Stirling Lions SC

 

Website:    www.stirlinglions.com.au/

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/StirlingLionsFC

 

Stirling Lions Soccer Club was formed in 1958 as a means of bringing together the Macedonian Community through the medium of soccer, and became initially known as East Perth Macedonia. Eventually in 1967 the club was dissolved in rather controversial circumstances. In 1969 the Macedonian Community decided to give the financial backing and support required to resurrect the Macedonian Soccer Club. The club successfully applied and joined the Amateur Competition in 1970. The Club was then known as Macedonia United (playing as West Perth Macedonia). The club had mixed success through the Seventies with both some highs and lows ending with promotion to the First Division (the State’s highest league) in 1979.

 

In 1980 the Macedonian Soccer Club entered the First Division, and was also the year that saw the Macedonian Community invest heavily in the future of the Macedonian Soccer Club and more importantly the future of the Macedonian Community. Following a number of years of debate, and given the strength of the Macedonian Soccer Club and its support both on and off the field, the Macedonian Community of WA entered into the project to be known as Macedonia Park by purchasing the first parcel of land to build a new soccer stadium.

 

The Club were State League Champions in 1983, the clubs first at the highest level in only its fourth year in the league. The club were Sate League Champions again in 1984 and 1985.

 

The Macedonian Soccer Club enjoyed huge success through the 1980’s as it rewrote soccer’s record books and became a force in WA soccer. 1986 was a huge year for the club as they moved to their new home ground at Macedonia Park in Balcatta (became known as Stirling Macedonia) and were chasing a record breaking fourth consecutive Premiership. It was not to be, as the club came runners up in what was an exciting season. In 1987 the club rebounded and won the premiership again, its fourth in five seasons. 1986 was also the 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 in what was the first game to be played at Macedonia Park on the day the complex was officially opened, the 23rd March 1986. The Game ended in a 1 – 1 Draw with Adelaide City winning the game in a 6 -5 Penalty Shootout.

 

More success was to follow in the nineties with back to back State Premier League Championships in 1994 and 1995 and runners up in 1990, 1992 and 1996.

 

In 1999 the Club changed its name to the Stirling Lions Soccer Club, a move which has allowed the club to embrace the whole Stirling District. This is the name by which the Club is still known today.

 

With the new century came a new approach with the focus on the development of junior players and more silverware with the Club winning back to back Cup campaigns in 2006 and 2007 followed by another win in 2010.

Qualification Route

 

Stirling Lions qualified for the 2014 FFA Cup by reaching the Final of the State’s knockout tournament, the Cool Ridge Cup.

 

In reaching the FFA Cup Round of 32, Stirling Lions defeated Joondalup City 2-0, Rockingham City 8-1, Floreat Athena 3-2 and ECU Joondalup 3-1 in the playoff game.

 

Western Australia’s FFA Cup Qualification Pathway

 

Club Honours

 

  • 1980 – State Cup Winners

  • 1983 – State League Premiers and Champions

  • 1984 – State League Premiers

  • 1985 – State League Premiers

  • 1986 – State League Champions

  • 1987 – State League Premiers

  • 1992 – State Cup Winners

  • 1994 – State League Premiers and Champions

  • 1995 – State League Premiers and Champions

  • 1996 – State League Champions and State Cup Winners

  • 2006 – State Cup Winners

  • 2007 – State Cup Winners

  • 2010 – State Cup Winners

  • 2013 – State League Premiers

 

Qualification Highlights

 

 

 

 

 

 

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