Team Wellington

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Team Wellington
Team Wellington logo.png
Full nameTeam Wellington Football Club
Nickname(s)Team Welly, TeeDubs
Founded2004; 15 years ago (2004)[1]
GroundDavid Farrington Park,
Miramar, Wellington,
New Zealand
Capacity2,250
ChairmanPeter Chote
ManagerJosé Figueira
LeagueNew Zealand Football Championship
2017–182nd (regular season), 2nd (playoffs)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Team Wellington Football Club is a New Zealand semi-professional football club based in the suburb of Miramar in Wellington, New Zealand. They currently compete in the ISPS Handa Premiership. Team Wellington have traditionally been one of the most successful football clubs in New Zealand since their inception in 2004, having been crowned league champions twice and won the 2018 OFC Champions League.[2] Their home games are played at David Farrington Park.[3]

History[edit]

Team Wellington's original home colours.

Team Wellington FC was formed in 2004 by a consortium of Wellington clubs to compete in the New Zealand Football Championship. The uniform was yellow with black shorts, utilising the primary sporting colours of the Wellington region.

In the inaugural season (2004/2005) of the NZFC, Team Wellington FC performed below expectations, finishing sixth. They improved in the next season, ending the season in fourth place.

In 2007 the Australian A-League placed a franchise in Wellington, known as the Wellington Phoenix. The Phoenix quickly entered a strategic alliance with Team Wellington. The new head coach for Team Wellington, Stu Jacobs, was hired as an assistant coach for the Phoenix while retaining his NZFC role. Team Wellington also changed their kit to a predominantly black strip similar to that of the Phoenix, using yellow as a highlight colour.

Team Wellington FC started the 2007/08 season with a five-game winning streak, a record for the competition. This was ended by a 1–1 draw against Auckland City FC on 15 December. Team Wellington finished the season in third place, qualifying for the Preliminary Final against second-placed Auckland City. Team Wellington defeated Auckland City 4–3 in overtime. Team Wellington thus went on to the Grand Final, in which they were defeated by Waitakere United 2–0 at Trusts Stadium.

On 21 April 2015, Team Wellington reached the final of the 2014–15 OFC Champions League in their first appearance in the competition. They were beaten on penalties by the defending champions Auckland City in the final on 26 April, having drawn 1–1 after extra time.

Heading into the 2016-2017 season, José Figueira took on the role as coach at Team Wellington on 1 July 2016.[4]

In March 2016, Team Wellington won their first ever ISPS Handa Premiership title. Having finished in 3rd in the regular season, they beat Hawke's Bay United in the semi-final, before beating Auckland City 4–2 in an enthralling finale at QBE Stadium in Albany, Auckland.

Team Wellington FC won back to back league titles in April 2017, dispatching Waitakere United on penalties after an enthralling 6–6 draw in the semi-final, before beating Auckland City 2–1 in the Grand Final at QBE Stadium.

Team Wellington FC proved their worth in the 2017-2018 OFC Champions League by winning their way to the very nail-biting semi-final against Auckland that, despite ending in a 2-2 draw, Team Wellington FC won due to aggregate score. The game was viewed as extremely controversial as the referee added 8 minutes of extra time to the end of the game. This 8 minutes turned into 12 extra minutes (total game time was 101 minutes) and caused much aggravation from both sides before the referee blew the final whistle.[5] After this, Team Wellington faced Lautoka FC in two final legs; one at home at David Farrington Park on 13 May 2018, the other at Lautoka FC's home ground of Churchill Park in Fiji on 20 May 2018[6][circular reference].

Team Wellington FC won the first leg in a staggering 6-0 victory. The second leg was also won by Team Wellington FC, with a score of 3-4 to Team Wellington FC[7][circular reference]. This gave Team Wellington FC the title of Oceanic Champions and earned them entry to the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup to be held in the UAE in December 2018[8][circular reference].

On 12 December 2018, Team Wellington FC played their first and only match in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup against Al Ain FC, who would later be runners-up, scoring 3 goals in the first half. However, their lead was short lived with Al Ain scoring 3 goals and sending the match into extra time and then penalties. Team Wellington would lose the penalties 4-3 and were knocked out.[9]

Constituent clubs[edit]

Team Wellington FC represents 20 clubs in the Greater Wellington region.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 23 February 2019

