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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Ragen Signs f0r CCU

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Central Coast United are proud to welcome late signing Jack Ragen to the club for the 2018 season! 

Beginning his footballing career as a Terrigal junior, Jack then entered into the Central Coast Lightning program. He stayed in this program as it transitioned into the Central Coast Mariners academy and played for them right through to 20s and 1st grade. Seeking a change and a challenge, Jack then moved to North Carolina in the United States in August 2016 to play for Catawba College. Jack is now back in his hometown on the Central Coast and ready to join Central Coast United in their quest for the championship. 

1st Grade Head Coach Stu Davis said of the signing, "He's another great addition to our Central Coast seniors set up. When I was the CCM U18s coach back in 2013, Jack was my captain and an integral part of the team, as I'm sure he will be for this club going forward as well. Jack knows the boys have done extremely well so far and has accepted the challenge to fight for a spot in the team. He knows our goal is to get this club promoted and is happy to help wherever he can."

 

Tom Lyons Signs for CCU

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Central Coast United are exciting to announce our newest signing to the club, Tom Lyons. 

Tom began is footballing career at the age of 5 for the Kincumber Roos. It is here that he played all of his junior football until becoming a part of the Central Coast Lightning squad at the age of 11. After a period at Lightning, Lyons then moved south to play for Parramatta, before returning to the Central Coast at the age of 15 to play for the new Coast representative side, the Central Coast Mariners Academy. He was a part of the Academy teams up until the age of 18, before playing for the Central Coast Mariners Youth side the past couple of seasons. Lyon's joins CCU from the Northern Tigers, and is looking forward to training and playing with the squad. 

Upon signing Tom Lyons, General Manager Matthew Crowell has said, "Tom is another perfect fit for Central Coast United. He's a young, strong, athletic footballer and has played all of his junior football on the coast. He knows the majority of our current squad and most importantly, is a great young man. Tom has experience playing at the highest level for the Mariners, and will help Stu Davis with much needed numbers in his first grade squad. Going into the second half of the season, Lyons will help the club continue to move forward with the drive for promotion." 

 

Cade Mapu Signs for CCU

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Central Coast United would like to formally announce the signing of Cade Mapu. 

Cade began his footballing career at the young age of 6 at Ourimbah FC. It is here, at Ourimbah, that he played and developed as a footballer, and at the age of 12 was accepted into the Central Coast Mariners Academy. Since his acceptance into the Academy, Mapu has been working his way through the grades and has spent the past couple of years in the Central Coast Mariners 1st grade and Youth teams. He has a number of games in the NPL 2 Competition under his belt, and will add another attacking force to the squad. 

2018 is the season that sees Mapu move to Central Coast United, to play with a number of former team mates. On the signing Mapu, General Manager Matthew Crowell has said, "I have known Cade for nearly 5 years through my time in the CCMA set up and have always been a big admirer of him. By chance, I watched him play for Lambton in a preseason game and asked if he wanted to make the switch across to CCU. This is another reason why this team needed to happen, people like Cade shouldn't have to leave the Central Coast to play representative football and I was thrilled when he said yes to joining up with the rest of the squad. Cade will be an integral part of this football club moving forward. "

This Saturday will see the Central Coast Untied 1st Grade squad play their first round in the State League competition against Balmain FC. Kick off is at 7pm at Pluim Park, so get down and support the Coast's newest representative squad in their inaugural season or follow our journey of Facebook and Instagram @centralcoastunited. 

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Tom Mallet Signs with CCU

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Central Coast United are proud to welcome defender Tom Mallett to the club. After playing away from the coast for the last few seasons in search of representative football Tom has jumped at the chance to come back and play for his home region once again.

After playing in the UK for the AFC Bournemouth junior ranks as an 11 year old, Mallett moved to the Central Coast and began playing for Central Coast Lightning. Representing the Coast from the age of 12 to 15, Tom then headed south to play for Parramatta at the age of 15. Mallett progressed through the ranks and made appearances for both Sydney United and the Central Coast Mariners Academy between the ages of 17 and 19. Tom most recently moved back to Parramatta FC where he spent the last two and half seasons.

Mallett's versatility will bolster the Central Coast United squad. Head Coach Stu Davis said, "I remember Tommy from my time as the CCMA U18s coach in 2013, he was playing for the 20s and every weekend I kept asking if I could have him for the 18s and the answer was always a firm no. As soon as I heard he was interested in being part of CCU I made the club fully aware of how much of an asset he would be for us. He's been great since he's joined the team and the way the squad is shaping up we are looking forward to an exciting season ahead." 

Central Coast United will be releasing further player signings and information regarding trial games over the coming weeks. You can follow the journey of the Coast's newest club on Instagram and Facebook @centralcoastunited

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CCU Welcomes Josh Doe

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Central Coast United are proud to welcome goalkeeper Josh Doe to the club. 

