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Published: 2/04/2015 2:07:00 PM

James Whiteford - Coogee United Men's Championship Coach

How long have you been involved in ESFA?

I arrived in Sydney as a backpacker in 2006, saw an advert in a local paper that mentioned Coogee United were looking for players. After 3 years playing in the All Age comps I moved to Premier League. After realising I was getting too old to keep up with the kids I fell into the Ressies Player/Coach role. After a successful year I was lucky enough to take on the Championship team and have become addicted since.

What’s the best thing about being involved with your club?

Coogee United is like a family. A great bunch of lads, many of whom have become close friends over the years. It’s made an already pretty good life in Sydney even better. We’ve had a very successful last 3 years on the park which is reward for a lot of hard work by a number of people behind the scenes in the early days. We are also lucky enough to be sponsored by the Coogee Bay Hotel and there have been many great memories off the park too.

How do you fancy your chances of winning the league this year?

We have recruited well this year so we are confident of another successful year on the park. The key will be keeping everyone fit and healthy through those tough months of June and July. We all know it will be a close affair no matter what.

Who do you think the main contenders for the ESFA league title and why?

We know that our friends at Dunbar will be pushing for the title again (despite the fact they are playing down their chances!). Waverley, Glebe and Loko will be strong as usual but the dark horses this year will be the rejuvenated Phoenix and Maroubra squads.

Which football team do you support and why?

I’m a big Chelsea fan which is great for banter when you are surrounded by Liverpool and United fans in the squad. They still think they are big clubs which makes me laugh.

Out of the new signings at your club who is showing the most promise this year?

We’ve been lucky enough to find some strong new centre midfielders this year. Kev Kelly and Joe Caparrotta have been putting in some strong pre-season performances. It’s been great to also welcome back Jules Bracewell and Nathan Hall who will no doubt be adding some flare again.

Outside of playing football in the Eastern Suburbs what else do you get up to?

Coogee United takes up most of life these days but being lucky enough to work for Heineken means some pretty good travel to various sporting events. I’m looking forward to seeing England lift the Rugby World Cup later in the year.

Who is the best dressed at your club?

Having just been to the races with the team it is great timing for this question. Adam Scrutton scrubbed up well and was appreciated by a number of ladies at the track, despite his rather large behind. Our German import Marcel surprised many with his slick attire. New young guns, Gohto and Jeff have impressed with their early eye for the look. Kev Kelly on the other hand…… 

Who is the squad member famous for their lack of smarts?

There’s a few contenders for this award but one clear winner. Famous for his quote ‘Can we still win the league?” (halfway into the season last year and only 1 point behind at the time). Danny Rayson is certainly the Trigger of the team. Good job he’s mustard.

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