Established in 1974 as International Contract Specialists, the club changed its name to the famed Geylang International in 1975 before renaming to Geylang United in 1996 when the S.League was first established.
The club won another six back-to-back titles in the National Football League from 1975 to 1977, and then, another six back titles in the Premier League from 1988 to 1993. In the first S.League in 1996, Geylang won the first series title, and then beat SAF FC in the championship final.
Geylang United won their next league title in 2001 before winning the RHB Singapore Cup in 2009 by beating Bangkok Glass FC in the cup final.
Famous players who plied their trade for the club included former Iranian Internationals, Hamid Estili (1996), Mohammad Khakpour (1996), Singapore Golden Boy Fandi Ahmad (1988-93 – 1996), and many other former Singapore footballing legends.
Geylang United is currently known as Geylang International Football Club again at the start of the 2013 S.League season and will be making its return to the AFC Cup after 11 years in the 2021 season.
At Geylang International Football Club, our vision is to be the best football club in the region, respected both on and off the pitch. We want to position Geylang International at the forefront of Asian football while providing aspiring footballers through our academy with the opportunity to hone their skills and realise their full potential.
We are guided by our values of hard work, discipline, commitment and passion. We believe success should not only be measured by the number of titles the club wins, but also by the impact it has on the community.
Thomas Gay is the co-founder and Deputy Chairman of Goodrich Global Private Limited, Asia’s leading supplier of wallcoverings, fabrics, carpets and flooring materials. With his keen business acumen, Gay is no stranger to the running and overall operations of the Club. Before assuming his position as the Chairman of Geylang International Football Club (GIFC), Gay served as GIFC’s vice-chairman for the past two years.
Ben Teng served as the Chairman of GIFC from 2016 to 2020. During his tenure, Teng oversaw several initiatives including restructuring and stabilising the governance of the club, both on and off the field. Apart from his emphasis on youth development, Teng has also forged strong partnerships with overseas clubs, Matsumoto Yamaga F.C and Ho Chi Minh City F.C .