2801, 2022

Oz’s lifetime of love and passion for Maitland Football Club

For lifelong local Paul Osland, or 'Oz' as he is affectionately known, Maitland Football Club is a club he was born into, and he hasn't left since. Mr Osland is considered by many to be one of the back bones of Maitland Football Club, having held just about every role in the club through the years whether it was groundskeeper, cleaner, treasurer or president. "I feel like I've been born into Maitland Football Club," he said. "One of the founders of the club was an uncle who I was close to and he mentored me." Mr Osland started playing for [...]

3107, 2019

Magic Night for Magpies

MAITLAND Magpies star Ryan Clarke admits he has found himself waking like a 10-year-old thinking about the FFA Cup Round of 32 clash against Central Coast Mariners. "There's a real sort of buzz around all the boys in the dressing room. We're excited is very much an understatement," Clarke said this week during a media call at the Maitland Sportsground." While he has travelled the world and has a successful real estate business career, Clarke is relishing his chance to embrace the Magic of the Cup. "I feel like a 10-year-old waking up thinking about it," the lightning fast winger, [...]

3107, 2019

Magpies plot upset

MAITLAND goalkeeper Matt Trott admitted to having some mixed emotions when the Magpies drew his former club Central Coast Mariners for their debut in the FFA Cup round of 32. Trott, 34, spent two sea- sons with the Mariners, making six appearances in the A-League, before leaving in 2008. His last match was as back-up keeper in their grand final loss to Newcastle. Since then, the Central Coast product has ridden the highs and lows of the club. "I grew up on the Central Coast and I'm still a fan," Trott said. "Unfortunately the last four or five years have [...]

2907, 2019

Maitland’s Minor Premiership Hopes Alive

THE Maitland Magpies secured all three points in an unconvincing 3-2 win against Lake Macquarie at Cooks Square Park on Friday night. There was a collective sense of relief when the referee's whistle ended a disappointing second half and Maitland can now concentrate fully on their historic round of 32 FFA Cup tie against Central Coast Mariners on Wednesday night. There are less than 100 grandstand seats left at the Maitland Sportsground but plenty of general admission available. Maitland were fully in control at half-time with a clever goal to Alex Read in the 25th and Joel Wood finding the [...]

2907, 2019

Magpies Community gets behind their Boys

CARL Thornton knows that when he walks out onto the Maitland Sportsground as skipper of the Maitland Magpies in Wednesday night's FFA Cup tie against Central Coast Mariners he and his teammates will be bringing to fruition the dreams and hard work of everyone involved at the club. Since joining the Magpies with his brother Liam for the 2016 season from the Weston Bears, it has become apparent that Maitland FC is more than just a football club to the the dedicated committee and hardworking volunteers. "This has become a community and a family to us and all the boys [...]

2607, 2019

Thornton, Thompson to start in must-win clash

THE Maitland Magpies' two most inspirational players, skipper Carl Thornton and former Socceroo Matt Thompson, return to the starting line-up for Friday night's crucial match against Lake Macquarie. Sitting on 27 points, just two points clear of Charlestown and three ahead of Lambton, the Magpies are taking no risks in what coach Mick Bolch has told his players is a must-win game. While Maitland FC fans and the wider community have been swept up in the excitement of next Wednesday's FFA Cup Round of 32 clash against Central Coast, the playing group and coaches are not looking beyond Friday night. [...]

2207, 2019

Bears Secure Full Points as Magpies Lose

THE Weston Bears have all but guaranteed themselves a spot in the Northern NSW NPL finals for the first time since losing the 2014 grand final with a 1-0 win on Sunday against their 2014 opponent Lambton Jaffas. The Bears are second on the table with 32 points, three points behind Edgeworth who strengthened their hold on a fifth minor premiership in a row with a 3-1 victory over Maitland on Saturday. At Weston on Sunday, the Bears left it until the 86th minute to seal their win with skipper Nathan Morris calmly slotting the goal home from the penalty [...]

1907, 2019

Eagles biggest test of Maitland’s Title Mettle

THE Magpies will learn on Saturday if they can replace the Eagles as the highest flying bird in Hunter football. The battle between the fourth-placed Maitland and top of the table Edgeworth could well decide the minor premiership for season 2019 and grand final favouritism. "Edgy has won the minor premiership four years in a row, they will be up for what really is the minor premiership game," Magpies coach Mick Bolch said this week. "If we beat them we go two points behind with three games in hand and if they beat us they skip eight points clear of [...]

1507, 2019

Magpies Steamroll Blues 3-0

Shooting from 20 metres, Thompson launched into the shot and for once Archbold was caught flat footed. Bolch said he was delighted with performances across the park. "Clarkey was an X-factor again up in the front third," he said. "Great work by Ready for the second goal after great lead up work by Clarkey. "We're starting to get full strength back now. You look at the bench today, we had Matt Thompson, Alex Read, Tommy Duggan. I thought the balance of the side was a lot better today." Bolch said Jimmy Thompson's hard work was now being rewarded in front [...]

1507, 2019

Magpies Steamroll Blues in Second Half

THE Maitland Magpies showed off their NPL title credentials with an emphatic 3-0 win against Charlestown City Blues at Cooks Square Park on Sunday. The Magpies turned on the after-burner, after a scoreless first half, led by man of the match Jimmy Thompson and the irrepressible Ryan Clarke returning from a rib injury. The win lifts Maitland to fourth on the NPL table with 27, five points behind competition leaders Edgeworth but with three games in hand. A one-all draw for the Weston Bears against Newcastle Jets Youth leaves them second on 29 points, with Broadmeadow Magic third on 28 [...]


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