Broadmeadow Magic FC

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Broadmeadow Magic
Magic Logo.jpg
Full nameBroadmeadow Magic Football Club
Founded1966
Ground Magic Park
Capacity3,500
Coordinates 32°55′14″S151°43′52″E / 32.920466°S 151.731005°E / -32.920466; 151.731005 Coordinates: 32°55′14″S151°43′52″E / 32.920466°S 151.731005°E / -32.920466; 151.731005
Head coach Ruben Zadkovich
League NPL Northern NSW
2017 4th
Website Club website

Broadmeadow Magic Football Club is a soccer club based in Broadmeadow a suburb of Newcastle, Australia. The club currently competes in the National Premier Leagues Northern NSW.

Broadmeadow is the geographic centre of Newcastle city. Its main commercial hub is located at the "Nineways". It is the home of the Newcastle Knights. In 2016, it had a population of approximately 1,600.

Newcastle, New South Wales City in New South Wales, Australia

The Newcastle metropolitan area is the second most populated area in the Australian state of New South Wales and the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie local government areas. It is the hub of the Greater Newcastle area which includes most parts of the local government areas of City of Newcastle, City of Lake Macquarie, City of Cessnock, City of Maitland and Port Stephens Council.

The National Premier Leagues Northern NSW is a regional Australian semi-professional association football league comprising teams from Northern New South Wales. As a subdivision of the National Premier Leagues, the league sits at Level 1 on the Northern New South Wales league system. The competition is administered by Northern NSW Football, the governing body of the sport in the northern region of the state. Prior to 2014, the league was formerly known as the Northern NSW State Football League.

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History

The club was founded on 9 April 1966 by Macedonian Australians as Newcastle Macedonia FC. Originally formed as a social club to play football together with other Macedonians, it is now a major force in Northern New South Wales' NBN State Football League. The club saw its first action on 20 March 1967 when they travelled to Evans Park to face Cardiff Workers RSL. The hosts were upset however, with Macedonia winning the match, 2–1. [1]

Throughout the years, Broadmeadow have gone through a series of name changes. The club was known as Broadmeadow United from 1971 until 1974 and then enjoyed a period of success in the 1970s as Hamilton Red Star. In 1975, Red Star was promoted to the NSW Football Federation 4th division, the 3rd division in 1976, the 2nd division in 1978 and finally the 1st Division in 1980. By 1985, Red Star was relegated back to the 2nd division, and had reverted to its original name, Newcastle Macedonia. During 10 years of competing in the 2nd division, Newcastle Macedonia won the league title twice. [2]

Football NSW organization

Football NSW is the governing body for soccer in the Australian state of New South Wales with the exception of the northern regions of NSW. Football NSW is a member of the national governing body, the Football Federation Australia. Football NSW's premier football competition is the National Premier Leagues NSW. The premier futsal competition is the Futsal Premier League. Prior to 1 April 2007, Football NSW was known as Soccer NSW.

In 1995, Newcastle Macedonia was finally promoted back to the highest flight in New South Wales, the NBN State Football League. The club made its final name change to its current, Broadmeadow Magic FC, but struggled in its first 2 years in the new league. Richard Hartley was appointed as the club's coach in 1997 who led the club to their first league title in the same year. Broadmeadow Magic remained successful in the first decade of the 2000s, as head coach Damien Smith led the club to their third league title in 2003, the club's first grand final title in 2004, and both titles in 2005. In recent years, Broadmeadow won its 5th league title in 2008, but disappointingly finished 3rd in the league in 2009. [3]

Damien Smith is a former coach of Broadmeadow Magic FC, a semi-professional side based in Newcastle, Australia and currently playing in the National Premier Leagues Northern NSW. He coached at Broadmeadow across two tenures. The first ran from 2002 to 2007 in which he won the minor premiership in 2003 and 2005. In 2004 and 2005, Smith won the grand final with Magic across back to back seasons.

Broadmeadow has produced a number of players who have gone on to play for the Newcastle Jets in Australia's number one domestic competition, the A-League. Ben Kantarovski, one of Newcastle's key players and current captain of the Australian U/20 side, was a Broadmeadow Magic junior. Ben Kennedy, Newcastle's first-choice goalkeeper, was also a Broadmeadow junior, and Peter Haynes, who was in the Newcastle Jets squad for the 2009 AFC Asian Champions' League, currently plays for Magic. The club was co-coached by Damien Smith and Robert Virgilli during the 2010 season, which was a disappointing one for Broadmeadow. They finished the season in 6th place a missed out on the finals.

A-League Australian premier association football league

The A-League is a professional men's soccer league run by Football Federation Australia (FFA). At the top of the Australian league system, it is the country's primary competition for the sport. The A-League was established in 2004 as a successor to the National Soccer League (NSL) and competition commenced in August 2005. The league is currently contested by ten teams; nine based in Australia and one based in New Zealand. It is known as the Hyundai A-League (HAL) through a sponsorship arrangement with the Hyundai Motor Company.

Broadmeadow were champions in the 2012 and 2014 NNSWF State Cup. [4] [5] 2014 was the last year that the NNSW Football State Cup was contested, being replaced by the FFA Cup from then on. [6]

The Northern NSW Football State Cup was a knockout football competition which ended in 2014. The annual competition was organised by and named after NNSW Football. The competition has been replaced by the preliminary rounds of the FFA Cup. Prior to 1959, northern NSW teams participated in the State Cup for the whole of NSW.

On Tuesday 29 July 2014, Broadmeadow hosted the inaugural FFA Cup game against Brisbane Strikers at Magic Park. The game was won by Brisbane Strikers after going into extra time. The final score being 1–2 to Brisbane with Scott Pettit scoring the goal for Magic. [7]

On Wednesday 29 July 2015, Broadmeadow hosted Heidelberg United FC at Magic Park for the FFA Cup. Heidelberg defeated Broadmeadow Magic FC 3–1 with Scott Pettit being Magic's goalscorer.

On 7 May 2016, Jon Griffiths reached 100 caps for the club.

Broadmeadow Will Play Medowie FC In A 2019 Pre Season Friendly.

Current squad

As of 1 May 2016"

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

No.PositionPlayer
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Nick Hartnett
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Alexander Kantarovski
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Benjamin Higgins
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Bradley Mackenzie
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Shane Paul
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Dino Fajkovic
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Michael Finlayson
Flag of Australia (converted).svg James Toko
Flag of Australia (converted).svg James Virgili
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jon Griffiths
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Joshua Piddington
No.PositionPlayer
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Lawrence Foteff
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Luke Virgili
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Matthew Hoole
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Kale Bradbury
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jayden Barber
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tyson Cummings
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Paul Sichalwe
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Peter Haynes
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Anders Oldham
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Scott Pettit
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ryan Ensor

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