Northcote City FC

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Northcote City
Northcote City SC logo.jpg
Full name Northcote City Football Club
Nickname(s) City, Hraklis
Founded 1960
Ground John Cain Memorial Reserve
Ground Capacity 9,000
Chairman Peter Kotsiris
Manager Goran Lozanovski
League NPL Victoria
2013 Victorian Premier League, 1st
Website Club home page
Current season

Northcote City Football Club is a soccer club based in the suburb of Thornbury, Victoria, Australia. Formed in 1960 by local Greek Australians, the club currently competes in the National Premier Leagues Victoria. This club was known as Princes Park Hercules during the 1960s and 1970s. It also competed in the old Victorian State League and played against Heidelberg United Alexander in 1988 who eventually won the league title in that year. The club competed in the Victorian Premier League only once prior to 2010, in 1991, when they were relegated.

In winning the 2008 State League Division 2 S/E, the Club was promoted to State League 1. In 2009, Northcote City finished first in Mens State league Division 1, earning promoted to the Victorian Premier league along with Bentleigh Greens.

In 2011, Northcote won the inaugural Mirabella Cup, their first Victorian top-level silverware. In season 2013, Northcote City won their first Victorian Premier League Championship, defeating Bentleigh Greens 3-2 after extra time at AAMI Park.[1]

Their coaching staff for season 2014 in the National Premier Leagues Victoria are: Senior Team Head Coach, former National Soccer League of Australia footballer, Goran Lozanovski, Senior Team Assistant Coaches Chris Capponi and Ted Latomanski, and U20 Head Coach, former VPL footballer, Alex Gymnopoulos..

History[edit]

Foundation & Early Years[edit]

Northcote City FC was formed in 1960 by a group of Greek migrants new to Australia with a passion for sport and a need to form friendships in a new country, with soccer being the major connection. Northcote City FC is the third oldest Greek club in Victoria behind South Melbourne FC and Heidelberg United FC and in its formative years the club fielded teams not only in soccer but also in Volleyball, Basketball and Table Tennis. The club has enjoyed varied success since its formation and has the Dockerty Cup and Hellenic Cup to its list of achievements as well as reaching the Victorian Premier League (the highest League in Victorian soccer). A milestone in the club’s history was moving to John Cain Memorial Park in 1979, which even today is considered one of the state’s best soccer venues. In its formative years, the club was known as Hercules before adopting the Princes Park Hercules name given that it was playing at Princes Park, before changing venues to Fairfield Park in 1977 and adopting Collingwood City as the club’s new name. The new name was to only last a short time however and in 1980 the club clinched a significant breakthrough by negotiating with the Northcote City Council a move to John Cain Memorial park and another name change for the club with Northcote City SC the new identity. To this very day it is still the club’s home and name. The club first gained promotion into the Victorian Soccer Federation leagues in 1964 after competing in the amateur competitions in its formative years. In 1965 it achieved its first ever championship winning the Metropolitan League Division 4, suffering only one loss for the year. In a somewhat golden era for the club, consistent finishes in the upper reaches of the ladder, saw the club achieve a second championship in the 60’s with the Metropolitan League Division 3 title won in 1969. The early to mid 70’s saw the club struggling to make an impression on Metropolitan League Division 2 until a wonderful 1977 campaign saw the club finish second to Doveton and thus gain promotion to Metropolitan League Division 1 for the first time in its history. Another top 4 finish in 1980 saw the club achieve the ultimate and win promotion to the Victorian State League, which would later become the Victorian Premier League. The 1980s were not kind to the club and many bottom half of the table finishes ultimately saw the club relegated in 1991 back to the State League Division 1 competition.

Recent Years[edit]

