YoungHeart Manawatu

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YoungHeart Manawatu
Full name YoungHeart Manawatu
Founded 2004
Ground Memorial Park
Palmerston North, New Zealand
Ground Capacity 8,000
Chairman Paul Barris
Coach Stu Jacobs
League ASB Youth League
2010-11 8th
Current season

YoungHeart Manawatu is a football club is based in Palmerston North, New Zealand. It participates in the ASB Youth League the national youth league in New Zealand. Their home ground is Memorial Park.


YoungHeart Manawatu was formed in 2004 to compete in the New Zealand Football Championship (NZFC). Based in Palmerston North, they are the sole franchise in the region.

In the inaugural NZFC season (2004–2005), YoungHeart Manawatu finished bottom, easily the worst team in the league.

However, in 2005-2006 they finished runner-up to champions Auckland City FC at the end of the regular season. In the finals, YoungHeart lost both their playoff matches and exited early.

The 2006-07 season was again fruitful. YoungHeart finished second again at the conclusion of the regular season, this time behind Waitakere United. YoungHeart lost their preliminary final to Auckland and missed out on a spot in the O-League as a result.

2007-08 was a somewhat disappointing campaign given the success of the previous two seasons. YoungHeart Manawatu finished the regular season placed sixth on the table, well adrift of the playoffs.

A return to the playoffs came in the 2008/09 season, as YoungHeart finished in third place in the condensed regular season. What followed was an emphatic two-goal victory in the first leg of a two-legged semi-final against Auckland City FC in Palmerston North. In the return leg Auckland used their home advantage equally as well to win 3-0, consigning YoungHeart Manawatu to a 4-3 defeat on aggregate and another missed grand final and O-League appearance. Auckland went on to win the final.

2009-10 was a frustrating season for the YoungHeart faithful as the side finished in sixth place but only two points away from a playoff spot. Perhaps the highlight of the season was an unexpected 4-1 victory over Auckland City at Kiwitea Street. A bittersweet moment came during the 2010 off-season as standout young player Cory Chettleburgh signed a contract with professional Dutch club Sparta Rotterdam. This is a significant loss for the side as they look to bounce back from a fairly disappointing campaign.At the conclusion of the 2012-13 season the franchise didn't have their league license renewed and have been replaced by a New Zealand Under 20 squad for the 2013-14 season although they will retain a team in the ASB Youth League.


Memorial Park is the home ground of YoungHeart Manawatu. They have played at this ground since the 2008-09 season, having previously played their home fixtures at FMG Stadium. Memorial Park has a capacity of approximately 8000 people.

Current squad[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 New Zealand GK Borren, MattMatt Borren
2 New Zealand DF Hamish MacKay
3 New Zealand DF Smith, MattMatt Smith (Academy)
4 England DF Jamie O´Connor
6 New Zealand DF Kennedy, MatthewMatthew Kennedy
7 Samoa MF Jared Curtis
8 New Zealand MF Cooksley, NathanNathan Cooksley
9 Vanuatu FW Seule Soromon
10 New Zealand DF Cowan, AdamAdam Cowan (Captain)
11 New Zealand DF Mackay, HamishHamish Mackay (Academy)
No. Position Player
12 New Zealand FW Morath, NathanNathan Morath
14 New Zealand MF McKnight, MichaelMichael McKnight (Academy)
16 New Zealand FW Fraser, MichaelMichael Fraser (Academy)
18 New Zealand DF Barry Lewis
19 New Zealand GK Wilkes, BenjaminBenjamin Wilkes
20 New Zealand MF Hodge, WillyWilly Hodge
21 New Zealand FW Bloor, JaredJared Bloor
22 New Zealand MF White, MichaelMichael White
23 New Zealand MF Jones, KhairKhair Jones
24 New Zealand DF Cravan, GrahamGraham Cravan
25 Chile MF Moya, PabloPablo Moya


  • Team Manager: New Zealand Steve Green.
  • Head Coach: New Zealand Stu Jacobs.
  • Assistant Coach: New Zealand Andy Sawyer.
  • Goalkeeper coach: New Zealand Steve Green.
  • Physiotherapist: New Zealand Rodney Brooks-Mann.
  • General Manager: New Zealand Neil Perry
  • Sponsorship & Marketing Manager: New Zealand

Club Records[edit]


Performance in OFC competitions[edit]

2006 - 3rd place - Won against Nokia Eagles Fiji 4 - 0 (stage 4 of 4)

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