Charlestown Azzurri FC
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|Full name||Charlestown Azzurri Football Club|
|Ground||Shane Tull Oval|
|League||NPL Northern NSW|
Charlestown Azzurri FC (formerly Charlestown City Blues FC) is an Australian soccer club based in Whitebridge, a suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales. The club currently competes in the National Premier Leagues Northern NSW
Charlestown United was founded in 1900, while Hamilton Azzurri was founded in 1963 which later became Highfields Azzurri during the 1970s. In 2006, Highfields Azzurri became Azzurri FC. In 2009, Football Federation Australia forced Azzurri to change its name.
After the 2009 season, the club became Charlestown City Blues FC, when Azzurri FC and Charlestown United merged. The club now has limited backing from the local Italian community, but it's still referred to as Azzurri in local footballing circles.
In 2014, Charlestown City was accepted into the National Premier Leagues Northern NSW. The Blues finished in 4th place in the first season of the NPL NNSW, qualifying for the finals series. Azzurri defeated Edgeworth Eagles 2-1 in the first hurdle, but then went down to Lambton Jaffas FC in the semi-final.
The 2018 season saw Charlestown finish in 6th place in the league. Scott Smith and Kane Goodchild were the side's leading goalscorers with 7 goals each. The club also enjoyed FFA success, progressing to the round of 32 for the first time in their history. Unfortunately they were defeated by Heidelberg United 2-1.
- Kerry, Craig (27 October 2017). "Ljubo back to boost Blues after dark days". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
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