Here are the Reds who carry the hopes of Cambridge FC supporters in the 2020 Lotto NRFL second division.
Fraser Nicholls, 31, (goalkeeper)
A commanding and experienced goalkeeper who has been one of the team’s most consistent performers over the last seven years. A key member of the 1st team squad and one of the league’s top keepers. He has also appeared for the Waikato All Star squad.
Louis Schott, 22, (goalkeeper)
Another new signing for the 2020 season, Frenchman Schott spent 14 years with his local club Tringale d’or Foot before playing for FC Val de Loue.
Fazeel Aqil, 18, (goalkeeper)
Born in Pakistan and lived in Indonesia for five years before moving to the Waikato where he studies sports science.
Kieran Hill, 34, (defender)
Previously at Northern League club Ngaruawahia United. An experienced and versatile defender who has been a first-team regular since joining Cambridge in 2014. A senior and vital member of the team both on and off the pitch.
Patrick Woodlock, 32, (defender)
First team stalwart who began as an 18-year-old in the Cambridge Northern League side. Has played for Hamilton Wanderers in the Northern League Premier Division and Ngaruawahia United in Division 1. Has won the Cambridge club Player of the Year a record six times and was WaiBOP Player of the Year in 2015 and 2017.
Jack Portegys, 20, (defender)
A member of the 2017 youth squad that won the National U-19 Satellite Tournament in Napier, he became a first-team regular in 2018. He has played summer National League for Hamilton Wanderers. He was the Reds’ Players’ Player of the Year in 2019.
Blair Pennell, 22, (defender)
Joins the Reds from West Hamilton United where he played his first season of men’s football after taking time from football to focus on athletics. He comes to Cambridge excited and optimistic about the chance to play at a higher level of football.
Jack Sickelmore, 18, (defender)
In his third season at Cambridge after playing for Te Awamutu since he was five. Has played for Cambridge U-19s and Cambridge High School.
James Greentree, 18, (defender/midfield)
Versatile, he can play on either flank or in central midfield. Teenager Greentree moved from Claudelands Rovers to join the Reds for the 2020 Northern League season.
Daniel Clarkin, 22, (defender/midfield)
An outstanding signing from Hamilton Wanderers who joined the Reds for the 2017 season. A composed, reliable and skilful defender, he has become an integral member of the side, starting the 2020 season with the captain’s armband.
Kieran Vollebregt, 17, (defender)
After playing for Cambridge since he was 5, he broke into the first team in 2019. He also plays for St Peter’s first XI.
Hugo Stalin, 28, (midfield)
Frenchman Stalin played for J.S.Coulaines in his home country and played regional football in central midfield. On a year-long working holiday visa, he’s joined Cambridge for the2020 season.
Marc (Moses) Glenister, 22, (midfield)
After playing first team and reserve team Northern League football for Hamilton Wanderers, Glenister moved to Cambridge for the 2020 season.
Josh Clarkin, 19, (midfield/forward)
He has played for Cambridge since he was 5, and developed through the club’s junior and youth ranks. He was named the club’s Player of the Year for 2019 and his main goal is to get Cambridge promoted to the Lotto NRFL first division.
Elliot Cooper, 24, (midfield)
With Northern League experience at Takapuna and Hamilton Wanderers, Cooper re-joins Cambridge this season. He represented New Zealand at the 2018 University Futsal Championships in Kazakhstan.
Tom Woutersen, 29, (midfield/forward)
Consistent goalscorer with 14 goals in Cambridge’s 2015 WaiBOP Premiership title-winning season, and 12 goals when winning the 2017 title. Re-joins Cambridge this season after two seasons overseas.
Mike Cosgrave, 28, (winger)
Another new signing for the 2020 season, Cosgrave joins Cambridge after returning to the Waikato after a couple of years overseas. His last club was UK club Old Actonians and he previously played Northern League with Melville United.
Auguste Hirsinger, 23, (winger)
Before travelling to New Zealand and joining the Reds for the 2020 season, he played for French club FC Campagonie and prior to that, with US Saint Vit.
Josh Nooijen, 27, (winger)
Previously with Hamilton’s Melville United, Nooijen joined Cambridge in time for the 2020 season, and scored on his club debut against Claudelands Rovers.
Dylan Blair, 22, (forward)
Signed from Melville United at the start of the 2018 season, this promising striker made giant strides during the season with a knack for losing his marker and getting into goalscoring positions.
Aston Hurd, 16, (forward)
Young player from Te Aroha who joined Cambridge from Morrinsville AFC for the 2020 season.
Paul Richardson (head coach)
Joined Cambridge in 2018 after three successful seasons at Matamata Swifts who he guided to runners-up spot (behind Cambridge) in the 2017 WaiBOP Premiership. Richardson has improved Cambridge’s position in the Lotto NRFL in both his seasons in charge, guiding the Reds to a fifth-placed spot in 2019.
Richard Wade & Blair Hoad (assistant coaches)
This pair joined Cambridge for the 2019 season after working as a coaching partnership at Melville United where they spent 4-5 seasons. They were responsible for Melville’s Northern League first division reserves squad and acted as assistants to first-team coach Steve Williams. They helped develop more than 10 players who progressed to first team status and collected a Special Recognition Award and Coaches of the Year Award at the Hamilton club.
Kim Brierley (goalkeeper coach)
Runs the Just4Keepers goalkeeping academy which has produced two NZ goalkeepers at the U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and has coached WaiBOP Federation goalkeepers and been the WaiBOP women’s ASB League goalkeeper coach.
Nicola Brierley (team manager)
In her first year as the Reds’ team manager, her administration skills and eye for detail will be of great value during the season.
Clarke McKenzie (physio)
Experienced physio who is now in his fourth season of involvement with the Reds through his Cambridge–based business, Vigour Physiotherapy, who also sponsor the club.
Main photo: Back (from left) Louis Schott, Mike Cosgrave, Daniel Clarkin, Fraser Nicholls, Ewan Donald, Josh Clarkin, Marc (Moses) Glenister. Front: Auguste Hirsinger, Elliot Cooper, Blair Pennell, Josh Nooijen, James Greentree, Kieran Hill.