Team Wellington

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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 2,250
Chairman Peter Chote
League ISPS Handa Premiership
2016–17 2nd (Regular Season) Champions (Playoffs)
Current season

Team Wellington Football Club is one of the ten teams in the ISPS Handa Premiership competition. Home games are played at David Farrington Park in Miramar, Wellington.

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 December the 15th. 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.

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 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.

Constituent clubs[edit]

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

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 22 September 2017[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 Justin Gulley (Captain)
3 New Zealand DF Scott Hilliar
4 New Zealand DF Mario Ilich
5 New Zealand DF Erik Panzer
6 New Zealand DF Taylor Schrijvers
7 Republic of Ireland MF Eric Molloy
8 New Zealand MF Cole Peverley
9 New Zealand FW Tom Jackson
10 New Zealand FW Nathanael Hailemariam
No. Position Player
11 Argentina MF Mario Barcia
12 New Zealand MF Andy Bevin
13 New Caledonia DF Roy Kayara
15 New Zealand FW Joel Stevens
16 New Zealand FW Angus Kilkolly
17 New Zealand DF Louis Fenton
18 France MF Sékou Diane
20 China MF Zhang JunJie
22 New Zealand GK Alex Carr

Club officials[edit]

Senior club officials[citation needed]

  • 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[citation needed]

  • Head Coach: José Manuel Figueira England
  • Assistant Coach: Scott Hales England
  • Assistant Coach: Patrick Fleming New Zealand
  • Goalkeeper Coach: Steve Dimakis New Zealand
  • Academy Coach: Stuart Widdowson England

Managers[edit]

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

Premiers: (Runner-up in 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17)
Champions: 2016, 2017

Performance in Oceania competitions[edit]

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

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ISPS Handa Premiership squads announced". Nzfootball.co.nz. NZ Football. Retrieved 20 October 2017. 

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