11:23 PM Sat 28th Aug, 2010 - Admin
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For the second successive week, Adelaide United FC has won a nail biter defeating North Queensland Fury 3-2 at Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville tonight, and in the process inflicted the Fury’s first home loss in eight games.

The Reds prevailed in an intriguing five goal thriller as they held off a Fury outfit that has developed a reputation as the Hyundai A-League’s fast finishers.

A brilliant Marcos Flores strike cancelled out Isaka Cernak’s opener for the Fury as the sides went in 1-1 at the break, before the Reds added two goals early in the second half to take a commanding lead.

However as they have done all season, North Queensland stormed home and pulled a goal back in the 87th minute, the Reds managing to survive a late wave of Fury attacks to secure a valuable win away from home.

“After that goal we didn’t drop our heads and for the next 70 minutes we were the better team,” United Head Coach Rini Coolen said. ...
12:43 AM Sat 31st Jul, 2010 - Admin
Adelaide United FC failed to finish its pre-season campaign on a winning note after going down 0-1 to North Queensland Fury at Brolga Park in Townsville tonight.

A 70th minute strike from Fury midfielder Adam Casey proved the difference in what was the Reds’ final hit out before their Hyundai A-League season opener against the Newcastle Jets next Friday night at Hindmarsh Stadium.

With passionate Reds supporter, Federal Sports Minister Kate Ellis MP, watching on from the stands, United ran out for just the second time under new Head Coach Rini Coolen.

The first half was a keenly contested affair as players from both sides pushed their case to be considered for a starting berth in Week 1.

Despite plenty of end to end action, the closest either side came in the opening 45 minutes was when the Fury’s Chris Grossman broke loose on the counter in the 38th minute, but he could not capitalise on the chance as it remained nil all at half time. ...
12:00 AM Sat 19th Jun, 2010 - Admin
The North Queensland Fury have struck the first major blow in the rejuvenation of the A-League club, appointing former Czech captain and coach Franz Straka as Head Coach in what is a massive coup for both the club and Australian football.

Fury’s Interim CEO Archie Fraser described the announcement as the club’s most significant to date.

“Franz Straka is an outstanding international coach and we are delighted to announce his appointment,” said Fraser. “We were amazed with the quality of the candidates for the position in terms of their qualifications and international experience but Franz was always our first choice. His technical knowledge and passion for the game was what set him apart from the field.”

Affectionately known in Europe as the “Czech Beckenbauer”, Straka enjoyed an illustrious playing career that included 35 international caps for Czechoslovakia and captaining the Sparta Prague side of the 1980’s to multiple domestic titles. ...
11:04 PM Fri 30th Apr, 2010 - Admin
THE North Queensland Fury has today announced local product Matthew Ham and former premiership winner Simon Storey have signed with the club for next season.

Ham, who grew up in the Burdekin region of North Queensland, will return to his home turf in a one-season deal with the club as a goalkeeper.

Former Melbourne Victory player Storey has been enticed to North Queensland from Scotland, where he currently plays for Airdrie United in the Scottish Football League.

The two latest signings bring the number of contracted players for the new Fury to 10.

Fury Football Operations Manager Robbie Middleby said: “The new team is looking really exciting with the latest two signings, Matthew Ham and Simon Storey.

“Matthew’s dream was to come home to North Queensland to play for the Fury and we are lucky to have him. He is a quality goalkeeper and will really challenge Justin Pasfield.

“North Queensland is a proven breeding ground for quality football talent. ...
10:10 PM Wed 31st Mar, 2010 - Admin
Football Federation Australia has stepped in to save North Queensland Fury, taking a majority shareholding in the struggling new A-League club.

With the Fury still $800,000 short of its $2.5 million survival target by today's deadline, the FFA stepped in to take control of the club, SBS reports.

A campaign by Townsville businesses raised $1.7 million, after the club's major investor, golf course developer Don Matheson, said he could no longer bankroll the club on his own.

A source within the FFA has reportedly confirmed Fury coach Ian Ferguson would be let go after one year with the club, while the future of marquee player Robbie Fowler remains in doubt thanks to his $1 million contract.
1:36 AM Sat 6th Mar, 2010 - Admin
Football Federation Australia representatives met with business and community leaders in Townsville today to discuss the ownership future of North Queensland Fury.

Today’s meetings are the start of a process to explore the possibility of converting the ownership structure to a broader community model.

FFA CEO Ben Buckley said he applauded the effort from all at the club and he recognised its significant achievements in its first season.

“To be successful long-term there needs to be wider community and corporate support for NQF and it can not be left to one person to drive the club,” Buckley said.

“We are working through the processes with many interested parties and are confident there is strong support for football to remain in Townsville.”

Buckley said NQF was an important part of the expansion plans of the Hyundai A-League and it needed fan, government and corporate support to ensure it was a viable club in the future. ...
11:30 AM Tue 26th Jan, 2010 - Admin
Former England international Robbie Fowler was committed to serving out his contract with North Queensland Fury after resolving his dispute with coach Ian Ferguson, the A-League club said Monday.

The Liverpool great refused to play in the 1-1 home draw against Brisbane Roar on Saturday after being informed by Ferguson that he would be starting on the substitutes' bench.

Fowler, 34, who is in the middle of a two-year contract, watched from the stands, heightening speculation that he may be finished at the club.

But Fury chairman Don Matheson said both Fowler and Ferguson had agreed to stay committed for the duration of their contracts following talks on Monday.

"Ive spoken to them today and realise there has been a misunderstanding," Matheson said in a statement.

"Ian wanted to play a particular formation and that included utilising Robbie as an impact player off the bench and Robbie believed he wasnt part of the squad.

"There has been an unfortunate outcome because of that misunderstanding. ...
12:58 AM Sun 29th Nov, 2009 - Admin
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Adelaide United FC’s woes in front of goal have continued after The Reds suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of North Queensland Fury at Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville.

The Reds again showed glimpses of promise in attack but were left with little to show for it as they ran into a Fury side keen to rebound after coming off a 5-1 home loss to the Central Coast Mariners last weekend.

North Queensland’s strike duo Daniel McBreen and Robbie Fowler scored either side of the break to take the game away from the Reds, with United’s Brazilian striker Cristiano netting a consolation goal late on.

United went in with an unchanged line up from last round’s draw with Gold Coast United, and with Coach Aurelio Vidmar watching from the stands, he would not have liked what he saw in the opening 45 minutes as the majority of the early opportunities fell to the Fury, McBreen flashing a shot just wide in the 12th minute. ...
12:38 AM Sat 26th Sep, 2009 - Admin
Desperate to get back on the winners list, Adelaide United FC journeys up to tropical Townsville to take on a Robbie Fowler inspired North Queensland Fury on Sunday (27 September 2009) in Round 8 of the Hyundai A-League 2009/10 Season.

The teams shared the points in a pulsating six goal thriller at Hindmarsh Stadium back in Round 4, and just four weeks on, they meet again with The Reds needing all three points to stay in touch with the league’s frontrunners.

With temperatures set to hover in the high twenties and high humidity expected for the 5pm kick-off (AEST) at Dairy Farmers Stadium, United will be faced with unfamiliar conditions, however Coach Aurelio Vidmar says his team still plans to force the issue against the home side.

“There’s no chance of acclimatising so we’re just going to have to make sure we’re hydrated very well,” Vidmar said on how his team would cope with the warm conditions in north Queensland. ...
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