|Club Name||R&F Football Club|
|Home Stadium||Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground|
|Chairman||Mr. HUANG Shenghua|
|Position Last Season||Not Applicable|
WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT THEM?
- A mainstay of the Chinese Super League, fans of Guangzhou R&F and the league itself now have the perfect opportunity to see the club being represented in Hong Kong.
- With the club only required to field three local players every match, fans can expect to see some of the emerging talent at the club with a view to eventually appearing for the CSL team.
- After a 3 year absence without a team, those living in and around Siu Sai Wan and Chai Wan MTR station can now watch regular football in the area once again.
OFFICIAL UNIFORMS 2016/17
SIU SAI WAN SPORTS GROUND (Capacity: 11,981)
TICKETS & MERCHANDISE: Tickets can be purchased on the match days, usually priced at $60 dollars.
BRING YOUR OWN BEER?: Alcohol purchased outside of the stadium is permitted to be brought inside, but must be poured into plastic cups before entering. There is also a kiosk that has a decent selection of food or drinks that can be purchased inside the ground. You can also find a McDonald’s branch inside a small shopping mall at the east side of the stadium.
HOW TO GET THERE: The closest MTR station is Chai Wan. Once there, there are a number of bus routes that serve the stadium, details of which can be found here.
CLUB MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION
R&F do not have a club membership scheme this season.
2016/17 FIXTURE LIST
OFFSIDE.HK’S ONE TO WATCH
Chuck Yiu Kwok
This lethal goal-scoring hitman (left) links up with R&F this season after moving from Rangers, where he was in prolific form in the two years he served the club. He won the Best Youth Player award at the Hong Kong Top Footballer Awards in 2014, and still at only 22 years of age, there is plenty more to come from the Hong Kong international. (Photo courtesy of HKFA)
The R&F team in Hong Kong is a youth development squad of the Guangzhou-based CSL team of the same name. In summer 2016, HKFA and R&F agreed on special conditions that would allow a Chinese team to participate in the Hong Kong Premier League. Aside from a 7-digit sponsorship fee, R&F also had to sign 8 local players, 4 of which have to be fielded in every game. The rest of the team will solely consist of youth players from Mainland China, as R&F also won’t be allowed to sign any other foreign aid. In addition, the team will not be eligible to represent Hong Kong in any AFC tournaments. The history of the main club, Guangzhou R&F, is also a relatively short one. Originally founded in Shenyang in 1986, the team moved to the capital of Guangdong as late as 2011, following the take-over by the real-estate company R&F (or in pinyin: “Fuli”). However, despite their young age, Guangzhou R&F have done fairly well in the league and also impressed with ambitious signings. In 2014, former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson led the team into the AFC Champions League after finishing 3rd in the CSL. Guangzhou R&F are based at the very picturesque Yuexiushan Stadium, but have a considerably smaller supporter group than city rivals Guangzhou Evergrande.