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Northern Spirit FC

Updated on September 21, 2009
Original Northern Spirit Logo
Original Northern Spirit Logo
Northern Spirit Logo c 2004
Northern Spirit Logo c 2004

Northern Spirit Football Club were a now defunct soccer club that competed in the National Soccer League (NSL) in Australia for 5 seasons. The team was based in North Sydney, Australia and was formed in 1997. The reasoning behind its founding was primarily driven by Soccer Australia's desire to move away from the ethnic origins of most of the traditional NSL Clubs.

Northern Spirit Home Kit 2002-03

from www.aussiekits.com
from www.aussiekits.com

Club History

In the NSL the club had surprising early success and reached the Final Series in their first season. However after this impressive start the club then flopped and finished 13th out of 16 teams in the next 2 seasons. After this the club recovered slightly and finished in mid table for the next 3 years and even managing to finish 6th and thus make the Final Series again in 2002-03.

Northern Spirit's home ground was North Sydney Oval and their first league home game against Sydney Olympic FC attracted a then Australian club football record crowd for a non finals match of 18,985 which stood until 2005.

In the club's final season the club moved to Pittwater Park, Narrabeen on Sydney's Northern Beaches. This was a purely financial decision as North Sydney Oval not drawing enough people to make a profit and Pittwater Park was cheaper to run. However this move further alienated the already disapppointed supporters even further. As the league was being restructured at the end of the 2003-04 season and the club were in even deeper financial trouble the club folded.

The club was owned by Rangers FC for a small period of time who temporarily changed the club's home colours to their own royal blue.

Northern Spirit League History

Season
Pos
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
Pts
1998-99
5th
28
14
4
10
36
35
46
1999-00
13th
34
11
3
20
41
58
36
2000-01
13th
30
8
8
14
39
50
32
2001-02
8th
24
9
7
8
36
39
34
2002-03
6th
24
11
3
10
37
44
36
2003-04
7th
24
9
3
12
31
33
30

Northern Spirit Club Records

Finals Record

Season 1998-99 Lost in the Elimination Finalto Marconi Stallions on aggregate 1-2

Season 2002-03 Finished 5th in the 6 team Championship Series Table with 2 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses.

Northern Spirit Home Kit 1998-99

from www.aussiekits.com
from www.aussiekits.com

Northern Spirit Player Records

Top Scorers:

  1. Ben Burgess 16
  2. Pablo Cardozo 14
  3. John Hutchinson 12
  4. Stewart Petrie 10
  5. Robbie Slater 10

Most Appearances:

  1. Paul Henderson 134
  2. Noel Spencer 92
  3. Michael Cunico 81
  4. Robert Enes 81
  5. John Hutchinson 77


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