Family Fun and Feast of Football for Fury

Fowler and Fergie will fire up the Football feast at Bluetongue Stadium this Sunday, but the huge clash against former Mariners assistant Ian Ferguson’s North Queensland Fury will be just a taste of what’s in store.

Fowler and Fergie will fire up the Football feast at Bluetongue Stadium this Sunday, but the huge clash against former Mariners assistant Ian Ferguson-s North Queensland Fury will be just a taste of what-s in store.

This Sunday also marks our annual EnergyAustralia Kids Free day.

For the third year in a row, primary school aged children will be entitled to a free ticket to the Mariners- home match against the Fury, and are able to redeem their free ticket at Mingara, Bluetongue Stadium or Castle Hill Ticketek outlets on presentation of a brochure which was distributed to all primary schools across the Coast in week 7 of term 3.

There-s a limit of 2,000 tickets available, so first in best dressed!

For more EnergyAustralia Kids Free day information click here

Along with a free ticket to the football, kids will be entertained by the visit of the Taronga ZOOmobile. The travelling roadshow of live animals and reptiles was a huge hit at the club-s Family Fun Day in August, and is sure to prove just as popular on Sunday. The ZOOmobile will be offering a free giveaway to kids arriving early.

Along with being the first ever clash with the Fury, this Sunday is a landmark in the history of the Central Coast Mariners. For the first time, the club-s brand new mascot will be unveiled. Following on from such famous mascots as Adelaide United-s "Big Red", Brisbane-s "Roary the Lion", or even those from rival codes like "Cyggy" the Sydney Swan and the Gold Coast Chargers- infamous "Captain Charger", the Mariners new mascot is sure to capture the hearts of thousands of young Central Coast fans.

What will its name be, and what will it look like? Be there on Sunday to be a part of his spectacular unveiling.

"Firstly, the Mariners extend a huge thanks to EnergyAustralia for again running with the Kids Free Day promotion. It has proven a huge success in past years, and gives thousands of our most valued fans the chance to get up close and personal with their heroes," said Mariners Executive Chairman Lyall Gorman.

"We hope to see the full complement of tickets snapped up, to not only provide vocal support to the team, but to also enjoy and take advantage of the fantastic activities on offer.

"It-s a really exciting time for the club with the introduction of our brand new mascot, I-m sure kids will take to it instantly, and it will quickly become part of the furniture at Bluetongue Stadium," Gorman said.

There will be no shortage of excitement on the field either, fresh from their dominant 3-1 thrashing of one of the competition-s favourites Sydney FC, The Mariners Westfield W-League side will play its first ever game at Bluetongue Stadium in the second round of the 2009 competition, when they come up against Adelaide United at 12:15pm. With many Qantas Matildas on display, the match will provide the perfect entrée for what is shaping to be one of the most memorable Hyundai A-League clashes so far this campaign.

It-s the first time Mariners football manager Lawrie McKinna will find himself on opposing benches to his former pupil Ian Ferguson, who linked up with McKinna at Northern Spirit before taking up the position of Assistant coach at the Central Coast in season one.

Now heading up the A-League-s new franchise, the North Queensland Fury, Ferguson will be desperate to get one over his ex-master, and he has the perfect weapon to try to achieve that goal.

He scored 230 goals in 510 appearances in English Football-s elite competitions, and is known as "God" to Liverpool fans, now the English Premier League-s most prolific ever goalscorer Robbie Fowler, is making his way to Gosford.

Fowler is yet to face a defence as tough to break down as the Central Coast-s in the A-League though, and while he-s scored four goals already this campaign, breaking through the likes of Chris Doig, Alex Wilkinson, Dean Heffernan and Nigel Boogaard may prove his toughest challenge to date.

"They-re going to be tough to crack," said Mariners football manager Lawrie McKinna.

"But we-ll go in full of confidence we can get the three points. It will be good to catch up with Fergie and SP (Fury assistant and former Mariner Stewart Petrie), but I hope we send them home empty handed.

"It will be a huge boost for the boys to run out to a full house on Sunday, and hope everyone can get behind us and we can get a result," McKinna said.

So for all this and more, make sure you are at Bluetongue Stadium this Sunday to see our Westfield W-League side take on Adelaide United before our Hyundai A-League stars clash with North Queensland Fury. Gates open at 12:00pm, and the main game kicks off at 3:00pm.

Tickets for this match are available online here or by phoning 132 849.

Mariners Memberships for the Hyundai A-League 2009/10 season are now available online by clicking here or by phoning 1300 767 442.