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NZ Knights

NZ Knights is a football (soccer) club from Australia.

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About NZ Knights

This page details the history of the club. For information on seasons and results see New Zealand Knights seasons New Zealand Knights season 2005–06 and New Zealand Knights season 2006–07

New Zealand Knights Football Club (formed from the Football Kingz FC in 2004) were the only professional association football club in New Zealand before they became defunct. Based in Auckland, New Zealand, they played in the A-League, Australia's premier football competition and have since been replaced by the Wellington Phoenix FC.

History

Kingz and the NSL 1999-2004

Football Kingz FC (promoted as Auckland Kingz within Australia) joined the Australian National Soccer League (Australia) in 1999 and proceeded to play in the last five seasons of the NSL, failing to qualify for the playoffs in every season. The club was originally to use the spelling of "Kings", however this was changed to the Kingz after receiving legal threats from another Australian sporting franchise.

Restructuring Football Kingz into New Zealand Knights

The Football Kingz brand was disestablished in 2004 and was restructured into the New Zealand Knights as a new franchise for Australia's new national football competition called the Hyundai A-League. Market research carried out by the club, to determine the viability of a new identity for the team, indicated that 76% of respondents were in favour of a name change. When that research was focused on those aged 35 and under, the percentage in favour of a change rose to 90%. Further to that, the name of "Knights" were polled best of all names suggested in the survey, a clear 30% higher than any other option.

The former Football Kingz FC General manager Guy Hedderwick was promoted to the role of New Zealand Knights chief executive officer. Along side him Football Kingz and Waitakere City Chairman, Anthony Lee, became the New Zealand Knights Chairman in the restructuring.

Initially Anthony Lee had invested into the New Zealand Knights, with his company's (Total Football Ltd) 20% shareholding second only to majority owner Brian Katzen's Octagon Sport (later included Maurice Cox as partner) with 60%. The other shareholders were Sky Television (5%), Chris Turner (10%), and New Zealand Soccer (non cash 5%).

The only major sponsor the club had was retailer Zero's New Zealand (Sub Sandwiches). They agreed to a deal with the Knights over the first three seasons in a six figure deal as a sleeve sponsor.

New Zealand Knights was confirmed as one of the eight founding teams in the Hyundai A-League. Paul Nevin was confirmed as manager a month later, having worked as caretaker manager since the position was vacated by Adshead.

In late October 2006, as a result of low crowd attendance at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland and continual poor on-field performances, rumours began to circulate that Football Federation Australia (FFA) was considering the possibility of revoking the Knights' A-League licence and granting it to a new team that would be set to enter the competition in the A-League 2007-08.

On 15 November and nearing the end of the November transfer window New Zealand Knights board and management decided to relieve Paul Nevin of his coaching duties due to a string of poor performances.

On 13 December 2006, strong rumours resurfaced that the FFA was considering the revocation of the Knights' licence to compete in the A-League. It quickly became clear that, with five weeks remaining in the current season, the FFA fully intended to reclaim the licence from the Knights. The FFA had continued to express angst at low attendance numbers, poor on-field performance and the lack of domestically developed players.

Late on 14 December, the FFA announced that it had revoked the competition licence held by the Knights' owners. An arrangement with NZ Soccer would see the national body step in to manage the club for the remaining five weeks of the regular season, with former New Zealand national soccer team player Ricki Herbert to fill the role of Head Coach.

Effectively, the Knights dissolved on 21 January, when the final match of the season was played against Perth Glory FC.

On 19 March 2007 after several delays, was selected as the successor to the New Zealand Knights.

A-League Seasonal Results



Stadium

North Harbour Stadium is a rectangular stadium situated in Albany on Auckland's North Shore in New Zealand. It was opened in 1997 after nearly a decade of discussion, planning and construction.

North Harbour Stadium has four main seating areas with an official capacity of 25,000. 19,000 (76%) of this capacity is seated, and the other 6,000 are on grass embankments.

- Main Grandstand — A futuristic looking structure with a distinctive arched roof. It has three main tiers of seating, as well as a row of corporate boxes and several corporate lounges. A total of 12,000 can be seated, mostly under the roof. This is on the southern side of the ground.

- Open Stand — A single uncovered tier opposite the Main Grandstand that can seat 7,000.

- Embankments — At either end (East/West) of the ground, there is a single-tier grass embankment with a capacity of 3,000 people. The scoreboard is at the Western End, while the replay screen is directly opposite.

The stadium is lit with four 45 m tall light towers.

Colours and badge

The Knights played in all-black strips, with a silver left sleeve. The change strip was white, with black shorts and white socks.

The badge was designed for the inaugural A-League 2005-06 and launched at the January 2005 press conference which highlighted the club name change.

Supporters

The New Zealand Knights supporter base was known as Bloc 5.

Players

Former Players

see List of New Zealand Knights F.C. players

Club Captains

- 2005 Danny Hay
- 2006 Darren Bazeley

Manager History


All Time League Records

- Record Victory: 3-1 vs Queensland Roar (H), 29 December 2006
- Record Defeat: 0-5 vs Queensland Roar (A), 15 September 2006
- Highest League Crowd: 9,827 vs Sydney FC, 2 September 2005
- Lowest League Crowd: 1,632 vs Central Coast Mariners FC, 28 September 2006
- Winning Streak: 2 games (29 December 2006 – 7 January 2007)
- Undefeated Streak: 4 games (29 December 2006 – 21 January 2007)
- Losing Streak: 11 games (18 September 2005 – 1 December 2005)
- Winless Streak: 18 games (18 September 2005 – 2 September 2006)
- Goals in a game: 2 - Jeremy Brockie vs Newcastle Jets (H), 4 November 2005
- Goals in a season: 4 - Jeremy Brockie, Simon Yeo, A-League 2005-06
- Most Assists in a season: 3 - Sean Devine, A-League 2005-06
- All time most Appearances: 41 - Darren Bazeley
- All time Top Scorer: 4 - Jeremy Brockie and Simon Yeo




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