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Issue 4 | Round 8 | Friday 29 November 2013 | Central Coast Mariners FC vs Melbourne Victory FC | Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford | Kick-off: 7:30pm | #CCMvMVC

A blue-collar team based on the coast that plays in yellow; a side where the collective is more important than the individual and one with an impressive record in recent seasons.

Sendai, of course, was the region most affected by the tragic earthquake and tsunami that devastated much of eastern Japan in March, 2011.

Sound familiar?

The league shut down for several weeks and upon resumption Vegalta embarked on a remarkable run that saw them eventually finish second – and in what was only their fourth season in the top flight.

Graham Arnold is trading one club for another built on similar philosophical foundations but make no mistake his move is a watershed moment for Australian football. Just as the Mariners have for years proven a launching pad for young players to move abroad and further their careers so too has the club now afforded this opportunity for Arnold. A lot of the credit for the move belongs to many at the club – the backroom staff, the extended coaching setup, the players and indeed the supporters; all who have ridden the highs and held firm in the few down times over the past three seasons. Football is unique in the Australian sporting landscape in that it is a truly global endeavour; from the first-class stadia across much of Western Europe, to the street football of large parts of South America and the fervent derbies in the broad sweep of Asia - it is a game that fixates and unites. In our region the pinnacle of this interaction is in Asia and its showpiece event the AFC Champions League. While the Mariners haven’t gone deep into the pointy end of the competition (yet), the way the side has played against several of the continent’s leading club sides (including this year’s eventual winners Guangzhou Evergrande) has not gone unnoticed. Bernie Ibini and Daniel McBreen (on loan) were both lured to China, Alex Wilkinson was snapped up by a K-League outfit and now Arnold has earned a move to the biggest league of them all – the J.League. Make no mistake the ACL was a major part of this move and another shot across the bow of those who don’t understand the huge importance of this competition to our clubs. While the Hyundai A-League basks in the glow of having a former World Cup winner in its ranks in Alessandro Del Piero the Japanese have been leading the charge for years. Zico, Dunga, Gary Lineker, Dragan Stojkovic and more recently Hulk as well as Carlos Queiroz and Arsene Wenger in the coaching ranks – Japan has long attracted big names and major interest. The fact that a team which finished 4th last year in that competition now deems an Australian worthy of a chance is a huge shot in the arm for Australian football – and especially for the Mariners.

BENNY’S BULLETIN A message from Ben O’Neill Media & Communications Manager, Central Coast Mariners FC Make no mistake, the football gods are impulsive beings that can, and so often will, shake things up on a whim. Recently, they cast their gaze over the Central Coast Mariners and decided the time was right for Graham Arnold, a legend of the game in Australia, to move on.

The 4th-place finish of last campaign saw expectations rise and with current coach Makoto Teguramori leaving to take charge of the Japanese Olympic side; it’s Arnold in who they put their faith to keep up the recent good work.

After leading the Club to its maiden Championship just seven months ago, it is only natural that Arnie’s departure be met with sadness from supporters, but also admiration from the entire football community.

He inherits a squad with no ‘star’ names but with a core group of technically good players including Brazilian Wilson who has previously spent time on the books of Serie A side Genoa as well as a well-liked North Korean international in captain Ryang Yong-gi.

At half time today we will officially farewell a man who has delivered so much to the Club. Value the amazing wins, the impressive football, the Premiership and the Championship he helped secure – but remember Arnie’s tenure for so much more. Take heed of his determination to succeed, desire to improve himself (and others), and readiness to bravely, boldly, and publicly stand up for what he believes in.

The club, despite its long history in the second division, is one of the best-supported throughout Japan with average attendances even in J2 regularly topping 15,000.

Scott McIntyre

They’re also a quirky lot – fan banners include the well-known ‘it’s only football but I like it,’ and ‘come on Sendai light my fire’, but it’s the musical choices that are the most unique.

