HFX Wanderers Football Club, commonly known as HFX Wanderers, and also spoken as Halifax Wanderers, is a Canadian professional soccer club in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The club competes in the Canadian Premier League at the top of the Canadian soccer league system.
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HFX Wanderers FC History
Derek Martin, the owner of Sports & Entertainment Atlantic, had a meeting with officials from the Canadian Premier League in December 2016 to examine the possibility of establishing a franchise in Halifax. In March of 2017, Martin presented the concept of a pop-up stadium to the members of the Halifax City Council, and the plan was approved in May of that same year.
On May 5, 2018, the Canadian Soccer Association decided to provide professional club membership to four different groupings, and Halifax was one of those groups.
On May 25, 2018, HFX Wanderers FC was presented to the public for the first time as the third team to participate in the Canadian Premier League. The club has not only announced that they would be participating in the league’s inaugural season in 2019, but they have also disclosed their logo, team colors, and branding.
At the Wanderers Grounds on July 28, 2018, HFX Wanderers FC competed in a friendly match against the under-21 team representing Fortuna Düsseldorf. The game was played by an Atlantic Selects team. Following a score of 2–2 in the allotted playing time, the Atlantic Selects were victorious on penalties. There were officially 4,809 people present. On April 28, 2019, they participated in their debut league game, which resulted in a loss on the road to Pacific FC by a score of 1-0.
HFX Wanderers FC Crest
The Halifax Citadel, which can be found in close proximity to the club’s stadium, served as the basis for the design of the club’s crest. In addition, the crest features an anchor, which is meant to represent both the Atlantic Ocean and Halifax Harbour, as well as the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge, which is a link between the Halifax Peninsula and Dartmouth. Under the name of the club is written in Scottish Gaelic the club’s motto, which translates to Our Harbour, Our Home, and Our Soul. This motto is referred to as Ar Cala, Ar Dachaigh, Ar n-Anam. The term “one of the few surviving areas where the language is still spoken” in Scottish Gaelic refers to Nova Scotia, which is one of those few places.
The Canadian graphic designer Mark Guilherme was responsible for the creation of the crest, and he based its design on the consultation and feedback he received from meetings with supporters, Halifax municipal leaders, and local citizens. The colors navy, grey, and cyan have been chosen to represent the club officially (branded by the club as “harbour blue,” “naval grey,” and “aqua ocean”). These hues are representative of the night sky, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Royal Canadian Navy respectively.