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!
Pre 2003 – Guitar Crazy, Coogee Legion SC and Charing Cross Soccer Clubs
1986 1st Div Men Premiers
1986 2nd Div Men: Grand Final Winners
1986 3rd Div Men: Grand Final Winners
1990 1st Div Men: Grand Final Winners
1990 2nd Div Men: Grand Final Winners
1991 2nd Div Men: Grand Final Winners
1992 3rd Div Men: Grand Final Winners
1994 1st Div Men: Grand Final Winners
1997 2nd Div Men: Runners Up
2000 2nd Div Men: Runners Up
2001 2nd Div Men: Grand Final Winners
2002 6th Div Men: Grand Final Winners
Post 2003 – Coogee United
2nd Div Women: Grand Final Winners
6th Div Men: Runners Up
4th Div Men: : Grand Final Winners
4th Div Men: Grand Final Runners Up
6th Div Men: Grand Final Runners Up
8th Div Men: Grand Final Runners Up
2nd Div Men: Grand Final Runners Up
6th Div Men: Grand Final Winners
0/35 Div 2: Grand Final Runners Up
3rd Div Women: Competition Winners and Grand Final Winners
0/35 Div2: Comp Runners Up & Grand Final Winners
Div 5: Grand Final Winners
Div 7A: Comp Runners Up
Div 6: Comp Runners Up
U10′s: Grand Final Runners Up
U/11: Grand Final Winners
Premier League Reserves: Grand Final Winners.
Div 2: Competition Winners and Grand Final Winners.
Div 4: Grand Final Winners
Div 6: Grand Final Runners Up
0352: Grand Final Winners
Div 1: Competition Winners/Grand Final Winners
Div 3: Competition Winners/Grand Final Runners Up
Div 5: Competition Winners/Grand Final Winners
Div 8: Competition Winners
Div 9: Grand Final Winners
035 Div 2: Grand Final Winners
SW1: Grand Final Runners Up
12 Girls Div 3: Grand Final Winners
035 Div 1: Competition Winners/Grand Final Winners
Premier League Reserves: Competition Winners/Grand Final Runners UP
Div 9: Competition Runners Up/Grand Final Winners
12 Girls Div 2: Competition Winners/Grand Final Runners Up
10 Boys Div 3: Competition Winners
Premier League: League Champions/Grand Final Runners Up/ESFA Cup Runners Up
Premier League Reserves: League Champions/Grand Final Winners/ESFA Cup Quarter-Finalists
Joined the Coogee Legion SC in 1986 playing for the Division 1/2 teams, he continued playing till 1998 and then injuries set in and cut his playing days short. He has been known to ‘help out’ when teams are short but is more content to be sitting in the canteen sipping on red wine than lacing up the boots.
Tony has coached many teams in these years and in 1996 Tony took over the President’s role from David Jones and kept the Club running to where its now.
Joined the Coogee Legion SC in 1983, Mark was a main link in the back 4 of the 1st division Team for many years. Mark has also coached a number of Teams. Mark is one of the people responsible for the establishment of the Coogee United Junior’s.
Joined Coogee Legion SC in the late eighties and enjoyed many years as a player of the 2nd Division team. Jim has been known to help the Club financially and this has always been appreciated by all.
Jim is holidaying somewhere in Asia.
Joined Coogee Legion SC in the early nineties, Colin was a member of the Div 2/3 teams as a player. Colin continued playing until 2006 when he decided to retire.
There is strong mail that Colin will be joining one of the teams in the future.
Joined Coogee Legion SC in the late eighties and played many matches for the Div 2/3. Darren also played some 0/35 matches later on in his life.
Darren went on to wear the Black top, yeah he became one of the better Referee’s in the Eastern Suburbs.
Joined Coogee Legion SC and played most of his matches in Div 2, until he turned 35 and found the going a little easier in the 0/35′s, good decision Brett as you have gone on and met a great bunch of lads.
Brett is a current 0/352 player.
Joined Coogee Legion in the early eighties, Leo was known as the flying Austrian for many years! Leo was a main part of the Glory Days, played most of his early days in Div 1, Leo is now enjoying the life in the 0/35′s with Brett, together they have enjoyed a few good years with their new team mates.
Leo is a current 0/352 player.
Joined Coogee Legion SC in the late eighties playing mostly in Div2/3, Jim was known as the drag back king for many years! He is still known to take the piss out of his younger opponents when given the chance. Like Tony injuries cut Jim’s playing days short.
Jim is still a keen supporter who is always watching the games and having a beer.
Joined Coogee Legion SC in the early nineties, Mario started off in between the sticks but in his older days is part of the lower grades back 4 and is known as the ‘Baresi’ of Coogee United FC.
Mario was “sacked” by his team mates in 2005 for being to ‘lippi’ so he turned his sights to coaching where he has won 3 of the past 5 season competition’s with various teams. Mario is a vital member of Coogee United FC.
In memory of the following players who have played under the Coogee umbrella but since passed on to a better place.