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The F3 Derby is an association football rivalry between Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets. It is the longest standing derby in the A-League. The rivalry originated due to the team's relative geographical proximity, with the Mariners located on the Central Coast of New South Wales, the Jets in Newcastle, immediately to the north. The two clubs were also the only two clubs from outside capital cities in the inaugural A-League seasons, which contributed to the rivalry.

The F3 Derby
LocaleCentral Coast / Newcastle (Australia)
TeamsCentral Coast Mariners & Newcastle Jets
First meetingCentral Coast Mariners 0–0 Newcastle Jets (7 May 2005)
Latest meetingNewcastle Jets 2-3 Central Coast Mariners (16 March 2019)
Next meetingTBC
BroadcastersFox Sports, SBS
StadiumsCentral Coast Stadium, Newcastle International Sports Centre
Statistics
Meetings total47 (A-League)
Most winsNewcastle Jets
(16 wins)
Most player appearancesJohn Hutchinson
(31 appearances)
Top scorerMatt Simon (8 goals)
Largest victoryCentral Coast Mariners 2-8 Newcastle Jets (14 April 2018)

The teams first met in the Australian qualifying tournament for the 2005 OFC Club Championship, in what was the Mariners' first ever competitive game (the Jets having formed five years prior). Both sides have played in all eleven seasons of the A-League, and the teams also met on occasion in the now-defunct A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup. The rivalry was particularly strong in the 2007–08 A-League, where the teams occupied the top two positions in both the A-League regular season and its finals series. The teams have played a total of 48 times in league and cup matches since 2005, of which Central Coast have won 14, Newcastle 16 and 16 have been drawn.

The derby is named after the former name of the Pacific Motorway, which connects the two clubs. The name has been retained despite the Motorway now being officially known as the M1.

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History of the rivalryEdit

Early meetingsEdit

In November 2004, the clubs to participate in the newly formed A-League competition were announced by Football Federation Australia. They included former National Soccer League club Newcastle Jets (previously known as Newcastle United) and Central Coast Mariners, the only regional club included in the new tournament.[1] With no more than one club in any city in the inaugural competition, the F3 derby was the only local rivalry in the inaugural seasons of the A-League.[2]

The teams first met in a qualification match for the 2005 OFC Club Championship. The Mariners won the match in a penalty shootout, after the game finished scoreless.[3] The rivalry quickly became heated when the Mariners' Nik Mrdja broke Newcastle defender Andrew Durante's leg in a tackle late in the match.[4]

Top of the league: 2007–08Edit

In the 2007–08 A-League, both teams had very strong seasons. The Mariners won their first A-League Premiership on goal difference from the Jets after winning on the final weekend of the competition.[5] As a result, the Mariners were drawn against the Jets in the major semi-final – the winner over two legs to progress to the 2008 A-League Grand Final, the loser to play in the preliminary final in order to qualify for the Grand Final. In the first match, goals from Adam and Joel Griffiths gave the Jets a two-goal lead, the Mariners held scoreless after a missed penalty from striker John Aloisi.[6] However, the Mariners turned the tie around in the second leg, winning 3–0 in extra time led by two goals from Sasho Petrovski to qualify for the Grand Final.[7] Nonetheless, Newcastle qualified for the Final a week later, beating Adelaide United to ensure that the 2008 A-League Grand Final would be an F3 derby.[8]

The 2008 A-League Grand Final was held at the Sydney Football Stadium, despite the Mariners having earned the right to host the game, due to the ground's higher seating capacity than Central Coast Stadium.[9] The Jets took the lead midway through the second half, with Mark Bridge scoring after capitalising on an error from Mariners defender Tony Vidmar, playing his final game before retirement. There was significant controversy with only minutes remaining when Newcastle midfielder James Holland made contact with his arm on the ball in his own penalty area. Despite appeals from Mariners players, referee Mark Shield did not award a penalty kick and Newcastle held on to win the match, winning their first A-League Championship.[10] In the aftermath of this decision, Mariners goalkeeper Danny Vukovic struck Shield on the arm, and was shown a red card for his actions. He was subsequently suspended for multiple months, and, despite an initially successful appeal, not permitted to compete at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[11] The attendance of 36,354 remains the Mariners highest home crowd of all time.[12]

In 2013, the F3 was renamed as the M1, however, the derby is still officially referred to as the F3 derby.[13]

Records and statisticsEdit

As of 16 March 2019

By competitionEdit

Competition Played Mariners wins Drawn Jets wins Mariners goals Jets goals
A-League 47 15 16 16 57 57
Oceania Club Championship qualifiers 1 0 1 0 0 0
Pre-Season Cup 1 1 0 0 2 1
Total 49 16 17 16 59 58

This table only includes competitive first-team games, excluding all pre-season games and friendlies.

