Tanjong Pagar United FC

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Tanjong Pagar United
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Full nameTanjong Pagar United Football Club
Nickname(s)The Jaguars
Short nameTPU
Founded1974; 48 years ago (1974) as Tiong Bahru Constituency Sports Club

1996; 26 years ago (1996) as Tiong Bahru United

1998; 24 years ago (1998) as Tanjong Pagar United
GroundJurong East Stadium
Capacity2,700
ChairmanRaymond Tang
ManagerHasrin Jailani
LeagueSingapore Premier League
2021Singapore Premier League, 3rd of 8
Current season

Tanjong Pagar United Football Club is a professional football club that competes in the Singapore Premier League, the top division of football in Singapore. The club took part in S.League from 1996 to 2004, and from 2011 to 2014. The club withdrew from the league after the 2004 season because of financial problems, but returned in 2011, with several similar breaks meanwhile.[1][2]

The club also has its women's section.[3]

History[edit]

Prior to the formation of the S.League, the team was known as Tiong Bahru Constituency Sports Club, and won Singapore's National Football League in 1983 and 1987. The club changed its name to Tiong Bahru United Football Club in 1996, and then to Tanjong Pagar United in 1998.

The team's mascot was a Jaguar. During its first run in the S.League, the club's home ground was the Queenstown Stadium. However, as the Queenstown Stadium was occupied since 2010 by French club Etoile FC, Tanjong Pagar United was based in Clementi Stadium for the duration of the 2011 season. However, due to Etoile FC's withdrawal from the S-League by the end of the 2011 season, Tanjong Pagar shifted back to Queenstown Stadium for the 2012 season.

The club were formed as Tiong Bahru Constituency Sports Club in 1975 and debuted in Division III of the National Football League, from which they were promoted as champions in 1978. This was followed by a second successive promotion in 1979, bringing the Jaguars to Division I. In 1982, they won the President's Cup and the following year, they were national league champions. They represented Singapore in the 1984 ASEAN Club Games, finishing third, then captured The Double in 1987. The early 1990s saw further successes, as they were Pools Cup winners in 1991 and 1993, finished runners-up in the FAS Premier League from 1991 to 1993 and bagged the FA Cup in 1994. Their strong performances led to their selection as one of eight clubs to compete in the newly formed S.League, so in 1995, they were renamed to Tiong Bahru Football Club and obtained a permanent home at the Queenstown Stadium.[4]

In 2017, the owners of Tanjong Pagar United stated their intent to return to Singapore Premier League for the 2019 season,[5] and in November 2017 applied to FAS to rejoin the league.[6] On the same month, the team also appeals to continue their jackpot operations, which is the source of club's income, after new regulations by the Ministry of Home Affairs forced the club to wind down their operations.[7] But after their appeals were rejected by Ministry of Home Affairs and were ordered to shut down their jackpot operations in April 2018,[8] as of September 2019, there were no further updates from the club regarding this intent.

On 16 January 2020, the Football Association of Singapore confirms Tanjong Pagar United's participation in the 2020 Singapore Premier League season.[3]

Seasons[edit]

