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Ballarat Red Devils
Ballarat Logo.png
Full name Ballarat Red Devils
Nickname(s) The Red Devils
Founded 1968
Ground Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility
Chairman Duncan Smith
Coach James Robinson
Danny Milosevic (Director of Football)
League NPL Victoria

Ballarat Red Devils is an Australian semi-professional soccer club based in Ballarat, Victoria. They currently compete in the National Premier Leagues Victoria. Their home ground is the Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility in Morshead Park, located the Ballarat suburb of Redan.


Early History[edit]

The club was established in 1968 as Ballarat SC, and played their first six seasons at Llanberris Reserve, now home to the Ballarat Athletics Club, before moving to Trekardo Park in 1973. Ballarat originally played in an all-Red kit (i.e. Liverpool FC), which changed to white shorts in 1992, and now play in a similar kit to the famous Manchester United, incorporating red shirts, white shorts and black socks.

Victorian State Leagues[edit]

In their first season playing in the Melbourne-based competition (including some clubs from Geelong), Ballarat secured its first championship, under foundation captain-coach and goalkeeper Eddie Wood, and led by Hugh Rattray, who scored 59 goals in 21 matches, still a current Australian record for number of goals in one season at a semi-professional level.[1]

Ballarat waited 24 years until their next title came along, in 1992, in which the team remained undefeated throughout the entire 26-match Provisional League Two (FFV Div. 6) season, again a record that is unlikely to ever be matched or bettered in Victoria. Incidentally, that team went 36 matches until being beaten 2-0 by East Geelong at Trekardo Park. Furthermore, '92 Ballarat side scored in every match of that unbeaten season. The team was coached by Jim Bull, who was also a full-back in the '68 Championship.[2]

In 1998, the club changed its name to Ballarat United SC. After back-to-back promotions in 2003 (FFV Div. 6) and 2004 (FFV Div. 5), the Red Devils avoided relegation in 2005 and 2006, in the last match of each season, needing a positive result in each to stay up, which was achieved.[3] The club changed its name in 2005 to Ballarat Red Devils.

The 2007 season started with a new coach in charge, Danny Gnjidic, and the club went on to win the State League 3 NW Championship (FFV Div. 3/4) on the last day of the season with a 4-3 win over their rivals, Geelong. Ballarat won after being down 2-0 at the 9 minute mark.[4]

In 2008, the club was at its highest level ever in their history in State League 2 NW (FFV Div. 2/3). At one point the Red Devils even led the ladder for a number of weeks.

The Red Devils have appointed Danny Gnjidic for the 2009 and 2010 seasons.[5]

At the end of the 2009 season by mutual consent the club and Danny Gnjidic parted ways.

In late 2009 the club appointed South African Dale Harris as the coach for 2010. Harris was sacked on the 28th of June after a poor start to the season and was replaced by Michael Leslie who became player/manager.

Former reserves coach Joe Fedele was appointed as the Reds new boss in late 2010. The club has brought in a core group of experienced players to blend with the current young playing squad. Brian Shelley, Adam Newbold and Paul Byrne have all moved to the club in the off season.

Following Shelley's move and dominating displays for the Ballarat Red Devils in 2011, Shelley signed as Manager for the Red Devils for 2 years during October 2011.

National Premier Leagues[edit]

On 13 February 2013, the establishment of the National Premier Leagues was announced. The league was designed to rebrand the Premier League in each state under a single national banner, and effectively create a national second division incorporating national playoffs.[6]

During 2013, the City of Ballarat Council matched a Federal Government investment of $2.675 million announced by then Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard in June of that year[7] in a major upgrade of Morshead Park with a view to host training for National Teams in the 2015 Asian Cup, including new grandstands, lights and returfing the field to form the Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility.[8][9] On the 9th of May 2014, Premier of Victoria Denis Napthine announced that the facility would be hosting the Bahrain national football team for a sixteen day training camp prior to the tournament.[10]

In December 2013, former Leeds, Perth Glory and Olyroos goalkeeper Danny Milosevic accepted the position of Director of Football. He was motivated to work with the club's youth academy. Red Devils Chairman Duncan Smith, who knew Milosevic from his time at Canberra Cosmos, said that: "We believe that Danny will take the Red Devils not just up one or two levels but through the roof."[11]

On January 13, 2014, Ballarat officially announced that it would be bidding for admission into the NPLV,[12] and on the same day announced the signing of former Melbourne Victory striker James Robinson as player-coach.[13]

The FFV announced that Ballarat had won a NPL licence on February 7, 2014,[14] and five days later announced that the Red Devils would be placed in the top flight of the two NPL divisions, effectively promoting Ballarat several divisions and into the highest Victorian level for the first time in its history.[15]

Ballarat recruited two foreign players including former Liverpool defender Danny O'Donnell, and attracted back several players with local origins who had found success elsewhere, with the 20 man squad ahead of the inaugural NPLV season containing 15 players from Ballarat.[16]

Despite a skewed schedule owing to the rate of construction of the Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility, Ballarat played their first home game in the stadium on the 3rd of May 2014, losing 1-2 to South Melbourne FC.[17]

Current squad[edit]

