Altona Magic SC
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|Full name||Altona Magic Soccer Club|
|Nickname(s)||Magic, Vardar, Gate|
|Ground||Paisley Park Soccer Complex,
Altona North, Victoria
|League||Victorian State League Division 1|
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.
Altona Magic Soccer Club 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.
In 2010, after a horrific 2010 season in the Victorian Premier League, Altona Magic were, for the first time in the club's entire history, relegated to State Division One.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- 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
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