Team Wellington

Team Wellington Football Club is a New Zealand semi-professional football club based in the suburb of Miramar in Wellington, New Zealand. They currently compete in the ISPS Handa Premiership. Team Wellington have traditionally been one of the most successful football clubs in New Zealand since their inception in 2004, having been crowned league champions twice and won the 2018 OFC Champions League.[2] Their home games are played at David Farrington Park.[3]

Team Wellington
Full nameTeam Wellington Football Club
Nickname(s)Team Welly, TeeDubs
Founded2004 (2004)[1]
GroundDavid Farrington Park,
Miramar, Wellington,
New Zealand
Capacity2,250
ChairmanPeter Chote
ManagerScott Hales
LeagueNew Zealand Football Championship
2018–194th (regular season), 2nd (playoffs)
WebsiteClub website

History

Team Wellington's original home colours.

Team Wellington FC was formed in 2004 by a consortium of Wellington clubs to compete in the New Zealand Football Championship. The uniform was yellow with black shorts, utilising the primary sporting colours of the Wellington region.

In the inaugural season (2004/2005) of the NZFC, Team Wellington FC performed below expectations, finishing sixth. They improved in the next season, ending the season in fourth place.

In 2007 the Australian A-League placed a franchise in Wellington, known as the Wellington Phoenix. The Phoenix quickly entered a strategic alliance with Team Wellington. The new head coach for Team Wellington, Stu Jacobs, was hired as an assistant coach for the Phoenix while retaining his NZFC role. Team Wellington also changed their kit to a predominantly black strip similar to that of the Phoenix, using yellow as a highlight colour.

Team Wellington FC started the 2007/08 season with a five-game winning streak, a record for the competition. This was ended by a 1–1 draw against Auckland City FC on 15 December. Team Wellington finished the season in third place, qualifying for the Preliminary Final against second-placed Auckland City. Team Wellington defeated Auckland City 4–3 in overtime. Team Wellington thus went on to the Grand Final, in which they were defeated by Waitakere United 2–0 at Trusts Stadium.

On 21 April 2015, Team Wellington reached the final of the 2014–15 OFC Champions League in their first appearance in the competition. They were beaten on penalties by the defending champions Auckland City in the final on 26 April, having drawn 1–1 after extra time.

Heading into the 2016-2017 season, José Figueira took on the role as coach at Team Wellington on 1 July 2016.[4]

In March 2016, Team Wellington won their first ever ISPS Handa Premiership title. Having finished in 3rd in the regular season, they beat Hawke's Bay United in the semi-final, before beating Auckland City 4–2 in an enthralling finale at QBE Stadium in Albany, Auckland.

Team Wellington FC won back to back league titles in April 2017, dispatching Waitakere United on penalties after an enthralling 6–6 draw in the semi-final, before beating Auckland City 2–1 in the Grand Final at QBE Stadium.

Team Wellington FC proved their worth in the 2017-2018 OFC Champions League by winning their way to the very nail-biting semi-final against Auckland that, despite ending in a 2-2 draw, Team Wellington FC won due to aggregate score. The game was viewed as extremely controversial as the referee added 8 minutes of extra time to the end of the game. This 8 minutes turned into 12 extra minutes (total game time was 101 minutes) and caused much aggravation from both sides before the referee blew the final whistle.[5] After this, Team Wellington faced Lautoka FC in two final legs; one at home at David Farrington Park on 13 May 2018, the other at Lautoka FC's home ground of Churchill Park in Fiji on 20 May 2018[6].

Team Wellington FC won the first leg in a staggering 6-0 victory. The second leg was also won by Team Wellington FC, with a score of 3-4 to Team Wellington FC[7]. This gave Team Wellington FC the title of Oceanic Champions and earned them entry to the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup to be held in the UAE in December 2018[8].

On 12 December 2018, Team Wellington FC played their first and only match in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup against Al Ain FC, who would later be runners-up, scoring 3 goals in the first half. However, their lead was short lived with Al Ain scoring 3 goals and sending the match into extra time and then penalties. Team Wellington would lose the penalties 4-3 and were knocked out.[9]

Constituent clubs

Team Wellington FC represents 20 clubs in the Greater Wellington region.

