Waitakere United

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Waitakere United.svg
Full nameWaitakere United
Founded2004
GroundDouglas Field at The Trusts Arena
Capacity3,000[1]
ChairmanPeter Bult
ManagerChris Milicich
LeagueISPS Handa Premiership
2016-173rd
Current season

Waitakere United is a football club based in Waitakere City, New Zealand. They are one of the franchises in the ISPS Handa Premiership. They play their home games at Fred Taylor Park in Kumeu and The Trusts Arena.

History[edit]

Waitakere United was formed as a special franchise club in 2004 to play in the New Zealand Football Championship (NZFC), New Zealand's top domestic football competition. The team represents 12 member clubs from Mt Albert to the Kaipara.

In the inaugural season (2004–05) of the NZFC, Waitakere United finished runners-up to champions Auckland City but they followed up with a very disappointing 6th place in the next season. In the following season, however, Waitakere finished as NZFC premiers but lost in the grand final once again to Auckland City FC 3–2.

Due to the withdrawal of Vanuatu's Port Vila Sharks, Waitakere was given a berth in the inaugural OFC Champions League, for 2007, as NZFC premiers. They finished atop their group, edging out Auckland City and New Caledonia's AS Mont-Dore. They went on to defeat Ba FC of Fiji in the final, becoming the first OFC-League champions. Commins Menapi scored a crucial away goal that proved the difference as the tie finished 2–2 in aggregate. Taking this championship qualified United to compete in the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, where they lost in the 'play-in' match to Sepahan 1–3.

Waitakere United defended their championship in capturing the 2007–08 OFC Champions League, defeating Kossa in the final 6–3 in goal aggregate. During this season, Douglas Field was under extensive renovation forcing Waitakere United to play most of their home fixtures at Fred Taylor Park in Whenuapai.

Waitakere have a notable rivalry with neighbours Auckland City.

Honours[edit]

Performance in OFC competitions[edit]

Best: Champions in 2007 and 2007–08
2007: Champions
2007–08: Champions
2008–09: 2° in Group A
2009–10: Finalist
2010–11: 2° in Group B
2011–12: 2° in Group A
2012–13: Finalist

FIFA Club World Cup History[edit]

FIFA Club World Cup History
Year Round Score Result Scorers
2007 Play-off New Zealand Waitakere United 1 – 3 Sepahan Iran Loss Aghily Goal 74' (o.g.)
2008 Play-off New Zealand Waitakere United 1 – 2 Adelaide United Australia Loss Seaman Goal 34'

Current squad[edit]

As of 9 November 2018

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 Danyon Drake
2 New Zealand DF Luke Jorgensen
3 Japan DF Kohei Matsumoto
4 England DF Ben Gordon
5 New Zealand DF Alec Solomons
6 New Zealand MF Dylan Burns
7 New Zealand MF Oscar Browne
8 New Zealand MF Sam Burfoot
9 New Zealand FW Alex Connor-McLean
10 Chile MF Eder Franchini Pasten
11 Nigeria FW Sanni Issa
No. Position Player
12 New Zealand MF Matthew Conroy
14 New Zealand DF David Parksinson
17 New Zealand MF Jake Butler (Captain)
18 New Zealand DF Lachie McIsaac
19 England DF Bill Robertson
20 Northern Ireland MF Ollie Bassett
21 Solomon Islands FW Andrew Abba
22 England GK Nick Draper
30 Croatia GK Silvio Rodić

Staff[edit]

  • Youth Team Coach: England Mark Holt
  • Goalkeeper coach: England Kevin O'Leary

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Engenium - Trusts Stadium Grandstand, with covered seating for 3000, located in Waitakere City is situated next door to the Trusts Stadium". www.engenium.co.nz. Retrieved 16 April 2018.

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