Full list of resultsEdit

Score lists home team first.[14][15]
Date Score Winner Competition Venue Attendance Notes
7 May 2005 0–0 Draw Oceania Club Championship qualification Central Coast Stadium 9,809 Quarter-final match. First competitive game. Mariners won 4–2 in a penalty shootout.
4 September 2005 1–1 Draw A-League Central Coast Stadium 5,917 First A-League game between the teams.
23 October 2005 1–0 Jets A-League Hunter Stadium 9,371
31 December 2005 4–1 Mariners A-League Central Coast Stadium 11,612
10 February 2006 0–1 Mariners A-League finals series Hunter Stadium 10,236 Minor semi-final, first leg. First A-League finals game between the teams.
17 February 2006 1–1 Draw A-League finals series Central Coast Stadium 17,429 Minor semi-final, second leg. Mariners advance 2–1 on aggregate.
12 August 2006 2–1AET Mariners A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup Central Coast Stadium 7,567 Semi-final.
23 September 2006 1–1 Draw A-League Central Coast Stadium 8,439
12 November 2006 3–1 Jets A-League Hunter Stadium 14,026
5 January 2007 1–0 Jets A-League Hunter Stadium 14,828
7 October 2007 1–1 Draw A-League Central Coast Stadium 12,622
25 November 2007 0–0 Draw A-League Hunter Stadium 14,169
12 January 2008 1–2 Jets A-League Central Coast Stadium 19,238
27 January 2008 2–0 Jets A-League finals series Hunter Stadium 22,960 Major semi-final, first leg
10 February 2008 3–0AET Mariners A-League finals series Central Coast Stadium 19,112 Major semi-final, second leg. Mariners advance 3–2 on aggregate.
24 February 2008 0–1 Jets A-League finals series Sydney Football Stadium 36,354 Grand Final. Highest attendance recorded in the fixture.
15 August 2008 1–1 Draw A-League Hunter Stadium 16,022
24 October 2008 1–0 Mariners A-League Central Coast Stadium 10,710
26 December 2008 1–2 Mariners A-League Hunter Stadium 11,413
14 August 2009 1–1 Draw A-League Central Coast Stadium 9,573
23 October 2009 2–1 Jets A-League Hunter Stadium 6,188
8 February 2010 3–0 Mariners A-League Central Coast Stadium 5,842 Lowest attendance recorded in the fixture.
24 November 2010 1–1 Draw A-League Hunter Stadium 7,730
16 January 2011 0–2 Mariners A-League Hunter Stadium 13,463
13 February 2011 1–0 Mariners A-League Central Coast Stadium 9,975
23 October 2011 1–0 Jets A-League Hunter Stadium 14,421
10 December 2011 2–0 Mariners A-League Central Coast Stadium 10,643
14 January 2012 1–1 Draw A-League Central Coast Stadium 10,904
20 October 2012 2–1 Jets A-League Hunter Stadium 15,289
8 December 2012 0–2 Mariners A-League Hunter Stadium 13,112
19 January 2013 0–0 Draw A-League Central Coast Stadium 11,249
2 November 2013 2–2 Draw A-League Hunter Stadium 13,744
25 January 2014 3–0 Mariners A-League Central Coast Stadium 10,920
15 March 2014 3–1 Mariners A-League Central Coast Stadium 7,455
11 October 2014 1–0 Mariners A-League Central Coast Stadium 10,443
30 November 2014 1–1 Draw A-League Hunter Stadium 11,031 John Hutchinson made his thirty-first derby appearance for Central Coast, a record.
28 February 2015 0–0 Draw A-League Hunter Stadium 7,991
14 November 2015 1–1 Draw A-League Hunter Stadium 9,422
28 February 2016 0–1 Jets A-League Central Coast Stadium 7,528
9 April 2016 2–4 Jets A-League Central Coast Stadium 7,355
20 November 2016 1–1 Draw A-League McDonald Jones Stadium 11,238
25 February 2017 1–1 Draw A-League McDonald Jones Stadium 9,423
9 April 2017 2–0 Mariners A-League Central Coast Stadium 8,073
7 October 2017 1–5 Jets A-League Central Coast Stadium 12,044
9 January 2018 2–0 Jets A-League McDonald Jones Stadium 13,127
14 April 2018 2–8 Jets A-League Central Coast Stadium 7,604 Biggest win in F3 Derby history.

Highest scoring A-League game in history. Newcastle Jets became the first side to win all 3 games of the rivalry in the normal season

23 December 2018 1-2 Jets A-League Central Coast Stadium 8,923 Matt Simon scored his eighth derby goal for Central Coast, a record.
23 January 2019 1-0 Jets A-League McDonald Jones Stadium 9,466
16 March 2019 2–3 Mariners A-League McDonald Jones Stadium 8,173

StatisticsEdit

 
Matt Simon has scored a record eight goals in F3 derbies

ResultsEdit

TrendsEdit

  • Most consecutive wins: 5, Newcastle Jets 7 October 2017 – 23 January 2019
  • Longest undefeated run: 9 (four wins, five draws), Central Coast Mariners 8 December 2012 – 14 November 2015
  • Most consecutive draws: 3, 30 November 2014 – 14 November 2015
  • Most consecutive games without a draw: 5, 7 October 2017 – 23 January 2019
  • Most games played against each other in a season: 6 (twice), 2005–06, 2007–08
  • Record highest attendance: 36,354. 24 February 2008, Sydney Football Stadium. Central Coast Mariners 0–1 Newcastle Jets
  • Record lowest attendance: 5,842. 8 February 2010, Central Coast Stadium. Central Coast Mariners 3–0 Newcastle Jets
  • Record appearance-maker: John Hutchinson (31), Central Coast Mariners. Played his first on 7 May 2005 and his thirty-first on 30 November 2014.
  • Record goal scorer: Matt Simon (8), Central Coast Mariners. Scored his first on 15 August 2008 and his eighth on 23 December 2018.

Crossing the divideEdit

Managers and coachesEdit

No manager has managed both clubs, however, there have been some staff members to be involved with both clubs. Wayne O'Sullivan played for Central Coast from 2005 to 2007.[16] In 2009, O'Sullivan became coach of Newcastle's women's team.[17] In 2014, he returned to the Mariners as an assistant to head coach Phil Moss.[18] Damien Brown played for Newcastle in the National Soccer League before playing for the Mariners and later moving into an off-field role.[19] Jess Vanstrattan played for the Mariners before becoming goalkeeping coach at the Central Coast Mariners Academy, later joining the Jets in 2015 as a goalkeeping coach and occasional reserve goalkeeper.[20]

PlayersEdit

Players who have played for both teams:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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