Over a decade ago, the Newcastle Jets defeated the Central Coast Mariners 1-0 to claim their first A-League title, and now we look back to see who was involved and what they’re up to in 2019.

A whole lot can change in 10 years. Let’s go through both squads that took the field in 2008, starting with the Mariners.

Central Coast Mariners 2008 Grand Final starting eleven

Danny Vukovic (GK): Now plays for Genk in Belgium. Vukovic also holds the record for most clean sheets in the A-League, and is the only keeper to score in the A-League.

Nigel Boogaard (RB): Young Nigel was 22 at the time and is now the captain of his former rivals.

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Tony Vidmar (CB): Made the critical mistake that lead to Mark Bridge’s winning goal. He is now an assistant coach for Melbourne City and is the Australian U17s head coach.

Alex Wilkinson (CB): Wilkinson captained the Mariners in 2008 and is enjoying a 1-0 lead with Sydney FC against Melbourne Victory whilst this article is being written.

Alvin Ceccoli (LB): Playing in the Illawarra Premier League for Wollongong United.

John Hutchinson (CM): The most capped Mariners player ever will be an assistant coach for Western United in their first A-League campaign next season.

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Mile Jedinak (CM): Mile has fashioned a nifty career in the English football. He had a stint for Crystal Palace in the Premier League and now plays in the Championship for Aston Villa who are fifth as of writing.

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Adam Kwasnik (LM): Not much information on Kwasnik but according to his Twitter is coaching somewhere and enjoying his coffee.

Greg Owens (RM): The 38-year-old is playing in the NSW Premier League for Bankstown City.

Sasho Petrovski (ST): Plying his trade in the NSW NPL for Wollongong Wolves.

John Aloisi (ST): Not sure anybody knows what Aloisi’s post-Brisbane Roar plan is. Ray Gatt probably knows.

Newcastle Jets 2008 Grand Final starting eleven

Ante Covic (GK): A member of the famous 2006 World Cup squad and now functions as a squad player for Wellington Phoenix.

Tarek Elrich (RB): After a lengthy period with Adelaide United, Elrich moved on to play for  the Western Sydney Wanderers.

Adam Griffiths (CB): The most handsome Griffiths brother now plays in the NSW NPL for Manly United.

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Jade North (CB): Captain Jade Bronson North most recently played for Brisbane Roar in the A-League and is now a free agent.

Andrew Durante (CB): After his stint in Newcastle, Durante moved on to become the most capped player for Wellington Phoenix by a long margin.

Adam D’Apuzzo (LB): Has now retired from football but is now an accountant. Here’s his LinkedIn.

Stuart Musialik (CDM): Doing a job in midfield in the Northern NSW NPL for Hamilton Olympic.

Joel Griffiths (CAM): Helps out Lawrie McKinna with recruitment and other goings on at the Jets. Also opened an Aussie Home Loans franchise at The Junction in 2014.

Song Jin-hyung (ST): Has made 6 appearances in the K-League this season for FC Seoul

Matt Thompson (ST): Another NPL retiree, this time for Maitland FC in Northern NSW.

Mark Bridge (ST): Bridge has enjoyed a colourful career in the A-League playing for a number of clubs during his career. King Bridge recently retired from Western Sydney and will go back to the fun of the NPL for Mounties Wanderers.

Managers

Lawrie McKinna (Mariners): The jolly and lovable CEO of the Newcastle Jets! Former Mayor of Gosford City Council too because why not?

Gary van Egmond (Jets): Always seems to be doing some sort of coaching/directorial role. Was a technical director at NSW Football and is an assistant coach with the Young Matildas.

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