Full Name: Gold Coast United Football Club
Home Ground: Skilled Park
Coach/Manager: Miron Bleiberg (Australia/Israel)
A-League Premiers: -
A-League Champions: -
Gold Coast United joined the A-League in the 2009-10 season as a result of the competition’s desire for expansion.
Supported by a wealthy owner in Clive Palmer, one of Australia’s richest men, the club was expected to compete for the premiership and championship title after recruiting a strong squad which included current Socceroo Jason Culina, who returned from PSV Eindhoven in the prime of his career.
And compete for the Premiership/Championship they did, qualifying for the finals in third place, missing out on the premiership by only four points. Gold Coast’s successful first season was ended abruptly when they were defeated in the finals by the Newcastle Jets.
There were concerns, however, over the club’s immediate future, with poor crowd attendances and reports that Palmer could withdraw his financial support. However, the club did not fold and 2010-11 proved to be another success on the pitch, with Gold Coast qualifying for the finals, this time in fourth position. This time they would make it all the way to the Preliminary Final, they were beaten 1-0 by the Central Coast Mariners.
Concerns still remain over the viability of the club, especially given the lack of support they receive from the local area which sees them boast the lowest average crowd in the competition at just over 3000.