Inglewood United SC

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Inglewood United
Inglewood United FC.png
Full name Inglewood United Soccer Club
Founded 1951
Ground Inglewood Stadium
Ground Capacity 2,500
Chairman Luke Martin
Manager Michael Garcia
League NPL Western Australia
2014 9th
Website Club home page

Inglewood United Soccer Club is an Australian semi-professional soccer club based in Inglewood, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia. The club competes in the National Premier Leagues Western Australia. Their home ground, Inglewood Stadium, is located in Inglewood.

Inglewood have won the State League Premier League once, in 1996, and the State Cup twice, in 1977 and 1999. Their most recent success was in the 2005 Night Series when they lifted the trophy by defeating Swan I.C. 3-0.

History[edit]

Kiev Soccer Club was founded in March 1951[1] by Alexander Minko and Igor Schorsch, migrants from Ukraine. The club took its' name from Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, and the famous Dynamo Kyiv team.

Their playing colours of yellow and blue were adopted from the Ukrainian national flag in the late 1960s. The clubs' original playing strip was all-black.

Kiev’s first competitive game was on 12 April 1953 when they claimed a 3-1 victory over Wundowie in Division Three North of the Western Australian Soccer Football Association.

In 1962 Kiev entered Division One of the newly formed Western Australian Soccer Federation. The club finished second to Swan Valley to gain promotion to the top flight for the first time.

For the next few years they bounced between the top two tiers, changing their name from Kiev to Kiev-Victoria Park and then back to Kiev.

Spells at Langley Park in Perth, Weston Street in Carlisle and Raphael Park in Victoria Park preceded the club's 1963 relocation to Walter Road Reserve in Inglewood, which remains their home ground to this day.

1964 saw Kiev capture their first trophy by finishing top of Division One, with State representative Peter Atkinson voted the league’s Player of the Year. Another second tier championship followed in 1967.

Kiev announced their top flight return by placing second to Perth Azzurri on the 1968 league table. They went on to win the Top Four Cup, downing Cracovia 2-1 in the final courtesy of a Bev Allen double.

1970 brought about another name change - to Inglewood Kiev - and within twelve months a 21-year lease was arranged for the use of Walter Road Reserve.

Striker Len Dundo scored himself a hat-trick of Golden Boots as the top flight’s leading goal scorer in 1972, 1973 and 1974. In those three seasons alone Dundo amassed 77 goals for Inglewood.

The fundraising efforts of long-time club secretary Jack Soer were instrumental in ensuring the club maintained a strong financial position throughout the 1970s.

Inglewood commemorated their 25th anniversary with the construction of clubrooms at the northern end of the ground, under the guidance of Vladimir Mandyczewsky. The new bar and office facilities were officially opened in November 1976.

1977 will long be remembered as the year Inglewood truly came of age. Robert Earl (3) and Nick Macallum (2) may have scored the goals in a 5-1 State Cup final mauling of Spearwood Dalmatinac but it was defender Jimmy Smith who was recognised as best on ground.

English import Gordon Todd celebrated his first State League season by taking out the Gold Medal, awarded to the top flights’ best player. John Davidson ensured the year ended on a high by scoring the solitary goal in a 1-0 Top Four Cup victory over Floreat Athena.

Lee Adam created State League history by becoming the first player to collect two Gold Medals, the midfielder winning the prestigious award in 1978 and again in 1980.

Memories of England’s 1966 World Cup win were revived in mid-1981 when team captain Bobby Moore joined Inglewood for two guest appearances.

Midfield livewire Norrie Sutton became Inglewood’s fourth Gold Medal winner in six seasons when he won the award in 1982.

Inglewood lifted their first Night Series trophy in 1983. A Paddy Morris goal in the first period of extra-time was enough to gain a 1-0 win over West Perth Macedonia. Further success eluded the club in the years that followed, culminating in relegation to the second tier in 1987.

It wasn’t until a competition restructure in 1993, brought on by the formation of new peak body the Professional Soccer Federation, that top flight football returned to Inglewood. The following year new president Siggie Kramer secured a new 10-year lease on Walter Road Reserve.

