Manly United FC

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Manly United
Manly United's crest.jpg
Full name Manly United Football Club
Nickname(s) MUFC, The Ospreys
Founded 1992[1]
Ground Cromer Park
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Keith Pester
Coach Paul Dee
League NPL NSW
2016 NPL NSW, 3rd
Website Club home page
Current season

Manly United Football Club is an Australian soccer club based in the northern beaches area of Sydney. The club competes in the National Premier League of NSW and their home ground is Cromer Park, in the suburb of Dee Why, approximately 15 minutes away from Manly.

Its main grandstand is named after former Socceroo captain Lucas Neill, who played for the club as a junior.

Manly United formed from the merger of Manly-North Shore United and Warringah Freshwater as Manly Warringah Dolphins at the close of the 1991 NSW Division 1 season for the start of the upcoming NSW Super League season.[1]

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

A Dutch club called Neerlandia competed in the 1959 Sydney Federation Division Two, won the premiership and gained entry into the Sydney Federation Division One for 1960.[2]

The club changed its named to Manly Warringah from 1960 until it merged with North Shore United in 1991.[3] North Shore United itself was a merger of two clubs Ku-Ring-Gai and North Sydney-Artarmon. This merger took place for the 1989 season.[4] The Manly-North Shore United merger dissolved after the 1991 NSW Division One season, with Manly merging with Warringah Freshwater.[1] North Shore United would continue to send representative teams to tournaments as Ku-Ring-Gai Districts.

Warringah Narrabeen (and from 1986 Warringah Freshwater) was a club that had competed throughout the 1980s in Division Two, even winning the title in 1983. About 1986 Hilton Silva, a Brazilian who turned socceroo, played for the side towards the end of his career.[5]

Development[edit]

The merger of Manly-North Shore United and Warringah Freshwater created the Manly Warringah Dolphins at the close of the 1991 NSW Division 1 season for the start of the upcoming NSW Super League season.[1] The club changed its name to Manly United in 2004 following the promotion into the NSW Premier League and takeover of the club by the Manly Warringah Football Association. They have competed there since 2004–05 when they were elevated after winning the Super League Division. Manly United is considered an important side in the NSWPL, as it is based on a geographical area, rather than founded by a single ethnic group like some other ex-NSL clubs.

The original Logo of the renamed Manly United Football Club in 2004 was a collective of an Osprey sea bird, a Football & a Dolphin joined as one, these three icons represent the local MWFA Association (Osprey), a Football & Manly Warringah Dolphins (Dolphin). The Club again changed its logo in 2016 to reflect the evolution of Manly United Football Club and its ownership and association with Manly Warringah Football Association. [6]

The club is the representative arm of the Manly Warringah Football Association (MWFA), the second largest community Football Association in Australia.

Divisional History[edit]

Lucas Neill Scholarship[edit]

Since 2006 ex-Manly junior Lucas Neill helped provide opportunities for up and coming footballers from his junior club. [7] Each year the scholarship was awarded to a different young player from Manly to trial in Europe.

Year Recipient
2006 Chris Payne
2007 Simon Beer
2008 Joey Gibbs
2009 Leigh Egger
2010 Tonu Liiband
2011 Jack Green
2012 Thomas Manos
2013 Discontinued

Due to a number of factors including difficulty getting clubs in Europe to provide the opportunity for the players, the scheme was discontinued as Lucas and his advisors looked for a different way to reward the junior players from his junior club.

In 2014 the scholarship was re-branded the Lucas Neill Medal and was extended to include ALL junior members of the club, it was determined that there should be two medals awarded each year, in recognition of the advancements in ladies football. The medal is made from Sterling silver and is laser engraved on the front with a photograph of Lucas when he first became captain of Australia in 2007.

Year Male Recipient Female Recipient
2014 Jake Hollman Remy Siemsen
2015 Tom Fay Remy Siemsen
2016 Ben Koop Ruby Whitaker

Current squad[edit]

As of 4 September 2016[8]

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

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Dylan Mitchell
2 Australia DF Kieren Paull
3 Australia DF Jamie Lobb
4 Australia DF Travis Oughtred
5 Australia DF Rhys Williams
6 Australia MF Sam Gallagher
7 Australia FW Travis Cooper
8 New Zealand MF Dom Ferguson
9 Australia FW Richard Cardozo
10 Australia MF Brendan Cholakian (captain)
No. Position Player
12 Australia MF Henry Gallagher
14 Australia FW Dejan Pandurevic
16 Australia FW Sipan Berti
17 Australia DF Shane Cansdell-Sherriff
18 Australia MF Daniel Bragg
21 England MF Joe Fox
22 England MF Luke Giverin
24 Australia MF Aiden Hancock
31 Australia FW Dylan Whitlock
44 Australia GK Shaun Catlin

Honours[edit]

Premiers (1): 1995
Runners-Up (1): 1992
Men's Club Champions : 2016
Champions (1): 1995
Runners-Up (0):
Premiers (1): 2004
Runners-Up (1): 2002
Champions (1): 2001
Runners-Up (2): 1994, 2004
Champions (1): 2011
Runners-up (3): 2007, 2009, 2014, 2016

References[edit]

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