Perth SC

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Perth
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Full name Perth Soccer Club
Nickname(s) Azzurri, Sky Blues
Founded 1948; 67 years ago (1948) as Perth Azzurri
1987; 28 years ago (1987) as Perth
Ground Dorrien Gardens
Ground Capacity 2,000
President Gary Marocchi
Senior Coach Taki Nicolaidis
League NPL Western Australia
2014 2nd
Website Club home page

Perth Soccer Club is an Australian semi-professional soccer club based in West Perth, Western Australia. The club was founded in 1987 as the result of a merger between three local sides, though its pre-merger history is regarded to be that of Perth Azzurri after taking full control of the club in 2002. Perth currently competes in the National Premier Leagues Western Australia, with matches played at Dorrien Gardens.[1]

History[edit]

The club was formed in 1987 as a result of a merger of Perth Azzurri (formed 1948), East Fremantle Tricolore (formed 1953) and Balcatta Etna (formed 1977). After numerous meetings and discussions the new club known as, named Perth ltalia Soccer Cub, was formed.[2][3] Of the three clubs that merged, Perth Azzurri was the most successful club having won 11 league titles.[4] The club had its beginnings when a group of boys joined with the initial intention of starting an Australian rules football club.[5][6] The club faced friction from the footballing establishment which disapproved of Azzurri's passionate style of play.[3] Between 1953 and 1987 East Fremantle Tricolore also won six league titles, including three straight wins between 1963 and 1965.[4] Balcatta Etna had the least success, with only one league title.

Representatives from all three clubs strongly contributed in establishing the finest club and facilities in Western Australia. In the late 1980's the club registered the name Perth United in anticipation of joining the National Soccer League.[7][8] However the club never managed to join the national league.

In 1991 Balcatta Etna left the merged club. In 1995 it was decided to change the name to Perth Soccer Club in order to broaden its appeal to a more mainstream audience.[9][10] In 2002 Azzurri fully merged with Perth SC to become the club it is today,[11] with East Fremantle Tricolore leaving the merged club to play in their own right in 2004.

Current 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 Francis Soale
2 Australia DF Luka Njegich
3 Australia DF Alex Castiello
4 Australia DF Dean Evans
5 Australia DF Craig Simpson(Captain)
6 England MF Clark Keltie
7 Australia FW Reece Vittiglia
8 Australia DF James Marocchi
9 England FW Ash Rosindale
10 Australia MF Andreas Theodosiades
No. Position Player
11 Australia MF Aden Da Luz
12 Australia MF Robbie Sciascia
13 Wales MF Mark Pritchard
14 England DF Laurence Gaughan
15 Australia FW Carlo Coelho
16 Australia FW Nick Ambrogio
17 Australia DF Rocco Pizzata
18 Australia MF Josh Pereira
19 Australia DF Calum O'Connell
23 Australia GK Alex Dunn

Honours[edit]

  • Perth Azzurri Champions - 1953, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1981
  • Perth Azzurri Dorsogna Cup - 1960, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1981
  • Perth Azzurri Ampol Night Series Cup - 1962, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1981
  • Perth Azzurri Top Four Cup - 1953, 1960, 1962, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1981
  • Since 1988 Perth Soccer Club
  • Champions - 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Top Four Cup - 1993, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008
  • D'Orsogna Cup - 1990, 1993
  • Boral Cup - 2001
  • Night Series - 1989, 1990, 1992, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Perth Soccer Club Inc". Football West. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  2. ^ "Perth SC Club Page". ozfootball.net. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  3. ^ a b Moore, Philip (January 2009). "Soccer in the west: the world game in Australia's western periphery". Soccer & Society 10 (1): 84–95. doi:10.1080/14660970802472684. ISSN 1466-0970. 
  4. ^ a b "Australia - List of Regional Champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  5. ^ Moore, David; Miller, William J (1996). "The Lads in Action: Social Process in an Urban Youth Subculture". Journal of contemporary ethnography (Newbury Park, California: Sage Publications) 24 (4). ISSN 0891-2416. 
  6. ^ Krieder, Richard (1996). A Soccer Century. SportsWest Media. p. 52. ISBN 0-646-29376-1. 
  7. ^ Brabazon, Tara (2000). Tracing the Jack. UNSW Press. p. 132. ISBN 0-86840-699-6. 
  8. ^ Howe, Andrew. "History of Perth soccer". ozfootball.net. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  9. ^ Azzurri, 1948-1998: 50 Golden Years. Perth Soccer Club. 1998. 
  10. ^ "Welcome to the Perth Soccer Club". Perth Soccer Club. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  11. ^ "Azzurri Trophy Room". Perth Soccer Club. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 

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