St Albans Saints SC

 

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St Albans Saints was formed by Croatian migrants as Dinamo in 1975. In 1982 the club took over the German backed St Albans Soccer Club which was near bankruptcy, becoming St Albans Dinamo and taking residence at Churchill Reserve in St Albans, where the club still remains to this day.

 

St Albans Dinamo won its first title in 1983, winning the Victorian State League Division 2 with Melbourne Knights legends Billy Vojtek (former Socceroo) and Branko Culina leading the way. The following year the club joined the Victorian Premier League, skipping Division 1, after several VPL clubs joined the expanded National Soccer League. By the late 1980s the club had become one of the leading sides in the competition. From 1986 to 1989 the club finished in the top 5 each season. 1988 was the season the club came closest to winning the championship, they finished 4th only 3 points behind first place. In this time the club produced many great players like Ivan Duzel, Ivan Kelic, Velimir Kupersak and Oliver Pondeljak, all of whom went onto great success in the National Soccer League.

 

In 1998 the club had its most successful season. The club finished first, winning the Premiership. Striker Harry Karl had a great season scoring 23 goals, to finish 2nd on the goal scoring chart.

 

In 2005 the club was relegated from the Victorian Premier League after having played 23 seasons in the state's top league. Needing only a draw to survive the drop, the club was relegated in the final round after losing to Heidelberg.

 

In the 2010 State League 1 season the club topped the table and earned promotion back to the Victorian Premier League.  In 2014, the National Premier Leagues was introduced in Victoria, and St Albans was placed in the NPL1.

Qualification Route

 

St Albans Saints qualified for the 2014 FFA Cup by reaching the Semi Finals of Victoria’s Dockerty Cup.

 

In reaching the FFA Cup Round of 32, St Albans defeated FC Clifton Hill 2-1, Avondale Heights 2-1, Eastern Lions 4-1 and Northcote City 6-5 in a penalty shootout, after the game finished 1-1. 

 

Victoria's FFA Cup Qualification Pathway

 

 

Club Honours

 

  • 1989 – Victorian State League Cup Winners

  • 1998 – Victorian Premier League Premiers

  • 2009 – Victorian State League Division 1 Champions

  • 2010 – Victorian State League Division 1 Champions

 

 

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Notable former players

 

  • Lupce Acevski

  • Joe Bacak

  • Vinko Buljubasic

  • Micky Colina

  • Branko Culina

  • Jason Culina

  • Mate Dugandzic

  • Ivan Franjic

  • Ivan Jolic

  • Frank Juric

  • Nick Kalmar

  • Invan Duzel

  • Velimir Kupersak

  • Oliver Pondeljak

  • Ante Kovacevic

  • Antun Kovacic

  • Andrew Marth

  • Tomi Milardovic

  • Tom Pondeljak

  • Danny Tiatto

  • Paul Urlovic

  • Billy Vojtek