Metro Gallery FC

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Metro Gallery
Dreams Metro Gallery FC logo.png
Full name Metro Gallery Football Club
Founded 2008; 10 years ago (2008), as Fourway Athletics
Ground Po Kong Village Road Park
Capacity 1,000
League Hong Kong First Division
2017–18 12th
Website Club website

Metro Gallery Football Club (Chinese: 駿其足球會), currently known as HONGDA for sponsorship reasons, are a Hong Kong football club which currently competes in the Hong Kong First Division.

The club plays most of its home matches at Po Kong Village Road Park.

History[edit]

The team began as Fourway Athletics (Chinese: 四海體育會), it joined Hong Kong First Division in 2008–09 season as a competition member (Chinese: 競賽會員, members who pay a specific amount of money and sponsor a domestic cup of Hong Kong to the Hong Kong Football Association, to join the Hong Kong First Division League) of the Hong Kong Football Association.

In 2009–10 season, Fourway merged with Rangers in the Hong Kong Second Division and was renamed as Fourway Rangers (Chinese: 四海流浪) for the new season.

In 2011–12 season, the team was renamed Biu Chun Rangers in deference to club sponsor Biu Chun Watches.[1]

In 2012–13 season, the team was renamed as Yokohama FC Hong Kong as J. League Division 2 team Yokohama F.C. purchased the Hong Kong Football Association membership of the team.

In the 2013–14 season, Yokohama FC Hong Kong moved their home ground from Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground to Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground, finishing a disappointing 10th in the league.

For the 2014–15 season, the club attained sponsorship from Modic Entertainment and was thus renamed as YFCMD (Yokohama FC Modic). The team also once again moved stadiums to Sham Shui Po Sports Ground.

In summer 2015, Modic Entertainment confirmed they will not extend the sponsorship contract with the club. Metro Gallery confirmed that they will attain the sponsorship.[2] The team was then renamed as Dreams Metro Gallery FC.

On 6 July 2016, the club announced via Facebook that they would not field a team in the 2016–17 season, instead, choosing to voluntarily drop down to the First Division.[3] The South China Morning Post reported that the team was facing financial difficulties after failing to attain sponsorship for the Premier League.[4]

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