Spirit FC

Spirit FC is formally known as Gladesville Hornsby Football Association Spirit FC. The club was founded originally in 1997 as Northern Spirit, then after folding at the conclusion of the 2003/2004 NSL Season, it was formed as Gladesville Hornsby. The club currently plays out of North Sydney Oval, representing the Gladesville Hornsby area in the NPL 2 competition.

During their first season, Crystal Palace owner mark Goldberg purchased a 31% stake in the club, then secured an option to buy a further 35%. However, due to Palace’s financial problems he relinquished his option to a group of players and coaches, including amongst other; Graham Arnold, Robbie Slater and Ian Crook. The club was also briefly owned by Rangers who changed their home kit to their own Royal Blue.

Northern Spirit reached the NSL finals in their first attempt after a solid season, however failed to live up to the hype until the 2002/03 season reaching the finals a second time.  They broke the Australian club football attendance record (non finals match) in their first home game with a crowd figure of 18,985 which would stand until 2005.

The formation of Gladesville-Hornsby Football Association occurred in 2004 out of the ashes of Northern Spirit, and was nicknamed Spirit FC. They won the New South Wales State League Division One title in 2007 however were not promoted. They won back to back titles after securing the championship and 2008 and this time were promoted to the Super League for the 2009 season. When Football NSW incorporated the NPL structure, GHFA Spirit FC were selected for the second division of football in NSW. Spirit FC won the premiership in the 2015 NPL 2 season, however due to club championship were not promoted to NPL 1.

Club Honours

  • NSW State League Divison One Champions 2007, 2008
  • NSW NPL 2 Premiers 2015

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