Manly United Football Club
is an Australian football
club based in Manly, New South Wales
and plays in the New South Wales Premier League
. Their home ground is Cromer Park, located in the Northern Beaches
suburb of Dee Why
, approximately 10 minutes away from Manly
. Its main grandstand is named after current Socceroo
and West Ham United
captain Lucas Neill
, who played for the club, before moving overseas.
Manly United has played in the NSW Premier League
since 2004/2005 when they were elevated after winning the Super League Division, never actually making it into the old - now defunct - NSL
. The club was previously called Manly Warringah Dolphins, but changed its name in 2004 following promotion. The emblem still displays a dolphin in a nod to its past, but an eagle was added to form an unconventional dual-animalistic emblem, which reflects both the Australian coat of arms
(consisting of a kangaroo and emu) and the club philosophy of animism
. Their ground has always been Cromer Park, though a local nickname was Hackett Hive in tribute to an ex-player with a purportedly "bee-like energy" in midfield (who like Neill left for the English Football, though with less success). Manly United is considered an important side in the NSWPL
, as it is based on a geographic area, rather than founded by a single ethnic group (e.g. Croats, Serbs, Italians) like other ex-NSL clubs.
Current Senior Squad
- Correct as of 24 February 2010......