The club entered 1995 as Inglewood Falcons and ended it as Premier League runners-up and Top Four Cup finalists. Jason Ainsley was the runaway winner of that season's Gold Medal.

Inglewood reached the State League pinnacle by winning the 1996 Premier League under the management of Paul Wormley. Goals in the final minutes of the season by Scott Daley and veteran Ian Ballantyne earned the club a 2-1 victory over near-neighbours Bayswater City, and their first league title. Norrie Sutton collected his second Gold Medal, Ronnie More was named Goalkeeper of the Year, and Paul Wormley the Coach of the Year.

The State Cup returned to Inglewood in 1999 courtesy of Gavin Tait, whose second half header was enough to see off Floreat Athena 1-0.

A rebranding to Inglewood United in 2000 preceded the negotiation of a new 25-year lease on Walter Road Reserve. The following year the club celebrated their 50th anniversary with the opening of a new 1,000-seat stadium, the Kramer Stand, on the western side of Walter Road Reserve.

Although now recognised as one of the State League’s powerhouse clubs, Inglewood’s only trophy capture of recent times was the 2005 Night Series. Jason Colli, Dean Apelgren and Rory Mouttet were the scorers in a convincing 3-0 defeat of Swan IC.

By contrast, individual accolades have flowed for Inglewood players. Robbie Zabica (2000) and Oliver Taseski (2001, 2009 and 2011) were recognised with Goalkeeper of the Year awards, while Louis Parkinson (2003) and Jack Clisby (2012) have been added to the list of Gold Medal recipients.

Honours[edit]

Premier League Winners: 1996

Premier League Runners Up: 1968, 1977, 1994, 1995

Cup Winners: 1977, 1999

Cup Runners-Up: 1981, 1995, 2005, 2009

Top Four Cup Winners: 1968, 1977

Top Four Cup Runners-up: 1982

Night Series Winners: 1983, 2005

Night Series Runners-Up: 1976, 1979, 1997, 2000

Division One Winners: 1964, 1967

Division One Runners Up: 1962

Playing Squad[edit]

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 Aleks Vrteski
2 England DF Rikki Smith
3 DF Mark Barnett
4 Australia DF Shane Pickering
5 Australia DF Scott Blackmore
6 MF Matt Izzo
7 Republic of Ireland MF Kenny Keogh
8 England DF Scott Witschge
9 Australia MF Ryan Clarke
10 Australia FW David Micevski
11 Australia MF David Sesay
12 England MF Tim Gould
13 Australia DF Jovo Pavlovic
14 Australia FW Jarrod McNally
15 MF Josh Demarte
16 Junior Vaudy
17 Australia Logan Crawford
18 Italy DF Jason Colli
19 MF Aleks Jovic
20 Adrian Jelenovic
21 MF Abdul Sesay
23 Australia MF Andrija Jukic
25 Australia GK Mitch Papas

Coaching Staff[edit]

  • Technical Director: Goran Stajic
  • First Team Coach: Michael Garcia
  • Assistant Coach: Michael Baczynski
  • Team Manager: Ian Dodgson
  • 20s's Coach: Andrija Petrovic
  • 20's Assistant Coach: Alex Stanojevic
  • Team Manager: David Ewen
  • 18's Coach: Dimitri Phylactou
  • 18's Assistant Coach: Danny Perry / Goran Stajic
  • Team Manager: Dean Simpson
  • Physio: Sandro Di Girolamo
  • Property Manager: Florin Tigan

Past Players of Note[edit]

