Tuggeranong United FC
|Full name||Tuggeranong United Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||Tuggies, Tuggers, TUFC, United|
Tuggeranong United FC are an association football club based in the southern Canberra region of Tuggeranong, ACT, Australia. The club competes in the highest level of football in the ACT, NPL Capital Football.
Tuggeranong United is one of the largest football clubs in Canberra with an extensive elite NPL pathway from U13s to first team for both men and women. The club also boasts a large number of recreational senior teams in the ACT State League structure, three Masters teams and a whole junior club setup.
Founding and early years
Tuggeranong United was founded in 1976 as Kambah United Soccer Club. The senior First Team competed in the First Division of ACT football while the club catered for both junior and senior players in the Tuggeranong Valley. The club was located in the Tuggeranong suburb of Kambah, the largest residential suburb in the Southern Hemisphere. In 1989 TUSC won its first major trophy, the Federation Cup. A knock out competition run in conjunction with the entire league, involving teams from across the top divisions.
1983. Kambah United won its first ever title with an ACT Premier League ‘City’ conference premiership. The club pipped Narrabundah and Concordia Phillip to the title by one point. However, the club lost the Championship Grand Final to the ‘Country’ conference winners West Woden Juventus 0-3.
In 1985 Wanniassa SC changed its name to Tuggeranong Soccer Club.
1986, Kambah United and Tuggeranong SC merged to create Tuggeranong United Soccer Club to give a united development structure between juniors and seniors for the region. Juniors would predominantly be located out of Wanniassa and seniors out of Kambah.
The glory years
Between 1989 and 1995 the newly united club from Canberra’s deep south experienced a period of great success both on and off the pitch. Off the pitch, the club was connecting with the ever-expanding local community in a fashion the two separate clubs never could. Participation numbers went through the roof with registrations reaching well over 1,300 players each season. On the pitch the merged club started picking up its first titles.
In 1989, United won its first major ACT title, The Federation Cup (Fed Cup). The Fed Cup is the ACT’s premier knock-out tournament contested each season since 1962 by the clubs in the top divisions in ACT football. Tuggies beat Canberra City Concordia in the cup final 3-0.
Continuing on this golden period, Tuggeranong won a Premiership/Championship double 1991. In 1992 Tuggers defended their Championship crown by beating Belconnen United in the grand final 2-0. In 1993, 94 and 95, the club added a further two Federation Cups to their trophy room while finishing runner-up in both the grand final and league in 1994 and runner-up in the fed cup in 1995.
The yo-yo years
The late 1990s and early 2000s saw the club go through a period of instability and turbulence. In 1997 after two years of poor performances, Tuggers were relegated to the second division (Premier League 2). In 1999, several former Tuggeranong juniors returned to the club with the goal of getting the club promoted. Tuggeranong beat O'Connor Knights 6-1 in the Grand Final in front of a large crowd and were promoted. The 1999 team is regarded as the clubs best ever home grown team, most of which were representative players. The team then backed up the Grand Final win with a Federation Cup runners up result six months later. The club then performed reasonably in the top flight for four seasons before again getting relegated in 2005. The club spent one season in Division 1 (second division) but a good season ended with the club promoted back into the Premier League in 2006.
Consolidation and stability
Since 2006 the club has maintained its presence in the top division of ACT football, through all its different naming incarnations. United has sustained a registration level of around 800 players throughout the club while numbers have begun growing once more since 2010 with the boom in the sport.
In 2013, Tuggies won their first title since 1999 when they claimed the 2013 Federation Cup with a 3-2 final victory over Cooma FC. Tuggeranong made the final after a comprehensive 6-0 third round victory at home over Narrabundah, 3-1 away win in the quarter finals over Canberra Olympic and a 3-2 penalty shootout victory at home over Woden Valley FC after the two southside teams played out a 0-0 draw in the semi-finals.