Beginning his footballing career as an Ourimbah junior at the age of 6, Doe committed to the club and played there until the age of 21. From here, he moved to Wyong FC where he played for 3 seasons. Since the age of 15 Josh has been representing the Deaf Australia Football team, of which he is now the captain. Of being signed to Central Coast United, Doe says, "This is a good step up for my footballing career and being able to represent Central Coast United is remarkable". Doe's skill in goals will be invaluable in maintaining a strong defence. 

Technical Director Dean Heffernan said, 'When Josh's name came across our desk we were very excited to see him play and he didn't disappoint. He fits into our club values both on and off the pitch."

Central Coast United will be releasing further player signings and information regarding trial games over the coming weeks. You can follow the journey of the Coast's newest club on Instagram and Facebook @centralcoastunited

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McAndrew Signs For CCU

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Central Coast United are excited to announce the latest signing for our club, Ian McAndrew. 

McAndrew began his footballing career as a 7 year old for Wyoming FC. Between the ages of 11 and 16, he played for the 'Central Coast Lakers' and the 'Coasties', before once again joining his childhood club Wyoming and playing All Age 4s in 2005. 2006 saw McAndrew make his debut for Wyoming first grade, before heading to the Central Coast Mariners at the age of 18 for the 2007-08 season. After a short stint with the Mariners, McAndrew headed to Sydney to join the Mounties Wanderers FC for a season.

In 2010, 4 years after leaving Wyoming, Ian once again returned to play for the Wyoming first grade side. This year proved to be a highlight for McAndrew, as it saw him selected for the Futsalroos Asian Cup squad, where he played alongside the likes of Tom Rogic, who now plays for Celtic FC. After this McAndrew headed to Gosford City FC, where he has been playing in the Premier League for the past 5 years. McAndrew will bring an air of experience to this young squad. 

Techincal Director Dean Heffernan said " I have known Ian since our time together at CCM and I've always thought that he had potential to play at a high level. I watched him play recently in the BPL Grand Final and even though Gosford lost that night Ian was still very impressive when he had the ball. Ian knows the areas that he needs to improve on and his application in pre season has been very pleasing. A fit, strong Ian McAndrew is a huge asset for Central Coast United not only in the up coming season but in the seasons ahead" 

Further player signings for Central Coast United will be released over the coming days and weeks. You can follow our journey into the 2018 season on Facebook and Instagram, @centralcoastunited. 

McGinley Signs for CCU

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Central Coast United are proud to announce the signing of Scott McGinley.

McGinley began his football career at the young age of 5, for Killarney District Soccer Club. Playing here for the larger part of 5 years, he then made his move to the Central Coast "Coasties", where he began his representative football. Moving away from the Coast, McGinley joined Northern Spirit, before heading to Scotland for a year. Scott's time in the UK saw him trial with Motherwell, Hamilton, and QPR. At the age of 19, upon his return to Australia and the Coast, McGinley became apart of the Central Coast Lightning squad. This then led him to play in the Mariners Youth League team at age 21. McGinley has spent the last 5 years playing for Newcastle side Valentine Phoenix FC.

Scott is extremely excited to be back representing his home region and will give the team added options through the midfield.

Head Coach Stu Davis has said, "Scott is someone I wanted from the very beginning. He brings a wealth of experience which will only help our younger players get better. He is a top, top player and with the players who we have already signed I cannot wait for the season to begin."

Further player signings for Central Coast United will be released over the coming days and weeks. You can follow our journey into the 2018 season on Facebook and Instagram, @centralcoastunited.

Toope Signs for CCUTD

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As a club, Central Coast United are excited to announce our newest signing, Graham Toope. 

Starting out as a junior for Wyong FC and Wyoming FC, Toope played his first junior representative football for St George, and later for the Coasties. 

He returned to Central Coast Football at the age of 17 and made his debut for Wyoming first grade. He then set his sights on representative football once again, and played for Coast for the next 5 years. Toope once again returned to his childhood club Wyoming for a season, before heading to the Newcastle competition and joining Valentine FC. His greatest achievements, however, have been made in the past 3 years at Gosford City FC, which has seen him participate in a number of finals series. 

Toope is a welcomed signing to CCU, and it will see him rejoin a number of other former Gosford team mates. Further player signings for Central Coast United will be released over the coming days and weeks. You can follow our journey into the 2018 season on Facebook and Instagram, @centralcoastunited.

Oscar Torres Signs for CCUTD

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Central Coast United are excited to welcome Oscar Torres to our club. Torres began his footballing career as a junior for Kahibah FC, in Newcastle, at the age of 10. At the age of 14 he was selected to play for the Newcastle representative side, and this led to him being further selected to represent Northern NSW in the National Youth Championships. Torres made an appearance for the Northern NSW representative team again, this time at the NSW Institute of Sport, Institute Cup.  

