South Coast Wolves FC

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South Coast Wolves
South Coast Wolves FC logo.svg
Full name South Coast Wolves Football Club
Nickname(s) Wolves
Founded 1980
Ground WIN Stadium
Ground Capacity 23,750
Chairman Andrew Byron
Manager Jacob Timpano
League NPL NSW
2014 7th
Website Club home page
Current season

South Coast Wolves Football Club is an Australian semi-professional soccer club based in Wollongong, in the Illawarra region of New South Wales. The club was formed in 1980 as Wollongong City and competed in the National Soccer League until the competition ceased in 2004, except for a brief stint in the NSW state league in 1987. The club then joined the state league in the 2004. In 2009, the club was in financial crisis and could only survive through community support. The club was re-branded as a not for profit organisation, run and owned by the community. South Coast Wolves has competed under the names Wollongong City (1997–2006), Wollongong FC (2007–2008) and Wollongong Community (2009). The club currently competes in the National Premier Leagues NSW, with games played from WIN Stadium.

History[edit]

The Wollongong Wolves were founded in 1980 and competed in the National Soccer League from 1981 until its demise in 2004. The one exception to this was in 1987, when the Wolves competed in the second tier competition, the NSW First Division, where they were crowned both Premiers and Champions in that season. It would be the best part of two decades before the Wolves had success in the Grand Final of the NSL.

2000 Grand Final[edit]

The Wolves' first grand final win came in the 1999–2000 season, when the Wolves beat Perth Glory in a penalty shootout. Perth were up 3–0 at halftime, but goals from Scott Chipperfield, captain Matt Horsley and a last minute equaliser from Paul Reid put the game into extra time-Golden Goal. After no goals in extra time it went to penalties. Wollongong goalkeeper Les Pogliacomi was the hero saving vital penalties. The Wollongong Wolves won 7–6 on penalties.

2001 Grand Final[edit]

The Wolves earned the right to host the grand final for 2001. It was decided by Soccer Australia that the final would be moved away from Wollongong and instead be played at Parramatta Stadium in Sydney. The reason cited was that the 20,000 capacity at WIN Stadium was not large enough to host such an event. Ironically, the crowd attendance for the match was a disappointing 13,400, with many believing more patrons would have attended if the game was held in Wollongong. With the other team in the final travelling from Melbourne, there was not much interest from the Sydney public. Despite all this, the Wolves went on to claim their second NSL title. They defeated South Melbourne 2–1. Stuart Young and Sasho Petrovski were among the goal-scorers for the Wolves.[citation needed]

NSL demise (2003–04)[edit]

After the demise of the former national competition, the National Soccer League (NSL), the Wolves moved onto the top state competition, the NSW Premier League in the 2004–05 season. The Wolves secured a memorable grand final win in the 2008 Premier League. However, the club won the championship to only be in financial debt later in the year.

2009 "Wolves" demise and name changes[edit]

After winning the 2008 NSW Premier League championship, the club had showed many financial losses including A$240,000 in debts and losses of players and coaches. It was later announced that the current club would cease to exist and a new community organization would be formed which would ensure money problems would not plague the new club in the future.[1]

After a dismal 2009 season, the Wollongong Community Football Club requested a name change back to the former "Wolves" moniker, with the formal request being approved in November 2009.[2]

In 2010, the team adopted the name the South Coast Wolves.

Full list of name changes over the years:

  • 1981–1995/96 seasons – Wollongong City
  • 1996/97–2006 seasons – Wollongong Wolves
  • 2007–08 seasons – Wollongong FC
  • 2009 season – Wollongong Community FC
  • 2010–current seasons – South Coast Wolves

Colours and emblem[edit]

Like many other teams from the Illawarra region, the Wolves play in red and white. These colours are taken from the local floral emblem – the Illawarra Flametree – which is used by representative teams and sporting associations throughout the area.

Stadia[edit]

When the Wolves were first admitted into the NSL in 1981, they played out of the Wollongong Showground and then in Corrimal before they made a home at Brandon Park, North Wollongong in 1988.[3] The ground had a capacity of 15,000. However, this site was demolished in 2003 in order for the University of Wollongong to build their new Wollongong Innovation Campus.[4] At the time, the Wolves had six years left on their lease to the ground, but had been promised to play out of WIN Stadium as co-tenants with NRL team, the St. George-Illawarra Dragons. The demise of the NSL and the Lysaghts Oval fiasco followed by the former owners handing the club to the football community has left the Wolves homeless.[3][5] The Wolves then settled on John Crehan Park in Cringila as their base, which has a capacity of 7,500. In 2014 the Wolves moved back to WIN Stadium as co-tenants and in 2015 the South Coast Wolves returned to WIN Stadium as their homeground in the PS4 National Premier League NSW Mens 1 season.[3][5]\

Current squad 2015[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Thomas Hamilton
2 Australia DF Dahri Al Saad
3 Australia DF Darcy Madden
4 Australia MF Brendan Griffin
5 Australia DF James Baldacchino
6 Australia MF Zac Mackenzie
7 Australia MF Chris Price
8 Australia MF David Stojic
9 Australia FW Peter Simonoski
10 Australia FW Joseph Lavalle
11 Australia FW Anthony Proia
No. Position Player
12 Australia MF James Spanoudakis
14 Australia DF Shannon Fielding
16 Australia MF Ben Zucco
17 Australia DF James O'Rourke
18 South Korea DF Jung-Seuk Jung
19 Trinidad and Tobago FW Bradley Welch
20 Australia GK Thomas Manos
23 Australia MF Sam Matthews
25 Australia FW Jordan Murray

