Tommy Lyons is Back!

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Tommy Lyons you're back for 2019, tell us why you wanted to stay?
Have loved every minute and wanted to keep it going!

How did you think the team did this season?
Very well, impressive for any new club to make a grand final and win it. Disappointing to not get promoted but all the boys are fired up to do that this time round!

Personally how did you think you did this season?
I came in half way through and new the team was strong and would take time to find a spot but, near the end especially in finals series, I think the team clicked and made it easy to play well.

What were your emotions like in that last game of the regular season against Prospect United?
Disappointed and angry.

Favourite Goal?
When Tommy Beckham scores a free kick, or Cade’s goal in final!

Favourite team mate?
Daniel McFarlane (known him the longest)

Best trainer at the club?
Daniel McFarlane

Players to look out for in the future?
Cade Mapu

Best looking?
Crowelly (so he pays me)

Best banter?
Graz Toope or the Blunden brothers

Goals for 2019 season?
Promotion and to score more than swaddo!

Cade Mapu is Back for 2019!

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Cade Mapu you're back for 2019, tell us why you wanted to stay?
I love what Central Coast United is about. A great bunch of boys in the team and we got so close to promotion last season so hopefully next season we can accomplish that. I believe we can and it would be awesome to be a part of that and can’t wait to see how far this club can go.

How did you think the team did this season?
I think the team did really well in our first year and sets a good foundation to build on for next season.

Personally how did you think you did this season?
I thought the second half of my season was good but still lots of room for improvement.

What were your emotions like in that last game of the regular season against Prospect United?
The last game against Prospect was pretty devastating. It was pretty hard for all the boys but we put that past us and went on to win final.

Favourite Goal?
My own favourite goal or any favourite goal? My own would be scoring first in the grand final I guess, but if it’s any goal it would be McFarlane’s free kick against UNSW in the first round.

Favourite team mate?
Can’t pick one.

Best trainer at the club?
Swaddo alway goes good at training.

Players to look out for in the future?
Noah and Cayleb debuted in 1st Grade this season and they’ve both had great seasons.

Best looking?
Tommy Lyons.

Best banter?
Graham Toope.

Goals for 2019 season?
Goals for next season would be to win the club championship, get promoted and score more goals.

Arbelo Re-Signs for 2019!

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Alex Arbelo you're back for 2019, tell us why you wanted to stay?
I love playing for this club and I am a big fan it. Also I want to get CCU promoted!

How did you think the team did this season?
Very well considering it was our first season, just unlucky at the end of the season.

Personally, how did you think you did this season?
Me personally I had a good season, I reached goals I set but also fell short on other goals too like getting promoted. So there is a lot to improve still.

What were your emotions like in that last game of the regular season against Prospect United?
It was very tough pill to swallow after that game! I was very disappointed in that game.

Could you tell us what you do in the club?
Keep all the first graders happy with my great attitude and awesome banter! I am their punching bag all the time.

Favourite Goal?
I have two: One from the first trial game for the club against Bankstown, and my other favourite would be my 3rd goal during the Central Coast Stadium game!

Favourite team mate?
I’m sure all the boys will say Daniel McFarlane but I don’t have favourites! They are all great blokes and players.

Best trainer at the club?
Has to be Geordie Howe! (Best player in State League)

Players to look out for in the future?
There’s lots of good talent coming through the club and I got to see even more when we played against the Mariners, but right now it is Noah and Caleb from the 18s.

Best looking?
Woody!

Best banter?
Graham Toope and myself!

Goals for 2019 season?
To get promoted as a club, win the competition and win the final!

O’Mally has re-signed for 2019!

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Jack O’Mally you're back for 2019, tell us why you wanted to stay?
There is definitely unfinished business left after last season. Getting this club promoted and giving the kids of the Central Coast a chance to play at a higher level is one of the many reasons why I chose to stay.

How did you think the team did this season?
The team started the season in great form and carried that form throughout most of the season, our form dropped in our last few games but that’s a learning curb for us as a whole club.

Personally how did you think you did this season?
Personally I think I did well this season, there’s a lot of room for improvement so I’m working hard with the players and coaches to improve my game.

