Shah Alam Antlers Football Club, founded in September 2016 by a group of young Malaysian football fans living in Shah Alam, was the result of the increasing awareness from local football fans to have a community-based football club. The foundation of the club coincided with a time when Shah Alam people were becoming interested to have a football club that truly represents their values and culture.
The club’s origin have conferred upon the club its tight-knit relationship with Shah Alam community and deeply-rooted allegiance to Shah Alam.
The club’s co-founders, led by Ahmad Suffian Mamat, Mizal Ghazali and Ahmad Yani Ismail, are the inspiration and driving force behind the club’s first year. Their commitment to Shah Alam Antlers went far beyond their role as directors and administrators.
THE CLUB’S FOUNDATION
The talk of club’s formation began in August 2016 when two local football fans, Ahmad Suffian Mamat and Mizal Saizulikram Ghazali discussed about a possibility of establishing a new community-based football club over a series of meetings. What started out as a distant dream, turned into a serious plan when they brought over five friends; whom all shares the same frustration and dream.
Five of them are Ahmad Yani Ismail (former Chief Marketing Officer of JDT), Ahmad Muzammil and Shahrir Bahar (co-founders of Semuanya BOLA), Kamarul Akhir (co-founder of Asiana.my) and Izham Ismail (Chief Executive Officer of Professional Footballers Association of Malaysia).
On 7 September 2016, the club held its inaugural meeting at Panasonic Sports Complex to discuss the name of the club and its constitution. Attended by all seven founding members, they decided the club’s name would be Shah Alam Antlers Football Club as an homage to a J.League club, Kashima Antlers – a club which they hoped Shah Alam Antlers would aspire to their on and off-the-pitch success. Ahmad Suffian is elected unanimously as the club’s first president, while Mizal Ghazali and Ahmad Yani serves as the vice-president and chief executive officer respectively.
They also decided, in accordance with the club’s constitution, the club members have the right to get three seats (out of ten) in the club’s board of directorship to represent fans voices in the club.
In order to fill the three board seats, public meeting for community were held on following week on 16 and 17 September 2016. Among the community who attended were the core members of Shah Alam Homeboys; a sub-group of Ultras Selangor (Ultrasel) based in Shah Alam. After continuous meetings with the community, more than 100 of them pledges their support to the club by registering as club members and therefore; have the right to elect their 3 representatives to attend and vote in the club’s board of director meeting.
On 27 September 2016, Shah Alam Antlers announced the appointment of former Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak player, G. Muthu as their head coach and their intention to compete in the upcoming Liga Divisyen 1 FAS, the sixth tier of Malaysian football league system. The club held an open trial session on 2 Oktober 2016. Due to the club’s popularity on social media, the trial session attracted more than 500 players from all over Malaysia; including from Sarawak.
However Shah Alam Antlers’ application to compete in Liga Divisyen 1 FAS was declined. The club then decided to participate in an equally competitive Klang Valley Super League.
THE FIRST CLUB BADGE
Shah Alam Antlers’ crest incorporates an antlers (from the deer which is displayed in the Shah Alam City Council’s crest) attached to a ball.
THE FIRST KIT
Shah Alam Antlers colours are white and blue. The club’s first home kit was a plain white shirt with blue sleeves, blue shorts and blue socks. The club’s second kit, worn when playing away against a team with a predominantly white kit, is a black shirt with a grey chevron motives and white stripes on the sleeves, black shorts and black socks. The kit is manufactured by Extravaganza Futsal Shop.
THE HOME GROUND
Shah Alam Antlers play at the 1,000 capacity Panasonic Sports Complex. The ground is one of many Perbadanan Stadium Negara’s property, which is leased to Shoot & Score Sdn. Bhd. Shah Alam Antlers and Shoot & Score Sdn. Bhd have a sponsorship agreement which states the club can use the stadium for free at a specified time slots in exchange for marketing exposure given by the club.
Shah Alam Antlers fans call their home ground Antlersland.