At the young age of 16, Oscar was selected in the 'Emerging Athletes' squad, which later became known as the 'Emerging Newcastle Jets'. At 17, he was selected to play in the U19 and U23 squads for Hamilton Olympic in the Northern NSW NPL competition. At 21, Oscar moved to the Central Coast and began playing for Gosford City FC. His familiar face is also heavily involved in a number of coaching programs around the Central Coast and Sydney. Oscar's attacking flair will add options out wide and through the middle for the Central Coast United squad. 

Further player signings for Central Coast United will be released over the coming days and weeks. You can follow our journey into the 2018 season on Facebook and Instagram, @centralcoastunited.

OMally Signs for CCUTD

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Central Coast United are proud to announce and welcome the signing of goalkeeper, Jack OMally. 

OMally started his junior football at Terrigal United, before moving on to play for the Mariners Academy. It is here that he spent 6 years improving and building as a player, before heading overseas. Jack's move to the UK saw him train and play for Welling United for a couple of months, before settling and playing for the Bolton Wanderers U23's squad. OMally has now made the move back to Australia and his home town, where he will be an indispensable asset in goals for CCU. We look forward to seeing Jack showcase his talents in our inaugural season.

Further player signings for Central Coast United will be released over the coming days and weeks. You can follow our journey into the 2018 season on Facebook and Instagram, @centralcoastunited.

 

 

Arbelo Signs for CCUTD

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Central Coast United are proud to announce the latest signing to our club, Alex Arbelo. 

Arbelo began his footballing career on the Central Coast as a Terrigal junior. In a quest for tougher competition, Alex moved south and played for some of Sydney's most notable clubs, including Gladesville Hornsby, Blacktown City and Bankstown City. Arbelo's hard work paid off and saw him head to Uruguay to play for the Montevideo Wanderers. Following this overseas stint, Alex returned to Sydney and continued his footballing career, playing first grade for Hills Brumbies and Marconi FC. 

Arbelo is a welcomed attacking force for CCU, and we are excited to see him return to the Central Coast to play football. It is signings like Arbelo that embody the central philosophy of Central Coast United- that no player should have to leave the region just to play representative football. 

Further player signings for Central Coast United will be released over the coming days and weeks. You can follow our journey into the 2018 season on Facebook and Instagram, @centralcoastunited.

N. Blunden Signs for CCUTD

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Central Coast United are proud to announce our latest signing for the 2018 season, Nathan Blunden. 

Blunder began his junior football career at The Entrance FC at the age of 5. He then moved to play with Tuggerah FC until he was 15, before joining Central Coast 'Lightning' representative program.

At the age of 18, Nathan was drawn back to his childhood club, The Entrance, where he has since been playing in their first and second grade squads. The signing of Blunden embodies what this football club is all about. To play in front of friends and family for your region is special, but to also play alongside younger brother Adam is even more special. This partnership will surely provide a unique force for the team, and only make the squad stronger as a whole. 

Further player signings for Central Coast United will be released over the coming days and weeks. You can follow our journey into the 2018 season on Facebook and Instagram, @centralcoastunited. 

Jordon Bennett
Signs for CCUTD

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Central Coast United are pleased to welcome former Mariners NYL defender and Budgewoi FC junior, Jordon Bennett to the club.

A utility player, Bennett joins CCUTD, after receiving NPL Men’s Player of the Year honours which saw him selected in the Mariners Foxtel National Youth League squad.

The Central Coast local joined the Mariners from the New South Wales Institute of Sport program in 2014. Despite being played mainly on the right side of defence, Bennett is considered a utility who can play a number of defensive roles.

Central Coast United will be releasing further player signings and Coaching Announcements over the coming weeks. You can follow the journey of the Coast's newest club on Instagram and Facebook @centralcoastunited

 
 

CCUTD Coaches Announced
18's, 20's & First Grade

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Central Coast United have announced Stu Davis as the clubs head coach for the 2018 State League competition, working with Ash Grant (20's) and Alex Powell (18's) in the senior program.

Working under the guidance of Technical Director Dean Heffernan, the club has continued its promotion of local talent - with the three coaches all from the Central Coast.

Davis has extensive coaching experience at Local level with Berkeley Vale's Mens Premier League side, as well Central Coast representative U18's. Most recently he lead the CCFA under 16's to an undefeated season in the 2017 AYL competition, where he will be looking to bring through those players into the State League program.  

Popular Local coach Ash Grant will take the Under 20's team leaving his post as Terrigal FC's Premier League Coach and head of football. Grant has experience coaching with NPL Sap programs and with the Northern Tigers football club.