  • Wally Gilenko
  • Peter Atkinson[disambiguation needed] (Division One Player of the Year 1963)
  • Martin Redpath
  • Bev Allen
  • Alex Senjuschenko
  • Len Dundo (Golden Boot 1972, 1973, 1974)
  • Alan Pendleton
  • Ken Morton
  • Saverio Madaschi
  • Gordon Todd (Gold Medal winner 1977)
  • Lee Adam (Gold Medal winner 1979, 1980)
  • Gary Marocchi (Australian international 1975-1978)
  • Peter Baczynski
  • Johnny Davidson
  • Norrie Sutton (Gold Medal winner 1982, 1996)
  • Andy Godfrey (Division One Player of the Year 1988; Division One Top Goal Scorer 1988, 1989)
  • Donal O'Brien[disambiguation needed] (First Division Top Goal Scorer 1989)
  • Paul Wormley (Coach of the Year 1996)
  • Paul Di Carlo (Youngest player 1996 Championship winning Team,Rookie of the year)
  • Jason Ainsley (Gold Medal winner 1995)
  • Ronnie More (Goalkeeper of the Year 1996)
  • Robbie Zabica (Goalkeeper of the Year 1995, 1999, 2000; Australian international 1990-1994)
  • Louis Parkinson (Gold Medal winner 2003)
  • Oliver Taseski (Goalkeeper of the Year 2001, 2009, 2011)
  • Bobby Despotovski (Australian international 2002)
  • Jack Clisby (Gold Medal winner 2012)

League Record[edit]

  • 1953: 5th - State League Division Three North
  • 1954: 2nd - State League Division Three North
  • 1955: 4th - State League Division Three
  • 1956: 7th - State League Division Three South
  • 1957: 2nd - State League Division Four
  • 1958: 6th - State League Division Three 2
  • 1959: 5th - State League Division Three
  • 1960: 2nd - State League Division Two
  • 1961: 4th - State League Division One
  • 1962: 2nd - State League Division One
  • 1963: 9th - State League Premier League
  • 1964: 1st - State League Division One
  • 1965: 9th - State League Premier League
  • 1966: 3rd - State League Division One
  • 1967: 1st - State League Division One
  • 1968: 2nd - State League Premier League
  • 1969: 8th - State League Premier League
  • 1970: 5th - State League Premier League
  • 1971: 8th - State League Premier League
  • 1972: 4th - State League Premier League
  • 1973: 5th - State League Premier League
  • 1974: 5th - State League Premier League
  • 1975: 8th - State League Premier League
  • 1976: 6th - State League Premier League
  • 1977: 2nd - State League Premier League
  • 1978: 5th - State League Premier League
  • 1979: 4th - State League Premier League
  • 1980: 4th - State League Premier League
  • 1981: 6th - State League Premier League
  • 1982: 3rd - State League Premier League
  • 1983: 3rd - State League Premier League
  • 1984: 7th - State League Premier League
  • 1985: 7th - State League Premier League
  • 1986: 7th - State League Premier League
  • 1987: 9th - State League Premier League
  • 1988: 6th - State League First Division
  • 1989: 4th - State League First Division
  • 1990: 5th - State League First Division
  • 1991: 5th - State League First Division
  • 1992: 7th - State League First Division (SFWA)
  • 1993: 7th - State League Premier League
  • 1994: 2nd - State League Premier League
  • 1995: 2nd - State League Premier League
  • 1996: 1st - State League Premier League
  • 1997: 4th - State League Premier League
  • 1998: 8th - State League Premier League
  • 1999: 7th - State League Premier League
  • 2000: 4th - State League Premier League
  • 2001: 8th - State League Premier League
  • 2002: 5th - State League Premier League
  • 2003: 4th - State League Premier League
  • 2004: 6th - State League Premier League
  • 2005: 4th - State League Premier League
  • 2006: 8th - State League Premier League
  • 2007: 5th - State League Premier League
  • 2008: 4th - State League Premier League
  • 2009: 7th - State League Premier League
  • 2010: 9th - State League Premier League
  • 2011: 4th - State League Premier League
  • 2012: 5th - State League Premier League
  • 2013: 6th - State League Premier League
  • 2014: 9th - National Premier Leagues WA
  • 2015:  ? - National Premier Leagues WA

References[edit]

  1. ^ Federation of Ukrainians in Australia, 'Ukrainians in Australia Volume 1', Melbourne, 1966, p838.

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