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Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC
Logo of Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC
Full name Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC[citation needed]
Nickname(s) Avala
Founded 1968
Ground Bonnyrigg Sports Club, Bonnyrigg
Ground Capacity 10,000
Chairman Jovo Prlić
Head Coach Brian Brown
League National Premier Leagues NSW
2014 1st
Current season

Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC is an Australian semi-professional soccer club based in Bonnyrigg, Sydney, New South Wales, currently playing in the National Premier Leagues NSW. The club was founded in 1968 as Avala Sports Club and obtained its current name in 1989.

History[edit]

Established by Serbian migrants from the Cabramatta area of south-west Sydney, their primary supporter base has been the local Serbian community. Its most famous products are former Socceroo Milan Blagojević, current Perth Glory and former Young Socceroo captain and goalkeeper Danny Vuković, as well as current Young Socceroo and Melbourne Heart defender David Vranković. Another famous White Eagles alumnus is Aleksandar Janković, who was manager of Red Star Belgrade twice.

Another famous White Eagles product is former Brisbane Roar defender Milan Susak, who played a major role in Ange Postecoglou's Premiership and Championship winning side. Susak is currently[when?] on contract with Middle East club Al Wasl from the United Arab Emirates.

Established in 1968, the club was originally known as the Avala Sports Club, named after the Avala mountain in Serbia. In 1977, Avala was promoted to the New South Wales Premier League and competed in the top level of New South Wales soccer until 1986.

After a two-year absence from the New South Wales Premier League which included a New South Wales Winter Super League Premiership-Championship double in 1988, Avala's strong performances in the State Leagues and their strong crowd attendances didn't go unnoticed and they were offered the opportunity to be a part of the National Soccer League; however they declined due to poor administration within the Soccer Australia sector and the large financial burden it would place on the club, with many other clubs within the league at the time financially struggling. Avala returned to top flight action in 1989, undergoing a name change to Bonnyrigg White Eagles after the 1992 season, and remained in the Top Division until 2006.

After picking up both a premiership and championship over the next three seasons in the Super League, in 2009 Bonnyrigg was once again promoted to the New South Wales Premier League, playing in the highest league in New South Wales. They quickly picked up more honours by claiming their 4th and 5th New South Wales Premier League Premierships and Club Championships in the 2010 and 2012 seasons respectively, also suffering grand final defeats in the 2005, 2010 and 2012 seasons. They won the championship for a third time in the 2013 NSW Premier League season.

They have won five Premierships and three Championships in the NSW Premier League in their history. Under Brian "Bomber" Brown's arrival towards the half-way point of the NSW Premier League season in 2009, the club has achieved Two Premierships respectively in 2010 and 2012 alongside the club's first Championship in 2013 which was the first time in thirteen years, defeating the Macedonian-backed Rockdale City Suns at Penrith Stadium in front of over 8000 spectators thanks to a solitary goal from Former Adelaide United Striker Robbie Younis. Under Brown's reign, the club also reached the 2010 and 2012 NSW Premier League Grand Finals but lost to Blacktown City and Marconi Stallions respectively.

Colours and badge[edit]

Bonnyrigg White Eagles home colours have been the traditional red shirt, blue shorts and white socks since the club's inception. The away kit has seen changes from year to year and is currently white shirt, blue shorts and blue socks.

Bonnyrigg's Club Badge consists and a crowned double-headed White Eagle with a soccer ball over a boomerang in its centre. The badge is similar in design to certain elements of the Coat of arms of Serbia. This is overlaid over a red-blue-white background which mirrors the Club's main kit.

The club will be wearing Legea in 2014.

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Bonnyrigg Sports Club

Bonnyrigg White Eagles play their home matches at Bonnyrigg Sports Club in Bonnyrigg, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

The ground dates back to May 1966 when 7 acres (28,000 m2) of land was purchased for the building of a social club and soccer grounds. Over the years the grounds were improved when in 1986 it became the permanent home ground for Bonnyrigg.