What were your emotions like in that last game of the regular season against Prospect United?
I was gutted in that 2-2 draw. We put in a lot of effort during the season only to lose it at the death, it was hard to take in.

Could you tell us what you do in the club?
I’m the GK coach for CCU. So I coach all goalkeeper’s from U/13’s through to the U/20’s. A big shout out to all the keepers I coached last year, their efforts were amazing both on and off the pitch and I’m looking forward to coaching them again this upcoming season. Special mention to Tom Marsh who is moving to the Western Sydney Wanderers next season.

Favourite Save?
My best save would have to be the save against Bankstown in the grand final. In the dying minutes of the game where Bankstown’s striker headed the ball towards the bottom right corner and I denied him with my outstretched hand to keep the clean sheet.

Favourite team mate?
I don’t have a favourite player but I have a favourite pair in the back line, who would have to be big Graham Toope at RCB and Geordie Howe at RB. Sorry to the Blundo’s on the left side but ‘right side strong side’!

Best trainer at the club?
Geordie Howe hands down, I heard Stu wanted to bring in an award for best trainer after seeing his first few sessions.

Players to look out for in the future?
Definitely the skipper Daniel McFarlane. He brings a lot of talent and structure to the team especially at such a young age, he’s one to look out for. And obviously myself…

Best looking?
The George Clooney of the coast Geordie Howe. He’s ageing like fine wine.

Best banter?
Graham toope for sure.

Goals for 2019 season?
Get promotion, keep more clean sheets and concede less goals than last season.

Also, a shout out to the graveyard for their great support and chanting! We haven’t lost a game when they’re there supporting us! Looking forward to hearing them at the fortress Pluim Park in 2019!

Toope Is In!

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Graham Toope you're back for 2019, tell us why you wanted to stay?
I wanted to stay because I had a lot of fun playing for CCU last year with all the boys and I want to be a part of helping the club get promoted.

How did you think the team did this season?
I think the team had a great first season. We only lost one game and played some great football throughout the year. Hopefully we can go one better next year.

Personally how did you think you did this season?
I think I had a pretty successful year playing a new position after coming back from surgery which kept me out for the first half of the season. Our backline conceded the least goals in the competition which was great to be a part of.

What were your emotions like in that last game of the regular season against Prospect United?
I was gutted for the boys and the club after that game. Unfortunately, I was unable to play due to illness so it was even tougher watching from the sidelines and being unable to help.

Could you tell us what you do in the club?
As the most senior player within the squad I guess you could say the boys see me as a father figure/mentor. I’m always there to give advice about life or tell a few tall tales from the glory days. I’m also the finesmaster, Thursday night beverage supplier and lead singer of the victory song.

Favourite Goal?
Geordie Howe’s thunderous header against Balmain definitely isn’t in my top 10. I’d have to say Daniel McFarlane’s solo run and finish against UNSW to seal the game was my pick of the year.

Favourite team mate?
After keeping a clean sheet and winning the grand final together as centre back partners I’d have to say it’s Nate Blunden.

Best trainer at the club?
Adam Woodbine without a doubt. He always turns up switched on and ready for action. A real role model to the rest of the boys.

Players to look out for in the future?
There’s a young boy who got a run in the 20’s towards the end of last year. He scored 6 goals in 6 games and I really feel he has a big future at the club and could push for a first team spot next season. Not sure of the name but he had a strong Welsh accent.

Best looking?
Jack O’Mally. Tall and skinny with red hair. That’s my kind of man!

Best banter?
Hmm the usual suspects... Myself, Daniel, Geordie and Woody all bounce jokes off each other pretty regularly. It’s decent.

Goals for 2019 season?
Promotion is my biggest goal. But personally I’d like an injury free season and as many clean sheets as possible. Also, some better service on set pieces so I can score my first goal for the club.

Josh Swadling Re-Signs for 2019!

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Swaddo you're back for 2019, tell us why you wanted to stay?
I feel this club has a big future and the boys involved make it a lot easier to play and I couldn’t see myself playing anywhere else.

How did you think the team did this season?
I thought we did extremely well for our first year.

Personally how did you think you did this season?
Personally I thought I did good, I set some goals I wanted to beat and I’m happy with how I did.

