Collingwood Warriors S.C.

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Collingwood Warriors
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Full name Collingwood Warriors Soccer Club
Nickname(s) Warriors, Collingwood, Abbostford
Short name CWSC
Founded 1996
Dissolved 1997
Ground Victoria Park
Ground Capacity 15,000
Head Coach Zoran Matic
League National Soccer League
1996/97 13th

Collingwood Warriors was a professional association football team based in the eastern Melbourne of Abbotsford. It participated in the National Soccer League in 1996/97, lasting only a solitary season.[1] The club's most notable achievement was winning the last ever NSL Cup in the 1996/97 tournament, which would be the only silverware the club celebrated.[2]


The team was formed by Australian Football League club Collingwood Football Club and Heidelberg United, a former NSL team. The home strip was of a shirt with black and white stripes, with streaks of yellow, black shorts and white socks, with the kits being sponsored by Lotto Sport Italia.[3] The club's home ground was Victoria Park. Coached by Zoran Matic, who had previously taken Adelaide City to two NSL championships, the Warriors made a promising start by winning the pre-season competition, defeating Marconi-Fairfield 1–0.[4] Despite a strong start to the season in which the team went seven matches without defeat, Collingwood's form slumped and it ended up finishing second from bottom on the table.[5] The team also lacked money, and disbanded at the end of the 1996/97 season. Throughout this period, Heidelberg maintained a separate team in the Victorian Premier League. Con Boutsianis, Goran Lozanovski and Kimon Taliadoros scored equal most goals for the club at seven each, with Frank Juric making the most appearances, of twenty-five for the club.[6]


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