Manly United FC

Beginning life as a club called Neerlandia, which competed in the 1959 Sydney Federation Division Two competition, the club was promoted to the Sydney Federation Division One after winning the Premiership. Heading in to the 1960 season, the club changed it’s name to Manly Warringah. It maintained this moniker until merging with North Shore United in 1991.

​North Shore United itself was a merger of two clubs Ku-Ring-Gai and Artarmon. This merger took place for the 1989 season.

Warringah Narrabeen (and from 1986 Warringah Freshwater) was a club that had competed throughout the 1980s in Division Two, even winning the title in 1983.

Manly United formed from the merger of Manly-North Shore United and Warringah Freshwater as Manly Warringah Dolphins at the close of the 1991 NSW Division 1 season for the start of the upcoming NSW Super League season. The club changed its name to Manly United in 2004 following promotion into the NSW Premier League. They have competed there since 2004–05 when they were elevated after winning the Super League Division, never actually making it into the old – now defunct – National Soccer League (NSL).

Their ground has always been Cromer Park, though a popular local nickname is Hackett Hive in tribute to ex-player Andrew Hackett’s notorious “bee-like energy” in midfield (who like Lucas Neill, another club junior, left for English Football, though with less success).

Manly United is considered an important side in the NSW Premier League, as it is based on a geographic area, rather than founded by a single ethnic group like some other ex-NSL clubs.

The club is the representative arm of the Manly Warringah Football Association, the second largest community Football Association in Australia.

Club Honours

  • New South Wales Premiers 1995
  • New South Wales Champions 1995, 2017
  • Waratah Cup Winners 2011