Brunswick City SC
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|Full name||Brunswick City Soccer Club|
|Ground||Dunstan Reserve, Brunswick West|
|League||National Premier Leagues Victoria 1|
|2015||18th (League), R5 (Cup)|
|Website||Club home page|
The club was formed in 1970 by local Greek Australians as Thornbury Soccer Club and today has teams playing in Senior Men's, Senior Women's and Junior competitions. Brunswick City currently participates in the National Premier Leagues Victoria.
Brunswick City's foundations can be traced to the early 1970 when a group of Greek migrants got together for a friendly game of soccer in Thornbury. Eventually a club was established, which due to the Victorian Soccer Federation regionalisation policy, was initially known as Thornbury Soccer Club. In 1980 a new base was formed in Brunswick where the club took on its new name of Brunswick City "Leonidas" Soccer Club inspired by the Spartan Warrior.
The team initially played all home games from Royal Park, oval no.9. A move was made to Balfe Park in East Brunswick. With the development of a Junior program came the need for bigger and better facilities, hence the move to Dunstan Reserve, Brunswick West.
The club's first president was Nick Koutoulis, a key early member who saw the team play in a Sunday league division. The club gained entry into the District League and was eventually promoted through the divisions of the Provisional League right through to State League 1.
State League Era
The defining moment for Brunswick City arguably came in 2001 when the club gained promotion into the Victorian State League System. The promotion into the State Leagues was typically a tipping point for clubs to pay players and become more professional in their administration and competition intent.
As well as the key promotion Brunswick quickly moved up the Victorian football pyramid winning promotion three times in four years in what can be considered the club's golden era. The club has since been able to sustain itself at this level of competition and has never since played below the 3rd level of State competition.
National Premier League Era
Brunswick City SC had their bid for a place in the National Premier Leagues Victoria accepted early on in 2014 and were placed into the NPL1 competition, the second tier of football in Victoria. The 2014 season was a difficult one for City, finishing bottom of the inaugural 14 team NPL1 campaign, managing just 10 points from 26 games.
The following season, the NPL1 was split into an East and West conference following the inclusion of six more teams. Brunswick were placed into the West conference for the 2015 season. It faced teams within this conference twice. It also competed against the 10 team East conference, facing each team once. The club had another disappointing campaign, finishing bottom of the NPL1 West conference, but avoided relegation despite consecutive bottom place finishes by virtue of no relegation out of the NPL1.
|2015||National Premier League Victoria 1||18th||5||4||19||19||Round 5|
|2014||National Premier League Victoria 1||14th||3||1||22||10||Round 4|
|2013||Victorian State League 2 North-West||4th||13||4||5||43||Round 3|
|2012||Victorian State League 2 North-West||3rd||11||5||6||38||N/A|
|2011||Victorian State League 2 North-West||3rd||14||3||5||42||Round 2|
|2010||Victorian State League 2 North-West||8th||9||4||9||30||N/A|
|2009||Victorian State League 2 North-West||6th||6||8||8||26||N/A|
|2008||Victorian State League 2 North-West||5th||9||7||6||34||N/A|
|2007||Victorian State League 1||9th||6||6||10||24||N/A|
|2006||Victorian State League 1||9th||6||6||10||24||N/A|
|2005||Victorian State League 1||6th||8||7||7||31||N/A|
|2004||Victorian State League 2 North-West||1st||16||3||3||51||Round 4|
|2003||Victorian State League 2 North-West||5th||8||5||9||29||N/A|
|2002||Victorian State League 3 South-East||1st||14||6||2||48||N/A|
|2001||Victorian Provisional League 1 South-East||2nd||15||5||2||50||N/A|
|2000||Victorian Provisional League 1 South-East||3rd||14||2||6||44||N/A|
- Competition information up to 2011 was sourced from OzFootball
- Brunswick City was deducted 3 points in the 2011 season
- Brunswick City did not play one game in the 2010 season. The result was recorded as a 0-0 draw with no points awarded to either team
- There was no cup competition from 1996-2011, with the exception of 2004
Dunstan Reserve is the home of Brunswick City's football and administration operations. The facility includes two full sizes football pitches and club rooms equipped with change rooms, storage spaces, a functioning kitchen/canteen and social area.
The main pitch is a permanent football ground and served by basic terracing and seating provided by the club rooms. Temporary undercover seating accommodates 30 people with the remaining terracing holding up to 100 spectators. The ground is open and allows for up to 500 people to enjoy match day comfortably
The secondary pitch is situated within a larger oval, complete with concrete cricket pitch and cricket nets used in the summer. During football season the pitch is converted to a rectangular configuration and used for junior training and matches.
Colours and Badge
Brunswick City's identity is very much reflective in its Hellenic heritage. The club logo depicts Spartan warrior Leonidas in blue and white. The club changed its logo in 2015 in part due to their revised status in the National Premier League system.
The team plays its home games in an all-blue kit and plays its away games in an all-white kit.
Senior Men's Honours
- 2004 Victorian State League 2 North-West Champions
- 2004 Hellenic Cup Runners Up
- 2002 Victorian State League 3 South-East Champions
- 2001 Victorian Provisional League 1 North-West Runners Up
- 2001 Victorian Provisional League Cup Champions
- 2000 Victorian Provisional League Cup Champions
- 1998 Victorian Provisional League 2 North-West Champions
- 1998 Victorian Provisional League Cup Champions
- 1994 Victorian Provisional League Cup Runners Up
- 1985 Victorian Provisional League 3 North-West Champions
- 1978 Victorian District League Division 2 Champions
Reserve Men's Honours
- 2011-State League Div 2 NW - Men's Reserves Runners Up
- 2004-State League Division 2 NW - Reserves Champions
- 2003-State League Division 2 NW - Reserve Runners Up
- 2002-State League Division 3 SE - Reserve Runners Up
- 2001-Provisional League 1 NW - Reserve Runners Up
- 1999-Provisional League Division 1 - Reserve Champions
- 1998-Provisional League Division 2 NW - Reserve Champions
- 1997-Provisional League Cup - Reserve Champions
- 1995-Provisional League Division 2 NW - Reserve Champions
- 1995-Provisional League Cup - Reserve Champions
- 1993-Provisional League Division 2 NW - Reserve Champions
- 1985-Provisional League Division 3 NW - Reserve Champions
Senior Women's Honours
- 2004-State League Division 2 NW - Women Champions
- 2003-State League Division 3 NW - Women Champions
- 1999-State League Division 2 - Women Champions
Honours sourced from official Brunswick City website
Former Notable Players
- Theo Markelis - Former Melbourne Victory player and Brunswick City Junior
- George Mells - Current Adelaide United player and former Brunswick City Junior
- George Angelos  - Former Heidelberg United VPL player
- Lachlan Armstrong  - Former National Soccer League player
- Jim Asimacopoulos  - Former Brunswick Juventus VPL player
-  - Club website
- Football Federation Victoria Official website
- OzFootball Brunswick City Page - an old club website