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Maccabi Hakoah Sydney City East FC, commonly known as Maccabi Hakoah, is an Australian semi-professional soccer club based in Sydney, New South Wales. The club was formed in 1939 as Sydney Hakoah by members of Sydney's Jewish community. They played between 1977 and 1986 in the National Soccer League as Eastern Suburbs (1977–1979) and Sydney City (1979–1987). One of the most successful sides in New South Wales and interstate competitions in the 1960s and early 1970s coached by the now retired Bob Szatmari, Hakoah were also one of the main instigators for the establishment of a national league. The club currently competes in the National Premier Leagues NSW, with games played from Hensley Athletic Field.

Maccabi Hakoah
Hakoah Sydney City East FC.png
Full nameMaccabi Hakoah Sydney City East Football Club[1]
Nickname(s)Slickers
Founded1939
GroundHensley Athletic Field
Capacity1,000
LeagueNPL NSW 1
201912th (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

A foundation member of the NSL, Sydney City were also its most dominant side in the competition's first decade, winning four titles, including three in a row from 1980–1982, and finishing below third only once.[2] However, despite this level of success, crowds were perennially low, and even though they were one of the sides retained for 1987, after the NSL scrapped the split conference system at the end of 1986, Sydney City withdrew from the NSL one round into the 1987 season.[3]

HistoryEdit

In January 1939 a small group of Jewish Immigrants, who had been kicking a ball at Rushcutters Bay each Sunday, met to discuss the formation of a soccer club. That meeting resulted in the birth of Sydney Hakoah Football Club. It was not until 1954 that Hakoah started to make its presence felt and was admitted to the Southern League, the State's division, together with Sydney Austral of Dutch origin and Prague which comprised mainly Czech migrants. The team played in distinctive blue and white striped shirts with Magen David badge which was to become famous as the colours and emblem of Hakoah.

Admitted to the newly created first division of the New South Wales Soccer Federation following the breakaway of a number of clubs from the FIFA associated Soccer Association in 1956/57. Made the first appointment in Australia of a full-time coach and secretary/manager, the former England international Jack Gibbons who was previously coach of the Israeli national team.

In 1977 Hakoah underwent a name changed to Eastern Suburbs Hakoah. Winner of first National League known as the National Soccer League and made the major addition to playing staff in former Aberdeen star Eddie Thomson later to become the Club's coach and coach of Australia's national team.

Name changed to Sydney City in 1978 and the home ground moved from Wentworth Park to ES Marks Field in a successful year for the club. Eddie Thomson became coach in 1979 and together with manager Andrew Lederer led the Club through its final years as Australia's most successful and best club.

The team included future International Jimmy Cant, Jim Patikas, striker Ken Boden and Australia's most successful goal scorer John Kosmina for the 1980 season and went on to win the 1981, 1982 and 1983 NSL seasons with Australian International striker David Mitchell joining the star-studded club. In 1987 Sydney City withdrew mid-season as the most successful club in League history.

NSW State League ReturnEdit

Since 1988 to Today, Sydney City have competed in the NSW State League North Conference in the NSW State Leagues. Recently, they have moved up through the New South Wales football ranks and have been promoted rapidly. In 2014 Hakoah were in NSW's 3rd division (State League 1) and won the Premiership and Grand Final Championship trophies which culminated in winning the Club Championship crown and gaining promotion to the (national premier leagues NSW2), eventually almost replicating that season in 2015, once again winning promotion, this time into the top tier in NSW. In 2012 they also won the double as State League Division Two Premiers and Grand Final Champions under the Hakoah FC banner playing out of Hensley Athletic Field.

They have been in the National Premier Leagues NSW since the 2016 season.

