Tribal Football - Football News, Soccer News, Transfers & Rumours Latest Articles for North Queensland Fury Tue, 15 Jun 2021 12:56:25 +1000 Tribal Football <![CDATA[Mark Hughes exclusive: Why Accrington Stanley unique in Football League]]> <p>Society might be accustomed to seeing the flashy lives of footballers. Fast cars, diamond watches, daily trips to the barber followed by a customary Instagram upload. <br></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Fri, 15 May 2020 21:28:42 +1000 Andrew Maclean <![CDATA[​Martin Dubravka reveals why he's happy at Newcastle]]> <p>Martin Dubravka is happy at Newcastle United.<br></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Fri, 06 Sep 2019 14:29:35 +1000 Ansser Sadiq <![CDATA[EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Brockie's South Africa safari paying dividends with SuperSport United]]> <p>Apart from a brief foray into Major League Soccer, Jeremy Brockie had spent his entire career in New Zealand and Australia.<p>So when the opportunity came up to move his young family from Wellington to South Africa, the 27-year old forward jumped at the chance.<p>Brockie departed A-League club Wellington Phoenix for Pretoria's SuperSport United in January, joining the Matsatsantsa on a two-and-a-half-year deal.<p>Life in South Africa's Premiership has begun brightly for Brockie who has netted six goals in ten appearances for former South Africa national team manager Gordon Igesund's side and he admits he is delighted with the way things have panned out for himself, wife Jessica, daughter Piper and son Oskar.<p>"I was obviously off contract with the Phoenix this season and I was after a new challenge and change of scenery," Brockie told<p>"I had a meeting with (Phoenix coach) Ernie (Merrick) before the season started and let him know my thinking and he understood my reasoning and we agreed if an opportunity came up that I wanted to explore, he wouldn't stand in my way."<p>Brockie was aware the shift to South Africa would raise eyebrows but he was confident it would beneficial for his career, his lifestyle and his family.<p>"I guess a lot of people were probably surprised when I signed in South Africa but for me there were a few key factors," the 45-time New Zealand international added.<p>"One, its an English-speaking country and this not only makes it easy for me to settle but also for my family to meet people and socialise.<p>"Secondly, I still have ambitions of making the 2018 World Cup in Russia and to have security of a contract leading up to then helps a lot. Football is massive over here in South Africa and I'm loving it.<p>"The coach of SuperSport, Igesund, was the coach of Bafana Bafana (SA national team) when we (the All Whites) played them last February and I caught his eye, so when he got the SuperSport job the ball started rolling."<p>Brockie has had a bit to learn about the history of his new club as well as getting to know brand new teammates but admits it has been easy to adjust.<p>"The club is one of the better and well run clubs here in SA, we have a couple of national team players in the side and other players with previous caps for Bafana," he added.<p>"We have a talented player, Dove Wome, who plays for Togo also.<p>"SuperSport enjoyed their best spell in seasons 2007 through to 2010 when they won the league three years in a row."<p>Of Igesund, who has a long history of success in his homeland, Brockie said: "Our current coach is the most successful in SA football history winning five league titles with five different clubs.<p>"I'm hoping to win it while I'm here. There are also three cup competitions throughout the season and SuperSport already won one of them late last year and we are in the semis of the current one."<p>Regarding his adjustment to life in Pretoria and at SuperSport, the former North Queensland Fury, Newcastle Jets and Toronto FC man said further: "The boys have been brilliant, it's always a bit nerve-racking heading into a new changing room because you don't know how long it will take to settle and be accepted but from day one I've felt right at home which I guess is why I've had such a great start here.<p>"The first few weeks were tough on the family as living out of a hotel with two kids is not ideal but now we have our own place and cars now and it's much more like home. We have met some lovely people off the pitch also with plenty of kids which makes life so much easier."<p>As is the norm, performing so well early at a new club often gets the media juices flowing - especially in South Africa - and Brockie says it has been no different since his arrival.