Launceston City FC

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Launceston City
Launceston City FC.jpg
Full nameLaunceston City Football Club
Nickname(s)City, Juventus, Juve
Founded1958
GroundBuckby Land Rover Park, Prospect
Capacity1,000
ChairmanRobert Dorazio
ManagerPeter Sawdon
LeagueNPL Tasmania
20184th
WebsiteClub 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 was briefly called "Westside Devils Soccer Club" from 1998 to 2016 and has since changed to Launceston City Devils. It 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 Brooks High School to Landrover Buckby Park located in Prospect where the club is still playing home games till this day. Landrover Park has two playing grounds, fully functional flood lights for night games, clubrooms, change rooms.

Launceston City fields teams in the National Premier League Tasmania NPL, the second tier of Australian football, Northern Championship, Northern League 1, Under 18's, and currently has one Super League Women's team and one Northern Women's Championship Team this makes up over 100 senior 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 the club's Italian heritage, 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 the club's relations to the club's Italian relations Juventus F.C. with the black and white stripes as seen on the club's 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
2018 NPL Tasmania (2) 21 11 4 6 56 32 24 37 4th Didn't Exist DNQ Semi-finals DNQ

Honours[edit]

  • State Championships: (once) 1961
  • State Championships Runners-up: (11 times) 1960,1964,1969,1971,1972,1975,1976,1981,1995,2001,2005
  • Northern Premierships: (19 times) 1959,1960,1961,1962,1963,1965,1966,1967,1968, 1969,1971,1972,1975,1976,1982,1984,1986,2001,2005
  • Advocate Coca-Cola Night Soccer Series :1981
  • Northern Premier League Reserves:2005,2006,2017
  • Northern Premier League u18:2015,2018
  • Statewide Cup:1966,1976,1991,2004,2007,2018
  • 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, 2012
  • Women's Statewide Cup:2015

Individual honours[edit]

Men's State League Player of the Year

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

Women's State League Player of the Year

  • 2017 – England Beth Bygrave

Northern Women's Best & Fairest

  • 2013 – Australia Caitlin Storay
  • 2014 – Australia Caitlin Storay
  • 2015 – Australia Caitlin Storay

Northern Men's Reserves Best & Fairest

  • 2014 – Australia Joshua Duncan

Northern Men's Under 18's Best & Fairest

  • 2018 – Australia Maxwell Bywaters

NPL Tasmania Rising Star Award

  • 2018 – Australia Noah Mies

NPL Tasmania Goal of the Year

  • 2018 – Australia Noah Mies

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 Australia Dave Backhouse
2015–2017 Republic of Ireland Austin Fagan
2018–2018 England Andrew Heap
2018– Australia Robert Dorazio

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

Senior Men - Honour List[edit]