Current squadEdit

First team squadEdit

As of 10 June 2019

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Ryan Norval
2   DF Connor Shaddock
3   DF James Combes
4   DF Bradley Walker
6   DF Dominic Cox
7   DF Addison Sayan
8   MF Oliver Green
9   MF Shohei Okuno
10   MF Nathan Roberts
No. Position Player
11   MF Jack Green
12   MF Steven Chester
13   DF Robert Ezekiel
14   MF Jordan Koton
16   MF Hristian Tanoski
17   MF Harry Jones
20   MF Brad Paikin
25   GK Max Ephraim
33   MF Amaury Gauthier
60   FW Noji Takayuki

SeasonsEdit

Season League Waratah Cup NPL Finals
Aust. Cup / NSL Cup / FFA Cup
Top scorer
Div Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pos Finals Player(s) Goals
1993 NSW Division 1   22 5 3+1 13 26 58 22 10th
1994 NSW Division 2   22 6 2+2 12 32 46 24 12th
1995 NSW Division 3 22 10 7+1 4 38 23 45 3rd
1996 NSW Division 3 22 7 4 11 22 44 25 9th
1997 NSW Division 3 22 7 5 10 40 35 26 8th
1998 NSW Division 3[a] 21 8 2 11 38 44 26 6th
1999 NSW Division 3   22 15 3 4 75 29 48 3rd
2000 NSW Division 2   22 8 3 11 44 42 27 9th
2001 NSW Division 2 22 5 4 13 33 59 19 8th
2002 NSW Division 2 19 9 2 8 35 32 29 7th
2003 NSW Division 2 24 7 11 6 41 40 32 9th
2004 NSW Division 2 20 10 4 6 33 28 34 3rd SF
2005 NSW Division 2 18 11 4 3 35 15 37 3rd W
2006 NSW Division 2 20 11 3 6 28 19 36 4th RU
2007 NSW Conference League[b] results unknown 2R
2008 NSW Conference League[b] 16 10 3 3 76 16 33 2nd SF 2R
2009 NSW State League Div.2 22 7 6 8 41 42 27 11th 1R
2010 NSW State League Div.2 22 2 6 14 25 47 12 12th 1R
2011 NSW State League Div.2 22 16 5 5 67 34 53 2nd W 2R
2012 NSW State League Div. 2   22 19 2 1 87 15 59 1st W 1R
2013 NSW State League Div. 1 22 12 1 9 43 33 37 4th PF 3R
2014 NSW State League Div. 1   22 16 5 1 68 23 53 1st W QF
2015 NPL NSW 2   22 13 4 5 38 24 43 2nd SF 5R
2016 NPL NSW 22 7 2 13 40 54 23 9th 6R
2017 NPL NSW 22 6 6 10 28 35 24 8th W FFA CupR16
2018 NPL NSW 22 8 4 10 33 32 28 7th RU FFA CupR32

Source [1]

Note 1: During 1984 to 1986, the league was split into two conferences – APIA played in the Northern Conference and the position in the table reflects position in the conference.
P Draws went to penalty shoot-outs during the 1993–1995 seasons (2 points for win, 1 point for loss).
     = Premiers (premiership positions) or Champions (finals series)
     = Runners-up (premiership or finals series)
1R, 2R, 3R...7R = 1st Round, 2nd Round, 3rd Round...7th Round
R32 = Round of 32
R16 = Round of 16
QF = Quarter-final
SF = Semi-final
EF = Elimination Final
PF = Preliminary Final
PO = Playoff Final
Notes
  1. ^ Hakoah missing information against Hawkesbury City. The game was either cancelled or result unknown. All other teams played 22-game seasons.
  2. ^ a b The league had two conferences, North and South. Hakoah was in Southern Conference. All figures related to Southern Conference.

HonoursEdit

InternationalEdit

NationalEdit

  • NSL Champions 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982
  • NSL Runner Up 1978, 1983, 1985
  • NSL Minor Premiers 1984 (Northern Division), 1985 (Northern Division)
  • Australia Cup/NSL/FFA Cup Winners 1965, 1968, 1986
  • Australian Club of the Decade (2) 1970's, 1980's

StateEdit

  • New South Wales Minor Premiers 1968, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974
  • New South Wales Champions 1961, 1962, 1966, 1968
  • New South Wales Runner Up 1973, 1974
  • New South Wales Federation Cup & Waratah Cup Winners 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1971, 1976, 2017
  • Ampol Cup Winners 1957, 1968, 1973,
  • NSW State League Division Two Champions 2012
  • NSW State League Division One Champions 2013
  • NSW Super League Premiers & Champions 2014
  • NSW Club Championship winners 2014, 2015

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Inaugural Champions
NSL Champions
1977
Succeeded by
West Adelaide
Preceded by
Marconi Stallions
NSL Champions
1980–1982
Succeeded by
St George