Footscray JUST

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Footscray J.U.S.T.
Full name Footscray Jugoslav United Soccer Team
Nickname(s) JUST, Plavi, Eagles
Founded 1950
Dissolved 1990 (carried on under new ownership)
Ground Schintler Reserve, Footscray

Footscray JUST (Jugoslav United Soccer Team) was an association football club from Melbourne, Australia, and a former member of the National Soccer League


History[edit]

Established in 1950 by migrants from Yugoslavia,[1] Footscray JUST played in the Victorian leagues with a fair amount of success, winning five Victorian State League titles,[2] and three Dockerty Cup titles.

National Soccer League[edit]

In 1977 they became a foundation member of the National Soccer League, where they largely struggled, with the exception of 1986, where they lost to Adelaide City in the Southern Conference grand final.[3] In that year Footscray recruited legendary Red Star Belgrade player and trainer Dragoslav Šekularac who also brought with him Vlada Stošić which immediately lifted the club from the bottom to the top of the league.

However poor performances returned and in their final season as members of the NSL in 1989, after the club changed their name to Melbourne City JUST to broaden their appeal and with Schintler Reserve having undergone significant renovations, the club were demoted to the Victoria State League along with fellow Melbourne club Heidelberg United FC after finishing second bottom, recording only five league wins.

Their last NSL match took place on 10 July 1989, when 1,830 turned up to Schintler Reserve to witness a 1-1 draw with Sydney Olympic.[4]

Statistics by Season

Season Pld W D L GF GA Pts Table Position
1977 26 9 6 11 36 39 24 8th of 14
1978 26 7 8 11 29 37 22 12th of 14
1979 26 8 3 15 29 43 20 11th of 14
1980 26 7 9 10 32 41 23 9th of 14
1981 30 9 7 14 32 48 25 13th of 16
1982 30 5 14 11 34 46 24 14th of 16
1983 30 9 9 12 25 42 36 12th of 16
1984 28 10 5 13 29 33 25 8th of 12 (Sth)
1985 22 5 2 15 25 41 12 12th of 12 (Sth)
1986 22 10 8 4 29 27 28 2nd of 12 (Sth)
1987 24 7 8 9 17 27 22 11th of 13
1988 26 7 9 10 34 32 23 10th of 14
1989 26 5 8 13 24 37 18 13th of 14

(Pld)=Games Played, (W)=Wins, (D)=Draws, (L)=Losses, (GF)=Goals For, (GA)=Goals Against, (Pts)=Points, (Sth)=Southern Conference


They struggled badly the following season in the State League and suffered another relegation to VSL Division One.[5] The club were subsequently taken over by the Argentinian community which signalled the end of their historic Yugoslav connections and effectively the end of the original Footscray JUST.

The club carried on as Melbourne City playing at Schintler Reserve, however it was vacated in 1994 and is now a container storage facility, with the clubrooms converted into offices. Today the club compete in the Victorian State League 3 North-West still as Melbourne City [6] (no connection to the A League franchise of that name [7]) playing at Edwards Reserve in Spotswood.

Honours[edit]

  • Victorian State League (VPL) Champions 1957, 1963, 1969, 1971, 1973
  • Victorian League 3 Division South Champions 1950
  • National Soccer League South Finalists 1986
  • Dockerty Cup Winners 1951, 1963, 1976,
  • Victorian Ampol Night Soccer Cup Winners 1955, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1965, 1975

Individual Honours[edit]

Bill Fleming Medal

  • 1956 – Pepe Cubero
  • 1964 – Frank Micic
  • 1967 – Frank Micic
  • 1973 – Frank Micic

Victorian Premier League Top Goalscorer Award

  • 1971 – Dan Zoraja

NSL U21 Player of the Year

NSL Coach of the Year

International Players[edit]

References[edit]