Friday, April 04, 2014


Warriors Edge Woodlands As Stewart Linked With Newcastle Jets

This used to be quite a fesity affair. Back in the day when Warriors were known as SAFFC and won the SLeague as if by right and Woodlands were always at the bottom, the Woodlands fans took no crap from their illustrious neighbours.

I recall one game at Woodlands Stadium where the PA at the end of the game advised the travelling SAFFC support to stay inside the ground for a bit while security waited for the angry home fans to go home! Ahh, happy days.

Certainly, the SLeague needs a crunch match and not the corporate monstrosity East Coast Derby or the one time Uniform Derby. The sooner the Singapore authorities realise football culture spreads from the bottom up and is not imposed from on high, think free ice cream, dancers, clappers and the bloody awful PA at games, the better.

Anyway, I digress dear reader.

Miroslav Pejic, no relation to Mike or Mel I guess, scored the only goal of the game for the Warriors on 34 minutes from the penalty spot, keeping up his goal a game average.

The win moved Warriors to second in the table while inflicting Woodlands first defeat of the season

2 - Warriors 6 4 1 1 10-5 13
8 - Woodlands 6 1 4 1 7-7 7

Before the game came news that Woodlands coach Darren Stewart was being eyed as a possible candidate for Newcastle Jets in next season's ALeague.

47 year old Stewart, who led Balestier Khalsa to the League Cup last season before being released, was born in Newcastle and had three spells with Newcastle Breakers during a career that also saw him play for APIA, Johor and Balestier Central.

This is not the first time Stewart's name has come up. Late last year there were rumours Newcastle, sorry I cannot call a football team Jets, were considering the former Socceroo as a replacement for Gary van Egmond

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