History of Western United FC (2017–present)

The history of Western United Football Club from 2017 to the present day covers the first periods of Western United.[1]

Early Years (2018–present)

On February 2018, FFA announced that the A-League will expand from ten to twelve teams with Western United joining first along with Macarthur FC onto the next season.[2][3]

In August 2018, the Western Melbourne Group was part of eight teams that Football Federation Australia had accepted in the official bidding phase to play in the A-League.[4]. It was announced also that Western United will play the majority of their home games in Geelong at GMHBA Stadium which is also the home ground used by the Melbourne Victory in 2017.

In February 2018, The club's colours and identity were set to confirm the club's name and colours as it was announced as their inaugural name as "Western United Football Club" also wearing a green and black strip on their kits.[5]. In mid-May, Western United announced partnership with sports brand Kappa.[6] Two months later, the club unveiled their inaugural jerseys for their first season in the A-League.[7] Their home strip is composed of green and black stripes, as the alternate kit has a unique green-triangle shaped design.

The club had then finally announced their first signing of their inaugural season in the A-League. A year exactly after their club's confirmed colours, the Greek-international Panagiotis Kone in early-February 2019.[8]. Twelve days later, their next signing was former Perth Glory and Western Sydney Wanderers centre-back, Josh Risdon on a two-year deal.[9]

Until early next month, Connor Chapman signed for the club also on a two-year deal after playing with two K League 1 clubs.[10] The next signing was former Sydney FC defender, Aaron Calver on a one-year deal on 12 March.[11]. On 20 March 2019, Western United signed three young players, Sebastian Pasquali, Dylan Pierias, Apostolos Stamatelopoulos on a one-year deal.[12] Western United on 23 March 2019, had confirmed their inaugural head coach, former Wellington Phoenix manager Mark Rudan. Rudan mentioned that he believs the Western United—Melbourne Victory meetings will overtake the Melbourne Derby[13] Two days later, the club made their first National Premier Leagues signing from Bentleigh Greens successor, Valentino Yuel for one year.[14]

On 15 April 2019, former Central Coast Mariners 22-year old, Jonathan Aspropotamitis signed for Western United on a one-year deal.[15]. Another young player, Joshua Cavallo had also signed for the club after playing with Melbourne City.[15] The club also signed Connor Pain after four years with the Central Coast Mariners.[15].

In early-May, Western United signed ex-Turkey international Ersan Gülüm after being invovled with lower-tier Victorian club, Whittlsea United.[16]. The day after, former Australia man, Scott McDonald had returned to Melbourne and signed Western United on a one-year contract.[17] Afterwards, the club grabbed their third young signing from Melbourne City and picking up their first goalkeeper for the squad James Delianov on a two-year contract.[18] It was not long until their second goalkeeper signed for the club. Former Wellington Phoenix goalkeeper Filip Kurto had joined the club on a two-year contract. Their next signing, was their second signing from the Western Sydney Wanderers. Brendan Hamill had joined Western United on a one-yer deal.[19] On 27 May 2019, Wellington Phoenix had lost another key player as central-midfielder Max Burgess signed on a two-year deal for Western United.[20]

References

  1. ^ "Western United - About Us". Western United.
  2. ^ "Revealed: Two teams to join expanded Hyundai A-League". A-League. Football Federation Australia. 14 December 2018.
  3. ^ "FFA announce A-League expansion to 12 teams but clubs are wary of 'smokescreen'". The Sydney Morning Herald. 16 February 2018.
  4. ^ "FFA receives eight final bids for Hyundai A-League Expansion". A-League. 31 August 2018.
  5. ^ Bossi, Dominic (12 February 2019). "Western United: New Melbourne A-League side to confirm name, colours". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  6. ^ Earnshaw, Gemma (21 May 2019). "Western United announce partnership with Italian sports brand Kappa". A-League. Football Federation Australia.
  7. ^ Greco, John (18 June 2019). "Western United FC unveil inaugural Hyundai A-League jerseys". A-League. Football Federation Australia.
  8. ^ "The Western Melbourne Group have secured Greek international Panagiotis Kone as their first player signing". Fox Sports. 1 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Risdon's second west signing". FTBL. 12 February 2019. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  10. ^ Airs, Kevin (7 March 2019). "Chapman signs for Western United after bizarre K-League exit". FTBL. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  11. ^ Warren, Adrian (12 March 2019). "Western United sign Sydney's Aaron Calver". ESPN. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Western United swoop for talented Aussie trio". The World Game. SBS. 20 March 2019.
  13. ^ "New A-League club Western United confirm Mark Rudan as inaugural coach". The Guardian. 23 May 2019.
  14. ^ Lynch, Michael (25 March 2019). "Bentleigh speedster Yuel becomes Western United's first NPL signing". The Age.
  15. ^ a b c "United pick up trio of new signings". FTBL. 15 April 2019.
  16. ^ McKay, Ben (7 May 2019). "Gulum saddles up with Western United". The Newcastle Herald.
  17. ^ Lynch, Michael (8 May 2019). "Scott McDonald to play for Western United next season". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  18. ^ Lynch, Michael (9 May 2019). "Galekovic retires, Delianov switches from City to Western United". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  19. ^ "Hamill swaps Wanderers for Western United in blow for Babbel". The World Game. SBS. 14 May 2019.
  20. ^ Rollo, Phillip (16 May 2019). "Wellington Phoenix lose another key player to Mark Rudan's Western United". Stuff.co.nz.

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