Top flight football to return to Coffs Coast
TOP FLIGHT football's return to Coffs Harbour will see Hyundai A-League rivals the Western Sydney Wanderers and Central Coast Mariners squads playing for positions.
The pre-season friendly at C.ex Coffs Stadium on Friday, August 7, will carry great weight as both franchises train for the FFA Cup and kick-off to the Hyundai A-League in October.
Wanderers captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley - the first Australian club captain to lift the Asian Champions League trophy - said the squad eagerly awaits its return to Coffs Harbour, after its January training camp at Novotel Pacific Bay.
"The facilities are top class and the fact we're coming back is testament to that," Topor-Stanley said.
"It's important for Hyundai A-League clubs to take matches away from the cities and bring top-flight football to other regions like we are doing here.
"I know the North Coast is a big football region. "Hopefully most of the crowd will be wearing red and black."
The Central Coast Mariners have incoming coach Tony Walmsley at the helm, after his stint with the Sheffield United juniors, while Socceroos great Tony Popovic enters his third year as coach of the Wanderers.
For Coffs Harbour, the pre-season match continues the city's fine associations with elite football, having hosted the Matildas, the Socceroos and State Cup Finals previously.
Tickets to the preseason friendly went on sale yesterday.