In 2001, an additional 1.2 hectares of land was purchased as part of a plan to renovate the club and expand the training grounds. This was completed in October 2005.

Rivalries[edit]

Sydney United[edit]

Bonnyrigg has a fierce rivalry with the Croatian backed Sydney United.[citation needed] The two clubs first met in the state leagues in the late 70's with then Sydney Croatia dominating almost most of the games between the two clubs. Avala and Croatia met in the Ampol Cup Semi Final in 1977 in which Avala defeated Croatia one goal to nil. The last time the two clubs would meet would be in 1983 with Croatia being promoted to the National Soccer League and Avala remaining in the State leagues.

After the demise of the National Soccer League in 2005 the New South Wales Premier league was formed pitting arch rivals Bonnyrigg and Sydney United. The first game was played at the Sydney United Sports Centre in which Bonnyrigg won, the winner coming from a young Milorad Simonović

The second clash between United and Bonnyrigg was moved to Parramatta Stadium due to crowd violence. The Eagles took the game out four goals to one. Bonnyrigg was demoted to the Winter Super League due to fan violence and would not meet Sydney United again until 2009.

Head-to-Head NSWPL (from 1977 to present)

Games: 31

Bonnyrigg White Eagles wins: 14

Sydney United wins: 13

Draws: 4

Yugal[edit]

The club had a fierce rivalry with the Yugoslavian backed Yugal. This was mainly due to Avala being a Pro-Serbian club and Yugal being a Pro-Yugoslavian club. Many of the clashes between the two clubs ended up with victories in Avala's name. The games between the two clubs were at times met with fan violence.[citation needed]

The clubs would never meet again with Yugal folding in the early 90's

Blacktown City Demons[edit]

Blacktown and Bonnyrigg are long time rivals with the history of both teams dating back to the 70's where they first met. Avala met Blacktown in the 1992 Grand Final which they took out two goals to nil. The clubs would meet again in the 1998 Grand Final in which the Demons would take out.

The games between the two have always been close and fierce. In the 2010 New South Wales Premier league season Bonnyrigg would be crowned premiers only to lose out to Blacktown in the Grand Final with a late winner from former Bonnyrigg player Tolgay Ozbey

Various other important rivalries over the years included matches against Marconi Stallions FC, Bankstown City FC, FC Bossy Liverpool, Parramatta FC ,Northern Tigers FC and Canberra FC.

Supporters[edit]

Bonnyrigg White Eagles generally draws support from the Serbian diaspora, especially from the south-western suburbs of Sydney such as Bonnyrigg, Liverpool and Cabramatta.

The "Avala Boys", is the name given to the actively vocal supporters group of the soccer club.

Notable players and coaches[edit]

The following Bonnyrigg White Eagles players and coaches have also represented their country at international level.

Australia

 

Guinea

Mozambique

New Zealand

Philippines

 

Serbia

Nigeria

Other notable players and coaches[edit]

     

State, Schoolboy and Young Socceroos Representative Honours[edit]

   

Current squad[edit]

Bonnyrigg White Eagles 2013 NSWPL 1st Grade Squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Australia DF Alex Mansueto
4 Australia DF David Vranković
6 Australia MF Nikola Zonjić
8 Australia MF Alexandar Čanak
9 Australia FW Robert Younis
10 Australia MF Tynan Diaz
11 Australia DF Ben Spruce
12 Australia DF Dylan Fox
No. Position Player
13 Australia MF Adam Jenner
14 Australia MF Jordan Crighton
15 Australia FW Stevan Ilic
19 Australia FW Aaron Peterson
21 Australia MF Bo Hyun-chun
35 Northern Ireland MF Terry McFlynn

Head Coach Australia Brian Brown

Assistant Coach Egypt Tamer Abdellatif

Assistant Coach Australia Cliff Pointer

Goalkeeper Coach Spain Jose Bello-Amigo

General Manager Serbia George Mandić

President Serbia Jovo Prlić

Gear Steward Serbia Ratko Kajkut

Outs[edit]

