Celebrating 15 years of the Hyundai A-League
On August 26, 2005, Carl Veart fired Adelaide United ahead in the 19th minute of their clash at Newcastle Jets to create history by scoring the Hyundai A-League’s first ever goal.
Over the next month, a-league.com.au will be celebrating everything that followed.
It has been 15 years since the first ball was kicked, the maiden points were won and the inaugural championships trophy was lifted by Sydney FC captain Dwight Yorke.
In the time that has passed, rock-solid defensive stopper Andrew Durante has amassed 313 appearances and leads the list of of career games, while danger man Besart Berisha has fired in an all-time record of 116 goals.
Leigh Broxham and Alex Wilkinson have tasted victory the most frequently, with both players on the winning side 130 times, but shot-stopping extraordinaire Michael Theo was the first to rack up a century of wins in 2015.
Of course, Melbourne Victory’s lethal striker Archie Thompson has the record for the most goals in a game, and we may still be talking about 'five of the best' in the Grand Final 2007 in another 15 years’ time.
Keep an eye on the Hyundai A-League’s official website and social media channels over the coming weeks as we shine a spotlight on the most memorable moments of the past 15 years.