Marconi Stallions FC
|Full name||Marconi Stallions Football Club|
Bossley Park, Sydney
New South Wales, Australia
|Head Coach||Jeff Suzor|
|League||National Premier Leagues NSW 2|
|Website||Club home page|
The Marconi Stallions Football Club is an Australian semi-professional football club based in Fairfield, Sydney, New South Wales. The club won the National Soccer League title a record four times, along with South Melbourne and Sydney City SC. The club is one of only two clubs to have competed in every season of the NSL.
The club was formerly known as Marconi Fairfield; the name comes from Guglielmo Marconi, the Italian inventor of the radio, and Fairfield (New South Wales), the city in which the club plays. The club was founded in 1958 by an Italian social club called Club Marconi, and was primarily backed and supported by Italians and Italian-Australians living in Sydney. However, the club and team have since established themselves as one of the top sports and social clubs in the Western Sydney / Fairfield area (which is known as the premier region for football in Sydney and Australia. This has seen the team gain recognition as one of Australia's top football entities, with one of the highest rated youth academies in Australian football, and a support that has grown well beyond the Italian community in Sydney.
In 2012, Marconi Stallions were the Champions of the NSW Premier League. After a third placed league finish, Marconi beat Sydney Olympic 2-0 in the qualification final, then lost to Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC 2-0 in the semi-final, but made the grand final after a 4-2 win over Blacktown City Demons. In the Grand Final, they came up against hot favourites Bonnyrigg, who had won the league by 15 points and had already beaten Marconi once in the finals series, but Marconi came away with the championship title after a 2-0 win over the White Eagles.
National Premier Leagues NSW Years
Marconi Stallions were accepted into the newly formed National Premier Leagues NSW in late 2013. The NPL NSW replaced the previous NSW Premier League. In their first season in the NPL NSW, Marconi finished in 8th place in the 12 team division.
Marconi was relegated on 16 August 2015, after enduring the worst season in their history and for the first time ever will compete below the top division in 2016. The Stallions earned just seven points all season and after a mass player exodus, ended the season with ten consecutive defeats.
The Stallions began their rebuilding in October, 2015, with the aim of getting straight back in the top NSW division. They signed Oakleigh Cannons FC duo Sean Rooney and Mirjan Pavlović, along with Rockdale City Suns attacker Marko Ješić. All three players have former A-League experience with Newcastle Jets FC. The club released a statement on November 6 confirming the three aforementioned signings, along with announcing that former Sydney Olympic captain Petar Markovic and Emmanuel Giannaros have also joined the Stallions cause for 2016.
Marconi vs Olympic has always been one of the biggest rivalries in Australian football, constantly involved in big and important matches multiplied by the fact that both clubs were backed by large migrant populations of Italians (Marconi) and Greeks (Olympic).
Marconi has a rivalry with Sydney United due to closeness of the two clubs. Sydney United is located in Edensor Park and play out of King Tomislav Club which is only 1 km south of Club Marconi. The Croatian club have been rivals of the Stallions since 1970 when Marconi were promoted to the State League.
The Stallions and the Tigers have a friendly rivalry. These two clubs are the two Italian backed clubs in New South Wales. The two clubs compete every season in the Italian Derby.
- NSL Champions – 1979, 1988, 1989, 1992–93
- NSL Minor Premiers – 1989, 1989–90, 1995–96
- NSL Cup Winners – 1980
- NSW 1st Division Champions – 1972, 1973, 2012
- National Youth League Champions: – 1988, 1995–96
- Brad Maloney won the Johnny Warren medal while playing for Marconi.
- 1962-1963 NSW Federation Amateurs
- 1964-1969 NSW Second Division
- 1970-1976 NSW First Division
- 1977-2003/4 National Soccer League
- 2004/5 – 2012 NSW Premier League
- 2013-2015 NPL NSW
- 2016–present NPL NSW 2
- Club official website
- Deepika Ratnaraj and Sahar Shirazi (2012). "Club Marconi Fairfield". Dictionary of Sydney. Dictionary of Sydney Trust. Retrieved 9 October 2015.[CC-By-SA]. Origins of Italian social club which founded soccer club.