Wollongong FC

Wollongong FC

Football club infobox
current = New South Wales Premier League 2008
clubname = Wollongong F.C.


fullname = Wollongong
Football Club
nickname = Wolves
founded = 1980
ground = John Crehan Park
capacity = 7,500
chairman = Jock Morlando
manager = John Turner
league = NSWPL
season = NSWPL 2008
position = 2nd League Finals Champions
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Wollongong F.C. (previously known as The Wollongong Wolves) is an Australian football (soccer) club based in the Illawarra region in New South Wales, Australia. A member of the former National Soccer League (NSL) until that league ended in 2004, they now play in the New South Wales Premier League.

The club has a proud history of developing players, with such notable names as Scott Chipperfield, Robbie Middleby, Alvin Ceccoli, Sasho Petrovski and a host of others developing at the Wolves; they have a European club link with English Premier League club Manchester United.

History

2000 Grand Final

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 Chiperfield, 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

The Wolves won their second NSL title in 2001. They beat South Melbourne 2-1 Stuart Young and Saso Petrovski scored the goals.

Name change

On 6 December 2007, Wollongong Wolves CEO, Jock Morlando, announced that the Wollongong Wolves will now be known as Wollongong F.C. The CEO said that the club will be undergoing a 'transformation' which includes several things club related, including Re-Branding and a 'New Beginning'.

Honours

*Oceania Club Champions 2001
*NSL Minor Premiers 1988,
*NSL Champions 1999/2000,
*NSL Champions 2000/2001,
*Tiger Turf cup winners 2007
*NSW Premier League Champions 2008The 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.

quad 2008

Former Players

*Alvin Ceccoli
*Scott Chipperfield
*Dean Heffernan
*Stephen Laybutt
*flagicon|New Zealand Vaughan Coveny
*John Filan
*Matt Horsley
*Lloyd Fermino
*Stuart McLaren
*Robbie Middleby
*Sasho Petrovski
*Paul Reid
*Scott Whalan
*Naum Sekulovski
*Marshall Soper
*Noel Spencer
*Mile Sterjovski
*Jacob Timpano
*Gary van Egmond
*flagicon|England Stuart Young (1999-04)
*Mark Robertson
*Luke Wilkshire
*Grant Barlow
*Les Pogliacomi
*Daniel Beltrame
*Adam Casey
*Paul Kohler
*Andrew Crews
*Dean Anastasiadis
*flagicon|Fiji Esala Masi
*Dino Mennillo
*Paul O'Grady
*Dustin Wells
**flagicon|Scotland Stewart Petrie
*Ruben Zadkovich
*Tallan Martin
**flagicon|ScotlandLee Bullen

External links

* [http://www.wolves.com.au/ Official website]
* [http://www.ozfootball.net/ark/NSLclubs/WCTeam.html Information on Wollongong Wolves including squad details]


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