Richmond SC

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Richmond
Richmond SC logo
Full name Richmond Soccer Club
Nickname(s) Eagles
Founded 1953
Ground Kevin Bartlett Reserve,
Burnley, Victoria
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman David Foster
Manager Vacant
League NPL Victoria 2 East
2016 12th (relegated from NPL Victoria)

Richmond Soccer Club is an Australian soccer club from Richmond, Victoria, an inner eastern suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Richmond will play in the National Premier Leagues Victoria 2, following relegation from the top flight in 2016.

History[edit]

The club was formed in 1953 and has historically been associated with Melbourne's German Australian community. Originally based in the north west Melbourne suburb of Maribyrnong, in 1955 the club became affiliated with the Melbourne German Club (Deutscher Verein Melbourne), Club Tivoli, and relocated to Richmond. It then adopted the name Alemannia Richmond Soccer Club.[1]

The team has had three stints in the highest Victorian football division, in 1961, 1963 and 2006–2013. Richmond's most successful season was 2010, finishing as the Minor Premiers and the runners-up in the Victorian Premier League Grand Final.

National Premier Leagues Victoria (2014-Present)[edit]

In late 2013, Richmond were accepted into the newly formed National Premier Leagues Victoria competition, being placed into the NPL1, essentially the new second tier of football in Victoria, retaining the tier they competed in the season prior. In the inaugural NPL1 season, despite the goalscoring heroics of star striker Tom Cahill, who finished as the league's top goalscorer, the side could only manage a 4th placed finish, missing out on promotion.[2]

The following season, the club confirmed their return to the top flight, taking out the NPL1 East championship, pipping Melbourne Victory Youth to the title by two points.[3] In mid-November 2015, Richmond confirmed that Nick Crivelli and former Socceroo Fausto De Amicis will be assistants to senior head coach Rick Mensink in season 2016.[4]

Richmond's recruiting for their return to the top flight began in tough stead, losing key individuals Tom Cahill to Hume City FC[5] and Josh Knights to St Albans Saints SC,[6] but pulled of a coup in bringing former Dutch youth international Geert Arend Roorda of FC Dordrecht to the club.[7] Richmond continued to bolster their squad, announcing the signings of Jake Barker-Daish and New Zealand international Liam Higgins three weeks out from the start of the season.[8] The Club also added former Port Melbourne SC duo Bryan Bran and Kris Kioussis just out from the start of the season.[9]

Richmond's first season back in the top flight began in difficult fashion, collecting one point in its opening four fixtures, conceding 17 goals in the process. The club then faced top-of-the-table South Melbourne FC but surprisingly came out on top in a 6-3 win at Kevin Bartlett Reserve.[10] Richmond finished the season in 12th place in the 14 team league, setting up a promotion / relegation playoff against North Geelong Warriors FC. In the playoff match, North Geelong ran out 4-0 victors, sending the Eagles down to NPL2 for 2017. After the loss, head coach Rick Mensink stepped down from his role.[11]

Former Sunshine George Cross and North Shine Eagles coach Paul Donnelly was appointed as the senior head coach for the 2017 season in October 2016. [12]

Colours[edit]

Richmond's home kit colours are black and white, symbolic of their German heritage. Their away colours are green and black.

Kit Manufacturers and Shirt Sponsors[edit]

Richmond's shirts have been made by manufacturers including Nike, Adidas and now Concave football boot. In the deal, Concave agreed to supply all seniors and juniors with free Concave football boots. Concave also supplied players with training and match day kit wear, along with tracksuits and bags.

Stadium and Training Grounds[edit]

Richmond SC play their home matches at Kevin Bartlett Reserve in Burnley, Victoria. Currently, it can hold up to 5000 spectators.

The ground is named after the Richmond Australian Rules footballer Kevin Bartlett, who was the first VFL player to play 400 senior games.

When training, the Richmond Seniors typically train on the main pitch (Bastow 1), with all juniors' training taking place on either Bastow 2 or at Burnley Park.

Current Head Coaching Staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Australia Rick Mensink
Assistant Managers Australia Nick Crivelli
Australia Fausto De Amicis
Goalkeeping coach Greece Nick Abougelis
RSC Seniors Technical Director Australia Michael Petersen
RSC Juniors Technical Director Australia Sam Aftasi

Honours[edit]

National Premier Leagues Victoria 1 East

Champions (2015)

  • Victorian Premier League:
    • Runners-Up (1): 2010
    • Premiers (1): 2010
    • Finalists (2): 2008, 2010
  • Victorian Division 1 South:
    • Champions (2): 1960, 1962
  • Victorian State League Division 2:
    • Champions (1): 1991
  • Victorian State League Division 2 South-East:
    • Champions (1): 2003

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