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Team Wellington
Full nameTeam Wellington Football Club
Nickname(s)Team Welly
TeeDubs
Founded2004; 19 years ago (2004)[1]
Dissolved2021; 2 years ago (2021)[2]
GroundDavid Farrington Park,
Miramar, Wellington,
New Zealand
Capacity2,250
ChairmanPeter Chote
ManagerScott Hales
LeagueNew Zealand Football Championship
WebsiteClub website

Team Wellington Football Club was a New Zealand semi-professional football club based in the suburb of Miramar in Wellington, New Zealand. They competed in the ISPS Handa Premiership. Team Wellington had 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.[3] Their home games were played at David Farrington Park.

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.[1]

In the inaugural season (2004/2005) of the NZFC, Team Wellington FC performed below expectations, finishing sixth.[4] They improved in the next season, ending the season in fourth place.[4]

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.[4] 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.[4]

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.[4]

Heading into the 2016–2017 season, José Figueira took on the role as coach at Team Wellington on 1 July 2016.[5]

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.[4]

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.[4]

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.[6] 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[7][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[8][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[9][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.[10]

Team Wellington would win the last ever game played in the ISPS Handa Premiership, when they beat long time rivals, Auckland City 2–1 in the 2020–2021 Grand Final.[2]

Constituent clubs[edit]

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

Managers[edit]

Stadium[edit]

Team Wellington play all their home games (TV permitting) at David Farrington Park in Miramar.[11] 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 and 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.[12]

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.[13]

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Continental[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
2017–18 10 2nd Qualified for Playoffs Runners-up[14]
2018–19 10 4th Qualified for Playoffs Runners-up[15]
2019–20 10 2nd No playoffs due to Covid-19[16]
2020–21 10 2nd Qualified for Playoffs 1st[17]

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
2018–19 4 10 4 4 43 25 +18 34
2019–20 2[nb 1] 10 4 2 36 15 +21 34
2020–21 2 7 5 2 35 21 +14 26

Performance in OFC competitions[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Position
2014–15[18] OFC Champions League Group C Vanuatu Tafea 3–2 1st
French Polynesia Tefana 2–1
Papua New Guinea Hekari United 2–0
Semi Final Fiji Ba 2–0
Final New Zealand Auckland City 1–1 (3–4 p.)
2016[19] OFC Champions League Group B Papua New Guinea Hekari United 4–0 1st
Fiji Suva 2–0
New Caledonia Lössi 2–1
Semi Final New Caledonia Magenta 2–0
Final New Zealand Auckland City 0–3
2017[20] OFC Champions League Group B Fiji Ba 8–0 1st
New Caledonia Hienghène Sport 3–1
Cook Islands Puaikura 4–1
Semi Final New Caledonia Magenta 7–1 2–2
Final New Zealand Auckland City 0–2 0–3 0–5
2018[21] OFC Champions League Group D Solomon Islands Marist 1–1 1st
New Caledonia Magenta 5–1
Samoa Lupe o le Soaga 7–1
Quarter Final Papua New Guinea Toti City 11–0
Semi Final New Zealand Auckland City 0–0 2–2 (a)
Final Fiji Lautoka 6–0 4–3 10–3
2019[22] OFC Champions League Group C Fiji Ba 2–0 1st
Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star 3–0
Samoa Kiwi 13–0
Quarter Final Solomon Islands Henderson Eels 6–1
Semi Final New Caledonia Hienghène Sport 0–2

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Season finished early due to Covid-19[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Opposition Focus: Team Wellington". Auckland City FC. 3 February 2018. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b Voerman, Andrew (14 March 2021). "Auckland City to face Team Wellington in final as a national football league era ends". Stuff. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  3. ^ The story behind Team Wellington's success. FIFA.com.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Ruane, Jeremy. "Team Wellington". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  5. ^ José Figueira as Soccerway
  6. ^ "OCL2018 Semi-Final 1: Auckland City FC v Team Wellington".
  7. ^ 2018 OFC Champions League
  8. ^ 2018 OFC Champions League
  9. ^ 2018 FIFA Club World Cup
  10. ^ Hyslop, Liam (13 December 2018). "Team Wellington suffer Club World Cup heartbreak in penalty shootout loss to Al Ain". Stuff.
  11. ^ "David Farrington Park". Miramar Rangers.
  12. ^ "Miramar Seatoun History". Wellington City Library.
  13. ^ "Playoffs reached, but now for the hard part". Stuff. 8 March 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  14. ^ Voerman, Andrew (1 April 2018). "Late Callum McCowatt goal gives Auckland City a record seventh national title". Stuff. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  15. ^ Voerman, Andrew (31 March 2019). "Callum McCowatt stars as Eastern Suburbs win national men's football league final". Stuff. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  16. ^ a b "Premiership concluded, Auckland City champions". New Zealand Football. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  17. ^ Voerman, Andrew (21 March 2021). "Team Wellington survive Auckland City comeback to win national men's football final". Stuff. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  18. ^ "2014–15 OFC Champions League - Oceania". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  19. ^ "2016 OFC Champions League - Oceania". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  20. ^ "2017 OFC Champions League - Oceania". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  21. ^ "2018 OFC Champions League - Oceania". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  22. ^ "2019 OFC Champions League - Oceania". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 April 2021.

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