Northern Fury FC

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Northern Fury Football Club was an Australian semi-professional soccer club based in Townsville, Queensland. The club was founded in 2008 and competed in the A-League under the name North Queensland Fury. On 1 March 2011, the club was removed from the league due to financial instability. On 3 October 2012, the club officially re-formed after it was granted a licence to participate in the National Premier League Queensland.[2] After rebranding themselves as "North Queensland United" in 2017,[3] the club disbanded a second time at the end of the 2018 Football Queensland season.[4] The club played their home fixtures at Townsville Sports Reserve.

Northern Fury
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Full nameNorthern Fury Football Club
Nickname(s)The Fury
Founded28 August 2008; 13 years ago (2008-08-28)
Dissolved2018; 3 years ago (2018)
GroundTownsville Sports Reserve
Capacity4,000 (seated)
6,500 (total)
CEOConsortium of Local Figures
DirectorRabieh Krayem
CoachPaul Roncato[1]
LeagueNPL Queensland
WebsiteClub website



A bid known as Northern Thunder FC (or North Queensland Thunder FC) was considered for admission for the 2008–09 season along with Gold Coast Galaxy. The bid was publicly well progressed, with the team's badge and colours (red, white and black) released. The training facilities were to be located at the North Queensland Institute of Sport and the home ground was to play at Dairy Farmers Stadium.

The bid was tentatively accepted to join in the 2008–09 season expanding the league to ten teams. Needing to meet certain financial criteria to be granted entry into the league, the club's major financial backer pulled out of the franchise on 5 March 2008, effectively collapsing the bid. Football Federation Australia determined on 11 March 2008 that neither Thunder or Galaxy would be granted entry "in the best interests of the league," given that a nine team format was generally unfavoured and delayed expansion of the league until the 2009–10 season.[5][6]

With expansion put off until the following season, by June 2008 the FFA had received ten bids for new A–League teams, two of which came from Townsville – one headed by Melbourne businesswoman Milissa Fischer and one by local businessman Don Matheson.[7][8] Matheson's bid, which "rose from the ashes of the Northern Thunder bid",[9] was granted a provisional licence by Football Federation Australia on 24 July.[10][11] On 28 August 2008 the franchise was accepted into the A–League by CEO Ben Buckley with the only matter outstanding the finalisation of all legal requirements.[12]

On 6 November 2008, the franchise named was officially revealed as North Queensland Fury FC.[13] Their inaugural kit was revealed in April 2009, featuring dark green sleeves/socks, and a white/light green front.[14]

It was announced on 10 December 2008, that the Fury had signed Rockhampton–born businessman Dean Hassall as their CEO.[15] Also the club signed Scottish club, Celtic's strength and conditioning coach Alan McCall[16] and was also joined by Football Operations Manager Nicholas Deluca.

Struggles and demiseEdit

On 7 June 2010, former Sparta Prague and one time Czech Republic national team coach František Straka was announced as the club's coach for the coming 2010–11 A-League season after agreeing to a one-year deal.[17]

The club finished last in the 2010/11 A-League season, winning only 4 of their 30 matches. The crowd average of 4,245 was the 4th lowest in the history of the A-League behind the Gold Coast United crowd average of the same season and the two seasons of the New Zealand Knights.

A community ownership model was launched, aimed at finding 1.5 million dollars (per year, for three years), of capital investment being sought to cover half the expected losses for the next three seasons. Ben Buckley, in an open letter to Fury supporters, made it clear that the FFA would not fund continual losses.[18]

On 1 March 2011, the club officially had its A-League licence revoked due to financial reasons. The FFA reported that the Fury had received only $300,000 of the investment required for the next season, and despite increased sponsorship revenue the club would still lose $2 to $3 million. FFA released a statement confirming earlier reports that a decision had been taken not to continue with the franchise as the financial position of the club for season 2011–2012 considered too big of a financial risk for the FFA to undertake.[19]

Re-establishment and further demiseEdit

On 3 October 2012, the club was officially re-established after it was announced that the club would participate in the 2013 NPL Queensland Conference,[20] with North Queensland Football forming the new board.[3] The club made an announcement that they would keep the old North Queensland Fury logo.[21] On 12 November 2012 the club announced former player Gareth Edds would take up the head coach role as well as field his position at the club.[22]

