Mito HollyHock

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Mito Hollyhock
水戸ホーリーホック
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Full nameFootball Club Mito HollyHock Ibaraki
Nickname(s)HollyHock, FC Mito
Founded1990, 1994
GroundK's denki Stadium Mito
Mito, Ibaraki
Capacity12,000
ChairmanKunio Numata
ManagerShigetoshi Hasebe
LeagueJ2 League
2019J2 League, 7th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Mito HollyHock (水戸ホーリーホック, Mito Hōrīhokku) is a Japanese professional football (soccer) club, currently playing in the J2 League. The team's hometown is located in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture.

Its nickname "HollyHock" derives from the family crest of the Tokugawa clan who governed from Mito in the Edo period.

History[edit source | edit]

The club was founded in 1990 as Prima Aseno FC by the factory workers of Prima Ham (a food company) in Tsuchiura. It changed its name to Prima Ham FC Tsuchiura and gained promotion to the Japan Football League after finishing as runner-up in the 1996 Regional League play-off. It merged with FC Mito (founded in 1994) and re-branded itself as Mito HollyHock before the start of the 1997 season when Prima Ham decided to discontinue its financial support to the club.

Mito's application to play in the inaugural 1999 season of J. League Division 2 was initially turned down due to an unstable financial and fan base. However, after finishing 3rd in the Japan Football League in 1999 and gaining support, the club was invited into the J. League in 2000.

As of 2016, Mito HollyHock fields teams in women's football[1] in Kanto league division 2, and ice hockey[2] in the Ibaraki prefecture league.

Strategy[edit source | edit]

Being a traditionally weak club in the league, Mito has tended to play a defensive game and has proven successful at it. This stinginess at the back is often referred to as "Mito-nachio" after the Catenaccio playing style, which is also a pun on the hometown's local specialty, Mito natto.

Recently, though, the team has been attempting implementation of stronger offensive tactics in an attempt to gain momentum for a promotion bid.

Current squad[edit source | edit]

As of 28 June 2020.[3]

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Record as J. League member[edit source | edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J. League Cup Emperor's Cup
2000 J2 10 9 2,021 1st Round 3rd Round
2001 J2 12 11 1,559 1st Round 3rd Round
2002 J2 12 10 2,739 3rd Round
2003 J2 12 7 3,085 3rd Round
2004 J2 12 9 3,773 4th Round
2005 J2 12 10 3,334 4th Round
2006 J2 13 10 3,017 3rd Round
2007 J2 13 12 2,415 4th Round
2008 J2 15 11 3,044 4th Round
2009 J2 18 8 2,673 2nd Round
2010 J2 19 16 3,608 3rd Round
2011 J2 20 17 3,349 4th Round
2012 J2 22 13 3,973 3rd Round
2013 J2 22 15 4,630 3rd Round
2014 J2 22 15 4,734 3rd Round
2015 J2 22 19 4,816 4th Round
2016 J2 22 13 5,365 2nd Round
2017 J2 22 14 4,931 2nd Round
2018 J2 22 10 4,938 3rd Round
2019 J2 22 7 6,087 3rd Round
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Images (from the former home stadium)[edit source | edit]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. http://www.eiko-fc.jp/
  2. http://ameblo.jp/hollyhockice/
  3. "TEAM チーム". Mito HollyHock. Retrieved 12 May 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External links[edit source | edit]

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