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Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club Limited commonly referred to as Hearts has a proud history dating back to 1911 and a strong reputation within the African and world football community. The club is one of 16 teams that participate in the Ghana Premier League.
The club has, since 1911, been a source of livelihood for many young talents in the country. It has trained many players, some of whom were as young as 15 years to become great stars either locally or abroad. It continues employing the youth and is currently in the process of putting up a hostel facility to train more youth for the future.
Hearts of Oak won its first major trophy in 1922 when Sir Gordon Guggisberg, then the Governor of the Gold Coast, founded the Accra Football League.
Hearts won 6 out of 12 in this league. In 1956, Hearts joined the Ghanaian football League, now Ghana Premier League, and has flourished ever since.
In the year 2000, Hearts of Oak won the Ghana FA Cup, the Ghana Premier League, and the CAF Champions League Cup. Sir Cecil Jones Attuquayefio remains Hearts' most celebrated coach after he led the club to win the CAF Champions League in 2000, CAF Super Cup in 2001, and the CAF Confederations Cup in 2004.
The club was formed by a group of young men led by Christopher Brandford Nettey, a war leader of the Ga Colonial era. His other colleagues were the Simon Okraku brothers (Adolf, Alfred, and Wilhelm), J.T.O Ankrah, J.A Aryee, Dodoo Annang, Darku Abbey, Mark Nettey, the Simon duo, the Bruce Tagoe brothers, Willie Ocran, T.F Wilson, J.D.K Botwe, F.D Amoo, Peter Malm, Quashie Coker and Akom Duncan.
In fact, all founders were the first players of the team and the first captain was the Saltpond born Akom Duncan.
-To make Phobians everywhere happy, proud and respected.
-To be the number one football club in Ghana and Africa.
-To develop a culture and philosophy of football at all levels of the club.
-Develop youth youth teams that feeds the first team.
-To create a value culture in line with the club’s vision statement.
-To create a learning and continuous improvement culture at the club.
To become Ghana’s most cherished organization.
The club was formed in Accra on Nov. 11, 1911 by a group of young men led by Christopher Brandford Nettey (later Asafoatse Nettey) a war leader of the Ga State in the colonial times. First captain was Ackom Duncan, colours are the rainbow colours. We remain the oldest existing club in Ghana
Hearts of Oak won our first major trophy in 1922 when Sir Gordon Guggisberg, Governor of the Gold Coast, founded the Accra Football League. Hearts won Six out of 12 seasons in this league.
In 1956, Hearts joined the Ghanaian football league and has flourished ever since winning the competition 20 times. We hold the record for the most consecutive wins (six) achieved between 1997 and 2002.
Hearts won the first officially organized league competition in Ghana in 1958 a year after independence. We finished the campaign with 21 points after winning 10 matches with three draws and only one defeat. We scored 38 goals and conceded 20 from the 14 games played in the eight-club contest.
The 1961/62 season had 16 teams competing. Hearts became the first team to win this league contest after finishing the campaign with 44 points ahead of fierce rivals Asante Kotoko who had 43. Hearts won 19 matches from 30 games, drew six and lost five. We scored 89 goals and conceded 50.
Hearts won the 20-club contest with 60 points from 37 games. Our final game against Asante Kotoko was not played as the result would have had no bearing on the title. We were nine points clear at the top. Hearts won 26 matches drew eight and lost three, scoring 66 goals and conceding 27.
Hearts won the double in 1973. The league with 42 points from 26 games, scoring 53 goals with 13 against. We beat Mighty Akotex to win the FA Cup. The first final ended 2 – 2 and 4 – 4 after penalties. Hearts won 2 – 0 later to lift the cup. Peter Lamptey won the first Ghana goal king in 1973.
In 1974, Accra Hearts of Oak beat Swedru All Blacks 2 – 1 in the final of the FA Cup to retain the trophy we won the previous campaign.
We won our fifth league title after amassing 49 points from 30 matches to finish the season ahead of bitter rivals Asante Kotoko who finished second. Hearts won 22 matches, drew five with just three defeats. The team scored 65 goals to emerge as the top-scoring club and conceded 28.
After doing all the hard work during the run up to the African Clubs Championships of 1977, Hearts missed out on winning the ultimate at the last hurdle as Guinean side Hafia won the Cup with a 4 – 2 aggregate win over two legs.