What were your emotions like in that last game of the regular season against Prospect United?
I was already on a low from finding out I would miss the rest of the season but that one hurt more then a loss.

Could you tell us what you do in the club?
I wash all the jerseys for the boys.

Favourite Goal?
My goal at Condors is my favourite goal, but McFarlane’s goal against UNSW at home was probably one of the best goals I have seen.

Favourite team mate?
Dan McFarlane.

Best trainer at the club?
Hands down Geordie Howe.

Players to look out for in the future?
A few of the 18s boys I think will step up this next season.

Best looking?
Woody or Tommy.

Best banter?
The Blunden brothers and Graham Toope.

Goals for 2019 season?
I will have my personal goals but the main goal is promotion.

Adam Woodbine is IN for 2019!

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Woody, you're back for 2019, tell us why you wanted to stay?
Well the season just gone was probably one of my favourite seasons playing so I'm keen to just do it all over again!

How did you think the team did this season?
The season went as how I thought it would, I knew we had the quality to challenge for the title and we were just unlucky with injuries and a few results throughout the squad to gain promotion.

Personally how did you think you did this season?
I'm fairly happy with my season, I scored plenty of goals but next year I'd like to be more consistent and score against the better teams in the competition.

What were your emotions like in that last game of the regular season against Prospect United?
Well anger at the start, because that’s usually how I react to stuff. But then disappointment not only to our senior squad, but for the juniors as well.

Could you tell us what you do in the club?
I'm kind of like assistant coach to Stu, always setting up drills and assisting with water bottles and picking up the cones.

Favourite Goal?
Thats a tough one. My 2 goals against Nepean in the second round are up there because it turned the game around. Both of McFarlane’s goals against UNSW in both rounds- the late free kick and the solo dribble. And Graham’s front stick header against South Coast Flame at Pluim Park… Oh wait, I meant Geordie’s goal, Graham didn’t score all year.

Favourite team mate?
Alex Arbelo.

Best trainer at the club?
Alex Arbelo.

Players to look out for in the future?
Geordie Howe - All Whites 2022 World Cup!

Best looking?
Well, I am a huge fan of moustaches and dad bod’s so I'd have to say myself.

Best banter?
It’s a tie between Nate Blunden and Toopey.

Goals for 2019 season?
Play more than 10 games!

VC Geordie Howe Re-Signs for 2019!

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Geordie you're back for 2019, tell us why you wanted to stay?
I wanted to continue playing with a great bunch of guys, at a great club & at the highest level I possibly can. And of course I felt like there was unfinished business in terms of helping getting the club promoted.

How did you think the team did this season?
I think we did really well this season. To go through the season with only one loss & then going on to win the grand final with a squad in its first season together, it’s a great achievement.

Personally how did you think you did this season?
Personally I feel I had a fairly good season. I was lucky enough to play every minute of competition & cup football, and to take home player of the grand final was icing on the cake. Still a lot of things I’d like to improve on for next year.

What were your emotions like in that last game of the regular season against Prospect United?
To come so close & to fall short on the day was a hard pill to swallow.

Could you tell us what you do in the club?
VC/ Fines committee member/ Function organiser/ Squad Pizza orderer/ CCU Beanie designer, be sure to grab one from our merch store next season.

Favourite Goal?
It’s close between my goal at Balmain, front stick header or Dan’s goal against UNSW at home, where he picked the ball up on half way, dribbled 5 defenders & slotted it.

Favourite team mate?
I love all my team mates equally.... but if I had to choose it would of had to have been JB.

Best trainer at the club?
Myself, hands down. I heard Stu wanted to bring in an award for best trainer after seeing my first few sessions.

Players to look out for in the future?
Big Grazzy Toope, I think without any niggles or illness next year, he will be a dominant force. Like a fine wine, he gets better with age.

Best looking?
I’m a bit of a cradle snatcher here, but Tommy Lyons. Woody is a close second.

Best banter?
Big bad Nathan Blunden

Goals for 2019 season?
Easy, promotion & to knock a flat 40 yard dig.
P.s. Shout out to the Graveyard!

McFarlane Signs for 2019 Season! 