Season S.League Singapore Cup Singapore League Cup
Pos P W D L F A Pts
1996-1 5th 14 4 5 5 20 19 17
1996-2 2nd* 14 8 3 3 35 18 27
1997 2nd 16 10 4 2 33 16 34
1998 2nd 20 14 4 2 39 15 46 Winners
1999 3rd 22 11 8 3 40 25 41 Round of 16
2000 2nd 22 12 7 3 50 23 43 Quarter-finals
2001 4th 33 18 6 9 68 47 60 Semi-finals
2002 9th 33 11 4 18 49 72 37 Quarter-finals
2003 10th 33 8 2–0 23 36 78 28 Group stage
2004 10th 27 4 5 18 29 72 17 Preliminary
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011 11th 33 3 5 25 21 77 14 Round of 16 Preliminary
2012 12th 24 5 5 14 17 41 20 Round of 16 Group stage
2013 6th 27 9 9 9 36 34 36 Runners-up Quarter-finals
2014 9th 27 8 5 14 35 44 29 Quarter-finals Runners-up
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020 8th 14 0 5 9 14 33 5
2021 5th 21 5 7 9 36 49 22
  • The 1996 season of the S.League was split into two series. Tiger Beer Series winners Geylang United defeated Pioneer Series winners Singapore Armed Forces in the Championship playoff to clinch the S.League title.
  • 2003 saw the introduction of penalty shoot-outs if a match ended in a draw in regular time. Winners of penalty shoot-outs gained two points instead of one.
  • Tanjong Pagar United sat out the S.League from 2005 to 2010, and withdrew from the competition between 2015 - 2019.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 26 April 2022[9]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Singapore SIN Veer Karan Sobti (on loan from Lion City Sailors)U23
2 DF Singapore SIN Faritz Abdul Hameed (Captain)
3 DF Singapore SIN Shahrin Saberin
4 MF Singapore SIN Faizal Raffi
5 DF Singapore SIN Emmeric Ong
6 MF Singapore SIN Fathullah Rahmat U23
7 MF Singapore SIN Rusyaidi Salime
8 DF Singapore SIN Daniel Bennett (Vice Captain)
9 FW Japan JPN Reo Nishiguchi
10 FW Singapore SIN Syukri Bashir
11 DF Singapore SIN Shakir Hamzah
12 FW Singapore SIN Khairul Nizam
13 DF Singapore SIN Aqhari Abdullah
14 MF Singapore SIN Naufal Ilham U23
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 MF Japan JPN Shodai Nishikawa
16 MF Singapore SIN Raihan Rahman
17 MF Singapore SIN Ryan Syaffiq
18 GK Singapore SIN Fashah Iskandar
19 FW Singapore SIN Khairul Amri (Vice Captain)
20 MF Australia AUS Blake Ricciuto
21 MF Croatia CRO Mirko Šugić
22 MF Singapore SIN Hadiputradila Saswadimata U23
28 GK Singapore SIN Zharfan Rohaizad
40 DF Singapore SIN Akram Azman U23
52 GK Singapore SIN Ameer Fiqr U21
59 MF Singapore SIN Azim Akbar U21
FW Singapore SIN Joshua De Souza U21
DF Singapore SIN Haziq Jalal U21

On Loan[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK Singapore SIN Kenji Syed Rusydi (National Service till 2022)
FW Singapore SIN Syahadat Masnawi (National Service till 2022)
MF Singapore SIN Elfy Danish (National Service till 2023)

Former players[edit]

Club Officials[edit]

Management[edit]

Technical staff[edit]

Managers[edit]

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

League

  • 1983, 1987

Cups

  • 1982, 1985, 1987, 1994

Sponsors[edit]

Main Sponsors Other Sponsors Kit Supplier
Japan Tokyo Century Singapore Komoco Motors Thailand FBT

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ong, Terence (4 November 2014). "Jaguars to sit out next S-League season, Rams to merge with Hougang". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 6 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  2. ^ Low, Lin Fhoong (5 November 2014). "Uncertainty over S-League's changes for 2015". Today. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b "FAS confirms Tanjong Pagar United's participation in the 2020 SPL season | Goal.com". www.goal.com. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  4. ^ Malathi Das and Palakrishnan (1996), "S.League: the kick-off", Singapore Professional Football League Pte Ltd, p. 56
  5. ^ "Football: Jaguars confident of S-League return by 2019". The Straits Times. 26 June 2017.
  6. ^ Osman, Shamir (10 November 2017). "Gombak, Tanjong Pagar apply to rejoin S.League in 2019". The New Paper.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 August 2020. Retrieved 12 September 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Football: Tanjong Pagar and Gombak United will soon exist only on paper as appeals fail". The Straits Times. 25 July 2018.
  9. ^ "SPL 2021 Club Guide: Tanjong Pagar United". Singapore Premier League. 12 March 2021. Retrieved 12 March 2021.

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