Melbourne Derby (A-League)
A Melbourne Derby match at Docklands Stadium in progress in 2014.
|First contested||Melbourne Heart 2–1 Melbourne Victory (8 October 2010)|
|Most recent meeting||Melbourne Victory 3–0 Melbourne City (8 May 2015)|
|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.
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. 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, and a subsequent eight-match ban, ending not only his season, but his A-League career.
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.
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.
|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||
|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||
|2012–13||7||RS||5 October 2012||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||
|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|
|Archie Thompson||Melbourne Victory||6|
|Besart Berisha||Melbourne Victory||5|
|John Aloisi||Melbourne Heart||3|
|Robbie Kruse||Melbourne Victory|
|David Williams||Melbourne Heart/City|
|Alex Terra||Melbourne Heart||2|
|Carlos Hernández||Melbourne Victory|
|Matt Thompson||Melbourne Heart|
|Marco Rojas||Melbourne Victory|
|Mitch Nichols||Melbourne Victory|
|Kosta Barbarouses||Melbourne Victory|
- Players in Bold are still active for their club.
Players who have played for both clubs
- Correct as of 29 March 2014
|Player||Melbourne Heart/City career||Melbourne Victory career|
- Lynch, Michael (27 September 2010). "First Melbourne derby delayed". The Age. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- Future & Results Archived 12 February 2011 at WebCite
- Melbourne Victory v Melbourne Heart – Live Football Match Centre – Sportal Australia
- "Kevin Muscat banned for eight games for tackle on Adrian Zahra". Herald-Sun. 28 January 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-02-12. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
- Muscat hails 'deserved' Victory triumph Offical FFA Match Report, 9 May 2015