Altona Magic SC

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Altona Magic
Altona Magic Logo.png
Full name Altona Magic Soccer Club
Nickname(s) Magic, Vardar, Gate
Founded 1968
Ground Paisley Park Soccer Complex,
Altona North, Victoria
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Republic of Macedonia Igor Georgieski
Coach Republic of Macedonia Vlado Tortevski
League Victorian State League Division 1
2014 7th

Altona Magic Soccer Club is a soccer team based in Altona North, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. They currently play in the Victorian State League Division 1.

History[edit]

Altona Magic Soccer Club located in the west of Melbourne has been playing in the state elite competition the Victorian Premier League since 1989. The club has won 5 championships and produced many Australian internationals. The club colours of red and black signify the famous Macedonian Football Club, FK Vardar Skopje. Since the formation of the football club the Macedonian Community and Ethnic Macedonian media continue to call the club the Vardar Football Club.

In 1967 a group of Macedonian immigrants passionate about football initiated a meeting in Yarraville with the idea of forming a football team and by 1968 the team was registered as the Kingsville Soccer Club. The team played at Wembley Park, Yarraville (1968 to 1974) in the Victorian lower amateur leagues.

In 1975 the Kingsville Soccer Club committee successfully acquired debt riddled German backed club Central Altona, with the successful acquisition the club shifted to Gray Reserve, Williamstown and played in the Victorian Provisional League Division 1 (1975 to 1979).

In 1979 the clubs desire to compete in the higher divisions of Victoria arrived with the amalgamation of first division strugglers Keilor City (German backed). The amalgamation brought the club to Division One and with a large membership base the club successfully negotiating with the Altona City Council to tenant the Paisley Park Soccer Complex, a master facility of its time and the current home of the club.

The club renamed itself to Altona Gate Soccer Club in 1980 and for next 8 years competed in the Victorian Division 1 League. In 1988 the first success was achieved, the club won promotion to the State League (VPL) by finishing League Runners-Up.

By 1996 the club incorporated the name Altona Magic Soccer Club, this was at time when Soccer Australia (now Football Federation Australia) encouraged all clubs to remove all ethnic affiliated names and logo’s from all clubs across Australia.

The most successful period in the club’s history was in the 1990s, Altona won 3 consecutive VPL championships in 1995, 96 and 97. The club added two more championship trophies in 2008 and 2009, this confirmed the clubs position as one of the most successful clubs in Victorian Football.

In 2010, after a horrific season in the Victorian Premier League, Altona Magic were relegated to the Victorian State League Division 1. The 2011 season became the first time since 1988 that Altona was to compete below the top tier of football in Victoria.

Magic spent seasons 2011-2013 in the Victorian State League Division 1 finishing mid-table each time, which was the second tier at the time. In 2014, following the introduction of the National Premier Leagues Victoria, which Vardar was not accepted in to, the club then competed in the regionalised Victorian State League Division 1 North-West, the new third tier of football in Victoria. In 2014 and 2015, the club again finished mid-table on both occasions.

With February signing Marino Gasparis departing the league-leaders in late May for NPL Victoria club Pascoe Vale FC, Magic reacted by confirming the signing of Hume City FC player Daniel Višević.[1]

Club Mission[edit]

Altona Magic Soccer Club's mission is to work in conjunction with the local council, government bodies, the wider community as well as corporate businesses in order to continue the development of Australian sports and the promotion of a healthy and more active youth. The club will continue to promote football in the local area, starting with grassroots junior development through to the youth and senior level’s with the goal of continuing to create future Australian football stars.

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 Loncaric
2 Australia MF Stojkovski
3 Australia MF Beasly
6 Australia MF Sieh
5 Australia MF Vahid
7 Australia MF Cil
8 Australia MF Turgut
9 Australia FW Sadik
No. Position Player
11 Australia MF Hayne
12 Australia DF Thomson
13 Australia FW Scardamaglia
18 Australia MF Becket
19 Australia DF Bosinovski
20 Australia MF Robson
40 Australia DF Thompson

Current Womens 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 Nicole Stojcevska
2 Australia FW Brooke Muscat
5 Australia DF Kimberly Santos
6 Australia FW Gabriella Panagiotou
7 Australia MF Jessica Kantarovski (VC)
8 Australia DF Kimka Bosnjak
10 Australia FW Stephanie Pasceri
11 United States MF Ashley Ledoux
13 Australia MF Jess Cvetkovska (C)
No. Position Player
14 Australia FW Stephanie Kourakis
16 Australia DF Nikolina Dukovski
17 England MF Emily Bowden
19 Australia MF Jenna Hanley
21 Colombia MF Eliana Zuluaga
22 Australia FW Marthese Zahra
23 Australia DF Marcela Martinez
24 Venezuela FW Emilce Escalona
25 Venezuela DF Luisa Anez

Honours[edit]

  • Victorian Premier League Champions 1995, 1996, 1997, 2008, 2009
  • Victorian Premier League Runners Up 2004, 2006
  • Victorian Premier League Finalists 1994, 1998, 2003, 2005
  • Victorian State League Division 1 Runners Up 1988
  • Dockerty Cup Runners Up 1989

Individual honours[edit]

VPL Player of the Year

  • 1997 - George Jolevski
  • 2001 - Zoran Todorovski
  • 2004 - Doug Mladenovic
  • 2006 - Sash Becvinovski

Bill Fleming Medal

  • 1997 - George Jolevski

VPL Coach of the Year

  • 1995 - Ian Dobson
  • 1996 - Gary Cole

VPL Top Goalscorer Award

VPL Goalkeeper of the Year

  • 1997 - Darren McGrath

Jimmy Rooney Medal

  • 1995 - Chris Emsovski
  • 1996 - Darren McGrath
  • 1997 - Sava Rusmir
  • 2004 - Levent Osman
  • 2009 - Kliment Taseski

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Visevic departs Hume City for Altona Magic". MFootball. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 

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