Pascoe Vale FC
|Full name||Pascoe Vale Football Club|
|Ground||CB Smith Reserve|
|League||National Premier Leagues Victoria|
Pascoe Vale Football Club (formerly Pascoe Vale Soccer Club) is a semi-professional football (soccer) club located in northwest Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. The club was established in 1966, and features both junior boys, girls and senior men soccer teams. Pascoe Vale's home ground is in Coburg North at Hosken Reserve, but the senior facility is based at CB Smith Reserve. Pascoe Vale's club colours are blue and white. The club currently competes in the National Premier Leagues Victoria.
The first known Pascoe Vale Soccer Club was formed in 1932 by British migrants.
In 1966, immigrants from Macedonia of Armomanian descent reformed the club, based in Melbourne’s North Western suburbs. The new immigrants renamed the club to Pelister, after the mountain where their home village of Nižepole is located.
Victorian State Leagues
The club made a surge through the Provisional Leagues in the early 80s, achieving three successive promotions between 1982 and 1984, taking Pascoe Vale from Victorian Provisional League Division 4 to Provisional League 1. The club was again promoted in 1986, competing in the State Leagues for the first time in 1987. The club remained in Victorian State League Division 4 for the next six years until they were promoted to State League 3 in 1992, where the club spent the next nine years. In 2001, the club achieved promotion to State League Division 2 for the first time in its history.
Despite coming close in 2003, losing to Langwarrin SC on penalties, and 2004, losing to Kingston City FC again on penalties in the promotion playoff match, the club didn’t achieve promotion to State League 1 until 2008, when it won the State League 2 championship under the guidance of Luciano Trani. In 2011, Vitale Ferrante took over as senior head coach, taking over from George Karkaletsis after seven rounds.
Pascoe Vale were promoted to the Victorian Premier League in 2012, finishing top of State League One, five points ahead of Port Melbourne. This was marked as the greatest achievement of the club, growing from a small club to compete with some of the biggest clubs this country has to offer. In 2013, Tomi Milardovic and Davey Van't Schip joined the club.
National Premier Leagues Victoria (2014-present)
In the newly formed National Premier Leagues Victoria, the new top tier of football in Victoria, Paco finished 11th in a 14 team competition in 2014.
Despite being tipped by some as relegation candidates at the start of the year, Pascoe Vale finished in 6th place in 2015, qualifying for the finals series. Paco came up against Heidelberg United in the elimination final and progressed on penalties. Facing South Melbourne at Lakeside Stadium, Paco conceded two late goals in extra time to go down 3–2 in what was a heartbreaking loss. The semi-final finish was the furthest Pascoe Vale had ever been in a top flight season. The 2015 season also marked the first season Pascoe Vale played out of their new home ground at CB Smith Reserve, a newly built $6.3m facility.
Prior to the 2016 season, Pascoe Vale announced they would adopt a new name and logo, proceeding onward as the Pascoe Vale Football Club. Paco finished the 2016 season in 7th place. Van't Schip scored 9 goals, taking out the club's golden boot award.
In 2017 Pascoe Vale formed its inaugural senior women's team. Pascoe Vale female participation doubled in 2017 to five female teams in total. The men's team finished the season in 7th place, just outside the finals series. Davey Van't Schip scored 17 goals to take out the club's golden boot award again and was only second in the league to Heidelberg's Kenny Athiu, who scored 21 times. Tomi Milardovic retired at the end of the season, after five seasons at the club.
In 2018, Paco finished the season in 4th place, qualifying for the finals series where it lost 2-1 to Oakleigh Cannons in the elimination final. Van't Schip top scored for the third season running, this time with 15 goals, the fourth highest tally in the league.
PV player Hakeem al-Araibi is a political dissident from Bahrain. From January 2019, he was being held in Thailand pending deportation to Bahrain, but was released in February of the same year after the government of Bahrain withdrew their extradition request. He arrived at Melbourne Airport on the 12th of February.
- Victorian Provisional League Division 4 Runners-Up 1982 (promoted)
- Victorian Provisional League Division 3 Runners-Up 1983 (promoted)
- Victorian Provisional League Division 2 Champions 1984
- Victorian Provisional League Division 1 Third 1986 (promoted)
- Victorian State League Division 4 Champions 1992
- Victorian State League Division 3 Nth-West Runners-Up 2001 (promoted)
- Victorian State League Division 2 Nth-West Champions 2008
- Victorian State League Division 1 Champions 2012
- National Premier Leagues Victoria Finalists 2015, 2018
- Victorian State League Division 4 Third (promoted)
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