Brunswick City SC

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Brunswick City
Brunswick City Soccer Club Logo from 2015.jpg
Full name Brunswick City Soccer Club
Nickname(s) Leonidas
Founded 1970
Ground Dunstan Reserve, Brunswick West
Ground Capacity 1000
Manager George Karkaletsis
League National Premier Leagues Victoria 2
2015 18th (League), R5 (Cup)[1]
Website Club home page

Brunswick City Soccer Club is an soccer club from West Brunswick, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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.[2]

History[edit]

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.[3]

State League Era[edit]

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.[4]

National Premier League Era[edit]

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.[5]

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.[6]

Divisional History[edit]

Season League Position Wins Draws Losses Points Cup
2016 National Premier League Victoria 2 East 6th 5 3 4 18 Round 4
2015 National Premier League Victoria 1 West 10th 5 4 19 19 Round 5[7]
2014 National Premier League Victoria 1 14th 3 1 22 10 Round 4[8]
2013[9] Victorian State League 2 North-West 4th 13 4 5 43 Round 3
2012[10] 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[11]
  • 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[edit]

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 and terracing hold up to 100 spectators. The ground is open and allows for up to 1000 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.[12]

Colours and Badge[edit]

Brunswick City's old logo in use until 2015

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.

The club's traditional playing colours are blue and white.

Players[edit]

As of 19 March 2016.[13]

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 Wesley Coles
2 Australia DF Dean Romas
3 Australia DF Frank Serratore
4 Australia MF Hayden Kanjo
6 Australia DF Peter Papadopoulos
7 Australia MF Dimitri Vithoulkas
8 Australia MF Ali Turgut
9 Australia FW Adam Wright
10 Australia MF Juan Portillo
No. Position Player
11 Australia MF Matthew Murphy
12 Australia FW Michael Ndjekompte
13 Australia MF Michael Cunningham
14 Australia DF Evan Karavitis
16 Australia MF Mitchell Vasilj
17 Australia GK Harry Raworth
18 Australia FW Matthew Augello
19 Australia MF Jason Principatos
23 Australia DF Nathan Fox

Honours[edit]

  • 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

Honours sourced from official Brunswick City website[14]

Former Notable Players[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Our Club". Brunswick City SC. Brunswick City SC. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Our History". Brunswick City SC. Brunswick City SC. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  4. ^ Persoglia, Tony; Mavroudis, Paul; Lewinski, Lukasz. "Brunswick City". Oz Football. Oz Football. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Ladder for NPL1". Fox Sports Pulse. Fox Sports Pulse. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Ladder for NPL1 West". Fox Sports Pulse. Fox Sports Pulse. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Victorian Qualification". Pursuit of the Cup. Pursuit of the Cup. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  8. ^ "Victorian Qualification". Pursuit of the Cup. Pursuit of the Cup. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Ladder for Men's State League 2 North-West". Fox Sports Pulse. Fox Sports Pulse. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "Ladder for Men's State League Div 2 North-West". Fox Sports Pulse. Fox Sports Pulse. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  11. ^ Persoglia, Tony; Mavroudis, Paul; Lewinski, Lukasz. "Brunswick City". Oz Football. Oz Football. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "Dunstan Reserve". Brunswick City SC. Brunswick City SC. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "Statistics for Brunswick City SC playing in PS4 NPL2 West VIC Men". Fox Sports Pulse. Fox Sports Pulse. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  14. ^ "Club Achievements". Brunswick City SC. Brunswick City SC. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  15. ^ Burgoine, Laura. "Former Brunswick City Football Club player on way to Chelsea". Neos Kosmos. Neos Kosmos. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  16. ^ Burgoine, Laura. "Former Brunswick City Football Club player on way to Chelsea". Neos Kosmos. Neos Kosmos. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 

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