HKFC Soccer Section

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Hong Kong FC
The Logo of HKFC
Full name Hong Kong Football Club
Nickname(s) HKFC
Chinese: 港會
Founded 12 February 1886; 132 years ago (1886-02-12)
Ground Hong Kong Football Club Stadium
Ground Capacity 2,750
Manager Tony Hamilton-Bram
League Hong Kong First Division
2017-18 1st

The Soccer Section of Hong Kong Football Club (Abbreviation: HKFC; Chinese: 香港足球會) fields a range of teams at various age divisions in the Hong Kong leagues. The First Team currently competes in the Hong Kong First Division.

History[edit]

While the soccer team has won many titles in the second-tier competition in recent years, they have rarely enjoyed success when playing against the professional sides in the First Division. In 1980 however, "CLUB" as they were commonly known, did manage to avoid relegation from the Professional First Division for the first time in their history. One of the highlights of the season was a 1–1 draw with eventual Champions Seiko SA. On 10 May 1980 at the HK Government Stadium CLUB defeated Kui Tan 1–0 with an 87th-minute penalty scored by John McGunnigle, meaning Kui Tan joined Urban Services in the drop that year.

In the past few years, HKFC opted not to take promotion to the First Division. In 2006, finally, the club accepted the promotion after winning the Second Division. After showing initial promise, they lost 4 league matches in a row between March and April 2007 and were relegated to the Second Division. They did however become Champions of the Second Division again in April 2010 and returned to the First Division.

In 2016, two years after the establishment of the fully professional Hong Kong Premier League, HKFC finally decided to seek promotion to the top flight after finishing as runners-up behind Tai Po in the 2015–16 season. Their stay in the top flight only lasted a single season, however, as the club finished bottom in 2016–17 and dropped back down to the First Division.

HKFC won the First Division for the first time in a century during the 2017–18 season, going unbeaten throughout the entire league campaign. The club declined promotion as they did not want to field a professional side.[1]

International Soccer Sevens[edit]

The team is known outside Hong Kong for being the host of the annual HKFC International Soccer Sevens youth-team seven-a-side tournament which attracts high-profile teams such as Manchester United, Aston Villa and Celtic.

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Cup Competitions[edit]

Team Officials[edit]

Position Name
Manager Tony Hamilton-Bram
Assistant Manager John Casey
Coach Steve Tucker
Equipment Manager Thomas Shirley
Soccer Section Chairman Stephen Tew
Soccer Section Captain Robert Bacon

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "梁孔德稱流浪無申請留級 元朗前途未決". Apple Daily. Retrieved 8 May 2018.  (in traditional Chinese (HK))

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