Brisbane City FC

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Logo of Brisbane City FC
Full nameBrisbane City Football Club
Nickname(s)The Azzurri
Founded1952
GroundSpencer Park
Capacity3,000
ChairmanRobert Cavallucci
Head CoachNick Green
LeagueNPL Queensland
20196th
WebsiteClub website

Brisbane City Football Club is an Australian semi-professional football club based in Newmarket, Brisbane, Queensland. Founded in 1952, the club competed in the National Soccer League until the 1986 season where they were relegated back to State League Competition. Brisbane City currently compete in the National Premier Leagues Queensland, with home matches played at Spencer Park.

National Soccer League[edit]

In 1977 City became a foundation member of the National Soccer League. City's first match was a 0–1 defeat to Marconi at Perry Park on 3 April 1977 in front of a crowd of 5,214[1]

Despite struggling in the first two seasons, including finishing bottom, they won the NSL Cup in those two years. In 1977 City defeated Marconi 5–3 on penalties after a 1–1 draw, and the following year they overcame Adelaide City 2–1. Both matches were played in Brisbane. City's third NSL season saw a much improved 4th-place finish which saw them qualify for the Top Four round robin series where they reached the Grand Final, losing to Sydney City 2–1 on aggregate.

1980 saw a reversal in fortunes with only four league wins recorded, but 1981 saw a battle for the NSL title, eventually finishing third, 8 points behind Champions Sydney City, with striker Paul Wilkinson weighing in with 12 goals. In those days the NSL compelled clubs to change any ethnic titles in their name, and as such City were occasionally referred to as Brisbane Gladiators around this time.

The following two seasons were a struggle, bottom of the table in 1982 was followed by third bottom in 1983, with city rivals Brisbane Lions bottom. It was tough times for NSL football in the city. For the following three seasons the NSL was increased in size but divided into two Conferences, with City finding themselves in the Southern Division alongside the Melbourne and Adelaide clubs. Fortunes didn't improve however and in 1987 with a return to a single division NSL and a reduction in clubs, City were relegated along with Brisbane Lions to the Queensland State League where they remain today bringing to an end nine successive seasons at national level.

The very last NSL match at Spencer Park took place on 8 September 1986, a 0–0 draw with Sunshine George Cross in front of only 838 fans[2]

NSL Statistics by Season

Season Pld W D L GF GA Pts Table Position
1977 26 8 6 12 30 35 22 10th of 14
1978 26 7 3 16 29 49 17 14th of 14
1979 26 14 5 7 38 30 34 4th of 14
1980 26 4 10 12 29 36 18 12th of 14
1981 30 12 11 7 37 25 35 3rd of 16
1982 30 5 11 14 32 55 21 16th of 16
1983 30 8 9 13 33 50 33 14th of 16
1984 28 8 5 15 21 39 21 11th of 12 (Sth)
1985 22 6 5 11 25 42 17 11th of 12 (Sth)
1986 22 3 7 12 18 46 13 11th of 12 (Sth)

(Pld)=Games Played, (W)=Wins, (D)=Draws, (L)=Losses, (GF)=Goals For, (GA)=Goals Against, (Pts)=Points, (Sth)=Southern Conference

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 14 February 2020

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
3 Australia DF Nathan Beagley
5 Australia DF Matthew Jones
6 Australia DF Mark Stuart
7 Australia FW Alex Fiechtner
8 Costa Rica FW Jean Carlos Solórzano
10 Australia MF Kai Fiechtner
11 Australia MF Kye Bolton
14 Australia FW Arthur Antonis
15 Australia FW Alex Simmons
16 Australia MF Jack Daly
No. Position Player
17 Australia DF Drew Jeskey
18 Australia MF Jack Beardsley
20 Australia DF Will Lumley
22 Australia MF Jesse Rigby
Australia FW Shannon Brady
Australia GK Chris Parsons
England MF Steven Snaith
Australia MF Sam Sibatuara
Australia FW Aaron Midon
Australia DF Matt Smith

Notable former players[edit]

  • List of former players who played professionally or have represented their nation at senior level.
Australia
England
Northern Ireland
Scotland
Papua New Guinea
Malaysia

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1977 National Soccer League results". www.ozfootball.net. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  2. ^ "1986 National Soccer League results". www.ozfootball.net. Retrieved 5 December 2018.

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