Arnett Gardens F.C.

Kingston, Jamaica Jamaica National Premier League

Arnett Gardens F.C.
Full nameArnett Gardens Football Club
Nickname(s)Junglists[1]
Founded1977
GroundAnthony Spaulding Sports Complex
Kingston, Jamaica
Capacity7,000
PresidentJamaica Chris Bicknell
ChairmanMark Golding
LeagueNational Premier League
2018–19Regular season: 5th
Playoffs: Quarterfinals

The Arnett Gardens Football Club is a Jamaican football club based in Kingston, which currently plays in the National Premier League.

The team is based in the Arnett Gardens community of South Saint Andrew, Jamaica, and plays in the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.

History

The team came out of a merger between the All Saints and Jones Town Football teams in 1977. Arnett's fans originate primarily from Arnett Gardens and its adjoining communities – Jones Town, Craig Town, Hannah Town & Admiral Town. The Junglists, as their fans are known, are very passionate and vociferous about their team and will travel all over the country in support of the team. The Arnett Gardens part of Kingston is popularly known as the Concrete Jungle, hence the nickname of the club.

The club won the league in its very first season, 1978. Although it suffered a long drought after that, it re-emerged at the start of the new millennium, winning both the 2000–01 and 2001–02 championships.

Recent seasons and managerial changes

The start of the 2007–08 season proved to be one of their worst ever and forced coach Max Straw to resign on 14 January 2008 to be replaced by former coach Jerome Waite,[2] who led Arnett Gardens to the celebrated back-to-back titles of 2001 and 2002. They then finished the season four points above the relegation zone after winning 3 of their final 4 games.

Waite himself was axed after only four games into the 2008–09 season, losing all games and managing to score only one goal. He was replaced by Fabian Davis,[3] who left his post at the end of 2009.[4] As of January 2010, Wayne Fairclough was the team's coach[1] but he decided to quit in October 2010.[5] Fairclough was succeeded by former national team striker Paul Davis.[6]

Davis took them to a creditable 5th place in the 2012–13 season, his third with the club, before he resigned in November 2012 citing a lack of commitment from the players and other issues within the club.[7] In October 2013, his successor Calvin Lewis resigned[8] and his place was taken by former coach Jerome Waite.

Achievements

Runner-up (2): 2002, 2018
1978, 2001, 2002, 2015, 2017

External links

References

  1. ^ a b Lowe, André (11 May 2010). "Inspired Arnett fight hard to stave off Lion". The Gleaner. Jamaica. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  2. ^ Max Straw quits struggling Arnett Archived 26 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine – Jamaica Observer
  3. ^ Arnett coach quits after string of poor DPL results – Jamaica Observer
  4. ^ Shake-up at Arnett Gardens – Jamaica Gleaner
  5. ^ Fairclough throws in towel at Arnett – Jamaica Observer
  6. ^ 'Tegat' heads for the 'Jungle' – Jamaica Observer
  7. ^ 'Tegat' quits as Arnett Gardens coach – Jamaica Observer
  8. ^ Calvin Lewis quits Arnett Gardens – Jamaica Observer