Southern District FC

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Southern
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Full name Southern District Recreation & Sports Assn Ltd
Nickname(s) The Aberdeeners
Founded 2002
Ground Aberdeen Sports Ground
Capacity 4,000
Chairman Chan Man Chun
Head Coach Cheng Siu Chung
League Hong Kong Premier League
2017–18 5th
Website Club website

Southern District Recreation & Sports Assn Ltd (Chinese: 南區足球會), commonly known as Southern and currently known for sponsorship reasons as Kwoon Chung Southern, is a Hong Kong Premier League professional football club based in Southern District, Hong Kong. They currently compete in the Hong Kong Premier League.

History[edit]

Southern District entered the newly formed Hong Kong Third District Division during the 2002–03 season. However, the team did not reach the Hong Kong Third Division League Final Round and thus did not get promotion in the first few years of their history.

In the 2006–07 season, they reached the Final Round for the first time since the club was formed. They were the runners up of the Third District Division and qualified for the Final Round, however, they could not get promotion as they only managed to gain two points.

In the 2007–08 season, they retained last season's good performance, reached the Final Round again as they were again the 1st runner-up of Third District Division League, 9 points behind Shatin. Unfortunately, they could not gain the promotion again as they were 4 points behind the promotion places.

In the 2008–09 season, they could not qualify for the Final Round as they only placed at 4th of Third District Division.

They were finally promoted to the Hong Kong Second Division for the first time in the 2009–10 season. They were the 1st runner-up of the Third District Division League and competed with the other 3 teams in the Final Round for promotion. Although they only placed at 3rd in the final round, Eastern decided not to accept promotion and the right to be promoted was passed to Southern who did accept.

They successfully avoided relegation and stayed in the Second Division during their first season. They were the 4th out of 12 teams, 10 points behind the champions Sham Shui Po. On the other hand, they won their first torphy since their formation on 9 January 2011. They defeated Double Flower in the final of Hong Kong Junior Challenge Shield at Hong Kong Stadium.

They were promoted to the Hong Kong First Division for the first time in the 2011–12 season, as they were the 1st runner-up of the Hong Kong Second Division, three points behind the champions Hong Kong Rangers.

In 2016-17, Southern finished third in the table, their highest position in club history.

Stadium[edit]

Aberdeen Sports Ground viewed from Bennet's Hill

Since 2007, Southern have played their home games at Aberdeen Sports Ground. They began playing their home games there during their days in the Hong Kong Third District Division League.

After Southern were promoted to the Hong Kong First Division, the club have continued to use Aberdeen Sports Ground as their home stadium.

First Team 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
1 Hong Kong GK Choy Tsz To
2 Hong Kong DF Sham Kwok Fai
3 United States DF Shay Spitz LP
4 Hong Kong DF Lau Hok Ming
5 Serbia MF Marko Krasić FP
6 Pakistan DF Zesh Rehman FP
7 Brazil MF Ticão FP
8 Hong Kong MF Luk Chi Ho
9 Serbia FW Nikola Komazec FP
11 Brazil FW Wellingsson FP
12 Hong Kong DF Hui Wang Fung
No. Position Player
13 Hong Kong MF Chan Man Fai
14 Hong Kong FW James Ha
16 Hong Kong MF Emmet Wan
17 Hong Kong GK Li Yat Chun
18 Hong Kong DF Che Runqiu
19 Brazil FW Dhiego Martins FP
20 Hong Kong DF Roberto Fronza
23 Hong Kong MF Lau Ka Ming
26 Hong Kong MF Chan Hoi Pak
29 Hong Kong GK Tse Tak Him (captain)
34 Hong Kong DF Chan Kong Pan

Remarks:
LP These players are considered as local players in Hong Kong domestic football competitions.
FP These players are registered as foreign players.

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Cups[edit]

eSports[edit]

Southern District is the first Hong Kong football club of creating an eSports department. By partnering with Nova eSports, they signed Ronnie Yau as a FIFA player and Kevin Lau as a Pro Evolution Soccer player.[1]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "【港超聯賽】南區電競隊Kevin加入做新兵 師兄Ronnie:職業之路不易行" (in Chinese). UPower. 11 July 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2018.