Bonnyrigg White Eagles 2014-2015 player departures 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 Matthew Nash (to Australia Central Coast Mariners FC)
5 Australia DF Chris Tadrosse (to Australia Retired)
18 Australia MF Adrian Ucchino (to Australia APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC)
16 Australia MF Howard Fondyke

Ins[edit]

Bonnyrigg White Eagles 2013-2014 player arrivals Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
15 Serbia FW Stevan Ilic (from Australia Sutherland Sharks FC)
12 Australia MF Dylan Fox (from Australia Sutherland Sharks FC)
35 Northern Ireland MF Terry McFlynn (from Australia Sydney FC)
4 Australia DF David Vranković (from Australia Melbourne City)

Reserve Team[edit]

The Reserve team for 2014. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
15 Serbia FW Stevan Ilic
19 Australia FW Aaron Peterson
23 Lebanon MF Anthony Abi-Arrage
27 Australia FW Harrison Feller
24 England DF Alexander Doyle
25 Australia DF Manuel Duarte
31 Australia DF Jaydan Priest
No. Position Player
22 Italy GK Liam Gobbo
32 Italy FW Daniel Vellonio
33 Egypt MF George Yosof
26 Turkey MF Terik Ercan
28 Malta DF Andre Gioiosa
29 Australia DF Brian Griffin-Colls
30 Serbia MF Nikola Krljar

Head Coach Italy Mark Zecchin

Assistant Coach Australia Steve Sigmund

Team Manager Australia Ian Arnott

Under 18s[edit]

The Under 18s squad for 2014. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Serbia GK Stevan Savicić
2 Italy Marco Gasparo
3 Australia MF Patrick Awad
4 Republic of Macedonia Martin Joseski
5 Greece Kosta Zarafetas
6 Argentina Alex Arias
7 Australia Christo Hanna
8 France Nathan Duval
No. Position Player
9 Serbia MF Marko Filipović
10 Italy Francesco Strati
11 Serbia Dusan Borak
12 Serbia Zdravko Majkić
13 Republic of Macedonia Damian Jakimovski
14 Australia Hayden Tucker
15 Malta Mitchell Dipietro

Head Coach Italy Ernesto Meduri

Team Manager Serbia Neven Cupać

Youth League Staff[edit]

Youth Coaches

Grade 16

  • Head Coach Italy Paul Bertolissio
  • Team Manager Republic of Macedonia George Petkovski

Grade 15

  • Head Coach Republic of Macedonia Nick Dimovski
  • Team Manager Iraq Emma Massoud

Grade 14

  • Head Coach Serbia Dejan Lukić
  • Assistant Coach Serbia Predrag Alavanja
  • Team Manager Greece Vasso Zarafetas

Grade 13

  • Head Coach Philippines Leigh Gunn
  • Assistant Coach: Lebanon Fadi Najar
  • Team Manager Malta Paul Marrum

Grade 12

  • Head Coach Australia Brendan Anderson
  • Team Manager Republic of Macedonia Tony Stefanovski

SAP U11

  • Head Coach Serbia Nikola Pozder
  • Assistant Coach Australia Beau Waite

SAP U10

  • Head Coach Serbia Goran Cvijanovic

SAP U9

  • Head Coach Italy Paul Bertolissio

Club Officials[edit]

Management

  • President Serbia Jovo Prlić
  • General Manager Serbia George Mandić
  • Director Serbia Dragan Bogićević
  • Director Serbia Tom Krljar
  • Director Serbia Željko Majkić
  • Director Serbia Željko Savicić
  • Director Serbia Olga Rnjak
  • Director Serbia Božo Vranković

Sports

  • Technical Director Republic of Macedonia Nick Dimovski
  • Youth Director Serbia Neven Cupać
  • Head Coach Australia Brian Brown
  • Under 20's Coach Italy Mark Zecchin
  • Under 18's Coach Italy Ernesto Meduri
  • SAP General Manager Australia Nicole Hogg
  • Club Fitness Conditioner Australia Scott Wheeler
  • Club Physiotherapist Serbia Vuko Tomašević

