Redlands United FC

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Redlands United
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Full name Redlands United Football Club
Nickname(s) The Red Devils
Founded 1918
Ground Cleveland Showgrounds
Club Captain Graham Fyfe
League NPL Queensland
2016 4th
Website Club home page

Redlands United Football Club is an association football club based in Cleveland, Brisbane, Queensland. The club formed in 1918 to be the second oldest soccer club in Queensland. It re-entered the top tier, Brisbane Premier League (BPL), in 2010 after merging with former Queensland State League (QSL) side Redland City Devils. In 2013 Redlands United gained a 5-year licence for the new National Premier Leagues (NPL) competition.

Redlands United are one of just 3 state league teams to have eliminated an A-League team in the FFA Cup, along with Green Gully SC and Adelaide City FC.[1]

History[edit]

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Redlands started the 2010 season relatively well, including a 7–0 thumping of Brisbane City at Spencer Park. However, due to a number of injuries the team struggled with consistency and found themselves in a relegation battle. Thankfully for the club, their form picked up at the end of the season and they finished well clear of danger in 8th place of the Brisbane Premier League.

Redlands were tipped by many to be one of the stronger sides in the 2011 Brisbane Premier League but once again were unable to fulfill their potential, eventually finishing in ninth place on 33 points. Although injuries played a part in their poor season, ultimately their inability to beat sides above them cost them dearly with the highlight probably being a 1–0 win away at Olympic FC.

In 2012, Redlands United finally fulfilled their potential, finishing top of the Brisbane Premier League by a point with two Wolves FC who won the competition in 2011. It was the first time the Devils had finished top of the table in a history that stretches back to 1918. Scottish midfielder Graham Fyfe scored twenty-nine goals for the season, which won him the Golden Boot award for top scorer in the league. [2]

A frustrating first season in the National Premier Leagues Queensland in 2013 saw the Red Devils miss out on the play-offs by 3 points finishing 5th in the league. Injuries to key players saw the depth of the squad tested, with many of the younger players given the opportunity to cement their place in the team.

Redlands qualified for the 2016 FFA Cup, their first ever FFA Cup appearance, after defeating Pine Rivers United Sports Club, Brisbane City FC and Rochedale Rovers FC in the 2016 FFA Cup preliminary rounds. In their first ever FFA Cup match, Redlands stunned defending A-League champions and 2014 FFA Cup winners Adelaide United 2–1, in front of a crowd of 1,564 at Perry Park.[3] The victory was lauded as the biggest upset in FFA Cup history.[4][5] Redlands were eliminated in the FFA Cup Round of 16, following a 2-0 loss to Canberra Olympic.[6]

Current squad[edit]

As of 27 March 2017[7]

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 Denver Crickmore
2 Australia DF Michael Ryan
3 Australia MF Liam O'Bryan
4 Australia DF Kai Halliday
5 England DF Adam Chandler
6 Australia DF Jake Sherwood
7 Australia MF Matt Gordan
8 Australia FW Damien Kallis
9 Australia MF Lincoln Rule
No. Position Player
10 Australia FW Allistar Davis
11 Scotland MF Graham Fyfe
12 Australia DF Grant Brix
14 Guinea FW Feli Sheriff
15 England MF Mikey Dalton
17 Australia MF Sam Langley
18 Australia MF Sam Roper
19 Australia FW Alex Warrilow
20 Australia GK James Edgar

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Westfield FFA Cup wrap: Round of 32 MD 3". FFA Cup. Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "ResultsVault Football: Goal Scorers". Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Live: FFA Cup 2016 Round of 32 matchday three". Fox Sports Australia. News Corporation. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Westfield FFA Cup wrap: Round of 32 MD 3". FFA Cup. Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Flynn, Michael. "Redlands Stun A-League Champs". National Premier Leagues. Fox Sports Pulse. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Canberra Olympic v Redlands United". The FFA Cup. Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Redlands United FC squad". Retrieved 27 March 2017. 

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