The Phobians made it three league wins in five years after clinching the 1978 title with 45 points, two better off than second placed Sekondi Hasaacas after 34 games. Hearts won 20 games, drew five and lost nine. We scored 45 goals for the season and conceded 23.
Hearts won the double that season but missed out in Africa. We had 51 points from 22 matches in the league scoring 64 goals. In the FA Cup, we beat Sekondi Eleven Wise 1 – 0 in the final. Hearts lost the African final to Union Duala of Cameroon (5 – 3) pen after playing 1 – 1 over two legs.
Hearts won the 1981 FA Cup Competition after beating Real Tamale United 2 – 0 in the final for a fourth title.
Hearts won the 1984 league title with 28 points from 20 games. Newly signed striker Opoku Afriyie formed a deadly partnership with Samuel Yeboah and, their goals led Hearts to the title. Hearts won 13 games, drew two with five defeats. We scored 28 goals and conceded 10 to win our eighth title.
Hearts amassed 38 points from 22 games to win the league title. We won 12 matches, drew nine and lost only one. We scored 21 goals and conceded just six to close the season as the team with the best defensive record.
The Phobians were awarded the FA Cup trophy after winning a protest against Kotoko who fielded an unqualified player (Joe Debrah) in the final in Accra. After 90 minutes and extra time, Kotoko won the game 4 – 2.
In the final of the FA Cup competition, Hearts beat Cape Coast Ebusua Dwarfs 2 – 1 in Accra to claim our seventh FA Cup title.
Accra Hearts of Oak won an eighth FA Cup crown with a hard-fought 1 – 0 victory over Tema based GHAPOHA FC in Accra.
We won our 11th league title after dominating the competition. Hearts earned 54 points from 26 games to win the competition with a goal difference of plus 23. We won our first Super Cup with a 1 – 0 victory over GHAPOHA at the Accra Sports Stadium.
Hearts won the league with 52 points. We won 15 games, drew seven and lost four from 26 matches. Hearts scored 38 goals and conceded 19. Hearts also won the Super Cup beating FA Cup Lords Asante Kotoko 2 – 1 in Accra. Striker, Joe Fameyah finished the season as the top goal scorer.
Hearts posted 62 points from 30 matches to win the league, winning 19 games, drew five and lost six scoring 57 goals and conceding 27. In the FA Cup, Hearts beat city rivals Great Olympics 3 – 1 in the final to win our ninth title. Ishmael Addo won the goal king award after netting 19 goals.
This was the season Hearts won everything; the league with 57 points from the 30 games scoring 57 goals and conceding 29; the FA Cup, 2 – 0 over Okwawu United and the CAF Champions League 5 – 2 on aggregate over Tunisian giants, Esperance. Ishmael Addo won the goal king with 21 goals.
In 2001, Hearts beat Egyptian giants Zamalek 2 – 0 in Kumasi to win the CAF Super Cup. Zamalek won the 2000 CAF Cup Winners Cup. Hearts earned 64 points from 30 matches to win the league scoring 52 goals and conceding 19. Ishmael Addo again won the goal king with 22 goals.
Hearts won the league title for a sixth season running with 78 points from the 30 matches; scoring 72 goals and losing only two games. We had the best defensive record after letting in 18 goals. Forwards Bernard Dong Bortey and Charles Taylor, jointly won the goal king with 18 goals apiece.
Hearts won the maiden CAF Confederation Cup with an 8 – 7 penalty shoot-outs win over Asante Kotoko in an all Ghanaian final after both legs had ended 1 – 1 in Accra and Kumasi. An 18th league title followed with striker Prince Tagoe scoring 18 goals to win the goal king.
Hearts won a 20th league title in the 2008/09 season. We had 52 points from the 30 matches scoring 36 goals with 26 conceded. In the 2009/10 season our striker Samuel Affum finished as the top scorer with 13 goals. Mahatma Otto earned that accolade in the 2013 campaign with 20 goals.
The club currently has eleven Board members, Executive Chairman - Tobge Afede XIV, Frank Nelson, Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamaloe, Prof. Kofi Kumado, Ivy Heyward-Mills, Alhaji Alhassan Andani, Thomas Kwesi Esso, Eric Barimah-Atuahene, Alhaji Imoro Briamah, Vincent Sowah Odotei and Frederick Moore.
Frederick Moore is the Chief Executive Officer of the club.
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