Rangers AFC had retained a place in the Mainland Premier League for 2008, after defeating Burnside in a playoff at the end of the 2007 season. But Coastal Spirit FC's debut in the Mainland Premier League was delayed due to Burnside FC appealing the play-off result due to Rangers fielding a player who required an international clearance despite Mainland Football advising that all players were cleared to play in the 2007 play-offs. NZ Football then overturned their earlier own earlier advice with their Appeal Committee decision. This decision was then upheld by the Court for Arbitration in Sport. Coastal Spirit FC men's first team currently play in the Men's Division 1 (the old Qualifying League) with the aim of promotion to the Mainland Premier League.
Several players and the odd team from Rangers and New Brighton walked away at this stage, unhappy about the pace of the change and their place in the scheme of things. Dis-spirited you might say. By the end of March 2008 Coastal Spirit set forth as an entity for the first time with 35 junior and 11 senior teams and a membership of 600 players.
Coastal Spirit FC's first match was on 14 February 2008 in the Coastal Spirit Pre-Season Tournament, a 2-1 loss to Christchurch United. Jason Stapley was the first goalscorer for the Spirit. The men's first Division 1 league match was on 5 April 2008 at Kendall Park against North Canterbury United. Spirit won the game 6-0 with Jason Stapley scoring 3 goals. The women's first match was a Premier League game at Bexley Reserve on 5 April 2008, beating Avon United 10-0. Emma Proctor scored the first goal, going on to score the clubs first hat-trick, with 3 goals to Hannah Wong and 4 to Megan Shea. Controversially the match was later awarded as a 3-0 loss for both teams due to Mainland determining each side fielded ineligible players. Mainland Football had implemented a rule that meant any player under the age of 16 had to have written permission from their parents/guardians to play in a Senior team. Unfortunately both teams had missed this trivial regulation so both teams were punished. Ironically Avon's revised 3-0 loss gave them a much better start to the season than the thrashing they received in reality. The next week in the Women's Premier League, Western and Coastal Spirit drew 0-0. A week later came the first win, both on field and on record, 8-2 against Ferrymead Bays. Hannah Wong (3) Georgia Goulding (2) Alex Hepburn, Stef White, Maia Vink were the goalscorers.
In 2008, Coastal Spirit won the Women's Premier League and Reta Fitzpatrick Cup, Sunday League Men's Divisions 1 and 5 and the CSSL Trophy. CSFC were runners-up in the Men's English Cup and Men's Division 1. In the inaugural Tsunami South Island Boys U-19 Tournament, hosted by the club at Bexley Reserve in October 2008, Coastal Spirit finished 2nd, losing 4-1 to Western in the final of the inaugural 10 team club competition. The men's section also saw championship titles in both Division 4 and 5.
In 2009, Coastal Spirt U-15 Girls won the Kanga Cup in Canberra, Australia, beating Feng-Si JHS of Chinese Taipei 6-0 in the Final. Coastal Spirit Men's First Team won both the Division 1 League and Division 1 Cup. The Reta Fitzpatrick Cup was retained by the Women's First Team, beating Western 2-1 in the Final. In the inaugural Girls Tsunami South Island U-19 Tournament, hosted by Coastal Spirit at Bexley in October 2009 in conjunction with the Boys U19 tournament, Coastal Spirit A became South Island Champions, beating Waimak 6-0 in the final of the 7-club competition, with Monique Barker named Girls Tournament MVP.
First Team Coaches
2008-2009: Alan Walker
2009: Rob Stanton
2010: Paul Hughes
2010: Mick Curry
2011: Korouch Monsef
2012: Korouch Monsef
2008: Rowena Fulham & Mike Fulham (co-coaches)
2009: Gareth Turnbull
2010: Gareth Turnbull
2011: Gareth Turnbull
2012: Gareth Turnbull