Unprecedented 10,000 strong crowd expected as Usain Bolt makes Central Coast debut

THOUSANDS of fans are expected to fill Central Coast Stadium on Friday night to catch what is expected to be a quick glimpse of Usain Bolt in action in his Mariners debut.

The Jamaican sprint king is all set to line up for the Central Coast Mariners as they take on a amateur Central Coast Select XI in a friendly pre-season match.

Around 10,000 people are expected to fill the stadium – unprecedented for an A-League pre-season fixture.


Bolt’s appearance is only likely to be brief, with the 32-year-old only expected to come off the bench for a late cameo on the left wing.

Bolt is still a long way off realising his dream of becoming a professional footballer after only starting his training stint with the Mariners two weeks ago.

Bolt admitted earlier this week that he will be feeling nervous when his number is called by coach Mike Mulvey.

“There will definitely be nerves, it’s not like it’s a charity game anymore,” he said.

“I expect to make mistakes but I also expect to go out there, make myself proud and to push myself.

“I know I’m not going to have a perfect game.”