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The History of Football Kingz Football Club

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Football Kingz was a football club situated in New Zealand, but used to be promoted as Auckland Kingz within Australia. They played in the last five seasons of the NSL but unfortunately, they failed to qualify for the playoffs in each of the seasons.

Also, Football Kingz wasn’t spelt “Kingz” at the beginning. In fact, it’s only because of the legalities that the Australian basketball team named Sydney Kings that they changed the spelling. Now let’s start with the first season they played.

First Season

The first season of National Soccer League started in 1999 and ended in 2001. The Kingz had a coach at that time that also played in actual matches. He was Wynton Rufer and the assistant coach was his brother Shane.

They played on the evening of the first of October at North Harbour Stadium. They played against Carlton FC and even though it ended with a 0-3 loss, they had 15 wins that ended up being their club’s most successful season.

Season Two

After the professional start in the first season, the club set out to improve their performance even more. There were many foreign transfers to the team and one of the most noticeable is Dennis Ibrahim, who ended up being one of the all-time top scorers of the club and also the top scorer of the season.

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This is also when the team had their club record victory with their win against Newcastle Breakers with 5-1. The season ended with 12 wins for Kingz.

Season Three

This is when Wynton Rufer retired as the coach. The original plan, however, was to keep him as a player even after he retires as the coach. But he wanted to keep being a coach as he slowly retires as a player.

Then, Mike Petersen became the new manager. However, he only lasted for five games.

Then Kevin Fallon replaced him but due to the damage done to the club, they ended up in 13th place compared to their 8th place during the first and second season.

Season Four

The poor performance of the team in the third season made it difficult for the club to maintain their budget. Ken Dugdale became the new coach but there wasn’t really any significant change in the team except for some new players.

They finished the season at 11th place out of 13 teams.

Final Season

The National Soccer League itself was in a financial crisis, making it easier to understand why this was their final season. While Ken Dugdale remained manager, the club still struggled on the playing field.

They only won four games but their final game ended in a winning note to the Brisbane Strikers.

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The Final Game of Football Kingz FC

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The final season of Football Kingz in the National Soccer League ended with a winning note. It happened at Ericsson Stadium just like their fight with Newcastle United on February 29.

They played against Brisbane Strikers with 4-3 as the Kingz made their final home game of the season – the end-of-season goal-fest.

On the early exchanges, the visitors made it considerably difficult for Kingz to gain the advantage. During the third minute, Steve Fitzsimmons dominated the field, until Chris Scuderi’s mistake with John Tambouras four minutes later.

The moment the ball spilt loose and the Kingz’ goalkeeper recovering, it was that time that the Strikers made the first goal – 1-0.

Due to the shock, the Kingz made some slip-ups and barely defended against the Strikers, almost being 2-0 down within just four minutes. The top scorer of Kingz, Harry Ngata, came in and headed to Mark Burton.

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In the twentieth minute, Buron set off into the penalty area of the Brisbane Strikers but Webber stopped him from scoring a goal with a tackle but Harry continues to position himself for a shape.

This went on for ten minutes as they tried to defend Kingz attacks. Brisbane still had the advantage but the home team still kept persevering. Near the 42nd minute, the defender held off and Kingz scored a goal – 1-1.

But the game became too fast-paced with Ngata sending Brisbane the wrong way from the penalty spot that led to the clearance by Utting, helping them score another goal – 2-1.

At this point, Kingz had taken the advantage. However, some of their players kept getting caught on unfortunate accidents until Brisbane took the tempting opportunity to score their second goal.

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Kingz, however, hadn’t recovered and 2-2 quickly became 3-2 in favour of Brisbane.

This turn of events became distressing for the Kingz, but in the next fifteen minutes, they still persevered and this paid off as Baldock made a mistake and the home team scored a goal making it a tie with 3 goals each.

Kingz midfielder was then handed his second penalty, and he managed to score another goal for Kingz, 4-3.

The home team held on to this advantage until the final whistle was heard throughout the field. It was the victory of Football Kingz, and it was also their last.

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Football Kingz FC’s Managers Since Founding

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Just as it is important for a football club to rely on its players, as it is with their managers. Football Kingz FC had way too many managers and coaches. Some even made significant changes throughout their career.

In this blog post, we’ll talk about the past managers of Football Kingz FC and their achievements in their time in the club.

Wynton Rufer

First up is the first manager of Football Kingz FC. Rufer is not really the official coach at that beginning as he is actually a player. He started from October 1999 to April 2001. That’s when the first and second season of the National Soccer League occurred.

Fortunately for the club, Rufer is great both at coaching and playing football.

That’s why they excelled at both seasons placing higher than the 50th percentile of football clubs in NSL.

Mike Petersen

When Wynton Rufer retired from being the team’s coach and also one of the players, Mike Petersen replaced him. However, Petersen only lasted five matches as the team’s manager and therefore, there’s not that much record left by him.

