Launceston City FC

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Launceston City
Launceston City FC.jpg
Full name Launceston City Football Club
Nickname(s) City, Juventus, Juve
Founded 1958
Ground Mitsubishi Park, Prospect
Ground Capacity 1,000
Chairman Austin Fagan
Manager Ben Brookfield
League NPL Tasmania
2016 5th
Website Club website

Launceston City Football Club is an Australian soccer club based in Launceston, Tasmania. The club was founded in 1956 and currently participating in the Tasmanian NPL Tasmania since 2013, run by the governing body Football Federation Tasmania. The club has over 100 registered players across senior, women and social leagues.

The junior club "Westside Devils Soccer Club" has age groups from Under 7 to Under 16, and is one of the largest and most successful junior soccer clubs in the state with over 350 junior soccer players. The club also has a women's team which has been dominate since the turn of the new century picking up 9 Premier League titles and going 4 league seasons between 2005 and 2008 unbeaten.

History[edit]

Launceston City founded in 1958. City was particularly dominant in the 1960s, when they won every season except 1964. Although Northern Tasmania's most successful club with 19 Northern titles, they have failed to repeat their dominance of the 60s. The club uses the colours of Juventus and have links to the club. Prior to the cessation of ethnic affiliations by Australian football clubs in 1997, Launceston City were known as Launceston Juventus.

In 1978 Launceston Juventus relocated from their home ground at White City Greyhound Stadium to Mitsubishi Park located in Prospect where the club is still playing home games till this day. Mitsubishi Park has two playing grounds, fully functional flood lights for night games, clubrooms, change rooms.

Launceston City fields teams in the Tasmanian State League NPL Tasmania, Northern Championship, Northern League 1, Under 18's, and currently has one Northern Women's Championship Teams along with one Northern League 2 team with over 100 registered players.

Club Crest[edit]

Since Launceston City (Juventus) was founded in 1958 there has been four recorded club crests throughout the years.

Launceston City's first recorded club crest.

The first ever recorded club crest since Launceston City's (Juventus) beginning in 1958 was this crest.Featuring our Italian heritage, our resolve for success and the Launceston's coat of arms down the bottom of the crest. Which features with the two Tasmanian Tiger's holding the gold of the shield which refers to the early history of gold-mining in nearby hills. The blue represents the junction of the North and South Esk rivers where the city (symbolised by the gold central disc) was founded and the Tamar River flowing north to the Bass Strait. The club crest still features prominently outside the Launceston City change rooms to this day which was painted by life member Frank Stolp.

Launceston Juventus club crest designed by Ross Wesson in the 1980s

In the 1980s the club committee led by president and life member Ross Wesson formed a new design of the Launceston City (Juventus) club crest highlighting our relations to our Italian relations Juventus F.C. with the black and white stripes as seen on our home kits, the crest was used up until the early 2000s. The crest could be seen around Launceston in the form of stickers on motor vehicles and in the way of a keyring.

Seasons[edit]

Season League Statewide Cup FFA Cup
Name (national level) Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Position Tasmanian Finals NPL Finals
2012 North Premier League (2) 16 5 3 8 22 40 −18 18 6th DNQ Didn't Exist First Round Didn't Exist
2013 Victory League (2) 21 0 1 20 14 117 −103 1 8th DNQ DNQ Round of 16
2014 Victory League (2) 21 3 1 17 29 86 −57 10 8th DNQ DNQ Quarter Finals DNQ
2015 Victory League (2) 21 7 3 11 39 51 −12 24 5th Quarter Finals DNQ Quarter Finals DNQ
2016 NPL Tasmania (2) 21 7 2 12 24 58 −34 23 5th Quarter Finals DNQ Round of 16 DNQ
2017 NPL Tasmania (2) 21 5 3 13 25 58 −33 18 6th Quarter Finals DNQ Semi Finals DNQ

Honours[edit]

  • State Championships: (once) 1961
  • State Championships Runners-up: (10 times) 1960,1964,1969,1971,1972,1975,1976,1995,2001,2005
  • Northern Premierships: (19 times) 1959,1960,1961,1962,1963,1965,1966,1967,1968, 1969,1971,1972,1975,1976,1982,1984,1986,2001,2005
  • Northern Premier League Reserves:2005,2006
  • Northern Premier League u18:2015
  • Statewide Cup:1966,1976,1991,2004,2007
  • Statewide Cup Runners-up:2005,2006
  • Steve Hudson Cup:1987,1989,1991,1993,1996,2002,2004,2005,2007
  • Northern Women's Premier League:2001,2002,2005,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2016
  • Women's State Championship:2007
  • Women's Statewide Cup:2015

Individual Honours[edit]

State League Player of the Year

  • 1986 – England Colin Guest
  • 1987 – England Peter Savill
  • 1989 – England Peter Savill

Club Presidents[edit]

Years President
1958–1961 Italy Frank Buttazoni
1978 Scotland Alec McNeil
1979–1983 Netherlands Peter Mies
1984 Australia Frank Stolp
1985–1987 England Ross Wesson
1988 Australia Doc Burdon
1989–1991 England Ross Wesson
1992 Australia Frank Stolp
1993 England Ross Wesson
1994 Australia Kerry Dennis
1995–1997 England Ross Wesson
1998–2000 Netherlands Peter Mies
2001–2003 Australia Robert Luciani
2004–2008 Australia Noel Van Est
2009–2013 Australia Jason Jones
2014–2014 Australia Dave Backhouse
2015 – Republic of Ireland Austin Fagan

Life Members[edit]

Years Life Member
1979 Italy Eddie Vedovelli | Italy Aldo De Santi
1980 Netherlands Peter Mies | Australia Hans Streit | Scotland Tom Strickland
1981 Australia Sergio Del Grande
1982 Australia Enrico Visentin | Italy Mario Morosini
1983 Australia Christine Mies
1987 England Ross Wesson
1990 Australia Ric De Santi | Australia Leighton Hodge | England Peter Savill
1992 Australia Barry Hemsley
1999 Australia Roger Mies
2000 Australia Mandy Di Gugliemo | Australia Robert Luciani
2002 Australia Luigi Gugliotti
2005 Scotland Jessie McKay
2008 Scotland David Craig | Australia Jenny Duffy | England Jeff Butler | Australia Jill Couch
2010 Australia Noel Van Est | Australia Tony Rossi | Australia Jason Jones
2014 Australia Lino Sciulli | Australia Matthew Heather
2015 Republic of Ireland Mick Egan
2016 Australia Bill Couch

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