THE HISTORY OF THE HARBOUR VIEW FOOTBALL CLUB (HVFC)

Rising from the bowels of the construction site vacated by the West Indies Home Contractors, used after they built the residential community in 1960 without a designated playground.

THE FORMATIVE YEARS:

Since the days when the eager citizens of Harbour View grouped together at the Harbour View Primary School classrooms to meet and greet each other.

The love of football mostly then at the Desnoes & Geddes Minor League Under 16 years level which we won for the first time in 1972, before taking the conscious decision to enter the KSAFA Major League in September 1974 after electing officers in the newly formed Harbour View Football Club previously named after the community only – Harbour View.

The enterprising young men set about cleaning, excavating and developing the waste land until eventually in 1994, under Club Chairman Carvel Stewart, and the CFC Construction Engineers Limited built a 5,000 seater, the first ever football stadium owned by a Club in the Caribbean.

1994 STADIA:

Officially opened by CFU President, Austin “Jack” Warner and assisted by Captain Burrell, making it into an internationally approved FIFA Football Stadium where CONCACAF Champions Club Tournaments were broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports World on Television viewers in over 175 countries in 2007.

Hosting multiple local, Regional and International Tournaments and Finals the venue has spawned a development of similar stadia around Kingston and across Jamaica by many other Premier League Clubs.

1998 INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER:

As Jamaica made history in 1998, by participating in its first ever FIFA World Cup appearance in France, so too HVFC as our three players Peter Cargill, Onandi Lowe and a 19 year old Ricardo “Bibi” Gardner were the most by any one club but it was the first international Transfer of Ricardo Gardner to Bolton Wanderers on June 30th that created history in itself.

Never before has such a young Jamaican player moved to an international club in Europe’s top League, with his mother. He still plies his trade at the English Premiership club some 12 years later.

Since then twelve (12) other HVFC players have played overseas in top European, North American and Caribbean clubs.

REGGAE BOYZ CONTRIBUTIONS:

With 89 Juniors, 8 Females and 52 Senior Reggae Boyz in addition to Administrators, Team Managers, Coaches, Physiotherapist and Equipment Managers, HVFC continues to make a solid contribution to the nation’s football programme with approximately 150 persons.

MOST WINNING CLUB IN THE CARIBBEAN AND JAMAICA:

DPL 2010 Champions

Claro/KSAFA 2009 U-20 Champions JFF 2010 National U-21 Champions
The most highly decorated Club in Jamaica and the Caribbean with a massive 53 Championship Titles in Local Competitions, plus 5 Regional Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Championship titles including the highest CFU Club Championship Honours (2) the most by any Jamaican Club.

The only Jamaican Club to enter into the CONCACAF Club Champions Cup in 2005 and 2008, with entry in the inaugural CONCACAF Club Champions League in Mexico, 2008.

THREE TIME PREMIERSHIP CHAMPIONS:

Our first year in the KSAFA Major League went well in gaining a third place in 1974 behind eventual winners Cavaliers FC, we however would win in 1976, 1985 and again
in 1994.

Winning the islandwide Premier League titles on three (3) occasions in 2000, 2005 and 2009 has placed HVFC in a prime position along with only four other clubs.

The most recent made twice as good, as HVFC also won the JFF 2009 Under 21 Competition as well, for a third consecutive year following victories in 2007 and 2008.

THE FUTURE:

Our upgraded “First-Kick” beginners programme has grown tremendously to register over 220 Boys and Girls, as we bring on new international partnerships with Global Soccer Ministries (GSM) in Coaching Seminars, Artificial Field Development and International Tournaments which started in September 2010 with the visiting Charlotte Eagles tour.

There are plans to strengthen management, improve administrative structure, upgrade facilities, develop merchandise, improve strategy for the marketing of the club.

There is a commitment to forge deeper relations within the Harbour View community, other adjoining communities and sports loving persons islandwide.

Harbour View is actively seeking to expand its horizons further by building international alliances in the Caribbean, North America, Central America and Europe.

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