Angels F.C. is a football team from Gibraltar. They played in the Gibraltar Second Division and the Rock Cup until February 2018, when their license was revoked.[1]

Angels
Angels F.C. logo.png
Full nameAngels Football Club
Founded2014
Dissolved2018
GroundVictoria Stadium, Gibraltar
Capacity2000
OwnerEdmund Hosken
ChairmanJoshua Lhote
ManagerJuan José Jiménez
2017–18Expelled

HistoryEdit

Angels Football Club formed in 2014, after the rising interest in association football on the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. In July 2014 it was announced that the club would compete in the Gibraltar Second Division for its maiden season. After a slow start to the season the club climbed the table and after a tight title race with other new entries Gibraltar United and Europa Point, the side won promotion with a win over Mons Calpe on the final day of the season, overturning a 2–1 score at half-time. The club, despite finishing second, was awarded promotion due to the GFA's decision to expand the Gibraltar Premier Division to 10 teams. The side sacked Juanfran Fernandez Perez in July 2015, with Albert Ferry coming in as his replacement.

On 7 November 2016, Lewis Fraser took over from Joel Richard Williams, who left to coach in India. Lewis comes with experience from youth academies in the UK. As a result of the loss of a number of players, the side suffered a record 20–1 defeat to Gibraltar Phoenix on 16 November 2016, having only been able to field 9 players (one of which played with an injury). They eventually finished 8th in the table, ahead of only Hound Dogs, although they drew praise for their attitude on and off the pitch. On June 22, 2017, Fraser resigned as manager of Angels.

The club started strongly in the 2017–18 season, being in the title race by the winter break. However, on 2 February 2018, the Gibraltar Football Association found gross violations of player quota and home grown player rules at the club, and revoked their license for the season. Their record was expunged and the club was expelled from the league. They were not re-admitted to the league the following season.

SeasonsEdit

Season Division League record Rock Cup
P W D L GF GA Pts Pos
2014–15 Second 26 21 2 3 76 20 65 2nd   R2
2015–16 Premier 27 3 0 24 20 107 9 10th   QF
2016–17 Second 16 4 1 11 17 66 13 8th R1
2017–18 Second 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9th R1

Final squadEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ESP Francisco José Jimenez
2 DF   ESP Fernando Moya
3 DF   ESP José Antonio Ferrer
4 DF   ESP Rafael Moreno
5 DF   GIB Edmund Hosken
6 DF   ESP Adrian Pino
7 MF   ESP Jose Antonio Gonzalez
8 MF   ESP Samuel Valero
9 MF   ESP Daniel Moreno
11 MF   ESP Toufik Larouia
No. Pos. Nation Player
12 DF   GIB Scott Kelly
13 DF   ESP Pedro Ardanaz
14 MF   ISR Tomer Hemed
15 MF   FRA Hatem Ben Arfa
16 FW   ESP José Antonio Ligero
17 FW   ESP Alfonso Moreno
18 DF   GIB Tyrone Sampere
19 MF   SEN Ndiaga Kane
20 MF   GIB Kyle Gomez
21 DF   ESP José María Martos

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gibraltar Football Association".

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