Year Head Coach Captain Best & Fairest Golden Boot
1958
1959 England Terry Clark
1960 England Terry Clark
1961 England Terry Clark
1962 England Terry Clark
1963
1964 Netherlands Peter Mies
1965 Scotland George Arnott
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972 England John Austin
1973 Scotland Tom Strickland
1974
1975 England Ross Wesson
1976
1977
1978 Scotland Tom Strickland | Scotland Jock Glass Scotland Tom Strickland
1979 England Paul Throssel Scotland Tom Strickland
1980 England Ross Wesson
1981 England Ken Worden England Peter Sawdon
1982 England Bobby Kent England Peter Savill
1983 England Bobby Kent England Peter Savill
1984 England Ross Wesson Australia Barry Hemsley
1985 Australia Lars McNaughton Australia Shane Dennis
1986 Australia Leighton Hodge England Colin Guest
1987 Australia Leighton Hodge England Colin Guest | England Peter Savill
1988 England Ross Wesson Australia Luigi Gugliotti England Peter Savill
1989 England Peter Savill Republic of Ireland Liam Monagle
1990 England Peter Savill Australia Roger Mies
1991 England Peter Savill Republic of Ireland Liam Monagle Australia Paul Gimpl
1992 England Peter Savill Republic of Ireland Liam Monagle Australia Drew McNeill
1993 Scotland David Craig Republic of Ireland Liam Monagle Australia Roger Mies
1994 Scotland David Craig Australia Roger Mies Australia John Visentin
1995 Scotland David Craig Australia Roger Mies Australia John Compagne
1996 Australia Peter Davidson Australia Roger Mies Australia Justin Dyer
1997 Australia Lino Sciulli Australia Justin Dyer Australia Chris Couch
1998 England Peter Sawdon Australia Justin Dyer Australia Justin Dyer | England Mark Donohue
1999 Scotland David Craig Australia Justin Dyer Australia Roger Mies
2000 Scotland David Craig Australia Justin Dyer Australia Alex Brownlie
2001 Australia Luigi Gugliotti Australia Justin Dyer Australia Justin Dyer
2002 Australia Luigi Gugliotti Australia Justin Dyer Australia Alex Brownlie | Australia Nick Macri | Australia Ben Van Est
2003 Australia Luigi Gugliotti Australia Justin Dyer Australia Roger Mies Australia Nick Macri (12)
2004 Australia Luigi Gugliotti Australia Justin Dyer Australia David Jordaan Australia Alex Brownlie (14)
2005 England Ken Morton Australia David Jordaan Australia Roger Mies Australia Roger Mies (14)
2006 Australia Luigi Gugliotti Australia Justin Dyer Australia Alex Brownlie | Australia Justin Dyer Australia Drew McNeill (13)
2007 Scotland David Craig Australia Alex Brownlie Australia Justin Dyer Australia Roger Mies (14)
2008 England Peter Savill England Michael Frost England Michael Frost England Michael Frost | Australia Sam Morley (6)
2009 England Peter Savill England Michael Frost Australia Luke Kolodjashnij Australia Chris Hill (5)
2010 Australia Kurt Reynolds Australia Luke Kolodjashnij Australia Luke Kolodjashnij Australia Antonio Macri (15)
2011 Australia Lino Sciulli Australia Luke Kolodjashnij Australia Michael Beechey
2012 Australia Lino Sciulli England Michael Frost Australia Sam Morley Australia Antonio Macri (8)
2013 Australia Dane Hudson / Republic of Ireland Mark Egan Australia Shane Egan Australia Alex Sciulli United Arab Emirates Saeed Bin Sumaida (5)
2014 Australia Kurt Reynolds Australia Nathan Bartlett Australia Nick Abougelis | Australia Nathan Bartlett Australia Nathan Bartlett (6)
2015 Australia Lino Sciulli Australia Toby Omenihu Australia Dominic Rossi Australia Dominic Rossi (8)
2016 Australia Lino Sciulli Australia Toby Omenihu Australia Aaron Campbell Australia Nathan Bartlett | Australia Aaron Campbell (5)
2017 Australia Ben Brookfield Australia Nathan Butler Australia Aaron Campbell Australia Noah Mies (6)
2018 Malaysia Jes Kenth England Daniel Syson England Daniel Syson United States Tyler Fischer (19)

Senior Women - Honour List[edit]

Year Head Coach Captain Best & Fairest Golden Boot
1983 England Kerry Dennis
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001 Australia Jason Jones
2002 Australia Jason Jones
2003 Australia Ben Quor Australia Melissa Wilcox (Dyer) Australia Chelsea Smith (24)
2004 Australia Ben Quor Australia Chelsea Smith (35)
2005 Australia Jason Jones
2006 Australia Jason Jones Australia Jill Couch (26)
2007 Australia Jason Jones Australia Chelsea Smith (44)
2008 Australia Jason Jones Australia Chelsea Smith (43)
2009 Australia Jason Jones Australia Chelsea Smith (58)
2010 Australia Jason Jones Australia Chelsea Smith (44)
2011 Australia Jason Jones
2012 Australia Jason Jones Australia Lauren Hough (35)
2013 Australia Jason Jones Australia Caitlin Storay (17)
2014 Australia Col Nicholson Australia Caitlin Storay (24)
2015 Australia Jason Jones Australia Chelsea Smith (41)
2016 Australia Jason Jones Australia Caitlin Storay England Beth Bygrave Australia Jazmin Gorrie (14)
2017 Australia Luigi Gugliotti Australia Caitlin Storay England Beth Bygrave Australia Emily Hernyk (22)
2018 Australia Luigi Gugliotti England Selina Steventon England Brooke Hernyk Australia Keilin Fagan | Australia Emily Hernyk (12)

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