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Gold Coast United
Full name Gold Coast United Football Club
Founded 2008
Ground Skilled Park,
Robina, Queensland
(Capacity: 27,400)
Chairman Australia Clive Palmer
Coach AustraliaIsrael Miron Bleiberg
League A-League
2009–10 3rd (league)
TBD (finals)
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Gold Coast United FC is an Australian professional association football club based in Gold Coast, Queensland. It was officially announced as an expansion team for the A-League's 2009-2010 season on 28 August 2008. It is the second bid accepted by the league, with an unrelated bid known as Gold Coast Galaxy FC preceding it. The club is owned by Clive Palmer, the wealthiest man in Queensland.[1]




Consideration for 2008-2009 league

A consortium under the working title of "Gold Coast Galaxy FC", led by real estate magnate Fred Taplin was, along with North Queensland Thunder, was considered for admission for the 2008-2009 season but Football Federation Australia delayed expansion of the league until at least the 2009-2010 season.[2][3] The Galaxy was strongly expected to join in the 2008-2009 season along with North Queensland Thunder, expanding the league to ten teams. Although the Galaxy bid appeared to have good support, the Thunder bid appeared much less secure, particularly after a major financial backer pulled out of the franchise on 5 March 2008. The FFA determined on 11 March that neither team would be granted entry "in the best interests of the league," given that a nine team format was generally unfavoured. Clive Palmer, who originally owned the club fully, sold 10 percent ownership of Gold Coast to close friends who live in Melbourne at the start of 2007 when the club were not fully expected to be given a license into the A-League.

During the off-season prior to the 2008-2009 season, a number of players were touted to join the club and it made some tentative signings, including former Queensland Roar manager Miron Bleiberg,[4] goalkeeper Scott Higgins,[5] and former Wellington Phoenix Brazilian player Felipe. Without entry into 2008-2009 season, the players became free agents and can still sign for the 2009-2010 season depending on the terms of their next club contracts. The franchise was also linked at times with signing Nwankwo Kanu as their "marquee" player.[6]

The name 'Galaxy' was an interim name and it was always undetermined whether or not that name would be used by the club as a permanent name. Galaxy was said to have have ties to American Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy, which would have meant pre-season warm-up matches and possible player sharing opportunities. Indeed, in February 2008 there was even talk of David Beckham turning out for a pre-season match.[7] The Galaxy consortium had planned to market the club deep into Northern New South Wales, down to Coffs Harbour.

Consideration for 2009-2010 league

Once the FFA had decided not to have new franchises in 2008-2009, the focus turned to 2009-2010. The club is 70 percent owned by Clive Palmer, the richest man in Queensland, and the other 30 percent is owned by 3 unidentified men. The Galaxy consortium's chances of entering the A-League were dealt a severe blow in June 2008 when a rival consortium headed by real estate and mining businessman Clive Palmer entered talks with the FFA.[8] On 3 June 2008, Fred Taplin announced that the Gold Coast Galaxy had dropped out of the race for the Gold Coast licence and a place in the A-League 'in the interests of football'.[9] The same day, FFA chief Ben Buckley confirmed that the Palmer consortium had succeeded in securing the franchise.[10] On 6 June, Palmer signed a provisional agreement with the FFA to field a team in the 2009-2010 season. The press conference was held at Robina Stadium, further reinforcing the suggestion that the new franchise will play at the 27,000 capacity stadium.[11] Palmer declared that he would build a side capable of winning the League in its first season.[12]

Colours and badge

The colours of the club are yellow and royal blue. These colours are synonymous with, and representative of, the Gold Coast.[13] The club's alternate jersey is all white.

Clive Palmer's company 'Mineralogy' are United's title sponsor, with their emblem firmly emblazened on the club's strip and sponsorship boards. Other sponsors to appear on United's strip include Modern Solar[14], WAECO[15] and Westpac.[16]


The club's home ground is Skilled Park. It shares this ground with the Gold Coast Titans NRL team. It is located in the growth suburb of Robina, next to Robina railway station. Skilled Park is able to seat 27,400 people. Low crowds in 2009 had led to the club capping crowds at 5000. Lowest crowd attendance is 2,622 where they played North Queensland Fury at Skilled Park. [1]


Due to its proxmity to Brisbane, Gold Coast United's derby match will naturally be against the Brisbane Roar. There is also an existing rivalry with North Queensland FC given both clubs status as Queensland clubs and both clubs starting in the same season. This rivalry was intensified by Gold Coasts 5-0 thrashing of North Queensland early in the season.


Gold Coast United's first two signings were ex-Queensland Roar players Scott Higgins and Steve Fitzsimmons.[17] The club was able to lure English club Fulham for a pre-season friendly. This came from one of the part owners of Gold Coast being connected with the owners of Fulham.

The club signed current Socceroo Jason Culina as their inaugural marquee signing.[18] Jess Vanstratten was revealed as the club's first choice goalkeeper, joining the club on completion of his duties with Italian powerhouse Juventus.

