Blacktown City FC

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Blacktown City
BlacktownDemonsLogo.png
Full name Blacktown City Football Club
Nickname(s) The Demons
Founded 1953
Ground Lily Homes Stadium
Ground Capacity 7,500
Coach Mark Crittenden
League NPL NSW
2016 2nd
Website Club website
Current season

Blacktown City Football Club is an Australian semi-professional soccer club based in Blacktown, New South Wales. Founded in 1953, the club currently competes in the National Premier Leagues NSW. Blacktown City's home ground is Lily Homes Stadium, in the suburb of Seven Hills. Blacktown City are one of five state league teams to have eliminated an A-League team in the FFA Cup, along with Heidelberg United FC, Redlands United FC, Green Gully SC and Adelaide City FC.

History[edit]

The club was formed in 1953 as Toongabbie Soccer Club and changed their name to Blacktown City in 1979. The club competed in the National Soccer League in 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1990. Since then they have competed in the highest level in New South Wales, the NSW Premier League, where they have finished Premiers (1st in the League) in 2001, 2002/03, 2004/05, 2006 and 2008.

The Blacktown City Demons took out the double in 2007 winning both the Premiership and then staging a miraculous comeback from 1–1 with ten men to defeat Bankstown City 3–1 and claim the Championship. The team was known as Blacktown City Demons and owned by The Demons Sports Club until 2009 when the club went into liquidation. The demon image was retained in the logo but dropped from the name.[1]

On 2 August 2017, Blacktown City defeated the Central Coast Mariners 3-2 in the Round of 32 of the 2017 FFA Cup, becoming 'the fifth state-level side' in FFA Cup history to defeat A-League opposition.[2][3] Blacktown make it to the Competition's Quarter-finals, having defeated the APIA Leichhardt Tigers in the Round of 16, where they would be eliminated on penalties by the Western Sydney Wanderers.[4][5] This equals the Demons best finish in the FFA Cup, which they first achieved in 2016 when they lost to Sydney FC.[6]

Current squad[edit]

As of 29 June 2017[7]

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 Tristan Prendergast
Australia GK Matt Symes
Australia DF Lewis Beumie
Australia DF Zachary Cairncross
Australia DF Shayne D'Cunha
Australia DF Matthew Lewis (captain)
Australia DF Giorgio Speranza
Australia DF Roberto Speranza
No. Position Player
Australia MF Daniel Araujo
South Korea MF Danny Choi
Australia MF Kenny Chun
Australia MF Connor Evans
Japan MF Yuta Konagaya
Australia FW James Andrew
Australia FW Joey Gibbs
Australia FW Mitchell Mallia

Notable former players[edit]

Players included in this section have either represented their nation or have had their careers progress by playing or coaching in the A-League.

Australia
Scotland
England
  • England Kevin Keegan (63 national caps, England manager, various EPL clubs as player and manager)

Seasons[edit]

Season League Cup Asia Top scorer
Div Pld W D L GF GA Pts Position Finals Player(s) Goals
1973 NSW Inter Suburban 2nd Div 20 16 3 1 74 28 35 1st Champions
1974 NSW Inter Suburban 1st Div 22 17 5 0 66 16 39 1st Champions
1975 NSW Division 3 22 16 4 2 61 19 36 1st Champions
1976 NSW Division 2 22 5 6 11 33 40 16 9th
1977 22 16 5 1 59 19 37 2nd
1978 NSW Division 1 26 10 6 10 31 31 26 7th
1979 NSW State League 26 13 5 8 45 36 31 4th
1980 NSW State League 28 12 11 5 57 39 35 5th
1980 NSL 26 9 3 14 34 55 21 11th N/A
1981 30 6 9 15 32 47 21 15th N/A
1982 NSW State League 26 16 6 4 50 28 38 3rd N/A
1983 NSW Division 1 24 17 1 6 54 24 35 3rd N/A
1984 NSL
(Northern Conference)
28 12 6 10 43 48 30 5th Elimination Semi-final
1985 22 7 4 11 30 34 18 8th
1986 22 8 4 10 24 36 20 9th
1987 NSW Division 1 26 19 1 6 60 19 39 3rd
1988 26 18 4 4 55 17 40 1st
1989 NSL 26 5 9 12 28 50 19 12th
1989/90 26 4 4 18 30 55 12 14th
1990 NSW Division 1 9th
1991 2nd
1992 NSW Super League 3rd
1993 1st
1994 4th
1995 2nd
1996 NSW Super League (Stage 1) 8th
1996 NSW Super League (Stage 2) 12th
1997 NSW Super League 4th
1998 2nd
1999 2nd
2000 1st

Source [1]

Note 1: During 1984 to 1986, the league was split into two conferences – Blacktown City played in the Northern Conference and the position in the table reflects position in the conference.

Honours[edit]

Regional[edit]

  • Ampol Cup
Champions (1): 1985
Champions (5): 1991, 1993, 1996, 2006, 2014
Runners-Up (1): 2015
  • Johnny Warren Cup
Champions (1): 2006
Minor Premiers/Premiers (8): 1988, 1993, 2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006, 2007, 2014
Champions (8): 1991, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2010, 2014, 2016
Runners-Up (7): 1992, 1993, 1995, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2006

Domestic[edit]

Champions (1): 2015
Finals Appearances (1): 2015
Round of 32 (4): 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Round of 16 (2): 2016, 2017
Quarter Finals (2): 2016, 2017

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club history". bcfc.com.au. Archived from the original on 10 June 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Puterflam, Michael (2017-08-03). "FFA Cup live stream Round of 32: Central Coast Mariners v Blacktown City, Sydney FC v Darwin Rovers". Retrieved 2017-09-20. 
  3. ^ McMurtry, Andrew (2017-08-03). "Blacktown City FC through to FFA Cup round of 16 after 3-2 win over Central Coast Mariners". Retrieved 2017-09-20. 
  4. ^ Staff Writer (2017-08-29). "AS IT HAPPENED: Westfield FFA Cup Rd of 16 MD2". Retrieved 2017-09-20. 
  5. ^ Harrington, Anna (2017-09-21). "Mark Bosnich says Blacktown City's FFA Cup performance justifies the need for a national second division". Retrieved 2017-09-21. 
  6. ^ Greco, John (2016-09-21). "Sydney FC end Blacktown's FFA Cup run". Retrieved 2017-09-20. 
  7. ^ "Blacktown City squad". 

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