|Club Name||Eastern Sports Club|
|Home Stadium||Mong Kok Stadium|
|Manager||CHAN Yuen Ting|
|Chairman||Mr. LEUNG Shou Chi|
|Position Last Season||1st|
|Links||Official Website Facebook Twitter|
WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT THEM?
- Last year’s champions will be looking for another solid season in the league, and will be the first club from Hong Kong to participate in the group stages of the AFC Champions League in 2017.
- Fans of girl power will no doubt be impressed by the fact that Eastern are the first club to ever win a top flight championship under the stewardship of a female coach.
- Previously managed by Bobby Moore and boasting the likes of Alan Ball that have donned their blue shirt, they are the oldest surviving rivals of South China and are a good choice for those interested in supporting a more traditional club.
MONG KOK STADIUM (Capacity: 6,664)
TICKETS & MERCHANDISE: Tickets and club merchandise can be purchased at the fan club corner in easily visible Eastern-branded tents outside the stadium. Jerseys can also be purchased at World Soccer. Tickets are priced at $80 for all matches.
BRING YOUR OWN BEER?: Alcohol purchased outside the stadium is permitted to be brought in, providing it is poured into plastic cups which are offered when entering. The stadium also has a kiosk which sells a limited supply of beer and snacks.
HOW TO GET THERE: Take the MTR to Prince Edward (Exit A or B1) or Mong Kok East (Exit D), from which it is a 5 minute walk.
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OFFSIDE.HK’S ONE TO WATCH
Manuel Bleda Rodriguez
A Spanish striker (centre) who has plied his trade with the likes of Tajik side Istiklol FC, he arrives at Eastern as a player that will be relied on heavily for goals. This should be no problem for him, however, as his previous goal-scoring record at other clubs shows, and he undoubtedly has everything a striker needs to set this league alight. (Photo courtesy of Eastern Sports Club.)
Eastern were established in 1932 as Eastern Athletic Association. Though their first title came in the 1955-56 season, they were particularly successful in the 1990’s where they won 3 back-to-back titles beginning in the 1992-93 campaign. English legends such as Bobby Moore (as manager), Alan Ball and Graham Paddon have been involved with the club, and they were a mainstay of the top division until they were relegated in 1997. The team were, however, invited to return to the top flight for the 2007-08 season, but they then opted to return to the third division after just two seasons. Eastern eventually returned to the first division in 2013 where they have since gone from strength to strength, finishing as runners up in the inaugural Premier League season. Under chairman Leung Shou Chi, who is keen to create a brand with the team and more recently signed a partnership deal with Real Madrid, they took the Premier League by storm last year, winning the division for the first time in 20 years with a game to spare.