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A version of ‘we’re not gonna take it’ done with club lyrics is regularly sung, but it’s John Denver’s ‘Country Roads’ that is the side’s standard. With two fantastic matchday stadiums, an outstanding training facility and a staff of more than two dozen at his disposal there’s no question that Arnold has now joined the big-time. He’s already apologised to the Coast fans for ‘letting them down’ but it’s only right that we also recognise his success; this is a huge career opportunity in a country where they live and breathe football. In many ways, it’s the equivalent of a player signing with a big club in England, Germany or Spain. The title-winning coach though has already dropped hints he’ll return one-day to the Mariners – hopefully with an even more enhanced record. In the meantime though fans on the Coast have just found a new ‘sister’ club to support in the J.League. Scott McIntyre @mcintinhos


It is via these teachings that we can all improve, and help make the Central Coast Mariners a better Club to be a part of, and the Hyundai A-League a stronger competition.

Arnie’s departure, Mossy’s promotion, plus the addition of Wayne O’Sullivan to the coaching staff is not the only news around the Club of late. Indeed, we are proud to announce that Worldwide Printing Solutions in Erina have come onboard as The Loose Cannon’s Printing Partner for the remainder of the Hyundai A-League 2013/14 season (colossal kudos to Tyson Scott for getting this deal done). The support of Worldwide Printing Solutions - Erina ensures The Loose Cannon is now a cost effective matchday handout for the Club, allowing us to continue to offer this complimentary service as we aim to connect with our fans on match day. So, if you’re in need of any printing services, give Maria and Phil from Worldwide Printing Solutions - Erina a buzz on 4367 8818, visit them in person at Shop 4, 162 The Entrance Road, Erina, or hit them up on their Facebook page at Support the businesses throwing their backing behind your Club! We hope you enjoy this special Arnie tribute edition, and tonight’s Harvey Norman Friday Night Football! @BennyONeill

ARNIE’S TOP 5 ACCOMPLISHMENTS ON THE COAST Graham Arnold has become a household name on the Central Coast over the past three years thanks to these five accomplishments, writes @TysonScott



The Central Coast waited eight long years and came a close second three times, but Hyundai A-League 2012/13 was the season Graham Arnold made it all come together. With Arnold at the helm the team continued to develop its unique culture that took them to number one. Despite tough AFC Champions League scheduling, the loss of Nick Montgomery for the decider, plus the growing fairytale of Western Sydney Wanderers, Arnold devised a plan to ensure his boys were crowned Champions on April 21, 2013. Arnold must always be remembered, and thanked, for bringing us our first Hyundai A-League Championship.

In 2013 Central Coast Mariners took to Asia’s premier club competition, the AFC Champions League, for the second time under the supervision of Graham Arnold. Openly and publicly, Arnold declared the team’s goal was to progress to the Round of 16 against the continent’s elite. Unlike their Asian counterparts, the Mariners had to juggle AFC Champions League commitments with the pointy end of the domestic campaign, as well as an inferior playing budget and taxing travel times. But in true Arnie fashion, he thoroughly analysed his side’s opponents, inventing a plan to advance through a group flush with talent. The undoubted highlight? Travelling to Suwon, Korea Republic the morning after the Club’s 2013 Grand Final triumph and stunning the Bluewings 1-0 at the ‘Big Bird’ on the evening of Tuesday 23 April, 2013. The Mariners were eliminated in the Round of 16 by eventual 2013 AFC Champions League winners, Guangzhou Evegrande, coached by non-other than world famous Italian mentor, Marcello Lippi.



3. TOP OF THE TREE After a successful first season in charge (2010/11) in which his team finished second only to a record breaking Brisbane Roar and lost the most heartbreaking, jaw-dropping Hyundai A-League Grand Final of all time, Arnold rallied his troops to spend the most of his second season as Mariners supremo on top of the table. Arnold’s Mariners lost just one game at Bluetongue Stadium, and secured 51 points on the way to the securing the Premiers Plate for the second time in Club history. Continued overleaf >> | | | |

ARNIE’S TOP 5 ACCOMPLISHMENTS ON THE COAST (continued) 4. YOUNG TALENT TIME Tom Rogic, Bernie Ibini, Oliver Bozanic, Mathew Ryan, Mustafa Amini, and Rostyn Griffiths are just some of the names that Arnold helped develop into first class players throughout his time as Head Coach of the Club. The aforementioned players are now all contracted Clubs in Europe or Asia, while Arnold helped get the best out of Alex Wilkinson - now in the K-League. Arnold has consistently spoken about the importance of bringing through “Aussie kids”, and as a result the Mariners have become the Club of choice for aspiring football hopefuls. Count on this: The development ethos Arnold instilled at the Club won’t be changing any time soon.