First team squad, as of 3 July 2014[18][19][20][21][22][23][24] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Aaron Romein
2 Australia DF Tristan Romein
3 Australia DF Daniel Tinker
4 Australia DF David King
5 Australia DF Adrian Curtain
6 Australia DF Liam Harding
7 Australia FW Deng Aguek
10 Australia MF Paul Harvey
11 Australia FW Nelson Salvatore
12 Australia DF Miles Baker
13 Australia MF Michael Trigger
15 Australia FW Dom Swinton
16 Australia DF Charlie King
17 Australia MF Shaun Romein
18 England MF Danny O'Donnell
No. Position Player
19 Australia DF Daniel Firth
20 Australia MF Bolish Salvatore
22 Australia MF Pat Karras
24 Australia DF Jai Cartledge
25 Scotland DF Steven Thompson
29 Australia FW Harley Bosher
31 Australia MF Simon Murphy
31 Australia MF Ibrahim Ghulami
34 Australia FW Josh De Voogel
36 Australia MF Leighton Parkinson
40 Australia GK Jordan Franken
Australia FW Simo Mitrovic
Australia MF James King
Australia DF Sean Harding

Ballarat Championship years[edit]

Year Division Players used
1968 Victorian Metropolitan League Div 4 1. (Capt)Eddie Wood (20)(1), 2. Jim Bull (22), 3. Ivan Kuralja (22), 4. Les Ives (22)(1), 5. Robert McConnell (22), 6. John Tsatoras (22)(3), 7. Henk Bastra (19)(3), 8. Malcolm Peel (22)(3), 9. Hugh Rattray (22)(59), 10. Keith Davidson (18)(11), 11. Martin Vissers (22)11), 12. Charlie Payton (3), 13. John Rattray (3)(2), 14. Miro Perovic (2), 15. Peter Shelton (1)(1) Coach Eddie Wood, Matches played ( ) Goals scored ( )
1992 Victorian Provisional League Div 2 1. Rick Romien (26), 2. Jamie Winton (17), 3. Hayden McErvale (24)(1), 4. Dave Gibson (16), 5. (Capt)Wayne McNeight (21), 6. Pat Kennedy (23), 7. Duncan Smith (20)(6), 8. Paul Baldock (16)(1), 9. Peter Sammut (26)(26), 10. George Horvatek (26)(9), 11. Andrew Burgess (22)(9), 12. Nick Karametis (16)(9), 13. Lyndon Glare (25), 14. Dave Waithman (14)(3), 15. Nick Ravenscroft (12) Coach Jim Bull, Matches played ( ) Goals scored ( )
2007 Victorian State League 3 Nth-West 1. Rick Jannsen (22), 3. Wayne Dejong (1), 6. Alessandro DiGirolamo (17)(8), 7. Luke Armstrong (21), 8. (Capt)Josh Romein (21)(10), 9. Paul McClounan (5), 10. Moises Cociuba(2), 11. Sam Muscat (21), 14. Jonathon Davey (10)(2), 15. Dom Swinton (20)(5), 16. Ryan Rykers (22), 17. Shaun Romein (18)(8), 18. Sorin Mocan (1), 23. Tristan Romein (20), 25. Seb DiGirolamo (16)(3), 26. Ady Curtain (4), 28. Ashley Lymn (16)(12), 35. Luke Wigmore (22), Coach Danny Gnjidic, Matches played ( ) Goals scored ( )

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Mavroudis, Paul and Persoglia, Tony. "Ballarat Division History". Retrieved 25 January 2009. 
  2. ^ Persoglia, Tony. "Ballarat 1992". Retrieved 25 January 2009. 
  3. ^ Mavroudis, Paul and Persoglia, Tony. "Ballarat Division History". Retrieved 25 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "Ballarat League History". Retrieved 25 January 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Gnjidic the right man for Red Devils for two more years". Archived from the original on 16 December 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2009. 
  6. ^ "FFA launches National Premier Leagues". Football Federation Australia. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility works on track for 2015 Asian Cup Ballarat Courier
  8. ^ Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility Ballarat City Council.
  9. ^ Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility, Morshead Park K20 Architecture.
  10. ^ Ballarat to host Bahrain soccer team for Asian Cup Ballarat Courier
  11. ^ Ballarat Red Devils score former Australian goalkeeper Danny Milosevic Ballarat Courier
  12. ^ Red Devils make submission to join Victorian National Premier League Ballarat Courier
  13. ^ Red Devils appoint former A-League player James Robinson to lead club Ballarat Courier
  14. ^ 30 NPLV clubs announced MFootball.
  15. ^ FFV announces NPLV structure MFootball.
  16. ^ Homegrown talent key for Red Devils Ballarat Courier.
  17. ^ Unstoppable South Downs Ballarat Football Federation Victoria
  18. ^ Red Devils finalise senior player list Ballarat Courier.
  19. ^ New Radiant SC: Three foreign players signed for New Radiant
  20. ^ FFV Match Report v Melbourne Knights
  21. ^ FFV Match Report v Oakleigh Cannons
  22. ^ Ballarat Courier: Red Devils welcome old, new players in mid-season transfers
  23. ^ FFV: NPL Mid-Season Transfers
  24. ^ FFV Squad list