Notable former players[edit]

Australia
 
East Timor
England
Fiji
Guinea
Lebanon
New Zealand
Nigeria
Scotland

Coaching staff 2015[edit]

  • Head Coach: Jacob Timpano
  • Assistant Coach: Dez Giraldi, Alfredo Esteves
  • Under 20s Coach: Jeff Allport
  • Under 18s Coach: Peter Willis
  • Goalkeeper Coach: John Krajnovic
  • Technical Director: Glenn Fontana
  • Under 16s Coach: John Haynes
  • Under 15s Coach: Matt Borg
  • Under 14s Coach: Mark Vinton
  • Under 13s Coach: Glenn Fontana | Paul Morgan
  • Under 12s Coach: Jonathan Forster
  • Junior Goalkeeper Coach: Mitchell Blowes
  • Junior Football Strength & Conditioning:Carol Robins
  • Senior Football Strength & Conditioning: Grant Barlow
  • Physiotherapist: Matt Whalan & Figtree Physiotherapy

Seasons[edit]

Season Division P W D L GF GA Pts Position Finals position Topscorer
1981 NSL 30 8 12 10 35 39 28 11 / 16 N/A Jim McBreen (7)
1982 30 16 3 11 43 46 35 3 / 16 N/A Phil O'Connor (17)
1983 30 4 15 11 41 55 27 15 / 16 N/A
1984 NSL
(Northern Conference)
28 5 5 18 15 12 / 12 DNQ
1985 22 5 6 11 29 46 16 10 / 12 DNQ
1986 22 9 5 8 26 25 23 8 / 12 DNQ
1987 NSW First Division 1st Champions
1988 NSL 26 13 8 5 44 32 34 1 / 14 Major Semi-final
1989 26 8 7 11 22 29 23 9 / 14 DNQ
1989/90 26 8 4 14 30 48 20 11 / 14 DNQ
1990/91 26 8 8 10 32 34 24 9 / 14 DNQ
1991/92 26 9 10 7 24 17 28 5 / 14 Elimination Final
1992/93 26 11 6 9 33 27 39 4 / 14 Semi-final
1993/94 26 6 9 12 24 32 27 11 / 14 DNQ
1994/95 24 8 4 (2/2) 12 39 46 38* 12 / 13 DNQ Vaughan Coveny (12)
1995/96 33 5 5 23 31 63 20 11 / 12 DNQ Mario Jermen, Tony Perinich (9)
1996/97 26 8 8 10 42 48 32 10 / 14 DNQ Matthew Horsley (7)
1997/98 26 13 3 10 51 33 42 6 / 14 Elimination Final Scott Chipperfield (13)
1998/99 28 8 8 12 45 52 32 10 / 15 DNQ Anthony Surjan (8)
1999/00 34 17 9 8 72 44 60 2 / 16 Champions Stuart Young (19)
2000/01 30 18 7 5 80 40 61 2 / 15 Champions Sasho Petrovski (21)
2001/02 24 6 7 11 28 43 25 10 / 13 DNQ Stuart Young (9)
2002/03 24 5 8 11 24 43 23 13 /13 DNQ Stuart Young (9)
2003/04 24 8 5 11 34 41 29 9 / 13 DNQ Chimaobi Nwaogazi (11)
2004/05 NSW Premier League 15 4 4 7 16 12 / 12 DNQ Shane McGirr (18)
2006 18 5 1 12 16 9 / 12 DNQ Adam Casey (6)
2007 18 6 4 8 22 7 / 12 DNQ Daniel Aliffi (12)
2008 22 13 5 4 39 19 44 2 / 12 Champions Ilija Prenzoski (12)
2009 22 1 2 19 20 62 5 12 / 12 DNQ Ilija Prenzoski (7)
2010 22 6 4 12 32 39 22 10 / 12 DNQ Mark Picciolini (10)
2011 22 9 3 10 35 36 30 7 / 12 DNQ Mark Picciolini (11)
2012 22 12 1 9 41 39 37 4 / 12 Qualifying Final Mark Picciolini (9), Peter Simonoski (9), Ricky Zucco (9)
2013 22 3 5 14 28 53 14 12 / 12 DNQ Ricky Zucco (10)
2014 22 7 6 9 32 35 27 7 / 12 DNQ Jordan Murray (7)
P = Played
W = Win
D = Draw
L = Loss
GF = Goals for
GA = Goals against
Pts = Points
     = Champions
     = Runners-up (premiership)
Note 1: During 1984 to 1986, the league was split into two conferences – The Wolves played in the Northern Conference and the position in the table reflects position in the conference.
Note 2: During the 1994/95 season, draws went to penalty shoot-outs (2 points for win, 1 point for loss; Wolves won 2, lost 2 of these shootouts. Wins in regular time were worth 4 points).

Honours[edit]

  • Oceania Club Champions: 2001
  • NSL Champions: 1999–2000, 2000–01
  • NSL Minor Premiers: 1988
  • NSW Premier League Champions: 1987, 2008
  • NSW Premier League Minor Premiers: 1987
  • Waratah Cup Winners: 1997, 2007

The Oceania Club title, however, did not lead to them playing in the FIFA Club World Championship it had qualified them to play in, as FIFA had cancelled the World Club Championship due to financial reasons.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
South Melbourne
NSL Champions
1999/00–2000/01
Succeeded by
Sydney Olympic
FIFA Oceania Club Championship 2000–01 Winners
Australia
Wollongong Wolves
First title