Melbourne Derby (A-League)

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Melbourne Derby
Melbourne Derby December 2014.jpg
A Melbourne Derby match at Docklands Stadium in progress in 2014.
Locale Melbourne
Teams Melbourne City
Melbourne Victory
First meeting Melbourne Heart 2–1 Melbourne Victory (8 October 2010)
Latest meeting Melbourne Victory 3–0 Melbourne City (8 May 2015)
Most wins 7
Melbourne Victory
Largest victory Melbourne Heart 4–0 Melbourne Victory (1 March 2014)

The Melbourne Derby is an intra-city local derby in Australia's premier football competition, the A-League. It is contested between the two Melbourne teams in the competition, Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory and was the A-League's first intra-city derby. Until 2014, Melbourne City competed under the name Melbourne Heart.


With the introduction of Melbourne Heart to the A-League at the start of the 2010–11 season (the Victory having joined the league at inception), the first derby was held on 8 October 2010 at AAMI Park. The match was originally scheduled for 2 October 2010 however due to the 2010 AFL Grand Final Replay occurring on the same day, the match was postponed.[1]

Melbourne Heart won the inaugural derby 2–1, with goals from Alex Terra and John Aloisi. Robbie Kruse scored for Victory. Aziz Behich was sent off late in the second half, but Heart were able to hold on and secure the win. Although the game was an official sell out, only 25,897 fans turned up, well short of AAMI Park's official capacity of 30,050. The second derby on 11 December 2010, attracted 23,059 fans to AAMI Park, and saw the Victory gain their first derby win. Robbie Kruse scored a brace and the Victory finished 3–1 winners.

The Victory had their first home derby on 22 January at Docklands Stadium.[2] Victory went up 2–0 in the first half due to goals from Danny Allsopp and Carlos Hernandez, but Heart fought back, scoring a goal in the last minute of the first half, and another just after half time, both from John Aloisi. The match ended a 2–2 draw. This derby was marred by an unacceptable tackle by Kevin Muscat on Adrian Zahra, which earned the Victory captain his second straight red card,[3] and a subsequent eight-match ban, ending not only his season, but his A-League career.[4]

In the third round of the seventh season, 2011–12, the two sides met once again, but were locked for the first time to a scoreless draw. Two months later, a record crowd at AAMI Park saw Heart triumph over their rivals 3–2. Just four minutes into the game, Victory were awarded a penalty, but it was saved by Heart goalkeeper Clint Bolton. Archie Thompson gave Victory the lead eighteen minutes later, but in the 37th minute, Matt Thompson drew the sides level to 1–1, and then scored again and put Heart in the lead just two minutes later. In the second half, substitute Alex Terra increased the Heart's lead to 3–1 after controversially appearing to handball preceding the goal. Victory captain Adrian Leijer's appeals to the referee were dismissed. Carlos Hernandez gave Victory a consolation goal in the last minute of added time.

In the first round of the 2012–13 season, Melbourne Victory again lost to Melbourne Heart at Etihad Stadium in front of a crowd of 42,032. This was John Aloisi's first match as senior coach of the Melbourne Heart and Ange Postecoglou's first senior match as coach of the Melbourne Victory.

A notable incident between two sets of supporters was in February 2011, when four Melbourne Heart supporters were charged with "conspiracy to falsely imprison a [Victory supporter] " after an ultras-style supporter group within Victory's North Terrace, known as Horda was pictured in possession of a banner of a Heart supporter group called Yarraside.[5]

In the 2014/15 season, Victory and City met in the Finals Series for the first time, in front of a derby record attendance of 50,873 at Etihad stadium. Melbourne Victory won the Semi Final convincingly with a score of 3-0, with goals from Besart Berisha, Kosta Barbarouses and Archie Thompson.[6]