On 27 October 2008, it was announced that the club had signed Newcastle Jets player and Australian international Adam Griffiths.[19] Two days earlier, they had reportedly signed Wellington Phoenix striker and New Zealand international Shane Smeltz.[20] The club's most recent signings were Australian under-20 international James Brown[21] and Brazilian players Jefferson, Milson and Robson.[22]

2009-2010 squad

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

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Jess Vanstrattan
2 Australia MF Steve Pantelidis
3 Australia DF Michael Thwaite
4 Australia DF Daniel Piorkowski
5 Brazil MF Robson
6 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Dino Đulbić (Injury replacement player)
7 Australia MF Zenon Caravella
8 Brazil MF Anderson
9 New Zealand FW Shane Smeltz
10 Australia MF Jason Čulina (Marquee) (Captain)
11 Scotland MF Charlie Miller
No. Position Player
13 Netherlands DF Bas van den Brink
14 Australia FW Joel Porter
15 Australia FW Tahj Minniecon (Junior Marquee)
16 Australia DF Kristian Rees
17 Australia MF Matthew Osman
18 Australia MF James Brown (Youth)
19 Australia FW Andrew Barisic
20 Australia GK Scott Higgins
21 Australia MF Richard Greer (Youth)
22 Côte d'Ivoire DF Adama Traore (Youth)
23 Australia MF Steve Fitzsimmons

Youth league squad

Gold Coast United's Youth Squad play in the eight team A-League National Youth League. Current members of the squad are (With a possible addition of Luke Styles, currently playing for local soccer club Mudgeraba FC: Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
-- Australia GK Tim Anderson
-- Australia GK Jerrad Tyson
-- Australia DF Ben Harrison
-- Australia DF Steven Topalovic
-- Australia DF Neko A Vujevich
-- Australia DF Ben Wearing
-- Australia MF Zachary Anderson
-- Australia MF Mitch Bevan
No. Position Player
-- Australia MF Joshua Brillante
-- Australia MF Ben Halloran
-- Australia MF Callum Hare
-- Australia MF Steven Lustica
-- Australia MF Koh Satake
-- Australia FW Reuben Way
-- Australia FW Gol-Gol Mebrahtu
-- Australia FW Chris Harold
  • Coach: Mike Mulvey

All-time A-League win/loss (including finals)

Last updated 30 January 2010

Club Pld W D L GF GA GD
Adelaide United 3 1 2 0 4 2 2
Brisbane Roar 3 3 0 0 9 2 7
Central Coast Mariners 3 1 1 1 3 5 -2
Melbourne Victory 3 1 0 2 3 7 -4
Newcastle Jets 4 1 0 3 4 4 0
North Queensland Fury 2 1 0 1 5 2 3
Perth Glory 3 2 1 0 6 3 3
Sydney FC 3 3 0 0 3 1 2
Wellington Phoenix 3 0 1 2 0 7 -7
Total 26 14 5 7 37 33 4

International teams wins/loss

Club Pld W D L GF GA GD
England Fulham F.C. 1 1 0 0 2 1 1
Hong Kong Hong Kong FC 1 1 0 0 5 0 5
New Caledonia New Caledonia 1 1 0 0 5 0 5
Singapore Young Lions 1 1 0 0 4 0 4
Total 4 4 0 0 16 1 15


  1. ^ "A-League expansion assured as tycoon agrees to fund Gold Coast". Sydney Morning Herald. 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  2. ^ "NO A-League Expansion this season". FourFourTwo. 2008-03-11.,no-aleague-expansion-this-season.aspx. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  3. ^ "Hyundai A-League expansion delayed". A-League. 2008-03-11. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  4. ^ Coast reaches for stars
  5. ^ Monteverde, M (2008-02-24). "Scott Higgins joins Galaxy of stars". Courier Mail.,20797,23268208-10389,00.html?from=public_rss. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  6. ^ Gold Coast Keen on Kanu SBS The World Game website, Retrieved on June 6th, 2008
  7. ^ Gold Coast Chasing Beckham Gold Coast Bulletin, February 22nd, 2008 Retrieved on June 6th, 2008
  8. ^ Billionaire eclipses Galaxy A-League bid Gold Coast Bulletin, 30 May 2008 Retrieved on 6 June 2008
  9. ^ "Galaxy Bosses: 'We Quit...'". FourFourTwo. 2008-06-03.,galaxy-bosses-we-quit.aspx. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  10. ^ FFA backs Clive Palmer's Gold Coast A-League bid Brisbane Courier Mail June 4th, 2008 Retrieved on June 6th, 2008
  11. ^ Gold Coast accept A-League licence Sydney Morning Herald 6 June 2008 Retrieved on 6 June 2008
  12. ^ Gold Coast's Glitzy A-League Entry FourFourTwo Magazine online, 7 June 2008 Retrieved on 7 June 2008
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  17. ^ "Miron eyes local produce". FourFourTwo (Australia). 2008-09-16.,miron-eyes-local-produce.aspx. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  18. ^ "New boys eyeing Culina signing". Fox Sports (Australia). 2008-10-18.,8659,24515349-5017986,00.html. 
  19. ^ "12th signing may be a heavenly marriage". 2008-10-27. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  20. ^ "Coast scores big with Smeltz". 2008-10-25. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  21. ^,8659,24777832-5000940,00.html
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