Southern District FC

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Southern
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Full nameSouthern District Recreation & Sports Assn Ltd
Nickname(s)The Aberdeeners
Founded2002
Ground Aberdeen Sports Ground
Capacity4,500
PresidentMatthew Wong
ChairmanChan Man Chun
Head Coach Zesh Rehman
League Hong Kong Premier League
2019–20 5th
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Southern District Recreation & Sports Assn Ltd (Chinese :南區足球會), commonly known as Southern and currently known for sponsorship reasons as Kwoon Chung Southern, is a professional football club based in Southern District, Hong Kong. They currently compete in the Hong Kong Premier League.

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History

Southern District entered the newly formed Hong Kong Third District Division during the 2002–03 season. However, the team did not reach the Hong Kong Third Division League Final Round and thus did not get promotion in the first few years of their history.

In the 2006–07 season, they reached the Final Round for the first time since the club was formed. They were the runners up of the Third District Division and qualified for the Final Round, however, they could not get promotion as they only managed to gain two points.

In the 2007–08 season, they retained last season's good performance, reached the Final Round again as they were again the 1st runner-up of Third District Division League, 9 points behind Shatin. Unfortunately, they could not gain the promotion again as they were 4 points behind the promotion places.

In the 2008–09 season, they could not qualify for the Final Round as they only placed at 4th of Third District Division.

They were finally promoted to the Hong Kong Second Division for the first time in the 2009–10 season. They were the 1st runner-up of the Third District Division League and competed with the other 3 teams in the Final Round for promotion. Although they only placed at 3rd in the final round, Eastern decided not to accept promotion and the right to be promoted was passed to Southern who did accept.

They successfully avoided relegation and stayed in the Second Division during their first season. They were the 4th out of 12 teams, 10 points behind the champions Sham Shui Po. On the other hand, they won their first trophy since their formation on 9 January 2011. They defeated Double Flower in the final of Hong Kong Junior Shield at Hong Kong Stadium.

They were promoted to the Hong Kong First Division for the first time in the 2011–12 season, as they were the 1st runner-up of the Hong Kong Second Division, three points behind champions Rangers.

They were branded as Royal Southern in the 2013–14 season, and finished 4th out of 12 teams. However, the club chose to self-relegate after the end of the season.

They returned to the top flight in the 2015–16 season. Starting from this season, the club was rebranded as Kwoon Chung Southern due to sponsorship reasons.

In 2016–17, Southern finished third in the table, their highest position in club history.

Southern matched their table position from 2016–17 with another third-place finish in 2018–19. The club also reached the finals of Hong Kong FA Cup for the first time, losing 2–0 to Kitchee.

Name history

Stadium

Aberdeen Sports Ground viewed from Bennet's Hill Aberdeen Sports Ground viewed from Bennet's Hill.jpg
Aberdeen Sports Ground viewed from Bennet's Hill

Since 2007, Southern have played their home games at Aberdeen Sports Ground. They began playing their home games there during their days in the Hong Kong Third District Division.

After Southern was promoted to the Hong Kong First Division, the club have continued to use Aberdeen Sports Ground as their home stadium.

In September of 2018, the canopy of the main grandstand at Aberdeen Sports Ground was damaged due to Typhoon Mangkhut. [1] Although a temporary canopy was erected over the opposite grandstand in order to allow Southern to continue to use the stadium for the remainder of the 2018–19 season, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department determined that installation of a new canopy on the main grandstand was to begin in June of 2019. [2] As the renovations were scheduled to last until the end of March 2020, Southern applied to use Mong Kok Stadium as their home stadium for the 2019–20 season. [3]

Team staff

PositionStaff
Head coach Flag of Pakistan.svg Zesh Rehman
Assistant coach Flag of Hong Kong.svg Pui Ho Wang
Assistant coach Flag of Hong Kong.svg Sham Kwok Fai
Assistant coach Flag of Hong Kong.svg Wong Tsz Him
Goalkeeping coach Flag of Spain.svg Marc Gamon
Physiotherapist Flag of Hong Kong.svg Ella Yeung
Physiotherapist Flag of Hong Kong.svg Fong Ho Kee