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Dan you're back for 2019, tell us why you wanted to stay?
It's been a great year and my most enjoyable one for sure. The boys I play with every week are not only great players but top people and that's what this club is about and why I'm so happy to stay here.

How did you think the team did this season?
I thought for our first year as a club we did exceptional! Perhaps towards the end we could of done with a couple of extra numbers due to injuries and suspensions, but I think in my humble opinion we were the best playing team in the league.

Personally how did you think you did this season?
I was pretty happy with how I did this year, it's always nice to score goals and contribute to the team.

What were your emotions like in that last game of the regular season against Prospect United? 
It was the most rollercoaster day I think I've ever had, I was gutted to be suspended for the game so myself and our General Manager kicked Matty Crowell kicked every single ball for 90 odd minutes. It was a once in a lifetime freakish day that's for sure.

Could you tell us what you do in the club?
I coach the Under 9's and 10's in our SAP program and have loved every minute of it. I have a great group of players and it's a rewarding thing to do seeing kids enjoy themselves and get better!

Favourite Goal?
It would be a toss up between the goal against UNSW FC at home or the last minute free kick away from home also against UNSW FC. 

Favourite team mate?
Not to sound cliche' but they seriously are all legends, I couldn't pick out a single person.

Best trainer at the club?
Cade Mapu or Josh Swadling are pretty sharp at training.

Players to look out for in the future?
My adopted protege 16 year old Cayleb Murray, and centre back Noah Ajala both from our U18's.

Best looking?
Cayleb Murray in the U18's will be a bloody heartbreaker, and Geordie Howe & Adam Woodbine look like film stars!

Best banter?
Graham Toope definitely missed his calling as a comedian. 

Goals for 2019 season?
To gain promotion!

Matthew Wolff:

The Man Behind the Crest

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Matthew Wolff is a graphic designer, currently working at Nike in New York City. Specialising in sports branding, logo, and jersey design, Matthew has had the privilege of launching the visual identities of NYCFC and LAFC, as well as designing World Cup apparel and kit collections for France, Nigeria, and others. He is also the man behind the Central Coast United crest. 

About the meaning behind the Central Coast United Crest: 

The skull and crossbones are a prominent design feature and evolution of CCF’s previous CCFA program, instilling a sense of culture and identity to the club’s ambitions. Further design cues include the 24 pinstripes to represent each of the local clubs, and the top of the crest inspired by the rising sun – a nod to the new beginnings of Central Coast United. Red has been used as a nod back to Central Coast Representative history – with teams playing in predominantly red strips from 1963 to 1999. 

The new Nigeria home kit to be worn at the World Cup 2018 in Russia was sold out minutes after its release on Friday morning as hundreds of fans queued outside London’s NikeTown store in Oxford Street. The kit, which is modelled by Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi amongst others, has been hailed as the best kit of all of those to be seen in Russia this summer, with Nike having to push the release date back earlier this week due to such high demand. They had already received three million pre-orders for the shirt before it officially went on sale on Friday.

[From Official Nike Release] Alex Iwobi put it best: “They’re gonna know Nigeria have arrived.” The home kit is a  tribute to their 1994 debut on the world stage. The 2018 home kit features the traditional green torso, with the Super Eagles-inspired black-and-white sleeves. Wolff says, "to modernise the jersey, the feather pattern has been abstracted, and the colors updated, for a bold look on-pitch. Turned into an international phenomenon by artists, Wizkid, Skepta and Not3s, the 2018 Nigeria Home Kit was iconic before it even took the pitch."

Taken from the first flag of an independent Nigeria, the color green is a long-standing symbol of the nation. While it has typically been used on the home strips, the 2018 season sees the traditional color applied to the away kit. A new badge features a resurrection of the design worn by the gold medal-winning “Dream Team” of 1996, in a single, brighter green for a clean aesthetic. 

Wolff is also responsible for France's 2018 World Cup strip and lifestyle collection. 

Here at Central Coast United, we are so proud of the work Matthew Wolff has done, and to have CCU associated with, and our inaugural crest created by such a talented designer. We look forward to what is to come for CCU, and for Wolff himself. 

Follow Matthew Wolff and all of his work on Instagram @wolffmatt, or to see more of what he's done visit www.matthewwolff.com. 

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