Eastern Sports Club

For the U.S. collegiate athletic conference formerly known as the Eastern Athletic Association, see Atlantic 10 Conference.
For the club's basketball team, see Eastern Basketball Club.
Eastern Sports Club
Full name Eastern Athletic Association Football Team Limited[1]
Founded 1932 (1932)
Ground Mong Kok Stadium
Ground Capacity 6,664
President Peter Leung
Coach Chan Yuen-ting
League Hong Kong Premier League
2015–16 1st (champions)
Website Club home page

Eastern Sports Club (Chinese: ), is a football and basketball[2] club in Hong Kong.

The football team is commonly known as Eastern Football Team (Chinese: 東方足球隊), also officially named Eastern Athletic Association Football Team[1][3] (Chinese: 東方體育會足球隊) and plays in the Hong Kong Premier League.


The club was established in 1932 as Eastern Athletic Association. In 2012 it changed its name to Eastern Salon Football Team due to sponsorship reasons. In 1981/82 season the club was managed by former England captain and World Cup winner Bobby Moore. Notable English players Alan Ball (1966 World Cup winner) played for the club during 1982/83 season, and Graham Paddon in 1982–1984. It was very successful in the 1990s and was renowned the names "Great Eastern" and "Eastern Dynasty". In 2006/07 season Eastern was demoted to Third Division League but was subsequently invited by Hong Kong Football Association to compete in First Division League for 2007/08 season after obtaining sufficient sponsorship. However, after competing in the top level league for two seasons, Eastern abandoned to play in the First Division League and applied to participate in the Third Division League in 2009/10 season. In the 2013/14 season, Eastern was promoted back to the First Division League as the champion of Second Division League.[4]

In April 2016, Eastern won the 2015–16 Hong Kong Premier League under the guidance of Chan Yuen-ting. With Eastern's victory, the club became the first men's professional association football team to win a domestic, top flight championship under the management of a woman. Chan only lost one game in the 2015–16 season since being appointed.[5]

Current squad

As 4 October 2016.[3]

First team

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Hong Kong GK Yapp Hung Fai (captain)
2 Australia DF Josh MitchellFP
3 Brazil MF Diego EliFP
4 Hong Kong MF Bai He
6 Hong Kong DF Wong Chin Hung
7 Hong Kong MF Xu Deshuai
8 Croatia MF Miroslav ŠarićFP
9 Spain FW Manolo BledaFP
11 Brazil FW Michel LugoFP
12 Hong Kong DF Tsang Chi Hau
13 Hong Kong DF Tse Man Wing
14 Hong Kong DF Cheng King Ho
No. Position Player
15 Hong Kong DF Roberto
16 Hong Kong GK Ho Kwok Chuen
17 Hong Kong MF Lee Hong Lim
18 Hong Kong MF Li Ka Chun
19 Hong Kong FW Cheng Siu Wai
21 Hong Kong DF Tsang Kam To
22 Brazil FW GiovaneFP
23 Hong Kong FW Jaimes McKee
24 Hong Kong MF Ju Yingzhi
28 Hong Kong DF Wong Chi Chung
29 Hong Kong MF Leung Chun Pong
33 Hong Kong GK Liang Yuhao


Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Hong Kong DF Lo Kai Wah
Hong Kong MF Lee Kin Wo
Hong Kong Ma Tze Chung
Hong Kong Chan Tsz Ho
Hong Kong Tang Kwan Lam
Hong Kong Chow Hei Long
No. Position Player
Hong Kong Kelvin Sit
Hong Kong Lam Tsz Ho
Hong Kong Lee Ho Kwan
Hong Kong Lee Tsun Hei
Hong Kong Chu Chun Kiu
Hong Kong Yim Tsz Wai




1955–56, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95

1947–48, 2012–13

2004–05, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12


1983–84, 1992–93, 1993–94, 2013–14

1939–40, 1952–53, 1955–56, 1981–82, 1986–87, 1992–93, 1993–94, 2007–08, 2014–15, 2015–16

1970–72, 1980–81

Performance in AFC competitions

1994: Qualifying – 2nd round
1995: Second Round
1996: First Round
2009: Group stage


In 1992–93 season, Eastern maintained a record of 9 straight wins in the first half of the First Division League season. The team scored 30 goals in the first 9 matches with no goals conceded. It was a record of 3-zero (0 draw, 0 loss, 0 conceded). Eastern captured 3 trophies in that season, and regained the League Champion title after 37 years.[6]

Former coaches

See also

2013–14 Eastern Sports Club season


External links

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