Kingborough Lions United FC

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Kingborough Lions United
Full name Kingborough Lions United Football Club
Founded 1998
Ground Lightwood Park, Gormley Park
Ground Capacity 1,000
Chairman Warren Iles
Manager Gabriel Markaj
League NPL Tasmania
2016 6th
Website Club home page

Kingborough Lions United Football Club is an Australian semi-professional soccer club based in Kingston, Tasmania. Founded in 1998, the club currently competes in the NPL Tasmania.


Kingborough Lions is a strong club, and has a complicated history having been formed out of several former clubs. The club formed as a merger between Kingborough United and West Hobart Lions in 1998.[citation needed]

However, West Hobart Lions was already a unified side formed out of a smaller West Hobart club, and the previously large successful side of "Caledonians" who were a powerhouse club in the 1950s, but had since faded.[1] Kingborough United themselves were also already a merged side, having come together out of a union of Kingston and Rapid.

As a result, Kingborough Lions are the inheritors of the traditions of these four clubs, and have now become a large club that the municipality of Kingborough can be proud of. Although relatively unsuccessful since merging, the club is well set in a growing community for future success.

Kingborough play their home games at either Lightwood or Gormley park. Both grounds will go under renovations for the 2012 season – most notably Gormley Park which is having a drainage system installed.

For the 2012 season the Kingborough Lions recruited Matthew Rhodes as the new head coach from Metro; bringing with him 3 players.

The club name was changed for Kingborough Lions United Soccer Club to Football Club with the new club logo being present on the new home and away strips which will be worn by the Premier, Reserves and u19s Premier teams for the season. The club gained a few new sponsorship as well worth 21,000 over 3 years.


Season League Statewide Cup FFA Cup
Name (national level) Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Position Tasmanian Finals NPL Finals
2013 Victory League (2) 21 6 5 10 40 55 −15 23 6th DNQ DNQ Round of 16 Didn't Exist
2014 Victory League (2) 21 5 1 15 35 84 −49 16 6th DNQ DNQ Semi Finals DNQ
2015 Victory League (2) 21 7 2 12 37 60 −23 23 6th Quarter Finals DNQ Runners-up DNQ
2016 NPL Tasmania (2) 21 6 3 12 34 53 −19 21 6th Semi Finals DNQ Quarter Finals DNQ


  • State Championships: 6 times (as "Caledonians", 1953,1955,1956,1957,1958,1960) 4 times (as "Rapid", 1976,1979,1980,1982) 3 times (as "Lions", 2007,2008,2011)
  • State Championship Runners-up: Once (as "Caledonians",1959) Twice (as "Rapid" 1961,1965) Twice (as "Lions" 2006,2009)
  • Southern Premierships: 7 times (as "Caledonians", 1953,1955,1956,1957,1959,1960,1981) 5 times (as "Rapid",1958,1961,1964,1976,1982) 4 times (as "Lions" 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Reconnecting to Caledonians". Hobart Mercury. Retrieved 2011-06-30.