Season Derby
Comp* Date
Home team
Away team
Goals (home)
Goals (away)
2010–11 1 RS 8 October 2010 Heart
Victory Aloisi (10), Terra (56) Kruse (35) AAMI Park 25,897
2 RS 11 December 2010 Heart
Victory Sibon (17) Kruse (12, 28), OG Srhoj (54) AAMI Park 23,059
3 RS 22 January 2011 Victory
Heart Allsopp (11), Hernández (30) Aloisi (45+2, 51) Etihad Stadium 32,231
2011–12 4 RS 22 October 2011 Victory
Heart - - Etihad Stadium 39,309
5 RS 23 December 2011 Heart
Victory Thompson (37, 39), Terra (62) Thompson (21), Hernández (90+2) AAMI Park 26,579
6 RS 4 February 2012 Heart
Victory - - AAMI Park 26,396
2012–13 7 RS 5 October 2012[7] Victory
Heart Rojas (24) Williams (14), Macallister (45+2) Etihad Stadium 42,032
8 RS 22 December 2012 Heart
Victory Fred (81) Rojas (67), Thompson (90+2) AAMI Park 26,457
9 RS 2 February 2013 Victory
Heart Thompson (29), Milligan (55) Williams (72) Etihad Stadium 41,203
2013–14 10 RS 12 October 2013 Victory
Heart - - Etihad Stadium 45,202
11 RS 21 December 2013 Heart
Victory Kalmar (80) Nichols (28, 63), Troisi (60) AAMI Park 26,491
12 RS 1 March 2014 Heart
Victory Engelaar (8), Dugandzic (15) Williams (83) Kewell (86) - AAMI Park 25,546
2014–15 13 RS 25 October 2014 Victory
City Thompson (23, 87), Berisha (45+1, 46, 67) Wielaert (13), Jason Hoffman (26) Etihad Stadium 43,729
14 RS 20 December 2014 City
Victory Paartalu (90) - AAMI Park 26,372
15 RS 7 February 2015 Victory
City Berisha (10), Barbarouses (53), Ben Khalfallah (62) - Etihad Stadium 40,042
16 FS 8 May 2015 Victory
City Berisha (18), Barbarouses (30), Thompson (87) - Etihad Stadium 50,873

* RS: A-League Regular Season, FS: A-League Finals Series, GF: A-League Grand Final, CUP: FFA Cup


As of 8 May 2015, there have been 16 competitive meetings between the teams. Thus far, Victory has won on seven occasions, Heart/City has won on five occasions, with four games drawn. On May 8, 2015, in a Semi-Final game which Victory won 3-0, the two teams officially met in a final for the first time.

The biggest victory went to Heart, who won 4–0 in on 1 March 2014, although Victory have won 5–2 and 3–0 in the 2014–15 season. The most frequent result in the derby is 2–1, which has occurred in four encounters, each team winning two of those games.

Competition Heart/City wins Draws Victory wins Heart/City goals Victory goals
League 5 4 6 20 24
Finals 0 0 1 0 3
FFA Cup 0 0 0 0 0
Total 5 4 7 20 27

Top goalscorers

Player Club Goals
Australia Archie Thompson Melbourne Victory 6
Albania Besart Berisha Melbourne Victory 5
Australia John Aloisi Melbourne Heart 3
Australia Robbie Kruse Melbourne Victory
Australia David Williams Melbourne Heart/City
Brazil Alex Terra Melbourne Heart 2
Costa Rica Carlos Hernández Melbourne Victory
Australia Matt Thompson Melbourne Heart
New Zealand Marco Rojas Melbourne Victory
Australia Mitch Nichols Melbourne Victory
New Zealand Kosta Barbarouses Melbourne Victory
  • Players in Bold are still active for their club.

Players who have played for both clubs[edit]

Correct as of 29 March 2014
Player Melbourne Heart/City career Melbourne Victory career
Span League
Span League
Australia Aziz Behich 2010–2014 89 2 2009–2010 5 0
Australia Mate Dugandžić 2011– 56 11 2009–2011 36 7
Brazil Fred 2011–2013 38 3 2006–2007 20 4
Australia Harry Kewell 2013–2014 16 2 2011–2012 25 8
Australia Kristian Sarkies 2010–2012 12 2 2005–2007 35 3
Australia Tando Velaphi 2013– 3 0 2011–2013 3 0

See also[edit]