The 1990s were not much kinder when a Victorian Soccer Federation restructure in 1999 saw the club relegated to State League Division 2 despite finishing 5 places form the bottom of the ladder. If the 1980 and 90’s were not kind to the club, then the first decade of the new millennium is arguably the greatest in the club’s rich history. An undefeated Championship success in 2002 in State League 2 North West saw it regain its standing in State League Division 1, a feat that lasted only until 2006. However the undoubted turning point came in 2007 when Peter Tsolakis was appointed coach of the club and after a mediocre first year at the helm, back-to-back championships in State League Division 2 South-East in 2008 and State League Division 1 in 2009 saw the club regain its status to the Victorian Premier league in 2010, coinciding with its 50 year anniversary. In their first year back in the Victorian Premier League Northcote City finished 5th on 31 points, qualifying for the Elimination Final which they lost 3-1 to Heidelberg United. In 2011 Northcote finished 6th on 39 points, which meant they missed out on the finals by 1 point, finishing behind Heidelberg who ended the season on 40 points. Despite failing to reach the Victorian Premier league finals, they did manage to end the season with some silverware, defeating Melbourne Knights 2-0 at AAMI Park to lift the Mirabella Cup. Despite losing key players such as Trent Rixon and the Trifiro brothers, Northcote enjoyed one its most successful seasons in its history, finishing 5th and making it all the way to the semi final of the Victorian Premier League, losing to Green Gully 3-1.

Northcote City enjoyed the most successful season in its history in 2013, winning the minor premiership in the Victorian Premier League, followed by winning the VPL Grand Final against Bentligh greens 3-2. Senior Coach Goran Lozanovski was awarded Victorian Premier League Coach of year and striker Milos Lujic won Top Goal scorer.

The Under 21 team coached by Alex Gymnopolos won the Under 21 VPL, capping off a fantastic year for the Club.

Current squads[edit]

Senior Team[edit]

Below is the 2014 Northcote City Senior playing squad who currently play in the National Premier Leagues Victoria:

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 Mason Interlandi
22 Australia GK Chris Theodoridis Captain
2 Australia DF Hayden D'Agostino
3 Australia DF Mitchell Bissinger
4 Australia DF Jacob Eliopoulos
5 Australia DF Greg Lombardo
12 Australia DF Jordan Wilkes
17 Australia DF Nicholas Bavcar
7 Australia MF Jason Hayne
No. Position Player
10 Australia MF Marinos Gasparis
11 Australia MF Evan Kounavelis
14 Australia MF Anthony Ramzy
20 Australia MF Nick Kokolakis
Australia MF Aaron Ward
21 Australia MF Phil Vaiopoulos
23 Australia MF Jonathan Bounas

Ismael Mohammed

8 Australia FW James Kalifatidis
9 Australia FW Billy Webb
15 Australia FW Aron Handakas

Aminta Makalovski

Head Coach: AustraliaGoran Lozanovski

Assistant Coach: Australia Chris Capponi

Goalkeeping Coach: Australia Duly Abdul

Team Manager: AustraliaGreece Ange Drossas

Under-21/Reserve squad[edit]

Below is the 2013 Northcote City U21/Reserve playing squad who currently play in the U21/Reserve Victorian Premier League:

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

No. Position Player
Australia GK GianLuca Fantacci
Australia GK Jordan Vlahogiannis
Australia DF Jamie Magro
Australia DF Thomas Kovacevic
Australia DF Andrew Paraskevas
Australia DF Michael Sdregas
Australia DF Steven Papadopoulos
Australia DF Matthew Rizk
No. Position Player
Australia MF Oliver Bradley
Australia MF Tom Pozzer
Australia MF Peter Michael
Australia MF Cesar Galindo Lopez
Australia MF Eddy Wills
Australia FW Dean Nicolaidis
Australia FW Todd Dekker

Tommy Demelis (Captain)

Head Coach: AustraliaGreece Alex Gymnopoulos

Assistant Coach: AustraliaGreece Dave Kalifatidis

Team Manager: Australia Jack Sidiropoulos

All information obtained from the Northcote City Official Website.

Honours[edit]

Senior Team[edit]

  • Mirabella Cup Champions 2011
  • Victorian Premier League Participants 1991, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Victorian Premier League Champions 2013
  • Victorian State League Division 1 Champions 2009
  • Victorian State League Division 2 South East Champions 2008
  • Victorian State League Division 2 North West Champions 2002
  • Victorian Metropolitan League Division 1 Promotion 1980
  • Victorian Metropolitan League Division 2 Runners Up 1977
  • Victorian Metropolitan League Division 3 Champions 1969
  • Victorian Metropolitan League Division 4 Champions 1965
  • Hellenic Cup Champions 1985, 1986, 1999 Runners Up 1983, 2002

Under-21/Reserve team[edit]

  • Victorian Premier League U21 Participants 1991, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Victorian Premier League U21 Champions 2013
  • Victorian State League Division 2 U21 South East Champions 2005
  • Hellenic Cup Runners Up 2006

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