8 Australia FW Theo Markelis
9 England FW Tom Cahill
10 Australia MF Joey Franjic
12 Australia FW Daniel Clark
13 Australia DF Shane Rexhepi (Vice Captain)
14 Australia FW Kym Harris
No. Position Player
18 Australia MF Karl Baricevic
20 Australia GK Jordan Franken
21 Australia MF Kristian Trajceski
22 Australia DF Deniz Yildiz
24 Australia MF Sam Beninato
26 Australia MF Jordan Fahim
28 Australia MF Hernan Espindola
39 England MF Nick Hegarty (Captain)
Australia DF Charlie Beverley
Australia FW Craig Carley
Australia DF Declan Hargreaves
Australia MF Daniel Dixon

Source: Westfield FFA Cup squads named for opening night

Juniors[edit]

Hume City Football Club has seven junior National Premier Leagues Victoria teams, they are:
West U20's team
West U18's team
West U16's team
West U15's team
West U14's team
West U13's team
West U12's team.
In addition the club also has 2 x North U11's, 2 x North U10's and 1 x North U9's. Their home matches are played on Sundays at ABD Stadium, also known as John Ilhan Memorial Reserve.

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