Green Gully SC

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Green Gully
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Full name Green Gully Soccer Club
Nickname(s) Cavaliers, Gully
Founded 1955; 61 years ago (1955)
Ground Green Gully Reserve
Ground Capacity 10,000
Chairman Australia Charles Farrugia
Manager Australia Arthur Papas
League NPL Victoria
2015 7th
Website Club home page

Green Gully Soccer Club is an Australian football club based in Melbourne, Victoria. Green Gully is one of the largest clubs in Melbourne, having participated in the now defunct National Soccer League between 1984-1986. The club currently competes in the National Premier Leagues Victoria, with matches played at Green Gully Reserve in Kealba. Green Gully, along with South Melbourne FC, hold the joint record for the most Victorian top flight league titles, winning the league nine times in their history.[1] Green Gully holds the distinction of being one of just 3 state league teams to have eliminated an A-League team in the FFA Cup, alongside Redlands United FC and Adelaide City FC.[2]

History[edit]

Early History[edit]

The club was established as Ajax Soccer Club in 1955 by Maltese immigrants.[3] In honour of the Maltese Floriana club, Ajax SC adopted their familiar green and white playing strips.[3] The club was renamed to Green Gully Ajax SC when it moved to its current home ground at Green Gully Reserve in 1966, in the West of Melbourne suburb of Kealba.[3] In 1972, the City of Keilor Council laid down two full size football pitches and constructed a large dressing room facility which included showers and toilets.[3] The "Ajax" was dropped in 1982.[3]

The club competed in the National Soccer League of Australia (NSL) from 1984 to 1986 and attracted some great players such as George Campbell from Preston (originally from Aberdeen), and Scott Fraser from Rangers.[citation needed] Green Gully is a 'Sister Club' with Sunshine George Cross FC, It is believed that both Green Gully and Sunshine Georgies adopted the Same kit as a Maltese Premier League club Floriana F.C., Floriana is one of the oldest clubs in Malta.[citation needed]

Green Gully have been Victorian Champions in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2010 and 2011.[citation needed]

Recent History[edit]

Gully placed third in the league in 2012 and made it all the way to the preliminary final, but went down to Dandenong Thunder SC. After a fifth placed league finish in 2013, Gully exited the finals series at the first stage after a 1-0 loss to South Melbourne FC.

Green Gully had their bid for a place in the inaugural National Premier Leagues Victoria accepted and entered the competition in 2014. The NPLV replaced the old VPL. The Cavaliers finished in 10th place in the new 14 team competition in 2014, and finished in 7th place the following year, just missing out on the finals series. Bob Stojcevski departed the club mid-season after an extended period of poor form, with Rodrigo Vargas (as player-coach) and Stephen Downes taking on the head role to see out the season.

In October 2015, Green Gully announced that former Oakleigh Cannons boss Arthur Papas would lead the club in the 2016 NPL Victoria season.[4] Papas brought in the likes of Nicholas Krousoratis, former Brisbane Roar youngster George Lambadaridis, former Melbourne Heart FC player Kliment Taseski and Japanese left-back Yohei Iwasaki for the 2016 campaign.[5] Gully qualified for the national stage of the 2016 FFA Cup, drawing A-League side Central Coast Mariners in the Round of 32 and became only the second member federation club to beat an A-League club when Liam Boland's 92nd minute long-range goal saw the Cavaliers win the tie 2-1 in front of 900 people at Green Gully Reserve.[6]

Rivalries[edit]

The Green Gully Cavaliers have many rivalries, the biggest of the rivalries are the Sunshine George Cross FC with most games containing controversy.[citation needed] Other Victorian Premier League Clubs that are rivals include Melbourne Knights, South Melbourne FC and Non-Victorian Premier League rivalries include Keilor Park SC and the St. Albans Saints.[citation needed]

Kit supplier[edit]

The Kit Supplier for the Green Gully Cavaliers is Adidas, Adidas is the match day kit supplier and training kit supplier.[citation needed] Green Gully's matchday kit is green with white strips, while the shorts and socks are just green.[citation needed] The green gully juniors also have their kit supplier as Adidas,Errea and Covo.[citation needed]

Current squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Rani Dowisha
2 Australia GK Sebastian Mattei
3 England DF Daniel Jones
4 Australia DF Rodrigo Vargas
5 Australia DF Matthew Reid
6 Australia DF Tyler James
7 Australia MF Callum Richardson
8 Australia FW Anthony Ragusa
9 Australia FW Tomas Murphy
10 Australia MF Evan Christodoulou
11 Australia FW Nick Krousouratis
No. Position Player
12 England FW Matthew Breeze
13 Australia DF Luke Walker
14 Australia FW Ratip Cileli
15 Australia MF Alon Blumgart
16 Australia FW Liam Boland
17 New Zealand MF Omar Abdigafar
18 Australia MF George Lambadaridis
19 Australia MF Kliment Taseski
20 Japan DF Yohei Iwasaki
21 Yach Bol

Honours[edit]

  • National Soccer League Participants 1984, 1985, 1986
  • Victorian Premier League (State League) Champions 1981, 1982, 1983, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2010,2011
  • Victorian Premier League (State League) Minor Premiers 2004, 2005, 2008, 2011
  • Victorian Premier League (State League) Finalists 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2006
  • Victorian Premier League (State League) Runners Up 1987
  • Victorian Metropolitan League Division 1 Champions 1976
  • Victorian Metropolitan League Division 2 Champions 1971
  • Victorian Metropolitan League Division 3 Runners Up 1966
  • Dockerty Cup Winners 1981, 1982, 1986, 2004,2013
  • Victorian Ampol Night Soccer Cup Winners 1979, 1981, 1983

Individual Honours[edit]

  • Bill Fleming Award
  • 1980 - Jimmy Dunne
  • 1982 - Paul Lewis
  • 1983 - Paul Lewis
  • 2005 - Rodrigo Vargas
  • Victorian Premier League Coach of the Year
  • 1999 - Ian Dobson
  • Victorian Premier League Top Goalscorer of the Year
  • 1982 - Paul Lewis
  • 1983 - Paul Lewis
  • 1991 - Sash Becvinovski
  • 1992 - Sash Becvinovski
  • Victorian Premier League Goalkeeper of the Year
  • 2000 - Robert Brian
  • 2008 - Steven Tilovski
  • Victorian Premier League Under 21 Player of the Year
  • 2003 - Simon Storey
  • Weinstein Medal Winners
  • 1980 - Danny Beranic
  • Jimmy Rooney Medal
  • 2003 - Simon Storey
  • 2005 - Brandon Vassallo
  • 2010 - Graham Hockless
  • 2011 - Stephen Downes

Notable former players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Past Victorian Champions". MFootball. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Westfield FFA Cup wrap: Round of 32 MD 3". FFA Cup. Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Green Gully Club History". Green Gully Soccer Club. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Papas the new couch at Green Gully
  5. ^ Kulas, Damir. "Pair join Gully as Papas completes squad". The Corner Flag. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  6. ^ FFA Cup: Green Gully ousts Mariners thanks to wondergoal (ABC News)

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