Full Name: Central Coast Mariners Football Club
Home Ground: Bluetongue Stadium
Manager/Coach: Graham Arnold (Australia)
A-League Runner-Up: 2005/06, 2007/08, 2010/11
Pre-Season Cup Winners: 2005
Pre-Season Cup Runners Up: 2006
Based on the New South Wales Central Coast approximately one and a half hours north of Sydney the Mariners were founded in 2004 as a foundation club of the A-League competition. Despite an initially bleak outlook, many considering the region too small to sustain the franchise the club has thrived and continues to build a passionate and loyal ‘Yellow Army.’
The club has also achieved considerable on field success; however the Central Coast Mariners have gained a reputation as the perennial bridesmaids of the A-League failing to secure an elusive premiership in three Grand Final appearances.
After falling to southern rivals Sydney FC in the Inaugural A-League decider and fierce F3 derby rivals (named after the freeway connecting the regions) the Newcastle Jets in the 07/08 season the Mariners were painfully close to an elusive victory in the 2010/11 Grand Final.
With a two goal advantage and less than five minutes remaining in extra time the Mariners contrived to squander their lead and eventually lose to the highly fancied Brisbane Roar in a penalty shoot-out in what is arguably the greatest match in the A-League’s short History.