Players

Current squad

As of 1 November 2019[10][11]

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

No. Position Player
1 GK Scott Basalaj
2 DF Justin Gulley
3 DF Aaron Spain
6 DF Scott Midgley
7 MF Ollie Whyte
8 MF Henry Cameron
11 MF Mario Barcia
12 MF Andy Bevin
14 MF Jack-Henry Sinclair
16 FW Angus Kilkolly
17 DF Alex Palezevic
19 DF Stevan Marković
No. Position Player
20 MF Ollie Bassett
21 FW Hamish Watson
22 GK Keegan Smith
23 DF Rory McKeown
DF Alex Clayton
DF Ben Mata
DF Josh Rogerson
MF Marko Stamenic
FW Max Batchelor
FW Nathanael Hailemariam
FW Sam Mason-Smith

Club officials

Senior club officials[12]

  • Chairman: Peter Chote
  • Director: Andrew Wilson
  • Director: Dave Wilson
  • Director: Graham Watson
  • Director: Jamie Farrington
  • General Manager: Peter Becker

Senior Squad Coaching & Medical Staff[13][14]

  • Head Coach: Scott Hales
  • Assistant Coach: Jamie Dunning
  • Goal Keeping Coach: Steve Dimakis
  • Head of Performance Analysis: Stu Widdowson
  • Team Manager: Brendan Marsh
  • Head of Sport Science: James Keegan
  • Head Physio: David Ravine
  • Kitman: Patrick Farrell

Managers

  • Mick Waitt (1 July 2006 – 30 June 2007)
  • Stu Jacobs (1 July 2007 – 30 June 2011)
  • Matt Calcott (1 July 2011 – 30 June 2016)
  • José Figueira (1 July 2016 – 6 June 2019)

Stadium

Team Wellington play all their home games (TV permitting) at David Farrington Park in Miramar. The ground is typical of the type of stadium found in New Zealand. There is one uncovered grandstand on the west side of the ground which can accommodate around 600 spectators. A small hill in the north-west corner also makes a superb vantage point. The rest of the terrace on the east side retreats a metre or so away from the playing surface. At the south end is Miramar School, while the clubhouse resides at the north end, where you can enjoy the game from the first floor balcony.

Previously Team Wellington played all home matches at Newtown Park which has a capacity of 5,000. In 2008, a training pitch was developed next to the playing field which is used by local A-League franchise, the Wellington Phoenix.

Honours

Domestic

Champions: 2016, 2017

International

Champions: 2018
Runners-up: 2014–15, 2016, 2017

Statistics and records

Year-by-year history

Wellington League History
SeasonTeamsLeague Ladder
Position
Finals
Qualification
Finals
Position
2004–0586thDid not qualify
2005–0684thQualified for Playoffs3rd
2006–0785thDid not qualify
2007–0883rdQualified for PlayoffsRunners-up
2008–0984thQualified for Playoffs4th
2009–1083rdQualified for Playoffs3rd
2010–1183rdQualified for Playoffs4th
2011–1284thQualified for PlayoffsRunners-up
2012–1385thDid not qualify
2013–1482nd Qualified for PlayoffsRunners-up
2014–1592nd Qualified for Playoffs3rd
2015–1683rd Qualified for Playoffs1st
2016–17102nd Qualified for Playoffs1st
2017–18102nd Qualified for PlayoffsRunners-up[15]

Season summaries

Season Stats
Season Pos W D L GF GA GD PTS
2004–05 6 5 8 8 35 40 -5 23
2005–06 4 8 4 9 43 53 −10 28
2006–07 5 7 6 8 37 34 +3 27
2007–08 3 15 2 4 51 21 +30 27
2008–09 4 7 2 5 28 28 0 23
2009–10 3 7 0 7 22 24 −2 21
2015–16 3 8 3 3 36 21 +15 27
2016–17 2 11 3 4 51 32 +19 36
2017–18 2 11 4 3 39 20 +19 37

References

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