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Vaughan Coveny (born 13 December 1971) is a football player, who frequently represented his country from the 1992 onwards. Coveny currently plays for South Melbourne and is primarily a striker although he has also played as a winger.

Club career

He is currently playing for South Melbourne FC, whom he joined after leaving Wellington Phoenix FC. He has also previously played for Melbourne Knights and Wollongong City in the National Soccer League, but the majority of his career was spent at South Melbourne in the NSL, and later on, Victorian Premier League. On Anzac day 2009 Vaughan scored his 100th goal for South Melbourne FC away at John Ilhan Memorial Reservemarker against Hume City FC.

International career

Coveny made his full New Zealand debut in a 0–0 draw with Fiji on 19 September, 1992. He was included in the New Zealand side for both the 1999 Confederations Cup finals tournament, and the 2003 Confederations Cup finals tournament.He ended his international playing career with 64 A-international caps to his credit, his final cap a gained in a 1–1 draw with Estonia on 31 May 2006.

Coveny became New Zealand's greatest ever goalscorer on 27 May 2006, when he scored twice in the "All Whites" 3–1 victory over Georgia, bringing his total A-international goal tally to 28, and his total including unofficial games to 30 in 71 games, surpassing Jock Newall's long standing record of 28 from only 17 games. In January 2009, Coveny announced his retirement from international football.


New Zealand Young Player of the Year: 1992


  1. Coveny becomes All Whites greatest scorer
  2. John "Jock" Newall
  3. Vaughan Coveny calls time on career

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