Achievements[edit]

Bonnyrigg's most notable achievements include;

  • League:
    • NSW Premier League Championship (x3): 1992, 2001, 2013
    • NSW Premier League Premiership (x6): 1992, 1998, 1999, 2010, 2012, 2014
    • NSW Premier League Championship Runners Up (x6): 1997, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2012
    • NSW Premier League Premiership Runners Up (x4): 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005
    • NSW Premier League Club Championship (x3): 2005, 2010, 2012
    • NSW Super League Club Championship (x1): 2008
    • NSW Super League Championship (x3) :1976, 1988, 2007
    • NSW Super League Premiership (x3): 1976, 1988, 2008
    • NSW Super League Premiership Runners Up (x1): 2007
    • NSW Division One Champions (x1) : 1973
  • Cup
    • National Premier Leagues Cup Runners Up (x1): 2014
    • Ampol Cup Winners (x1): 1977
    • NSW Waratah Cup (x2): 1992, 2004
    • Johnny Warren Cup Winners (x2): 2003, 2005
    • NSW Continental Tyres Cup Runners Up (x1): 2004
    • White Eagles Cup Runners Up (x1): 2012
    • Karadjordje Cup Winners (x4): 1992, 1993, 1995, 2000
    • Karadjordje Cup Runners-Up (x5): 1988, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1996

All-time league table[edit]

Below is a table listing the combined regular season and finals matches season records. Cup matches are not included.

Current as of the end of the 2013 season.

Season League P W D L GF GA GD Pts
2013 New South Wales Premier League 22 13 4 5 44 30 14 43
2012 New South Wales Premier League 24 18 2 4 51 19 32 56
2011 New South Wales Premier League 23 8 9 6 34 25 9 33
2010 New South Wales Premier League 25 14 6 5 48 26 22 48
2009 New South Wales Premier League 22 6 8 8 28 39 −11 26
2008 New South Wales Super League 24 14 6 4 45 18 27 48
2007 New South Wales Super League 30 20 4 6 60 27 33 64
2006 New South Wales Super League 22 9 5 8 35 44 −9 32
2005 New South Wales Premier League 26 15 3 8 58 39 19 48
2004 New South Wales Premier League 22 7 2 13 33 39 −6 23
2003 New South Wales Premier League 25 12 6 7 49 38 11 42
2002 New South Wales Premier League 22 15 2 5 59 21 38 47
2001 New South Wales Premier League 20 12 5 3 51 25 26 41
2000 New South Wales Premier League 26 18 1 7 79 45 34 55
1999 New South Wales Premier League 24 15 1 8 69 45 24 46
1998 New South Wales Premier League 22 14 4 4 51 24 27 46
1997 New South Wales Premier League 24 13 3 8 53 30 23 42
1996 New South Wales Premier League 26 9 7 10 49 52 −3 34
1995 New South Wales Premier League 26 7 5–1* 13 32 33 −1 32
1994 New South Wales Premier League 22 11 1–0* 10 37 41 −4 35
1993 New South Wales Premier League 26 12 3–0* 11 51 38 13 42
1992 New South Wales Premier League 22 12 6–1* 3 39 19 20 49
1991 New South Wales Premier League 22 6 8–1* 7 29 29 0 35
1990 New South Wales Premier League 16 6 3 7 25 31 −6 15
1989 New South Wales Premier League 22 12 4 6 29 16 13 28
1988 New South Wales Super League 26 19 6 1 86 14 72 44
1987 New South Wales Super League 26 10 8 8 51 39 12 28
1986 New South Wales Premier League 22 6 5 11 20 32 −12 17
1985 New South Wales Premier League 22 7 7 8 25 24 1 21
1984 New South Wales Premier League 22 5 6 11 30 46 −16 16
1983 New South Wales Premier League 24 9 7 8 30 35 −5 25
1982 New South Wales Premier League 26 5 11 10 29 38 −9 21
1981 New South Wales Premier League 26 7 4 15 29 54 −25 18
1980 New South Wales Premier League 26 10 6 10 31 34 −3 26
1979 New South Wales Premier League 26 13 3 10 40 38 2 29
1978 New South Wales Premier League 26 8 4 14 29 45 −16 20
1977 New South Wales Premier League 22 7 8 7 31 26 5 22
1976 New South Wales Super League 22 18 2 2 54 22 32 38
1975 New South Wales Super League 22 13 3 6 41 32 9 29
1974 New South Wales Super League 22 7 6 9 24 28 −4 20
1973 New South Wales Division One 22 17 0 5 44 22 22 34
1972 records not available
1971 records not available
1970 New South Wales Division One 22 6 4 12 48 55 −7 16
1969 records not available
1968 records not available
Total 967 452 197 318 1736 1347 389 1391

