How it all began
Coogee United Football Club was formed by Tony Pengue and Paul Smith in 2003 by a merger of members of the Charing Cross Soccer Clubs (Charing Cross was also latterly known as Coogee Prisoners Soccer Club) and Guitar Crazy SC. Members of both the Charing Cross and Guitar Crazy Soccer Clubs were once one and the same when both played under the name of Coogee Legion Soccer Club. Got that…?! Ok, read on!
This Club was formed back in the early 70’s, and was once referred to as the Liverpool of the Eastern Suburbs, as they won virtually every Competition entered. Those halcyon days are slowly returning in the club’s new guise, with the introduction of some great coaches in recent seasons.
In the past few seasons Coogee United have participated in numerous Grand Finals, ranging from Premier League Reserves to First Division All Age Women. In season 2009 the Club had a couple of “firsts”… Coogee United were represented in the Premier League Semi Finals and the 0/35 won the First Division and in doing that became the first Coogee United team to represent the ESFA at Champion of Champions level, which is the pinnacle of Association organised Football in the State.
The Women’s team take flight
Coogee United Football Club introduced a women’s team in 2003, which consisted mainly of a group of girls that were sick of just watching their partners play on a Sunday and decided to form a team themselves.
Since then, the Women’s teams have gone to strength to strength winning league titles and making an impact at NSW level.
In 2012, Coogee will field a team in both Division 1 (after returning from a successful three year guest stint in the highly regarded North West Sydney Women’s Football League) and Division 2.
In 2011, Coogee United Division 1 team represented the Eastern Suburbs Association in the NSW Champions of Champions, narrowly losing in the semi-final. The Division 2 team comfortably won the league title and finals series.
It’s exciting times ahead for Women’s football at Coogee!
Looking to the future with the introduction of Junior’s teams
For the first time in the history of this great Club, 2006 saw the introduction of Junior Teams to the ESFA competition. This was a long held dream come true for many in the club, who can now watch their own sons and daughters wear the famous colours with as much pride as they once did. Simon Preston and Mark Gannon deserve the thanks of everyone for their tireless efforts in getting this great addition to the club off the ground.
…and now for the Premier League
2007 saw the launch of another exciting new arm to the club, with Coogee United entering two top grade teams into the newly formed ESSFA Saturday Premier League. This league showcases the highest quality football the Eastern Suburbs has to offer, and is a great addition to the local football landscape for those wanting to truly test themselves at the top level. To win a Premier League for Coogee United is now the ultimate dream for Jake Peacock and James Whiteford as they lead their squads in to the season.
Coogee United currently, then, has 18 teams in total, consisting of 2 Premier League teams, 5 All Age Men Teams, 2 O/35 Men Teams, 2 All Age Women Teams and 7 Junior teams, which makes Coogee United one of the biggest clubs in the Eastern Suburbs Soccer Football Association.
Coogee United play in the same colours (black and white stripes) as Juventus from Italy and Newcastle Utd from England. Both clubs are known to have used the kit of the world’s oldest football team, Notts County FC (UK div2), as insipration for their strips, see link:wikipedia.org/wiki/Notts_County_F.C.
Virtually every Sunday and every second Saturday you will find members of the club wearing their famous strip with pride at their home ground of Heffron Park. The canteen at the ground also has the best BBQ’d gourmet sausages in the Eastern Suburbs! The facilities are without doubt some of the best in the area and parking is never a problem.
So, come down and get involved with your local club and become part of the great tradition that is Coogee United FC.
Long live the Black and Whites!