Double Flower FA

Double Flower Football Association (Chinese: 花花足球會) is a Hong Kong football club which plays in the Hong Kong Second Division. The club was very successful in 1990s in the top-tier First Division under the name Instant-Dict (Chinese: 快譯通).

Double Flower
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Full nameDouble Flower Football Association
Founded1979; 41 years ago (1979)
GroundPo Kong Village Road Park
Capacity1,000
PresidentTam Wai Tong
LeagueHong Kong Second Division
2018–19First Division, 13th (relegated)

Major EventsEdit

  • 1984–85 season: The club finished third in the Second Division and was promoted to First Division, then the top league in Hong Kong football.
  • 1985–86 season: The club faced Seiko SA in their First Division debut, in which they led 3-2 at the beginning of the second half but then conceded 5 goals and lost the match 3-7. They then made remarkable progress and managed a goalless draw with Seiko when the two teams met again in the second league match. They eventually finished 5th in the league. They also won a 5-a-side tournament in December 1985. They were one of the teams taking part in the Super Six Cup. First-choice goalkeeper Lau Tung Ping was called up by Kwok Ka Ming to the Hong Kong national football team.
  • 1986-87 season: Due to their excellent performance in the previous season, many key players left the team for other clubs like South China AA, Happy Valley AA and Sea Bee. The club fielded a youth side and just avoided relegation by finishing sixth in the league ahead of the Hong Kong Football Club on goal difference. The latter then complained to the Hong Kong ICAC alleging match-fixing by the club in their last three league victories over Tsuen Wan (4-3), HK Police (2-0) and South China AA (1-0). Several players and other personnel, including the then president of the club horse trainer Brian Kan, were arrested but later released without charge. No further action was taken by the ICAC or Hong Kong FA due to insufficient evidence.
  • 1988–89 season: the HKFA membership of Double Flower was loaned to Lai Sun F.C., who played in the league under the name Lai Sun Double Flower. The team won the Viceroy Cup and FA Cup this season.
  • 1989–90 season: Lai Sun bought the membership of Po Chai; Double Flower played in the league under the original name.
  • 1991–92 season: the HKFA membership of the team was loaned to Instant-Dict, a company specializing in English-Chinese translation machines and dictionaries. The team played in the league under the name Instant-Dict until 2001.
  • 2001–02 season: Instant-Dict returned the membership; the team reverted to the name to Double Flower.
  • 2002–03 season: Relegated to the Second Division after finishing 7th out of 8 teams.
  • 2009–10 season: Advance SC used the membership to participate in the Second Division, under the name Advance Double Flower.
  • 2011–11 season: Reverted the name back to Double Flower.
  • 2013–14 season: Promoted back to the First Division.
  • 2018–19 season: Finished 13th and were relegated back to the Second Division.

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

As Instant DictEdit

Champions (2): 1995–96,[1] 1997–98[1]
Runners-up (3): 1993–94,[1] 1996–97,[1] 2000–01[1]

Cup CompetitionsEdit

Champions (4): 1988–89 (as Lai Sun Double Flower),[2] 1996–97,[1] 1997–98,[1] 2000–01[1] (all as Instant Dict)
Runners-up (2): 1991–92,[1] 1998–99[1] (all as Instant Dict)
Champions (2): 1988–89 (as Lai Sun Double Flower),[2] 1995–96[1](as Instant Dict)
Runners-up (3): 1993–94,[1] 1994–95,[1] 1997–98[1](all as Instant Dict)
Runners-up (2): 2016–17, 2017–18

Continental recordEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1994/95 Asian Cup Winners' Cup First round bye
Second round   Renown SC 0–2 4–0 6–0
Quarter final   Yokohama Flügels 2–1 3–1 3–4
1996/97 Asian Club Championship First round   Shanghai Shenhua 7–1 2–1 2–9
1997/98 Asian Cup Winners' Cup First round   Singapore Armed Forces FC 2–3 3–1 3–6
1998/99 Asian Club Championship First round   Júbilo Iwata 0–3 4–0 0–7

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Team was named Instant-Dict for sponsorship reasons.
  2. ^ a b The honour was won by Lai Sun Double Flower.

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