Senglea Athletic F.C.

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Senglea Athletic
Senglea Athletics Football Club Badge.png
Full name Senglea Athletic Football Club
Nickname(s) L-Isla, Senglea, Ta' Ċaċu, Yellows
Founded 22 March 1943
Ground 31 May 1981 (Il-Ponta), L-Isla
C Ground, Raħal Ġdid
President Malta Benjamin Casha
Coach Malta Dennis Fenech
League Maltese Second Division
Current season

Senglea Athletic Football Club is an amateur football club. It is the primary football club in Senglea. This club takes part in the Maltese Second Division organised by the Malta Football Association.

History[edit]

Senglea Athletic Football Club was founded in 1943. It took over from the former Senglea United club, which had been formed in 1921 following the demise of Senglea Shamrocks.[1] After World War II the club began to compete in the second division organised by the Malta Football Association.

Apart from moments of success and happiness, this club also had his disappointing moments. For many times this club had to play in the lowest divisions of Malta.

The most moments of glory and happiness occurred in the mid-70's when the club was promoted to the second division, and later on to the first division. For a number of successive times Senglea Athletic F.C. were declared champions of the second division.

For another time, in 1981, the club was promoted to the Maltese Premier Division.[note 1] During that season, Senglea Athletic made history when they contested in the final of the MFA Trophy, while being in the Maltese First Division. The club was very near to participate in the European Cup Winners' Cup, but unfortunately the final against Floriana F.C. ended in a 2-1 loss for Senglea Athletic F.C. During that time the president for the club was Walter Clinch.

From that time onwards Senglea Athletic F.C. passed through some very bad moments due to financial crisis. But then in the year 2000, they got back to their feet and were promoted from the Maltese Third Division to the Maltese Second Division, together with Msida F.C.. During that time the president for Senglea Athletic F.C. was Reno Chirchop.

The next year, Senglea Athletic F.C., this time again with Msida F.C., were promoted to the Maltese First Division. During that time the president for Senglea Athletic F.C. was Dr. Vincent S. Zammit. The club's aim of competing in the Maltese Premier League took a step backwards, when during the 2008-09 season they were relegated to the Maltese Second Division. During the season 2009-10 Senglea Athletic finished in the 9th place, just a position above the relegation play-offs.

Kit[edit]

The home kit of Senglea Athletic F.C. consists of the primary colours of Senglea, yellow and red. The manufacturer of the kits is Nike, while the sponsor is Bronk Productions.

Current squad[edit]

Senior Squad[edit]

Note: The same squad number may be used by more than one player. If that is the case, the last player who have used the number is assigned with it.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Malta DF Michael Ciappara
3 Malta MF Jonathan Buttigieg
4 England DF John Alegbe
5 Malta DF Stacey Vella
6 Malta DF Sandro Calleja
7 Malta MF Darren Grech
8 Malta MF Brady Zerafa
9 Nigeria FW John Roland Emeka
10 Malta MF Clayton Caruana
11 Malta MF Chris Borg
12 Malta GK Brandon Bartolo
No. Position Player
14 Malta MF Jovin Abela
17 Malta MF Kevin Galea
18 Malta MF Andrew Sciortino
19 Malta DF Rennie Tanti
21 Malta MF Omar Rababah
23 Malta MF Rio Micallef
47 Malta GK George Attard (Captain)
Malta MF Tyrone Thomas
Malta FW Glenn Brincat
Malta FW Reuter Degiorgio
Malta FW Denzil Pisani

Youth Squad[edit]

Also known as: Minors or Under-19
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
4 Malta MF Jean Paul Abdilla (captain)
5 Malta DF Daniel Aquilina
6 Malta DF Janniel Camilleri
8 Malta MF Jamie Abdilla
9 Malta FW Darrell Aquilina
10 Malta FW Dylan Xuereb
11 Malta MF Jean Claude Catania
12 Malta FW Ryan Ahar
13 Malta DF Gilmore Buttigieg
No. Position Player
14 Malta DF Patrick Zarb
18 Malta DF Godwin Buttigieg
19 Malta DF Rennie Tanti (vice-captain)
20 Malta DF Curt Zammit
25 Malta GK Luke Pace
Malta DF Brandon Psaila
Malta FW Emerson Farrugia
Malta MF Yurgen Psaila

The coach of the youth squad is Elvin Attard.

During the 2007/08 season Senglea were crowned champions of Section D of the MFA Youth League, and thus they were promoted to Section C.

The following season also proved to be a successful one for the Senglea boys. Apart from finishing 4th in Section C, taking into consideration that this was their first season in this level, they also managed to reach the semi-final of the Youth Knock-Out B, where clubs from Sections B, C and D take part. In the semi-final they lost 5-1 to the Section B club, Qormi.

During the season 2011/12 Senglea were crowned champions of Section C, and therefore gaining promotion to Section B. They also managed to reach the semi-final of the knock-out once again. They were eliminated by the designated champions Balzan Youths.

Club Officials and Coaching Staff[edit]

Club Officials[edit]

President
Benjamin Casha
Vice President
Stephen Spiteri
Secretary
Jean Paul Spiteri
Assistant Secretary
Michael Degiorgio
Treasurer
Stephen Buttigieg
Assistant Treasurer
Anthony Cassar
Team Manager
Francis Dingli
Kit Manager
George Attard
Club Director
Marco Dingli
Member
David Aquilina

Coaching staff[edit]

Senior Team Coach
Dennis Fenech
Senior Team Assistant Coach
George Attard
Youth Team Coach
Elvin Attard

Statistics[edit]

Year Division Level Position (Participating Teams) Points Gained / Maximum Points
1997/98 Malta Maltese Third Division Section B
4
3rd (7)
/
1998/99 Malta Maltese Third Division Section B
4
4th (7)
/
1999/00 Malta Maltese Third Division
4
10th (15)
/
2000/01 Malta Maltese Third Division
4
2nd (16)
/
2001/02 Malta Maltese Second Division
3
2nd (12)
/
2002/03 Malta Maltese First Division
2
3rd (10)
/
2003/04 Malta Maltese First Division
2
4th (10)
/
2004/05 Malta Maltese First Division
2
4th (10)
28 / 54
2005/06 Malta Maltese First Division
2
5th (10)
27 / 54
2006/07 Malta Maltese First Division
2
5th (10)
27 / 54
2007/08 Malta Maltese First Division
2
4th (10)
31 / 54
2008/09 Malta Maltese First Division
2
10th (10)
8 / 54
2009/10 Malta Maltese Second Division
3
9th (12)
25 / 66
2010/11 Malta Maltese Second Division
3
10th (12)
19 / 66
2011/12 Malta Maltese Second Division
3
13th (14)
15 / 78
2012/13 Malta Maltese Third Division
4
1st (14)
68 / 78

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

  • Youths / Minors (Under-19)
    • Section C
    • Section D
    • Youth Knock-Out
      • Semi-Final : 2008/09, 2009/10
    • Youth Knock-Out B
      • Semi-Final : 2011/12

Individual[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Prior to 1980, the top level of the Maltese Football League was known as the First Division, however it was renamed the Premier League and has stayed so since, with the First Division (formerly known as the Second Division) one level lower.
References
  1. ^ Baldacchino, Carmel (2 April 2009). "The fore-runners of Senglea Athletic". The Times of Malta. 
  2. ^ "Melita Digital Malta Football Awards 2007/08 - The Finalists". www.maltafootball.com (in Maltese). Retrieved 2008-06-08. 

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