5. CHARMING THE COAST Taking over from the current Mayor of Gosford, Lawrie McKinna, was always going to be ask for Arnold when it came to the popularity stakes. But Arnie did as he does best, letting his approach and achievements win over the fans. From day one, Arnold spoke truthfully and passionately to the fans and the media, and while a different man to McKinna, he was no less as complimentary with his time. Three seasons, three Hyundai A-League finals appearances, one Premiership, one Championship, progression beyond the group stages of the AFC Champions League, a bulldog named Stanley, and an all round good bloke who loves a beer – what’s not to like about Arnie?

CLUB NEWS Sainsbury & Anderson ink extensions Dynamic defensive duo Trent Sainsbury and Zac Anderson have committed their medium term futures to Central Coast Mariners FC, with both players inking contract extensions to ensure the will remain with the defending Hyundai A-League Champions. Both Sainsbury and Anderson were set to come off contract at the Mariners at the end of the current campaign, however despite interest from rival Hyundai A-League teams as well as approaches from abroad, the pair have pledged their playing futures to the yellow and navy. Sainsbury has extended his stay with Central Coast until the completion of the 2015/16 season, while Anderson will remain with the Mariners until the end of the 2014/15 campaign.

Mariners partner with Gloria Jean’s Coffees Central Coast Mariners have entered into a new digital partnership with Gloria Jean’s Coffees that will provide an additional benefit for Mariners Members. Throughout the remainder of the Hyundai A-League 2013/14 season, Central Coast Mariners will produce a weekly video interview with one of the Club’s players or coaches at one of Gloria Jean’s Coffees eight Coffee Houses across the Central Coast. Each video will be uploaded on the Club’s YouTube channel, as well as embedded on the Club’s website and shared via social media. Go to now (or scan the QR code on the right) to watch this week’s interview with Storm Roux! As part of the Club’s fresh digital partnership with Gloria Jean’s Coffees, each Mariners Member also has the opportunity to receive 10 per cent off any drink purchase at Gloria Jean’s Coffee Houses on the Central Coast, simply by presenting their Member Card*. This offer is available at Gloria Jean’s Coffee Houses at Bateau Bay (Bay Village), Erina Fair, Gosford Imperial Centre, Westfield Tuggerah (x2), Woy Woy (Deepwater Plaza), Lake Haven Shopping Centre, and Wyoming Shopping Village. *Offer available until the end of the Hyundai A-League 2013/14 season.

‘Sully’ signs on for Central Coast @GeorgeNegus via Twitter “@CCMariners without Arnie is hard to fathom now, but Phil Moss is a great guy, a smart guy & I personally believe he’ll do a great job.” Sandra Thompson via Facebook “Congratulations Arnie, you deserve the best as you have given CCM and their supporters your best. I sincerely hope the people of the Central Coast are given the opportunity to say goodbye and thank you for all that you have helped CCM achieve. You have left a great legacy and I have all the faith that you have prepared Phil and the team to continue you work. Best of luck.” Jean Archer via Facebook “So sorry to see you go Arnie, however wish you well for your new challenge. Thank you for all you have done for the CCM and for soccer on the Central Coast. You will certainly be missed.” Bindie Stewart-Fitzpatrick via Facebook “We will miss you Arnold, you have led the Mariners well and I only wish you the best at Vegalta.”

@JoshO567 via Twitter “Phil Moss is only our 3rd manager in 9 years. Our stability is a main reason why we have been so successful.”

Central Coast Mariners are pleased to confirm that foundation player Wayne O’Sullivan has re-joined the Club as Assistant Coach to freshly promoted Mariners boss, Phil Moss. One of the fan’s favourite players in the early years of the Hyundai A-League, O’Sullivan played 47 competitive matches for the Mariners between 2005 and 2007, and has signed on with the Club until, at minimum, the completion of the 2014/15 campaign. O’Sullivan brings a wealth of knowledge to the Mariners having enjoyed a long and successful professional playing career in England, Wales, Singapore and Australia. He has also held senior coaching positions at Wellington Phoenix (Assistant Coach) and Newcastle Jets (Head Coach – Westfield W-League). Welcome back, Sully!