They needed to find a new manager and that’s when Shane Rufer took the place.

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Shane Rufer

Shane Rufer is the assistant and also the brother of Wynton Rufer. But just like Petersen, Shane Rufer wasn’t able to leave a mark on the football club as he was replaced immediately by Kevin Fallon.

Kevin Fallon

Kevin Fallon took charge during the third season. However, due to the damage done by the previous managers, he wasn’t able to change the course of the season. This resulted in Kingz placing only 13th out of 18 football clubs. This resulted in Fallon losing his job.

Ken Dugdale and Tommy Mason

Dugdale lasted from September 2002 to November 2003, while Tommy Mason didn’t take too long as he only became a coach from November 2003 to February 2004. They didn’t leave any significant changes during their career in Football Kingz.

Wynton Rufer is the most influential player and coach in Football Kingz history. But that doesn’t mean other coaches didn’t do anything to improve their team. There were just difficulties due to the history of NSL and the players of Kingz.

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The All-Time Top Scorers of Football Kingz FC

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Every football club consists of players, all of who struggles to climb the leader boards as a team. It won’t be possible to do so otherwise. Football Kingz is not an exception of course. It won’t be this great without the players that worked hard for it.

That’s why today, we’ll be talking about the all-time top scorers of Football Kingz FC with their number of goals along with some details about their career.

Dennis Ibrahim

The first one in our list is Dennis Ibrahim, a German that played as a Striker for Kingz from 2000-2001. Throughout his career, he made 12 goals in his 24 appearances in games. He also participated in their game on October 27 with Newcastle United.

Wynton Rufer

Wynton Rufer’s role is just like Ibrahim, a Striker. He played for one year more than him though, playing from 1999-2001. However, he also scored 12 goals throughout his 48 appearances.

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Aaron Silva

Aaron Silva is a Chilean and his career is more like that of Wynton, a Striker that played from 1999 to 2001. He had fewer appearances which are 32 but made more goals, 13 to be exact.

Paul Urlovic

Paul Urlovic is another Striker that played from 2000-2003 and one of the players that spent the most time in Kingz. He appeared in 59 games and made 16 goals throughout his career in Kingz.

Harry Ngata

Harry Ngata is not like the rest of this list. He was a midfielder of Kingz but he was the oldest member playing from 1999 to 2003. That said, he made 129 appearances in both regional and national games and made 29 goals in total.

These five players have experienced many defeats and victories in their career in Football Kingz. While the glory of Football Kingz was brief, it lasted for more than you think for both fans and these players.

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Soaring to the Top of the Australian National Soccer League with a Record Victory

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As brief as their reign may have been, New Zealand’s Football Kingz climbed the leader boards of the Australian National Soccer League on October 27, after they made a best club record victory of 5-1 over Newcastle United.

Their game occurred at Fortress Ericsson with 7,000 proud supporters watching.

The visitors dominated the early exchanges and could’ve been better as early as the second minute. The first minute featured Julio Cuello, Kingz goalkeeper and their midfielder as the play continued.

At the seventh minute, however, the tide of the battle switched as Newcastle’s defender, Chris Zoricich, guided the ball back to his teammates. But the Kingz still kept their advantage as the score line doubled in the eighteenth minute.

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Then, an accident occurred that resulted in both Bluhm and Tsekenis getting protrusions on their foreheads. While Newcastle’s player didn’t suffer from the damage, Kingz had to replace their player with Glenn Sprod.

Within forty seconds, Kingz was able to score another goal resulting in a score line of 2-0. Though Newcastle should’ve been able to capitalize that chance, Kingz still put effort into getting the control back on the field.

It is now evident that the confidence of Kingz is improving, and so are their movements. At the 23rd minute, three of Kingz players made an effort to advance but Newcastle had their turn as well as they reversed the flow in the 26th minute with their own smart moves.

Then, the second half started still in favour of the Kingz, but not by any means was Newcastle getting beaten. They started strongly as each player coordinated to send the ball over the crossbar.

However, it wasn’t exactly as they expected as the Kingz cracked their third goal only five minutes later.

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At this point, the Kingz opted to take out their very helpful Stevens and Bluhm for Aaron Silve and Dennis Ibrahim. But Newcastle United was still not finished. Despite being 3-0 down, Newcastle made an effort to score a goal.

But of course, the Kingz was able to counter-attack.

The 72nd-minute volley made it past the post and with fourteen minutes to play, Newcastle was able to score a goal. And that’s when the game really got exciting with a score of 3-1.

With six minutes to play, Kingz was able to return the favour and score another goal. Quick on the uptake, Newcastle knew there was no chance and with sixty seconds to play, Football Kingz was able to score another goal leading to their club victory record of 5-1.