Noarlunga United


Noarlunga United
Noarlunga United Bulldogs
Noarlungasoccer.jpg
Full name Noarlunga United Soccer Club
Nickname(s) Bulldogs
Ground Wilfred Taylor Reserve
Chairman Wayne Amos
League FFSA Premier League
2011 Premier League, 10th (relegated)
Home colours
Away colours

The Noarlunga United Bulldogs are a football (soccer) club from Adelaide, South Australia. In 2011, Noarlunga play in the FFSA South Australian Premier League. They play at Wilfred Taylor Reserve in Adelaide's southern suburbs.

Season 2010 - "The Bulldog bites back"

Season 2010 was a stellar year for the Bulldogs under the guidance of Senior Coach, Brenton Hiern. All three senior teams won the State League minor Premiership and the Reserves (U/23) went on to win the Championship. The Club won Honours in the FFSA Awards including State League Player of the Year, U19 Player of the Year, State League Coach of the Year and the FFSA Fair Play Award.

History

The club was founded under the name of Wakefield Wanderers in 1963 by John Jones and Norm Hughes. The club changed its name in 1974 to Noarlunga United. The nickname the bulldogs is in honour of the club's British heritage.

The club originally played at Wakefield Reserve, Acre Avenue, Pimpala. The pitch was virtually on the top of a cliff. It had a very big slope down hill from south to north and the winds which used to rip down and across the pitch were horrific.

The club moved to the Wilfred Taylor Reserve which is a far cry from the early years. The club has spacious clubrooms and undercover facilities for supporters. Club patrons and players alike have nicknamed their home the pound.

Their biggest rivals are South Adelaide F.C. and Seaford Rangers. Supporters of the club from years gone by remember heated matches between Seaford and Noarlunga, but in more modern times it is South Adelaide games which are most highly anticipated, as Seaford games are often expected to be one sided affairs.

Mike Harkness took over as manager for the 2007 season. The former Cumberland United, West Adelaide Sharks, Sorrento FC, Stenhousemuir FC, Arbroath FC and Motherwell FC goalkeeper brought new ideas and a fresh vision to the club. Under his guidance the club was promoted to the Premier League for season 2008 at the first time of asking. The club came as runners up to Adelaide Comets in a season which could very well have seen them win their fourth championship as they lost it in the final weeks of the season by a single point. 2008 saw a similar struggle but at the other end of the table and the Club was relegated to the State League in the final round of the season. 2009 saw a consolidation of the Club under the guidance of Steve Young (Chairman) and a coaching trio of Noarlunga stalwarts (Lloyd Roberts, David Foy & Colin Bolto). At the end of the season, the Club narrowly missed the Final series.

Club honours

2nd Division Champions: 1977 & 1980
3rd Division Champions: 1968
State League Minor Premiers: 2010
U/23 State League Champions: 2002,2010
U/23 State League Minor Premiers: 1998,2010
U/19 State League Champions: 2007
U/19 State League Minor Premiers: 1998,2010
U/17B League Winners: 2006
U/17C League Runner-Ups: 1999

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