Team Wellington

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Team Wellington FC
Team Wellington logo.png
Full name Team Wellington Football Club
Nickname(s) Team Welly, Teedubs
Founded 2004
Ground David Farrington Park,
Miramar, Wellington,
New Zealand
Ground Capacity 2,000
Chairman Peter Chote
Manager Matt Calcott
League ASB Premiership
2015–16 3rd (Regular Season) Champions (Playoffs)
Current season

Team Wellington are one of the eight teams in the New Zealand ASB Premiership football competition. They play their home games at Dave Farrington Park in Miramar, Wellington.

History[edit]

Team Wellington's original home colours.

Team Wellington 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 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, knowns 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 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 December the 15th. Wellington finished the season in third place, qualifying for the Preliminary Final against second-placed Auckland City. Wellington defeated Auckland 4–3 in overtime. Wellington thus went on to the Grand Final, in which they were defeated by Waitakere United 2–0 at Trusts Stadium.

Attendances at Newtown Park remain healthy by NZFC standards, averaging about 1,000 spectators a game. Crowd numbers have been helped by the central location allowing for traveling away fans, as well as an increase of interest due to the Phoenix and the efforts of Wellington Phoenix fan club "Yellow Fever".

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.

In March 2016, Team Wellington won their first ever ASB 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 final at QBE Stadium.

Constituent clubs[edit]

Team Wellington represents 20 clubs in the Greater Wellington region.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 7 April 2016[1]

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
2 New Zealand DF Taylor Hough
3 New Zealand MF Steven Gulley
4 New Zealand DF Anthony Hobbs
5 England DF Bill Robertson (Captain)
6 Wales MF Chris Bale
7 Argentina MF Leo Villa
8 New Zealand MF Cole Peverley (Vice-captain)
9 New Zealand FW Tom Jackson
10 Costa Rica FW Luis Corrales
11 Argentina MF Mario Barcia
12 New Zealand FW Andy Bevin
No. Position Player
13 New Zealand MF Alex Feneridis
14 New Zealand DF Billy Scott
15 New Zealand MF Mark Jones
16 England FW Ben Harris
17 New Zealand DF Fergus Neil
18 England MF Saul Halpin
19 Scotland DF Conor McGlinchey
20 New Zealand FW Michael Gwyther
21 New Zealand MF Taylor Schhrijvers
22 New Zealand GK Alex Carr
23 New Zealand GK Michael O'Keeffe

Club officials[edit]

Managers[edit]

Stadium[edit]

Newtown park
Main article: Newtown Park

Team Wellington FC until recently 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.

As Newtown Park is the primary athletics stadium in the Wellington region, Team Wellington is occasionally required to relocate home fixtures to allow for track and field events to be hosted there. These matches are typically shifted to the 1,000 capacity Porirua Park in Porirua.

Recently, Wellington have switched home grounds, playing the majority of home matches at Dave Farringdon Park in Miramar.

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Premiers: (Runner-up in 2013-14, 2014-15)
Champions: 2016

Performance in Oceania competitions[edit]

Seasons[edit]

Statistics & Records[edit]

All-time Leading Goals and Appearances[edit]

correct as of the conclusion of the 2009–10 season
Name Position Appearances Goal Avg. goals/game
Graham Little FW 76 41 0.54
Costa Rica Luis Corrales FW 33 22 0.66
Bryan Little MF 65 21 0.32
Peter Halstead FW 67 16 0.24
New Zealand Andy Barron MF 33 11 0.33
New Zealand Greg Draper FW 15 9 0.60
New Zealand Raf de Gregorio MF 37 9 0.24
David Johnston MF/FW 33 8 0.24
New Zealand Daniel Ellensohn FW 13 6 0.46
New Zealand Wiremu Patrick MF 55 5 0.09
New Zealand Dan Keat MF 33 5 0.15
New Zealand Mike Wilson MF 38 4 0.11
New Zealand Karl Whalen DF 92 4 0.13
Adam Birch DF/MF 71 3 0.04
Steve Gulley FW 46 3 0.07
Dylan Hall GK 44 0 0
New Zealand Jamie Duncan DF 43 0 0
New Zealand Michael Eager MF 43 0 0
Matt Adams DF 40 2 0.05
New Zealand James Bannatyne GK 34 1 0.03

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

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
Last updated 12 January 2015
Season Status
Season Largest Win Largest Loss Playoffs
2004–05 5–0 v Otago United 1–5 v Auckland City FC Did not qualify
2005–06 4–1 v Waitakere United 0–6 v Waikato FC Round 1: Bet Otago United 2–2 (a.e.t., 4–1 on penalties)
Round 2: Bet YoungHeart Manawatu 3–2
Round 3: Lost to Canterbury United 1–2
2006–07 7–0 v Hawke's Bay United 0–5 v YoungHeart Manawatu Did not qualify
2007–08 8–0 v YoungHeart Manawatu 1–5 v Waitakere United Semifinal: Bet Auckland City FC 4–3 (a.e.t.)
Grand Final: Lost to Waitakere United 0–2
2008–09 4–1 v Waikato FC 2–5 v Hawke's Bay United Semifinal: Lost to Waitakere United 0–6 (agg)
2009–10 4–1 v Canterbury United 0–4 v YoungHeart Manawatu Semifinal: Lost to Waitakere United 4–4 (agg)
2010–11
2013–14 6–0 v Hawke's Bay United Runner-up: Lost to Auckland City
Last updated 10 October 2014

League Table 2009-10[edit]

# Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Auckland City FC 14 9 4 1 33 13 20sm=n 31
2 Waitakere United 14 9 2 3 31 22 9sm=n 29
3 Team Wellington 14 7 0 7 22 24 -2sm=n 21
4 Canterbury United 14 5 3 6 23 16 7sm=n 18
5 Otago United 14 5 3 6 16 22 -6sm=n 18
6 Hawke's Bay United 14 4 3 7 18 27 -9sm=n 15
7 YoungHeart Manawatu 14 4 4 6 19 24 -5sm=n 16
8 Waikato FC 14 3 1 10 19 33 -14sm=n 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "OFC Insider 10". OFCFootball. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 

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