<p>"There has been quite a lot of interest in the start of I've had to my career here, as it normally takes foreign players a while to get settled," he said.<p>"I've managed to score four league goals and two cup goals so far and hopefully I can continue as we move closer to the cup final and trying to secure a top 8 finish as the top 8 sides play in a cup at the start of next season."<p>In regards to his old club the Phoenix, Brockie was thrilled to see them on the verge of securing a spot in the A-League finals while still being in with a strong chance of claiming a first title.<p>"I keep in touch with the Phoenix boys all the time obviously and it's no surprise that they are fighting for the top of the league because Ernie built a fantastic squad this year," he added.<p>"I watch with a lot of interest and I don't think many teams would want to be playing the Phoenix in the finals."<p>The South African journey, or safari if you like, has only just started for Brockie and his family but there is plenty to look forward to if the first couple of months are anything to go by.</p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:25:49 +1000 <![CDATA[Liverpool legend Fowler applies for Leeds Utd job]]> <p>Robbie Fowler has reportedly lodged an application to become Leeds United's new manager.<p>The Championship club are still on the hunt for a new boss after the recent sacking of Dave Hockaday after just six matches in charge and it is believed that Liverpool great Fowler has thrown his hat into the ring.<p>39-year old Fowler has coaching experience with Thai club Muangthong United and with Liverpool's academy alongside former teammate Steve McManaman but the Daily Mail suggests he is looking for a full-time head coaching role.<p>Leeds owner Massimo Cellino is due back in England on Wednesday and will consider all applicants including Fowler, x-West Bromwioch Albion boss Steve Clarke, former Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray and Chris Hughton, formerly of Norwich City.<p>If Fowler happened to be appointed, it would mark a return to Elland Road for the ex-Manchester City, Cardiff City, Cardiff City, North Queensland Fury, Perth Glory who played for the Whites between 2001 and 2003.<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href= target=new></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 22:41:53 +1000 <![CDATA[Williams lands trio of Melbourne Heart awards]]> <p>David Williams has picked up a hat-trick of prizes at the Melbourne Heart 2013/14 Player of the Year awards night.<p>The 26-year old winger was named the Heart Player of the Year, the Supporters' Player of the Year and the John Aloisi Golden Boot award following a stunning individual A-League campaign.<p>Williams, who scored 12 goals for the Heart, beat Orlando Engelaar, Massimo Murdocca, Mate Dugandzic, Jason Hoffman and Rob Wielaert to the Player of the Year award and was also voted in by the fans to clinch the Supporters' award.<p>The efforts of Williams were praised by Heart head coach John van 't Schip who feels the former Brondby and North Queensland Fury forward can kick on and become a top scorer in Australia's domestic competition.<p>"David was an enthusiastic contributor in a difficult campaign," van 't Schip said.<p>"He scored important goals for us and to score 12 goals playing in varying attacking roles, demonstrates he is an important player for us.<p>"We have great faith in David and the coaching staff believe that he still has plenty of potential to become one of the A-League's best goal scorers."<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:09:13 +1000 <![CDATA[Melbourne Heart secure Williams on new deal]]> <p>Melbourne Heart have signed David Williams on a fresh two-year deal.<p>The 26-year old winger has scored 11 goals for the A-League club this season and has been rewarded with a new contract by the Heart.<p>"I am very pleased that I will be with the Club next season and beyond," Williams said in a club statement.<p>"I have been here since 2011 and have worked closely with JvS [Head Coach John van't Schip], so it is exciting to be continuing my career here.<p>"I am happy with how I have performed this season, but there is still plenty of work to be done and we hope to finish the season in a good position."<p>Williams joined the Heart from North Queensland Fury in 2011 and has gone on to become the club's leading scorer with 17 goals.<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 03:02:49 +1100 <![CDATA[Rangers great Ferguson planning for Fury's A-League return]]> <p>Ian Ferguson is confident he has in place a plan which will see Northern Fury FC return to the A-League within five years.