Manly United FC

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Manly United
Manly United's crest.jpg
Full name Manly United Football Club
Nickname(s) Dolphins, Utd
Founded 1992[1]
Ground Cromer Park
Capacity 5,000
Chairman Ray Fanning
Coach Paul Dee
League NPL NSW
2018 8th
Website Club website
Current season

Manly United Football Club is an Australian football club based in the northern beaches area of Sydney. The club competes in the National Premier Leagues NSW and their home ground is Cromer Park, in the suburb of Dee Why, approximately 15 minutes away from Manly.

Its main grandstand is named after former Socceroo captain Lucas Neill, who played for the club as a junior.

Manly United formed from the merger of Manly-North Shore United and Warringah Freshwater as Manly Warringah Dolphins at the close of the 1991 NSW Division 1 season for the start of the upcoming NSW Super League season.[1]



A Dutch club called Neerlandia competed in the 1959 Sydney Federation Division Two, won the premiership and gained entry into the Sydney Federation Division One for 1960.[2]

The club changed its named to Manly Warringah from 1960 until it merged with North Shore United in 1991.[3] North Shore United itself was a merger of two clubs Ku-Ring-Gai and North Sydney-Artarmon. This merger took place for the 1989 season.[4] The Manly-North Shore United merger dissolved after the 1991 NSW Division One season, with Manly merging with Warringah Freshwater.[1] North Shore United would continue to send representative teams to tournaments as Ku-Ring-Gai Districts.

Warringah Narrabeen (and from 1986 Warringah Freshwater) was a club that had competed throughout the 1980s in Division Two, even winning the title in 1983. About 1986 Hilton Silva, a Brazilian who turned socceroo, played for the side towards the end of his career.[5]


The merger of Manly-North Shore United and Warringah Freshwater created the Manly Warringah Dolphins at the close of the 1991 NSW Division 1 season for the start of the upcoming NSW Super League season.[1] The club changed its name to Manly United in 2004 following the promotion into the NSW Premier League and takeover of the club by the Manly Warringah Football Association. They have competed there since 2004–05 when they were elevated after winning the Super League Division. Manly United is considered an important side in the NSWPL, as it is based on a geographical area, rather than founded by a single ethnic group like some other ex-NSL clubs.

The original Logo of the renamed Manly United Football Club in 2004 was a collective of an Osprey sea bird, a Football & a Dolphin joined as one, these three icons represent the local MWFA Association (Osprey), a Football & Manly Warringah Dolphins (Dolphin). The Club again changed its logo in 2016 to reflect the evolution of Manly United Football Club and its ownership and association with Manly Warringah Football Association. [6]

The club is the representative arm of the Manly Warringah Football Association (MWFA), the second largest community Football Association in Australia with more than 18,000 players.

Divisional History

Lucas Neill Scholarship and Medal

Between 2006 and 2012 ex-Manly junior Lucas Neill helped provide opportunities for up and coming footballers from his junior club.[7] Each year the scholarship was awarded to a different young player from Manly to trial in Europe.

Year Recipient
2006 Chris Payne
2007 Simon Beer
2008 Joey Gibbs
2009 Leigh Egger
2010 Tonu Liiband
2011 Jack Green
2012 Thomas Manos

Due to a number of factors including difficulty getting clubs in Europe to provide the opportunity for the players, the scheme was discontinued as Lucas and his advisors looked for a different way to reward the junior players from his junior club.

In 2014 the scholarship was re-branded the Lucas Neill Medal and was extended to include ALL junior members of the club, it was determined that there should be two medals awarded each year, in recognition of the advancements in ladies football. The medal is made from Sterling silver and is laser engraved on the front with a photograph of Lucas when he first became captain of Australia in 2007.

Year Male Recipient Female Recipient
2014 Jake Hollman Remy Siemsen
2015 Tom Fay Remy Siemsen
2016 Ben Koop Ruby Whitaker
2017 Harry McCarthy Holly Newman
2018 Jordan Devries Kahli Johnson

Current squad

As of March 2018[8]

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 Dylan Mitchell
2 Australia DF Kieren Paull
3 Australia DF Jamie Lobb
4 Australia DF Travis Oughtred
5 Australia DF Sam Wilson
6 Australia MF Dom Ferguson
7 Australia FW Marco Sama
8 New Zealand MF Sasa Macura
9 Australia FW Dylan Macallister
10 Australia MF Brendan Cholakian
11 Australia FW Nikola Taneski
12 Australia MF Leigh Egger
No. Position Player
13 Australia FW Scott Balderson
14 Australia MF Mitchell Rooke
15 Australia DF Rhys Williams
17 Australia MF Gianni Stensness
18 Australia FW Matthew Fletcher
20 Australia GK Shaun Caitlin
21 England MF Joe Fox
22 Australia FW George Firth
23 Australia DF Daniel Alessi
25 Australia FW Kye Conna
33 Australia FW Marley Peterson

Women's squad

As of 16 June 2018.[citation needed]
  1. Alice Wilson
  2. Ally Green
  3. Anjelyka Brown
  4. Chloe O'Brien
  5. Claire Coelho
  6. Claudia Cholakian
  7. Emily Minett
  8. Gemma Van Weeren
  9. Grace Arnold
  10. Isabella Walker
  11. Jane Vanzino
  12. Jessica Sekulich
  13. Kobie Ferguson
  14. Kristie Crawford
  15. Lauren Woodcock
  16. Madeleine Neville
  17. Myu Ban
  18. Natalie Roubickova
  19. Natasha Prior
  20. Nicole Simonsen
  21. Nikola Orgill
  22. Remy Siemsen
  23. Ruby Jackson
  24. Sophie Harding
  25. Sunny Franco
  26. Tiarna Karambasis


Premiers (1): 1995
Runners-Up (1): 1992
Men's Club Champions : 2016
Champions (2): 1995, 2017,
Runners-Up (0):
Premiers (1): 2004
Runners-Up (1): 2002
Champions (1): 2001
Runners-Up (2): 1994, 2004
Champions (1): 2011
Runners-up (3): 2007, 2009, 2014, 2016


  1. ^ a b c d "1991 NSW Division 1 Fixtures".
  2. ^ 1959 Federation Division Two
  3. ^ 1991 NSW Div 1 Fixtures
  4. ^ 1988 NSW Div 1 Fixtures
  5. ^ 1983 Division 2 Fixtures
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Manly United squad".

External links

  • Official site
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