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

No. Position Player
1 New Zealand GK Scott Basalaj
3 New Zealand DF Adam Mitchell
4 New Zealand DF Mario Ilich
5 New Zealand DF Liam Wood
6 New Zealand DF Taylor Schrijvers
7 Republic of Ireland MF Eric Molloy
8 New Zealand MF Henry Cameron
10 New Zealand FW Nathanael Hailemariam
11 England DF Bill Robertson
12 New Zealand MF Andy Bevin
14 New Zealand MF Jack-Henry Sinclair
No. Position Player
15 New Zealand FW Joel Stevens
16 New Zealand FW Angus Kilkolly
17 New Zealand DF Alex Palezevic
18 New Zealand MF Aaron Clapham
19 England FW Ross Allen
20 New Zealand MF Tiahn Manuel
22 New Zealand GK Marcel Kampman
23 New Zealand GK Charlie Morris
24 Martinique FW Steven Lecefel
New Zealand MF Daniel Mulholland

Club officials[edit]

Senior club officials[10]

  • Chairman: Peter Chote New Zealand
  • Director: Andrew Wilson New Zealand
  • Director: Jason Wells New Zealand
  • Director: David Perks New Zealand
  • Director: Paul Houliston New Zealand
  • Director: Jamie Farrington New Zealand

Senior Squad Coaching & Medical Staff[11][12]

  • Head Coach: José Figueira England
  • Assistant Coach: Scott Hales England
  • Academy Coach: Stuart Widdowson England

Managers[edit]

  • England Mick Waitt (1 July 2006 – 30 June 2007)
  • New Zealand Stu Jacobs (1 July 2007 – 30 June 2011)
  • New Zealand Matt Calcott (1 July 2011– 30 June 2016)
  • England José Figueira (1 July 2016 – Present)

Stadium[edit]

Team Wellington play all their home games (TV permitting) at David Farrington Park in Miramar. The ground is typical of the type of stadium found in New Zealand. There is one uncovered grandstand on the west side of the ground which can accommodate around 600 spectators. A small hill in the north-west corner also makes a superb vantage point. The rest of the terrace on the east side retreats a metre or so away from the playing surface. At the south end is Miramar School, while the clubhouse resides at the north end, where you can enjoy the game from the first floor balcony.

Previously Team Wellington played all home matches at Newtown Park which has a capacity of 5,000. In 2008, a training pitch was developed next to the playing field which is used by local A-League franchise, the Wellington Phoenix.

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Champions: 2016, 2017

International[edit]

Champions: 2018
Runners-up: 2014–15, 2016, 2017

Statistics and records[edit]

Year-by-year history[edit]

Wellington League History
Season Teams League Ladder
Position
Finals
Qualification
Finals
Position
2004–05 8 6th Did not qualify
2005–06 8 4th Qualified for Playoffs 3rd
2006–07 8 5th Did not qualify
2007–08 8 3rd Qualified for Playoffs Runners-up
2008–09 8 4th Qualified for Playoffs 4th
2009–10 8 3rd Qualified for Playoffs 3rd
2010–11 8 3rd Qualified for Playoffs 4th
2011–12 8 4th Qualified for Playoffs Runners-up
2012–13 8 5th Did not qualify
2013–14 8 2nd Qualified for Playoffs Runners-up
2014–15 9 2nd Qualified for Playoffs 3rd
2015–16 8 3rd Qualified for Playoffs 1st
2016–17 10 2nd Qualified for Playoffs 1st
2017–18 10 2nd Qualified for Playoffs Runners-up[13]

Season summaries[edit]

Season Stats
Season Pos W D L GF GA GD PTS
2004–05 6 5 8 8 35 40 -5 23
2005–06 4 8 4 9 43 53 −10 28
2006–07 5 7 6 8 37 34 +3 27
2007–08 3 15 2 4 51 21 +30 27
2008–09 4 7 2 5 28 28 0 23
2009–10 3 7 0 7 22 24 −2 21
2015–16 3 8 3 3 36 21 +15 27
2016–17 2 11 3 4 51 32 +19 36
2017–18 2 11 4 3 39 20 +19 37

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.aucklandcityfc.com/news/608/12/Opposition-Focus-Team-Wellington/
  2. ^ The story behind Team Wellington’s success - FIFA.com
  3. ^ DAVID FARRINGTON PARK
  4. ^ José Figueira as Soccerway
  5. ^ https://mycujoo.tv/video/ofc-football?hid=307086&id=16601
  6. ^ 2018 OFC Champions League
  7. ^ 2018 OFC Champions League
  8. ^ 2018 FIFA Club World Cup
  9. ^ Hyslop, Liam (13 December 2018). "Team Wellington suffer Club World Cup heartbreak in penalty shootout loss to Al Ain". Stuff.
  10. ^ "Contact Us". Team Wellington. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Player Development Programme". Team Wellington. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  12. ^ hyslop, Liam (8 May 2017). "Team Wellington still have work to do to close the gap to Auckland City". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  13. ^ Voerman, Andrew (1 April 2018). "Late Callum McCowatt goal gives Auckland City a record seventh national title". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 10 May 2018.

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