* Note 1: From 1991 to 1995 league matches used penalty shootouts to decide drawn games at the conclusion of regulation time. As a result, the first number in the 'Drawn' column for these seasons denotes a penalty win and the second number denotes a penalty loss. Two points were awarded for a penalty victory, and one point for a penalty loss.

* Note 2: Up until the end of the 1990 season a win was only worth two points.

Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC Seasons P W D L GF GA GD Pts Match Win % Pts Per Game
Total 46 989 465 201 323 1780 1377 403 1434 47.01 1.44

Club Top Goal Scorers[edit]

1999 NSW Super League - Colin Luff - 16 goals

2000 NSW Super League - Colin Luff - 27 goals

2001/02 NSW Premier League - Jimmy Aschner - 25 goals

2002/03 NSW Premier League - Aaron Burgees - 14 goals

2004/05 NSW Premier League – Tallan Martin - 16 goals

2006 NSW Winter Super League – Ivan Vojdović - 8 goals

2007 NSW Super League – Jason Kencevski - 24 goals

2008 NSW Super League – Ilkay Gurbuz and Daniel Willoughby - 7 goals

2009 NSW Premier League – Almir Dizdarić - 10 goals

2010 NSW Premier League – Brad Boardman - 15 goals

2011 NSW Premier League – Brad Boadrman - 10 goals

2012 NSW Premier League – Robbie Younis - 20 goals

2013 NSW Premier League - Robbie Younis - 18 goals

2014 NSW Premier League - Robbie Younis - 17 goals

The treble[edit]

Bonnyrigg's most successful year in their history came about in the 1992 season, a year their fans will never forget. A squad mixed with youth and experience, and ably led by coach Mike Johnson, won the Minor Premiership, the NSW Premier League Grand Final as well as the NSW Waratah Cup.

To top that off, Bonnyrigg also completed a "quadruple" of sorts by claiming the Karadjordje Cup for that season as well.

Many have labelled this team one of the greatest to have ever played in New South Wales and one that would certainly rival Bonnyrigg's talented 2005 squad.

2004–05 season controversy[edit]

The 2004–05 season was marred by controversy when Serbian fans of Bonnyrigg and Croatian fans of neighbouring club Sydney United engaged in riots. At the height of tensions gunshots were fired at the Bonnyrigg Sports Club and a car was fire bombed at Sydney United's King Tomislav Croatian Club at Edensor Park.[1] The result was that the Football NSW had directed that all future games between the clubs must be held at a neutral venue.

Bonnyrigg lost 3–1 to Bankstown City Lions in the 2004/05 NSW Premier League grand final.

Despite finishing Grand Finalists in 2004/2005 and claiming the club championship, Bonnyrigg were not offered a position in the 2005/06 NSW Premier League season. The club's appeal of this decision failed and they competed in the Winter Super League for the next three seasons until promoted back to the highest level of competition in NSW for the 2009 season.

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