77 goals in just 30 matches of Hyundai A-League 2009/10 season, with the total number of people watching a match this season also up by 14%!
With the two new teams, Gold Coast United and North Queensland Fury, book-ending the table –and only a few points separating the best from the rest – Round 7 will see more goals and more milestones as the Hyundai A-League 2009/10 season picks up steam through September.
Stats, facts & milestones
In the first encounter for the season between the two 2009 Grand Finalists, Adelaide United is aiming to become the first club to gain a revenge victory in the first rematch of two Grand Final teams
- 2006 Grand Final winners Sydney defeated runners-up Grand Final losers Central Coast in their first match-up in 2006/07
- 2007 Grand Final winners Melbourne drew 1-1 with runners-up Adelaide in their first match-up in 2007/08
- 2008 Grand Final winners Newcastle drew 1-1 with runners-up Central Coast in their first match-up in 2008/09
- Central Coast Mariners play their 100th Hyundai A-League match - the Mariners become just the second club to play 100 Hyundai A-League matches, after Adelaide United reached the milestone in Round 5
- Mariners’ coach Lawrie McKinna becomes the first person to coach 100 Hyundai A-League matches
- Central Coast Mariners midfielder John Hutchinson is set to make his 250th appearance in Australian national leagues. Hutchinson's national league career has so far taken him to Morwell Falcons, Northern Spirit and Central Coast Mariners
- Wellington Phoenix are aiming for their ninth undefeated consecutive home match. Only twice before has a team been undefeated for more than eight home matches in a row - Sydney FC (14 undefeated home games, 2005-2006) and Central Coast Mariners (12 undefeated home games, 2005-2006)
- North Queensland Fury midfielder Robbie Middleby is set to make his 250th national league appearance. Middleby previously played for Newcastle Breakers, Wollongong Wolves, Uerdingen, Football Kingz, Carlton, Newcastle United and Sydney FC
- Happy birthday to Sydney FC young gun, Chris Payne, who turns 19 tomorrow, 15 September
- Also celebrating a birthday this week is one of North Queensland Fury’s Englishmen, James Robinson, who will be 27 on Friday 18 September