2014 FFA Cup run
Tuggeranong United was the first club from Canberra to represent the ACT in the inaugural FFA Cup. Tuggers were not originally going to represent the nation’s capital when Capital Football decided a pre-season cup competition in 2014 would decide who would represent the ACT, rather than last season’s Federation Cup champions. Tuggeranong United were the 2013 Federation Cup champions after beating Cooma 3-2, and upon hearing the initial decision by Capital Football, decided to lodge a formal appeal to the federation to change their mind. With rival clubs backing, the appeal was successful at a Capital Football board meeting on 18 February 2014 and federation put Tuggeranong forward as the ACT representative on the proviso of finding a more suitable venue to host matches given Kambah 2 has only basic amenities and inadequate lighting. This decision directly affected 2014 Federation Cup winners, Belconnen United FC, as the blue devils missed out on qualification to the FFA Cup.
5 August 2014, United took to the field at KGV Park in Glenorchy against home side South Hobart. The two teams cancelled each other out for much of the match with the scores locked at 0-0 until the sixty ninth minute when Tuggeranong defender Sean Kiddey scored an own goal to give Hobart the lead. That galvanised Tuggeranong into applying pressure high up the park in the final twenty minutes of the match and the pressure paid off in the eighty fifth minute as Zac Munster latched onto the end of a Rory Delap style long throw from Kiddey to equalise for the visitors. No one could score in the extra-time so the match went to penalties. Tuggies goalkeeper, Rohan Shepherd, made a crucial save in the shoot-out to hand United a 5-4 penalty win and a historic victory. The match was broadcast online by volunteers of the South Hobart club with the commentary team of Callan Paske, Damian Gill and Trent ‘Corndog’ Cornish coining one of the first bits of FFA Cup folklore with their calling of yellow cards as “a slice of cheese”. South Hobart president, Victoria Morton, praised the live stream which she suggested reached 18,000 – 20,000 people. Although this would be the first and final FFA Cup round to have clubs organise their own streaming of matches as the FFA and Fox Sports stopped the practice for the round of 16 in 2014 onwards.
22 August 2014, Tuggeranong United had a dream FFA Cup draw for the round of 16 as United drew A-League heavyweights Melbourne Victory at home in Canberra. After the draw, Tuggeranong United management announced Viking Park would be the venue for the high-profile match. The draw also enabled the opportunity for an emotional homecoming for former Tuggeranong United junior and Socceroo midfielder Carl Valeri.
In the lead-up to the Tuesday fixture, Tuggeranong United's players put their day jobs on hold and went into camp at the Alpha Hotel to prepare for the match at Viking Park against the Victory.
16 September 2014, Viking Park hosted its first Association football match between Tuggeranong United and Melbourne Victory in the 2014 FFA Cup round of 16. A then record crowd for the venue of 5.150 turned out to watch the David vs Goliath match-up. Tuggeranong United was put to the sword by a very strong Melbourne Victory team. A-League star and Victory marquee, Besart Berisha, scored a hat-trick on the night to lead Victory to a 6-0 drubbing of the home team. The loss ended Tuggeranong’s 2014 FFA Cup campaign.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Notable former players
Below is a list of players who have represented Tuggeranong United at junior or senior level and who have at least one international cap for a FIFA sanctioned national team.
|Tom Rogic||Australian national football team||23(5)|||
|Carl Valeri||Australian national football team||52(1)|||
|Nikolai Topor-Stanley||Australian national football team||4(0)|||
|Lindsay Wilson||Australian national football team||2(0)|||
|Amy Duggan (née Taylor)||Australia women's national football team||20(1)|||
|Lydia Williams||Australia women's national football team||57(0)|||
- As of 30 January 2019 
- As of 9 February 2017 
- Premiers (2): 1983, 1991
- Champions (2): 1991, 1992
- Winners (4): 1989, 1993, 1994, 2013
The below table is updated with the statistics and final results for Tuggeranong United following the conclusion of each National Premier League Capital Football season.
|Ref||Season||National Premier League ACT||NPL
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