Mito HollyHock

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Mito Hollyhock
Full nameFootball Club Mito HollyHock Ibaraki
Nickname(s)HollyHock, FC Mito
Founded1990, 1994
GroundK's denki Stadium Mito
Mito, Ibaraki
ChairmanKunio Numata
ManagerShigetoshi Hasebe
LeagueJ2 League
2018J2 League, 10th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Mito HollyHock (水戸ホーリーホック, Mito Hōrīhokku) is a Japanese professional football (soccer) club, currently playing in the J2 League. The team's hometown is located in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture.

Its nickname "HollyHock" derives from the family crest of the Tokugawa clan who governed from Mito in the Edo period.


The club was founded in 1990 as Prima Aseno FC by the factory workers of Prima Ham (a food company) in Tsuchiura. It changed its name to Prima Ham FC Tsuchiura and gained promotion to the Japan Football League after finishing as runner-up in the 1996 Regional League play-off. It merged with FC Mito (founded in 1994) and re-branded itself as Mito HollyHock before the start of the 1997 season when Prima Ham decided to discontinue its financial support to the club.

Mito's application to play in the inaugural 1999 season of J. League Division 2 was initially turned down due to an unstable financial and fan base. However, after finishing 3rd in the Japan Football League in 1999 and gaining support, the club was invited into the J. League in 2000.

As of 2016, Mito HollyHock fields teams in women's football[1] in Kanto league division 2, and ice hockey[2] in the Ibaraki prefecture league.


Being a traditionally weak club in the league, Mito has tended to play a defensive game and has proven successful at it. This stinginess at the back is often referred to as "Mito-nachio" after the Catenaccio playing style, which is also a pun on the hometown's local specialty, Mito natto.

Recently, though, the team has been attempting implementation of stronger offensive tactics in an attempt to gain momentum for a promotion bid.

Current squad[edit]

As of 11 July 2019.[3]

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

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Koji Homma
3 Japan DF Takuma Hamasaki
4 Japan DF Boniface
6 Japan MF Yuichi Hirano
7 Japan MF Takaaki Shichi
8 Japan MF Hiroyuki Mae
9 Brazil FW Jo
10 Japan MF Yuji Kimura
11 Japan FW Koichi Murata
13 Japan DF Shohei Kishida
14 Japan FW Shintaro Shimizu (on loan from Omiya Ardija)
15 Japan FW Takuya Miyamoto
17 Japan MF Takaki Fukumitsu (on loan from Cerezo Osaka)
18 Japan MF Eiji Shirai
20 Japan MF Yuto Mori
No. Position Player
21 Japan GK Masaaki Murakami (on loan from Renofa Yamaguchi)
22 Japan DF Shuhei Takizawa
23 Japan MF Ryo Toyama
24 Japan DF Junya Hosokawa
25 Japan MF Yuto Hiratsuka
27 Japan MF Shunsuke Motegi
29 Japan FW Keita Saito
31 Japan GK Ryo Hasegawa
32 Japan MF Atsushi Kurokawa (on loan from Omiya Ardija)
36 Japan FW Zhou Yuye
40 Japan GK Shuta Kikuchi (Type 2 player)
45 Japan MF Yuya Asano
49 Japan DF Shingo Kondo (amateur contract)
50 Japan GK Kenya Matsui

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
16 Japan MF Yosuke Nakagawa (at Albirex Niigata Singapore)
35 Japan DF Shoki Ohara (at Albirex Niigata Singapore)
No. Position Player
Japan GK Ryo Ishii (at FC Ryukyu)
Japan DF Junya Imase (at Kataller Toyama)

Record as J. League member[edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J. League Cup Emperor's Cup
2000 J2 10 9 2,021 1st Round 3rd Round
2001 J2 12 11 1,559 1st Round 3rd Round
2002 J2 12 10 2,739 3rd Round
2003 J2 12 7 3,085 3rd Round
2004 J2 12 9 3,773 4th Round
2005 J2 12 10 3,334 4th Round
2006 J2 13 10 3,017 3rd Round
2007 J2 13 12 2,415 4th Round
2008 J2 15 11 3,044 4th Round
2009 J2 18 8 2,673 2nd Round
2010 J2 19 16 3,608 3rd Round
2011 J2 20 17 3,349 4th Round
2012 J2 22 13 3,973 3rd Round
2013 J2 22 15 4,630 3rd Round
2014 J2 22 15 4,734 3rd Round
2015 J2 22 19 4,816 4th Round
2016 J2 22 13 5,365 2nd Round
2017 J2 22 14 4,931 2nd Round
2018 J2 22 10 4,938 3rd Round
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Images (from the former home stadium)[edit]


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  3. ^ "選手・スタッフ". Mito HollyHock. Retrieved 13 January 2019.

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