On 13 September 2017, the club announced that it would be dropping the Northern Fury name and colours in favour of the name "North Queensland United" and the region's traditional football colours of blue, red and gold.[3]

At the end of the 2018 Football Queensland season, NQ United disbanded again.[4]


Northern Fury has a rivalry with fellow North Queensland NPL team Far North Queensland FC, with both teams contesting the Frank Farina Cup.[23][24][25]

Colours and badgeEdit

North Queensland's colours were light and dark green and white. These were chosen to represent the lush green vegetation of the northern parts of Queensland. The badge was revealed in 2008 soon after the bid was granted entry to A-League. The light green was often referred to in the local media as "tropical green" but was particularly unpopular with many fans of the club.


The North Queensland Fury played at Dairy Farmers Stadium in the A-League and the Townsville Sports Reserve in the NPL Queensland.

Players who earned International caps whilst at North QueenslandEdit


Name From To
  Ian Ferguson Jul 2009 Jun 2010
  František Straka Jul 2010 Mar 2011
  Gareth Edds Nov 2012 Aug 2013
  Ian Ferguson Oct 2013 Feb 2017
  Paul Roncato Feb 2017 Dec 2017

Competition timelineEdit

Competition 2009–10 2010–11 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
A-League 7th 11th Did Not Participate
NPL Queensland Did Not Participate 7th 11th 8th 12th 8th 13th
FFA Cup Competition Not Held Fifth Round Sixth Round Sixth Round Sixth Round Sixth Round


Minor Trophies/HonoursEdit

  •     Queensland Nickel Cup
    • 2009/10 (NQ Fury vs Gold Coast United: {Contested Over 3 League Fixtures} NQ Fury W2/D0/L1)
  •     Chief Minister's Cup
 – 2009 (3–2 vs Adelaide United – Played In Darwin/NT 02/07/09)

All time league recordsEdit

  • Record victory: 8–0 vs SWQ Thunder (H), 16 March 2014
  • Record defeat: 1–8 vs Adelaide United (A), 21 January 2011
  • Highest league crowd: 8,897 vs Sydney FC, 8 August 2009
  • Lowest league crowd: 600 vs Olympic FC, 27 July 2013*
  • Winning streak: 3 games (29 June 2013 – 13 July 2013)
  • Undefeated streak: 6 games (9 June 2013 – 13 July 2013)
  • Losing streak: 14 games (22 August 2015 – 4 June 2016)
  • Winless streak: 23 games (22 August 2015 – present)
  • Goals in a game: 4 – Gareth Edds vs Olympic FC (H), 27 July 2013 & Braedyn Crowley vs SWQ Thunder (H), 16 March 2014
  • Goals in a season: 17 – Braedyn Crowley, 2014
  • Most assists in a season: 13 – Reyze Kelly, 2013

Note: From 2013 onwards, the Fury played at stadiums where the capacity can only reach approximately 3,000.



See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ a b c "NQ Football to drop Fury name and colours".
  4. ^ a b "NQ United Confirm Exit". 31 August 2018. Archived from the original on 18 October 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  5. ^ "No A–League Expansion This Season". FourFourTwo. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2008.
  6. ^ "Hyundai A–League expansion delayed". A–League. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 11 March 2008.
  7. ^ "Interest aplenty for new A–League clubs". The Age. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2008.
  8. ^ "FFA to consider 10 new bids for expanded A–League". ABC News. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2008.
  9. ^ "North Qld FC confident of success". The World Game. 4 June 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2008.
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  15. ^ "Fury announces new CEO". 10 December 2008. Retrieved 10 December 2008.
  16. ^ "Townsville A–League team turns up heat with extra coach". Townsville Bulletin. 8 January 2009. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  17. ^ Ormond, Aidan. "Fury's Czech Mate". FourFourTwo Australia. FourFourTwo. Archived from the original on 13 December 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  18. ^ "Clearing air over the Fury". Townsville Bulletin. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  19. ^ , "Fury Kicked Out Of The A-League", Fox Sports
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  23. ^ O'Neil, Rohan (17 July 2015). "Farina Cup on offer in North Queensland NPL derby". Townsville Bulletin. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  24. ^ "Derby match heats up for Frank Farina Cup". Northern Fury. Archived from the original on 9 March 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  25. ^ "6-pointer at stake for Frank Farina Cup". Northern Fury FC. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2016.

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