<p>The former Rangers star is the director of football and coaching of the reformed team which will compete in the National Premier League Queensland this season and he is looking to make more leaps and bounds ahead of a possible top flight comeback.<p>Ferguson, a Rangers Hall of Fame inductee, coached the now-defunct North Queensland Fury in 2009/10 before they were forced out of the A-League due to financial instability in March 2011.<p>Now, the ex-Perth Glory boss is overseeing a club full of talented youngsters with a youth structure he believes betters what some clubs currently have prompting plenty of positivity from the Glasgow native.<p>"The great thing here is we put this structure in place and we're probably ahead of a few teams in the A-League," Ferguson told<p>"When I first went to North Queensland Fury (in 2009), there was nothing underpinning the club itself.<p>"Fury was just set up and everything else had to be organised in time. This time the club's doing it right, going for the grassroots.<p>"To be honest, if we were offered an A-League position tomorrow, we wouldn't be able to do it.<p>"We're doing it right this time and putting the steps in place to make sure when it does come we can sustain it.<p>"We've got to make sure when it does come, it's done right. It wasn't done right last time."<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 02:59:05 +1100 <![CDATA[Ex-Blackburn youth leaves Guangzhou for Perth Glory]]> <p>Perth Glory have announced the signing of midfielder Rostyn Griffiths.<p>The 25-year old, who started his career in Western Australia, has departed Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F to sign a deal with the Glory which will keep him in the A-League until at least the end of the 2014/15 season.<p>Regarding the addition of the former Blackburn Rovers, North Queensland Fury and Central Coast Mariners man, Glory interim head coach Kenny Lowe said: "Rostyn is a fantastic player who is composed on the ball and good in the air.<p>"We're very excited to have such and an experienced, dynamic and powerful midfielder join our squad.<p>"It's also great to have another WA player returning home and is further proof we are setting up the right foundations at Perth Glory.<p>"We now have an abundance of quality in the midfield area so it creates great competition for places in the team."<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:20:14 +1100 <![CDATA[I spoke to Fowler about A-League - Liverpool boss Rodgers]]> <p>Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has heaped praise on the A-League ahead of his clubs visit down under later this year.<p>The Reds meet Melbourne Victory at the MCG on July 24 and Rodgers is looking forward to taking on a group of quality players in a league that is continuing to develop.<p>Rodgers admits he received some insight from Anfield great Robbie Fowler who recently had stints with the now-defunct North Queensland Fury as well as Perth Glory in Australia.<p>"I spoke to Robbie Fowler, and I've got friends who've been managers there," Rodgers said.<p>"The trail of British coaches that end up out there shows it's a league that's professional and improving all the time.<p>"They've got some technical, gifted players, the quality is at a very high level."<p>&nbsp;<a href= target=new>The game is about opinions. Make yours heard! Join the nation on Facebook today:</a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 02:59:42 +1100 <![CDATA[Ex-Rangers defender Wilson urges Scottish clubs to target Aussie youngsters]]> <p>Scott Wilson believes Scottish clubs, in particular those from Glasgow, should continue to track talented youngsters in Australia.<p>With Central Coast Mariners young gun Tomas Rogic set to join Celtic as soon as he obtains a work permit, former Rangers, Dunfermline Athletic and North Queensland Fury defender Wilson says there is plenty more talent to be spotted Down Under.<p>"There are lots of good young kids in Australia and clubs from all over the world are now looking to snap them up as quickly as they can," Wilson said.<p>"I know that Rangers were looking at the Central Coast keeper Mat Ryan and Celtic have now got their attacking midfielder Tom Rogic.<p>"Like Craig Moore proved when he was at Rangers, Aussies are winners and they have all the attributes to be successful in the SPL. They are great athletes.<p>"Obviously coming to play for the Old Firm there is a lot of pressure, but they fit in well with the Scottish players and unlike a lot of foreign players coming in the physical side of the game here isn't going to worry them."<p>&nbsp;<a href= target=new>The game is about opinions. Make yours heard! Join the nation on Facebook today:</a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 01:15:06 +1100