Port Melbourne SC
|Full name||Port Melbourne Soccer Club|
|Nickname(s)||The Sharks, Nea Ellas|
|Ground||SS Anderson Reserve|
|Website||Club home page|
Port Melbourne SC are an Australian soccer club based in Port Melbourne, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. The club was formed in 1968 by local Greek Australians, and were promoted over the years to the Victorian Premier League in 1994. They spent the years 1994-2003 in the Victorian Premier League, winning the minor premiership twice, but were unable to secure the title during their time in the VPL. The club currently competes in the National Premier Leagues Victoria.
The club was formed in 1968 by local Greek Australians. The club spent the majority of its early years in the lower rungs of Victorian football. From 1973 to 1989, the club competed between Victorian League Division 2 and 3. The club was promoted to Victorian League Division 1 for the first time in 1989, but were relegated back to Division 2 in 1991.
The club then achieved successive promotions in 1992 and 1993 to take Port Melbourne to the Victorian Premier League for the first time in its history in 1994. The club managed to make the finals in its first season in the competition and went all the way to the grand final after wins against Sunshine George Cross and Bulleen Lions, but lost the final to Preston Lions FC. The following year, Port were minor premiers in the VPL for the first time in their history, but successive losses in the finals series meant the season finished on a disappointing note. The club were minor premiers again in 2001, but once more lost the grand final, this time to Heidelberg United FC.
The Sharks were relegated to Victorian State League Division 1 in 2004 and then again to Victorian State League Division 2 after season 2007. After spending two-years in State 2 South East, the FFV unilaterally decided to place them in Division 2 North West in Season 2010. The club was promoted as Champions having lost only one match and having only conceded seven goals all season.
In season 2011 the club lead the league for 21 rounds but failed to gain promotion in the last game of the season where they lost and thus ensured season 2012 will again be played in State League 1. They backed it up in 2012 with an outstanding season, finishing runners up in the State Knockout Cup and went on and secured promotion to the Victorian Premier League in 2013. In their first season back in the Victorian top-flight, the Sharks ended 2013 with a 6th place finish. In 2014, the first year of the National Premier Leagues system, Port Melbourne were seconds away from relegation until a 95th minute goal from Conor Reddan secured a draw against Werribee City FC, safety for the club and an 11th place finish.
Over the years the club has developed and expanded its facilities into one of the best in the inner city. The facilities are considered of sufficient standard to warrant being used as training facilities for both the Commonwealth and Olympic Games. The facilities also received an upgrade for use as a training venue for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup
Port Melbourne’s home strip consists of a red and blue striped jersey.
- Victorian Premier League Minor Premiers 1995, 2001
- Victorian State League Division 1 Champions 1993, Runners Up 2012
- Victorian State League Division 2 Champions 1989, 1992, 2010
- Victorian State League Division 3 Champions 1977, 1987
- Hellenic Cup Champions 1994, 1995
- State Knockout Cup Runner up 2012
Victorian Premier League Coach of the Year
- 1994 - Takis Svigos
- 2001 - Harry Chalkitis
Notable former players
- Mehmet Durakovic (and Coach)
- Aleksandar Đurić (1995–1996)
- Andy Vargas (1997–1998)
- Rodrigo Vargas (1997–1999)
- Daniel Allsopp (1998)
- Kamal Ibrahim (2003-2005, 2013-Current)
- Kristian Sarkies (2013)
- Chris Grossman (2013-Current)
- Brent Fisher (2015-Current)
- Julius Davies (2015-Current)
- Port Melbourne and Pascoe Vale promoted