In our 24th Season, Knox United celebrated 3 titles, a dramatic Premier League survival and the accomplishments of Club President, Chris Wiseman.
Our newly-formed junior team, the under 14s, brought home the Division 2 title – scoring an incredible 34 goals and keeping 7 clean sheets – an immensely successful first year. Former Premier League coach, Vince Cali brought the success of the past few years to the under 14s and we look forward to the many trophies these talented players will bring to the Club. The Club plans to expand the junior program, with a number of potential teams already in discussion.
Our over 35s were also in the good form, with the Division 6 team picking up 5 wins across the season and finishing eighth. Many helped out the Division 5 team when they were short. Scoring an NSFA season high 78 goals, our Division 5 team finished the regular season in 2nd place and they managed to go one better in the grand final where they put on a footballing masterclass, winning 4-0. Well done lads!
Our Premier League Squad endured a difficult season, but secured top-flight status for another year in dramatic fashion. With the last play of the season, down 3-2 to North Sydney and sitting in last place on the table due to goal difference, equal on points with two other teams, we won a free kick 10 meters up from the corner spot. We sent everyone forward into the box (including our keeper) for a last chance “Hail Mary” play. After the cross was delivered into the box, the ball bounced around before falling to the feet of Charlie Baker, who put the ball in the back of the net with the last kick of the game. Equalising the game meant we grabbed a vital point and jumped into 8th place – out of the relegation zone. The Premier League squad will look to build on this exciting finish and create more breathing room next season.
The annual end of season trip to Mallacoota brought more success with the boys winning the tournament for the fourth time and doing so back-to-back for the second time (2013, 2014 & 2018 being the other Mallacoota titles).
Finally, the club would like to acknowledge Christopher Wiseman’s service to the Club. After 6 years, Chris has stepped down from the role of President. The Club thanks Chris for his incredible contribution over these years (and his 3 years as Vice-President). During Chris’ time as President, he secured financial security for the club, junior expansion, consistent Premier League status, a number of promotions and grand finals wins, as well as 3 Mallacoota Cup Championships (4 including this year’s). On behalf everyone involved in the Club, we would like to thank Chris for everything he has helped the Club to achieve. Thank you Wisey