Mini Mariners in action tomorrow! The Central Coast Mariners Foxtel National Youth League side will be looking to record their first win of the season when they take on Newcastle Jets Youth in Tuggerah tomorrow. While Patrick Zwaanswijk’s team have been creating plenty of opportunities in the opening five rounds of the competition, the side has so far found goals hard to come by against their youth league rivals. Zwaanswijk’s boys will be seeking to discover the golden touch against the junior Jets, who they have already played once this campaign (round 2, lost 2-1). Kick-off at the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence (1 Bryant Drive, Tuggerah) tomorrow is at 10:30am and admission is, as always, FREE!


Anthony Wilson via Facebook “Thank you Arnie for everything you have done for our wonderful club and you will be welcome back to the Coast anytime with open arms. Time for a new era to begin.”





CCM wins


overall: 25






at Bluetongue: 13







MVC wins CCM goals MVC goals

Melbourne Victory have won just one of their last seven Hyundai A-League games against Central Coast Mariners (lost 3, drawn 3). The Central Coast Mariners have kept a clean sheet in four of their last six Hyundai A-League home games against Melbourne Victory. Just one of the seven goals that Central Coast Mariners have conceded this season in the Hyundai A-League have arrived in the first half. Archie Thompson has scored in three of his last four appearances in the Hyundai A-League for Victory. Melbourne have won just one of their 11 Hyundai A-League points away from home this season, drawing one and losing two of their three away trips so far in 2013-14.

Average goals scored per game: 3.08


going into Round 8





Brisbane Roar




Western Sydney Wanderers




Newcastle Jets




Sydney FC




Melbourne Victory




Central Coast Mariners




Perth Glory




Adelaide United




Wellington Phoenix




Melbourne Heart



#14 Michael McGlinchey He’s the nimble New Zealander with dazzling feet, a killer pass and an eye for goal, and tonight Michael McGlinchey will be crucial to the Mariners’ aim of sending victory home glum.


After missing the Club’s last home match against Brisbane Roar in round 5 due to international duty with the All Whites, McGlinchey returned to the Mariners’ squad for last Saturday 2-1 win over Perth Glory in Western Australia. In a superbly skilful ten minute period at the end of the first 45 in Perth, McGlinchey showed why he’s considered to be one the Hyundai A-League’s top players. First, the crafty Kiwi side-footed the ball into the back of the net to level the score against Glory at 1-1. Then he worked his way into the box, only to see his shot smothered by desperate Perth defending. And just before half time, McGlinchey lashed a fierce, curling free kick from 30 yards against Danny Vukovic’s right post. Michael McGlinchey can cut through like a hot knife with butter!


YELLOW ARMY CHANT OF THE WEEK Join in with the boys & girls from Bay 16 and help make Bluetongue buzz!


Call: Central Coast Olé 
 Response: Central Coast Olé!
 Call: We’ll always sing for you
! Response: We’ll always sing for you!
 Everyone: No matter what happens, we’ll always be loyal, we love the Central Coast!

How well do you really know the Mariners, the Hyundai A-League, and Australian football? 1 Which Club will Graham Arnold coach in the J-League? 2 Michael McGlinchey & Storm Roux represented the All Whites in FIFA World Cup Qualifying against which nation recently? 3 The Mariners host Sydney FC at Bluetongue Stadium next Saturday night. How many goals did Daniel McBreen score when the Mariners hosted the Sky Blues in Gosford last season? 4 Mariners goalkeeping coach John Crawley once played for Chilean Primera B side Lota Schwager. True or False? 5 Name the former Central Coast Mariners player pictured (left) 6 Which charity’s branding appears on the back of the Central Coast Mariners’ Hyundai A-League 2013/14 playing shorts? 7 Where was new Central Coast Mariners Head Coach Phil Moss born? 8 Where was Central Coast Mariners right back Storm Roux born? 9 Where can Central Coast Mariners Members receive 10% off all drink purchases simply by showing their Member Card? 10 Who is the next Mariner in line to play 100 Hyundai A-League games for the Club?

Answers: 1: Vegalta Sendai. 2: Mexico. 3: Three (3). 4: True. 5: Alvin Ceccoli. 6: Camp Quality. 7: London, England. 8: Cape Town, South Africa. 9: Gloria Jean’s Coffees (Central Coast Coffee Houses only). 10: Joshua Rose (currently on 95 HAL games) .

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