Carlton SC

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Carlton
Carlton soccer club.png
Full name Carlton Soccer Club
Nickname(s) Blues
Founded 1997
Dissolved 2000
Ground Princes Park, Melbourne
Ground Capacity 35,000
Chairman Jack Reilly
Coach Eddie Krncevic

Carlton Soccer Club is a defunct Australian association football (soccer) club. It participated in the National Soccer League from the 1997/98 season until round eight of the 2000/2001 season, after which it folded.[1] The club was strongly linked to the Carlton Australian Rules club, and suffered from poor crowds. It was suspected that these ties stopped crowds from growing as supporters of other Australian rules teams would not support the Carlton Soccer Club.

On the field, Carlton had a successful debut season, coming runner up to South Melbourne.[2] They were unable to make the finals the next year,[3] but bounced back in season 1999/2000, being beaten in the Preliminary Final by eventual champion Wollongong.[4] But it was to set to be the last hurrah, as Carlton's financial woes forced the withdrawal of the side from the 2000/01 season after eight rounds.

Former players include current Socceroos team members Marco Bresciano, Vince Grella, Archie Thompson and Joshua Kennedy, as well as former internationals Simon Colosimo, Andrew Marth, Dean Anastasiadis, John Markovski and Steve Horvat and A-League players Daniel Allsopp, Robbie Middleby and Andrew Packer.

It was once reported that the former owners of the club, headed by sports agent Peter Jess, were still receiving significant payments when former Carlton players transfer between clubs in Europe.[5][6]

Like the Australian Football League club, the club was sponsored by American sportswear company Nike.[7]

Honours[edit]

Records[edit]

  • Record Games Holder: Australia Dean Anastasiadis – 92
  • Record Goals Holder: Brazil Alex Moreira – 27

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