Source: [ citation needed ]

Current squad

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Choy Tsz To
4 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kota Kawase FP
6 DF Flag of Pakistan.svg  PAK Zesh Rehman FP
7 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Stefan Pereira FP
8 MF Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Lau Ho Lam
10 MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Pedro Mendes FP
11 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shu Sasaki (captain)FP
12 DF Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Hui Wang Fung
13 FW Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Chan Kwong Ho
14 FW Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG James Ha
17 FW Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Matthew Cahill FP(on loan from Central Coast Mariners)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
18 DF Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Jack Sealy
19 DF Flag of Indonesia.svg  IDN Stefan Antonić LP
20 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Beto LP
22 MF Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Cheng Chun Wang
24 MF Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Toby Down (on loan from Eastern)
25 GK Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Brett Warning
26 MF Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Chan Hoi Pak
27 MF Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Jordan Lam
29 GK Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Tse Tak Him
34 DF Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Chan Kong Pan

Remarks:
LP These players are registered as local players in Hong Kong domestic football competitions.
FP These players are registered as foreign players.

Reserve team squad

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Lo Wai Tat
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Tsang Yik Shun
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Chan Chun Lok Lochlan
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Mak Julian Sheng
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Kwan Hei Shum
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Choi Shan Lun Cameron
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Poon King Him Timothy
No.Pos.NationPlayer
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Wong Ho Yin
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Chan Pui Kei
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Lu Hong Wa
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Mok Po Yin
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Tam Chi Heng
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Hardikpreet Singh
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Yueng Man Nok

Season-to-season record

SeasonTierDivisionTeamsPositionHome StadiumAttendance/G FA Cup Senior Shield League Cup Sapling Cup
2002–033 Third District Division 13
2003–043 Third District Division
2004–053 Third District Division
2005–063 Third District Division
2006–073 Third District Division 172
2007–083 Third District Division 172
2008–09 3 Third District Division 154
2009–10 3 Third District Division 142
2010–11 2 Second Division 126
2011–12 2 Second Division 122
2012–13 1 First Division 104 Aberdeen Sports Ground 554First RoundSemi-finals
2013–14 1 First Division 124 Aberdeen Sports Ground
Mong Kok Stadium
434Semi-finalsSemi-finals
2014–15 2 First Division 153First Round
2015–16 1 Premier League 94 Aberdeen Sports Ground 489Semi-finalsRunner-upGroup StageGroup Stage
2016–17 1 Premier League 113 Aberdeen Sports Ground 532Semi-finalsSemi-finalsSemi-finals
2017–18 1 Premier League 105 Aberdeen Sports Ground 493Semi-finalsSemi-finalsGroup Stage
2018–19 1 Premier League 103 Aberdeen Sports Ground 827Runner-upQuarter-finalsGroup Stage
2019–20 1 Premier League 105 Mong Kok Stadium 861Quarter-finalsQuarter-finalsRunner-up

Note:

  1st or Champions  2nd or Runner-up  3rd place  Promotion  Relegation

Honours

League

Runners-up (1): 2011–12
Runners-up (3): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2009–10

Cup competitions

Runners-up (1): 2018–19
Runners-up (1): 2015–16
Runners-up (1): 2019–20
Champions (1): 2010–11

Managers

eSports

Southern District is the first Hong Kong football club of creating an eSports department. By partnering with Nova eSports, they signed Ronnie Yau as a FIFA player and Kevin Lau as a Pro Evolution Soccer player. [4]

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References

  1. White, Jonathan. "Typhoon Mangkhut: Hong Kong sport counts the cost of damage to facilities as repairs begin". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  2. "Notice". Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  3. "「華人射手」落選港足? 夏志明解畫:望球會與港隊盡早溝通". Sportsroad.hk. Retrieved 21 May 2019.(in Chinese)
  4. "【港超聯賽】南區電競隊Kevin加入做新兵 師兄Ronnie:職業之路不易行" (in Chinese). UPower. 11 July 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2018.