Stirling Lions SC
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|Full name||Stirling Lions Soccer Club|
|League||State League 1|
Stirling Lions Soccer Club (formerly West Perth Macedonia, Stirling Macedonia) is an Australian soccer club based in Perth, Australia, currently competing in the National Premier Leagues Western Australia which is one grade lower than the Australian A-League.
Stirling Lions Soccer Club evolved with the history of the Macedonian Australian community of Western Australia. The Club has been through a number of name changes and directions in its forty-year history. They were known as West Perth Macedonia in the 1970s and early 1980s, winning the League Title in its third year of State League.
In 1986, the Club changed its name to Stirling Macedonia with a move to Macedonia Park. That year, the Club represented the Soccer Federation of Western Australia against Adelaide City in the NANDA Cup in front of a crowd of approximately 5,000 people. During the 1980s and 1990s they were one of the most powerful soccer clubs in Western Australia, winning six league premierships.
In 1999, they changed the name to the Stirling Lions Soccer Club.
In October 2014, Cane Spaseski (Also known as Sani) was appointed club president. With Sani at the helm the club quickly grew to become a club of choice. Under the tutelage of Technical Director Richard Changadzo with an elite group of coaching staff, in 2016 the club’s junior NPL teams flourished and finished top 5 overall in 2016/17. Richard departed from the club after 2018 as did Sani step down.
- State League Premiers – 1983; 1984; 1985; 1987; 1994; 1995; 2013
- Top Four/Five Cup Winners – 1983; 1986; 1994; 1995; 1996
- State Cup Winners – 1980; 1992; 1996; 2006; 2007; 2010
- Night Series Winners – 1986; 1988; 1991; 1994; 1995; 1996
As of 17 August 2019
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- First Team Coach: Trevor Morgan
- Under 20s Coach: Zoran Mlinar
- Under 18s Coaches: Antony Benetti
- Technical Director (Juniors): Cameron Aitchison
- Technical Director (Mini Roos and Community Football): Andrew Barnes
- Physio: Danelle Terry
Notable past players
- Hayden Doyle
- Troy Halpin
- Nick Ward, who made a total of 116 appearances in the A-League for 5 different clubs, and 46 appearances for Perth Glory FC (some of which when they were competing in the NSL).
- Robert Zabica
- Sports Australia
- National Premier Leagues: Round 20 Match Program 2019. Football West. 17 August 2019.