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Mito HollyHock (水戸ホーリーホック, Mito Hōrīhokku) is a Japanese professional football (soccer) club, currently playing in the J2 League. The team's hometown is located in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture.

Mito Hollyhock
Full nameFootball Club Mito HollyHock Ibaraki
Nickname(s)HollyHock, FC Mito
Founded1990, 1994
GroundK's denki Stadium Mito
Mito, Ibaraki
ChairmanKunio Numata
ManagerShigetoshi Hasebe
LeagueJ2 League
2019J2 League, 7th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Its nickname "HollyHock" derives from the family crest of the Tokugawa clan who governed from Mito in the Edo period.


The club was founded in 1990 as Prima Aseno FC by the factory workers of Prima Ham (a food company) in Tsuchiura. It changed its name to Prima Ham FC Tsuchiura and gained promotion to the Japan Football League after finishing as runner-up in the 1996 Regional League play-off. It merged with FC Mito (founded in 1994) and re-branded itself as Mito HollyHock before the start of the 1997 season when Prima Ham decided to discontinue its financial support to the club.

Mito's application to play in the inaugural 1999 season of J. League Division 2 was initially turned down due to an unstable financial and fan base. However, after finishing 3rd in the Japan Football League in 1999 and gaining support, the club was invited into the J. League in 2000.

As of 2016, Mito HollyHock fields teams in women's football[1] in Kanto league division 2, and ice hockey[2] in the Ibaraki prefecture league.


Being a traditionally weak club in the league, Mito has tended to play a defensive game and has proven successful at it. This stinginess at the back is often referred to as "Mito-nachio" after the Catenaccio playing style, which is also a pun on the hometown's local specialty, Mito natto.

Recently, though, the team has been attempting implementation of stronger offensive tactics in an attempt to gain momentum for a promotion bid.

Current squadEdit

As of 11 July 2019.[3]

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 Koji Homma
3   DF Takuma Hamasaki
4   DF Boniface
6   MF Yuichi Hirano
7   MF Takaaki Shichi
8   MF Hiroyuki Mae
9   FW Jo
10   MF Yuji Kimura
11   FW Koichi Murata
13   DF Shohei Kishida
14   FW Shintaro Shimizu (on loan from Omiya Ardija)
15   FW Takuya Miyamoto
17   MF Takaki Fukumitsu (on loan from Cerezo Osaka)
18   MF Eiji Shirai
20   MF Yuto Mori
No. Position Player
21   GK Masaaki Murakami (on loan from Renofa Yamaguchi)
22   DF Shuhei Takizawa
23   MF Ryo Toyama
24   DF Junya Hosokawa
25   MF Yuto Hiratsuka
27   MF Shunsuke Motegi
29   FW Keita Saito
31   GK Ryo Hasegawa
32   MF Atsushi Kurokawa (on loan from Omiya Ardija)
36   FW Zhou Yuye
40   GK Shuta Kikuchi (Type 2 player)
45   MF Yuya Asano
49   DF Shingo Kondo (amateur contract)
50   GK Kenya Matsui

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
16   MF Yosuke Nakagawa (at Albirex Niigata Singapore)
35   DF Shoki Ohara (at Albirex Niigata Singapore)
No. Position Player
  GK Ryo Ishii (at FC Ryukyu)
  DF Junya Imase (at Kataller Toyama)

Record as J. League memberEdit

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J. League Cup Emperor's Cup
2000 J2 10 9 2,021 1st Round 3rd Round
2001 J2 12 11 1,559 1st Round 3rd Round
2002 J2 12 10 2,739 3rd Round
2003 J2 12 7 3,085 3rd Round
2004 J2 12 9 3,773 4th Round
2005 J2 12 10 3,334 4th Round
2006 J2 13 10 3,017 3rd Round
2007 J2 13 12 2,415 4th Round
2008 J2 15 11 3,044 4th Round
2009 J2 18 8 2,673 2nd Round
2010 J2 19 16 3,608 3rd Round
2011 J2 20 17 3,349 4th Round
2012 J2 22 13 3,973 3rd Round
2013 J2 22 15 4,630 3rd Round
2014 J2 22 15 4,734 3rd Round
2015 J2 22 19 4,816 4th Round
2016 J2 22 13 5,365 2nd Round
2017 J2 22 14 4,931 2nd Round
2018 J2 22 10 4,938 3rd Round
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Images (from the former home stadium)Edit


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  3. ^ "選手・スタッフ". Mito HollyHock. Retrieved 13 January 2019.

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