Sydney FC returns to Manly for friendly

Sydney FC will take on Manly United at the recently redeveloped Cromer Park on Tuesday 28 August as part of its build up to the 2012/13 Hyundai A-League.

Sydney FC will take on Manly United at the recently redeveloped Cromer Park on Tuesday 28 August as part of its build up to the 2012/13 Hyundai A-League.

The Manly United match is the 3rd game of Sydney FC-s Pre Season, which is a strong part of its Community Program and follows matches against Macarthur and St George. More games will be announced shortly.

“We are excited about taking the Sydney FC team to the Community by playing against State League teams in all parts of Sydney,” said Sydney FC CEO Tony Pignata. “It-s important that we continue to develop strong connections with the grassroots and this is a great way to combine that with helping the team prepare for the season. Our Community Program includes visits to local football clubs and coaching clinics with junior representative teams but this is a great chance for fans to watch the side play in their backyard.”

The game is the 38th match Sydney FC has played against NSW State League (Super League or Premier League) opposition with all money from ticket sales going back into helping develop football on the Northern Beaches.

“We certainly are excited to have Sydney FC back at Cromer Park. We-re thrilled that they will be the first A-League Club to play on the new surface at Cromer Park,” said Manly United President Keith Pester. “It-s a great opportunity for the Northern Beaches football community to see the Sydney FC boys up close and personal and wish them all the best for the 2012/13 season.”

The clash is the 6th match between Sydney FC and the NSW Premier League side after meeting in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. It also sees Sydney FC return to the scene of its first ever match when the Sky Blues, although in a dark blue strip, took to Cromer Park for a friendly in front of 4,000 people.

“I-m looking forward to going back to Cromer Park for a game as I have strong and happy memories of our first game there in 2005,” said Sydney FC Head Coach Ian Crook, who was the Sky Blues Assistant Coach in 2005. “I remember looking forward to the game after all of the build up and hype and when the crowd started to roll in we knew we were starting out on a very special journey.”

Sydney FC Captain Terry McFlynn, who scored as a second half substitute in that 6-1 win, also remembered the day fondly. “It was not long (two weeks) after I signed my first contract with Sydney FC and I remember the pride I had in playing my first match for the club and rediscovering my love for football. None of us had any idea what to expect but the size of the crowd was a very pleasant surprise. It will be good to go back there again.”

Match details: Manly United v Sydney FC Cromer Park Tuesday 28 August 2012 7.30pm kick off

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