Looking after the U18's team is Alex Powell who is degree qualified in Coaching with experience at all levels of the local game, most notably at Ourimbah United FC.

Central Coast United will be releasing further player signings and Coaching Announcements over the coming weeks. You can follow the journey of the coasts newest club on Instagram and Facebook @centralcoastunited

 
 

Heff appointed
Technical Director

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Dean Heffernan has officially been appointed at the Central Coast United's first ever technical Director.

Dean will be overseeing the full Central Coast United Program from Under 9's, through the AYL and including the State league senior teams.

The former Socceroo has just completed his FFA A-License course, Heff also brings extensive playing experience from the English Championship and A-League.

Central Coast United will be releasing further player signings and Coaching Announcements over the coming weeks. You can follow the journey of the coasts newest club on Instagram and Facebook @centralcoastunited

 
 

Adam Woodbine
Signs for CCUTD

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Adam Woodbine has signed with the Red and Black of Central Coast United, providing further attacking options for head coach Stu Davis to utilise in 2018. 

The striker has joined from Gosford City FC, where he found the back of the net 13 times last season - accounting for 35% of the teams goals!

''I am excited to link back up with my fearless leader Geordie Howe, and play for the Central Coast again" Woodbine commented.

A proven representative player for the Central Coast, Woodbine has also featured for the Entrance and Gosford's Battlewin Premier League sides in the last few years. 

Central Coast United will be releasing further player signings and Coaching Announcements over the coming weeks. You can follow the journey of the Coast's newest club on Instagram and Facebook @centralcoastunited

 
 

Josh Swadling
Signs for CCUTD

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Adding firepower to our strike force for the 2018 season, Central Coast United are excited to welcome Josh Swadling to the club!

Joining from The Entrance Bateau Bay where he took out the clubs golden boot and best and fairest awards in 2017, the striker come winger is looking to torment the opposition defense in the NSW State League.

An outstanding junior career with Tuggerah United and The Entrance FC saw Swaddo earn his first cap in Mens Premier League first grade at just 17 years old. Moving on to stints with Valentine FC and CCMA, the attack minded player then found himself starring in the CCF All Star match with CCUTD's other former 'reddie' - Adam Blunden.

"When I heard what Central Coast United are aiming to achieve, with local players from the coast - i was keen straight away" said Swadling. "I am lucky enough to be signed and looking forward to whats to come." 

Central Coast United will be releasing further payer signings and Coaching Announcements over the coming weeks. You can follow the journey of the coasts newest club on Instagram and Facebook @centralcoastunited

 
 

Adam Blunden
Signs for CCUTD

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Central Coast United have announced their third player signing for the 2018 season, with versatile young defender Adam Blunden joining the club from The Entrance Bateau Bay FC.

Coming from a 6-year stint with Central Coast representative teams as a junior (2009-2014), Blunden then went on to win the 2015 CCF Men’s Premier League First Grade Grand Final in his first season of club football.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Red and Black of United” said Blunden, who also played in the 2017 CCF All Stars Match. “The ability to play at a higher level, whilst still representing the Central Coast was appealing to me – and I hope to have an impact on our inaugural season”.

When asked about the Clubs Logo and Colours, Blunden was clearly excited – “Coming from ‘The Reddies’ at the Entrance, I absolutely love the Red and Black of my new club, and the logo looks incredible’.

Central Coast United will be releasing further payer signings and Coaching Announcements over the coming weeks. You can follow the journey of the coasts newest club on Instagram and Facebook @centralcoastunited

 
 

Howe & McFarlane
Sign for CCUTD

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Central Coast United FC are proud to announce the first 2 player signings for our inaugural State League team in 2018 FNSW competition, Geordie Howe and Daniel McFarlane. Both players represent the Central Coast Region with extensive careers at local club and representative level and form the beginnings of the CCUTD leadership group.

 

Howe (25) joins Central Coast United from Gosford City FC where he has played in three consecutive Men's Premier League grand finals. An established junior career with Central Coast 'Coasties' and Central Coast 'Lightning' representative program from 2003 – 2011 before a season stint at Valentine FC, the versatile defender recently lead the Central Coast Football All Star Select team against the Central Coast Mariners and is searching for the elusive premiership.

 

McFarlane (19) is another local junior, with experience in the Mariners National Youth League team for several seasons and most recently playing for the Mariners Academy First grade side. McFarlane has significant overseas experience, earning trials in the UK with Swansea City and Birmingham City as a 15 year old and playing first team football for the Cumbernauld Colts FC in the Scottish Lowland Football League.

 

Trials for State League Under 18's, 20's and First Grade start on Tuesday 24th October at Pluim Park Click below for more info & to register.