Murray United FC

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Murray United Logo.png
Full name Murray United Football Club
Founded 2014
Ground La Trobe University Wodonga 5,000
Chairman Darren Yates
Coach Elliot Jones
League NPL2 East
Website Club website

Murray United FC is an Australian football (soccer) club encapsulating NSW's Southern Riverina and North East Victoria. The club is based in Albury/Wodonga and competes in the National Premier Leagues Victoria 2 competition. The club plays its home matches at La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga Campus located in Wodonga.

History[edit]

In early 2014, it was announced that an application had been submitted to Football Federation Victoria for a side under the name Border FC. The club was officially launched on 27 May 2014, as part of Australia's new look second tier of football, but under the name Murray United FC. The change of name was to capture all things synonymous with the region. Murray United FC will promote opportunities for those wanting to play high performance football from the local competition, the Albury Wodonga Football Association (AWFA), and will begin in the second tier of the NPL, the National Premier Leagues Victoria 2.

La Trobe University and Wodonga TAFE are the team's foundation sponsors.

On 29 September 2014, former Woking FC player & player/coach of local side Twin City Wanderer's FC, Matt Gray, was appointed head coach for the inaugural year. This was short lived however, with the region's player realising the demands of coaching & playing was too much, resigning in late December. He was replaced by dual code premiership coach Mick Richards, who won flags in the local AFL and soccer competitions.[1]

On 31 October 2014, Murray United FC played their first match against external opposition, defeating Cobram Roar FC, a combined team of Cobram SC & Cobram Victory players seeking to participate in the AWFA next season. The final score was 7–0 to Murray United FC and was the last chance for players to impress before the 2015 squad announcement.

In a restructuring ahead of the 2015 season, the NPL2 division was divided into two parallel conferences with Murray United competing in the Eastern Conference.

Murray United played their first ever official game on 21 February 2015, going down 3–2 at La Trobe University to Box Hill United SC. Adam Waters and Zac Walker scored the goals. The club's first NPL2 point came the following week, drawing 1–1 with Springvale White Eagles FC at home. The club secured its first win of the season in Round 4 against Nunawading City FC, winning 2–1 through James Coutts and Zac Walker goals. The club entered a tumultuous period, losing five games in a row, including a 9–1 drubbing at the hands of Melbourne Victory FC Youth in Round 10. Late in the year, head manager Mick Richards resigned from his position, stating the toll on his family and business commitments as the primary reason.[2] Murray United ended the season with 6 wins, 4 draws and 18 losses,[3] finishing in 8th place in the NPL2 East division and 17th overall.[4]

In April 2016, Murray United FC announced that former Socceroo Joshua Kennedy as the clubs ambassador.[5] The following month, following a barren run of results, United confirmed the signing of former Salford City FC captain Chris Lynch, joining Ashley Dunn as the two Salford City alumni in the squad.[6]

On 31 January 2017, Murray United announced the signing of former A-League legend Archie Thompson on a guest stint.[7]

Rivalries[edit]

Murray United has a rivalry with fellow North-East Victorian NPL team Goulburn Valley Suns FC, with both teams joining NPL Victoria in 2014 as regional expansion clubs.

Competition timeline[edit]

Season NPL Victoria 2 East FFA
Cup
Dockerty Cup Top scorer Manager
P W D L F A GD Pts Pos PO Name Goals Name Notes
2015 28 6 4 18 38 80 -42 22 8th DNQ Rd.4 DNQ Australia Zac Walker 15 Australia Mick Richards Resigned (Late 2015)
2016 28 3 5 20 28 68 -40 14 9th DNQ Rd.6 DNQ Australia Zac Walker 10 England James Coutts
2017 28 11 6 11 49 41 +8 39 5th DNQ Rd.4 DNQ Australia Zac Walker 12 England James Coutts
2018 To be determined
Key: Premiers / Champions Promoted ↑ Relegated ↓ Preliminary Cup Rounds

^ Correct at the end of the 2017 season.

  • Bold denotes player currently plays for club.

...

Home Ground[edit]

Panroamic shot of Murray United FC's home ground at La Trobe University

The club shares the La Trobe University football facilities with local side Wodonga Diamonds. The ground is located in Wodonga, Victoria and will receive numerous upgrades leading into the inaugural season. Chairman Mark Byatt stated, "The focus will be on lighting, seating and minor works to players’ facilities and security".[8]

The club has also played FFA Cup preliminary round matches at both the Savoy Sporting Club (Myrtleford) & the Lavington Sports Ground (Albury) in 2015 & 2016 respectively.

Current squads[edit]

Senior Team[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 Turkey GK Abdulkerim Koc
2 Australia DF Munya Ruparanganda
3 Australia DF Melkie Woldemichael
4 Australia DF Sean Pye
5 England MF Ashley Dunn (Visa Player)
6 Australia DF Alexander West
7 Australia FW Zac Walker
8 England MF James Coutts
9 Australia MF Chad Bugeja
No. Position Player
10 Australia FW Archie Thompson (Marquee)
11 Argentina FW Gonzalo Freddi (Visa Player)
12 Turkey DF Halil Gur
13 Australia DF Curtis Iverson
15 Australia DF Ryan Giles
16 Australia DF Nick Teichmann
20 Australia GK Tyler Scott
23 Australia MF Lewis Greenwood
26 Australia FW Isaac Read

Under 20 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
20 Australia GK Tyler Scott
25 Australia MF Connor Caponecchia
26 Australia FW Isaac Read
27 Australia DF Cody Janissen
28 Australia MF Jack Milford
29 Australia DF Harry Drummond
30 Australia MF Fletcher Caponecchia
31 Australia MF Mohammad Abbas
No. Position Player
33 Australia FW Jo Masudi
34 Australia DF Suk Bhattarai
35 Australia DF Troy Pawlik
36 Australia DF Joshua Marks
37 Australia FW Azia Feltrin
38 Australia DF Antonio Ventre
39 Australia MF Theodore Myers
40 Australia GK Sebastian Turner

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UNITED FRONT: Mick Richards to lead United". www.bordermail.com.au. Retrieved 2015-01-19. 
  2. ^ "Murray United FC | Mick Richards Resigns as Senior Coach". murrayunitedfc.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  3. ^ "Ladder for PS4 NPL1 East VIC – FOX SPORTS PULSE". foxsportspulse.com. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  4. ^ "Summary – Victoria Division One – Australia – Results, fixtures, tables and news – Soccerway". au.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  5. ^ KOHLHAGEN, Brett. "Former Socceroo joins Murray United as club ambassador". The Border Mail. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Kounelis, Jordan. "Murray United sign former Salford City captain Chris Lynch". MFootball. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  7. ^ Kulas, Damir. "Murray United secure Thompson coup". The Corner Flag. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "UNITED FRONT: Border launches Premier League club". www.bordermail.com.au. Retrieved 2014-11-05. 

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