Geelong SC

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Geelong Soccer Club
Geelong emblem
Full name Geelong Soccer and Sports Club
Nickname(s) Geelong, Skopje
Founded 1950's
Ground Stead Park, Norlane
Chairman Mick Nikolovski
Coach Steve Laurie
League State League 2 Nth-West
2015 6th
Website Club home page

Geelong Soccer Club is a sports club in Geelong, Australia founded in the 1950s. It currently competes in the Victorian State League Division 2 North-West, the fourth tier of football in Victoria, Australia and fifth overall in Australia. Geelong SC plays out of Stead Park in Norlane, Victoria.

History[edit]

The Geelong Soccer and Sports Club was established in the early 1950s by a group of migrants from Skopje as a way of playing soccer and socialising.

Not long after the club was established, it began competing in the local Geelong and Ballarat Soccer League where it experienced much success. In the early seventies the club was promoted to the Victorian Provisional League and later gained promotion to the Victorian State League.

The most recent significance in the club’s history was achieved in 1994 when the club merged with the East Geelong Soccer and Sports Club.

Since season 1968 the club has won 8 premierships. The premierships were won in the following seasons: 1968 – 1969 – 1970 – 1976 – 1980 – 1988 – 1996 – 1998.

Geelong had a strong second half of the season in 2015, but the poor first couple of months meant that the ambitious outfit had to settle for 6th place in State League 2 North-West. In the 2015 FFA Cup preliminary rounds, Geelong beat Waverley Wanderers 5–0, Hoppers Crossing 3–1 and Westgate FC 3–1 to progress to the fifth qualifying round. There, they met National Premier Leagues Victoria powerhouse Hume City FC, going down 4–0 at John Ilhan Memorial Reserve.

Upon the conclusion of the 2015 season, Geelong went on a heavy recruiting spree to aid their push for promotion in season 2016. Players signed in this period included 33-year-old former A-League player İsyan Erdogan, Victorian top-flight experienced Ross Harvey, Brodie Paterson, Craig Sweeney, Kingston City FC 2015 Top Goalscorer and Best and Fairest Sean McIlroy, the well-travelled Stuart Webster and, after Webster departed the club just a few weeks into his stay, former Chile youth goalkeeper Carlos Espinoza|.[1][2] Late in June 2016, league leaders Geelong announced the signing of former A-League player Nick Kalmar.[3]

Current squad[edit]

First-team[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Australia GK Alec Kitanovski
Scotland MF Brodie Paterson
Chile GK Carlos Espinoza
Australia DF Chris Balaburova
Australia MF Craig Sweeney
Australia DF Daniel Conte
Australia DF Duško Delic
Australia MF İsyan Erdogan
England MF Marc McCafferty
Michel Hutabarat
No. Position Player
Australia FW Michael Temelkovski
Scotland DF Ross Harvey
Australia FW Sean McIlroy
England DF Tom Matthews
England MF Tom Robb
Australia DF Daniel Ortiz
Australia FW Josh Talev
England MF Louis Bentley
Australia DF Adam Milenkovski
Australia MF Alex Stojanovski

Divisional History[4][edit]

Affiliated clubs[edit]

Geelong SC has a sister-club relationship with Preston Lions FC.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reynolds, Ryan. "Key signings have Geelong soccer coach in buoyant mood". Geelong Advertiser. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Reynolds, Ryan. "Geelong lures former Adelaide United defender Izzy Erdogan to Stead Park". Geelong Advertiser. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "NPL miss out on former City man Kalmar". The Corner Flag. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  4. ^ http://www.ozfootball.net/ark/Clubs/G/GeelongDH.html

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