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Forge Football Club is a Canadian professional soccer club based in Hamilton, Ontario. The club competes in the Canadian Premier League in the inaugural 2019 season and plays its home games at Tim Hortons Field.[2]

Forge FC
Forge FC Crest.png
Full nameForge Football Club
Nickname(s)The Hammers
FoundedMay 6, 2017; 2 years ago (2017-05-06)
StadiumTim Hortons Field
Hamilton, Ontario
Capacity10,016[1][a]
OwnerBob Young
CoachBobby Smyrniotis
LeagueCanadian Premier League
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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HistoryEdit

Hamilton was linked to a professional soccer team as early as June 2013, when reports first emerged of a professional soccer league launching in Canada.[3] Hamilton Tiger-Cats owner Bob Young was part of a group of investors, predominantly from the Canadian Football League, working with the Canadian Soccer Association and president Victor Montagliani.[3]

In February 2016, the ownership group sought permission from Hamilton City Council to erect a dome over the Tim Hortons Field playing surface to allow for year-long activity, including soccer. When the Canadian Premier League was officially announced, it was revealed that Hamilton's club would be the flagship franchise.[4]

On May 6, 2017, Hamilton was one of two cities accepted by the Canadian Soccer Association for professional club membership when the Canadian Premier League was unanimously approved.[5]

Forge FC was officially unveiled as the league's sixth team on July 12, 2018. The club revealed its crest, colours and branding, as well as its place in the league for the 2019 launch season.[6] The name was chosen to represent city's industrial heritage and forging ahead building its future.[7]

On October 1, 2018, Forge FC announced that Bobby Smyrniotis would be its first head coach and technical director.[8]

On November 29, 2018, Forge FC announced its very first signings: Kyle Bekker and Chris Nanco. Both players were a part of the much larger unveiling event that consisted of each team announcing its initial signings.[9]

StadiumEdit

 
Tim Hortons Field is Forge FC's home stadium

The club will play its home games at Tim Hortons Field, a 23,218-seat multi-purpose stadium stadium which had primarily been used for Canadian football. The capacity will be reduced to 10,000 spectators to provide an intimate setting for supporters.[10]

The stadium opened in 2014 as the home venue for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, and was used as a soccer venue during the 2015 Pan American Games.

Crest and coloursEdit

The crest is designed to represent both an 'H' for Hamilton and an 'F' for Forge. The open space in the lettering represents a waterfall, and the three orange sparks represent Forge FC's city, community and club.[11]

The club's secondary crest is a hammer with the 'H' of the primary crest at the head, with six stripes on the handle to represent the six municipalities amalgamated in 2001 to form the new City of Hamilton: Dundas, Ancaster, Stoney Creek, Flamborough, Glanbrook and, of course, Hamilton.[12]

The official club colours are orange, grey, and white (branded by the club as "spark orange," "platinum steel," and "waterfall white"). These colours symbolize the sparks that come from the strike of a hammer, the local manufacturing industry, and the area's many waterfalls.[11]

To celebrate Hamilton's founding date of June 9, 1846, Forge FC will wear a black and gold uniform for the first home game in June. The city's traditional sporting colours have been worn by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the Hamilton Bulldogs, and the Hamilton Tigers.[11]

Club cultureEdit

SupportersEdit

The Barton St. Battalion supporters group was founded in February 2016 after details of the Canadian Premier League and a Hamilton club emerged.[13] At the club's official launch, supporters of the group sat behind the stage and were revealed as the first 75 founding members.[14]

RivalriesEdit

Forge FC has a rivalry with York 9 FC, the only other Ontario-based team in the league. On January 29, 2019, the Canadian Premier League announced that the inaugural match of the league would be Forge hosting York 9 in the 905 Derby on April 27, 2019.[15] The match ended in a 1–1 draw.[16]

Players and staffEdit

Current rosterEdit

As of May 16, 2019[17]
No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Triston Henry   Canada
2 Defender Jonathan Grant   Canada
3 Midfielder Elimane Oumar Cissé   Senegal
4 Defender Dominic Samuel   Canada
5 Defender Daniel Krutzen   Belgium
6 Defender Kwame Awuah   Canada
7 Midfielder David Choinière   Canada
8 Midfielder Giuliano Frano   Canada
9 Forward Marcel Zajac   Canada
10 Midfielder Kyle Bekker   Canada
11 Forward Chris Nanco   Canada
13 Midfielder Alexander Achinioti-Jönsson   Sweden
14 Forward Emery Welshman (on loan from FC Cincinnati)   Guyana
16 Defender Klaidi Cela   Canada
17 Forward Kadell Thomas   Canada
18 Goalkeeper Quillan Roberts   Canada
19 Midfielder Tristan Borges   Canada
21 Defender Bertrand Owundi   Cameroon
22 Defender Monti Mohsen   Canada
23 Forward Anthony Novak   Canada
Forward Jace Kotsopoulos   Canada

Current staffEdit

As of March 4, 2019[18]
Executive
Chairman Bob Young
Vice-chairman John McGrane[10]
President Matt Afinec[14]
Coaching staff
Head coach Bobby Smyrniotis
Assistant coach Peter Reynders
Assistant coach
Goalkeepers coach
Johan Albert

Head coachesEdit

As of May 16, 2019
Coach Nation Tenure Record
G W D L Win %
Bobby Smyrniotis   Canada October 1, 2018 – present 5 2 1 2 040.00

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Co-Founder Bob Young & Forge FC to Celebrate Inaugural CPL Match With Soccer Unites Hamilton". forgefc.canpl.ca. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  2. ^ "Forge FC unveiled as Hamilton's Canadian Premier League club for 2019". The Globe and Mail. The Canadian Press. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Milton, Steve (June 6, 2013). "Ticats involved in early days of new vision for Canadian soccer". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  4. ^ Milton, Steve (February 4, 2016). "Pro soccer team for city sees dome at Ticat field". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  5. ^ O'Connor-Clarke, Charlie (May 6, 2017). "Canadian Premier League unanimously ratified by CSA". Waking the Red. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  6. ^ McIsaac, Greg; Gogishvili, Aaron (July 12, 2018). "Forge FC unveiled as Hamilton's Canadian Premier League Club". canpl.ca. Canadian Premier League. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  7. ^ W. Larson, Kurtis (July 13, 2018). "CPL forges ahead, adding team in Hamilton". Toronto Sun. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  8. ^ Milton, Steve (October 1, 2018). "Opinion | Bobby Smyrniotis named first Forge FC coach". TheSpec.com. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  9. ^ "Kyle Bekker, Chris Nanco reunite with Bobby Smyrniotis at Forge FC". Canadian Premier League. November 29, 2018. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Milton, Steve (July 12, 2018). "Forge FC's name a nod to city's past and future". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  11. ^ a b c "Emblem Inspiration". forgefc.canpl.ca. Forge FC. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  12. ^ O'Connor-Clarke, Charlie (July 12, 2018). "Canadian Premier League unveils Forge FC in Hamilton". Waking The Red. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  13. ^ "About Us". bartonbattalion.ca. Barton St Battalion. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  14. ^ a b "Hamilton Event: Watch Live". canpl.ca. Canadian Premier League. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  15. ^ Bedakian, Armen. "CPL inaugural match: Forge FC hosts York9 FC". canpl.ca. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  16. ^ "Canadian Premier League kicks off, marking new era for soccer in Canada". sportsnet.ca. April 27, 2019.
  17. ^ "Roster". Forge FC. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  18. ^ "Forge FC Adds Reynders and Albert to Coaching Staff". forgefc.canpl.ca. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  1. ^ expandable to 23,218

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