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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Brisbane City Soccer Club

Brisbane City Soccer Club, now called Brisbane City Football Club as from December 2006, originated in the hearts and minds of a small number of Italian migrants who not only brought their culture to their adopted land but also an undying love for 'calcio' (football). After much deliberation, the 'Azzurri' Club was founded in 1952 and headquarters was set up at Kedron Park.

This band of stalwarts set about the task of gaining promotion earnestly, and in 1959, with little money, great hope and tremendous spirit, won promotion into First Division. The Club then had to restructure its administration to cope with the professionalism of Queensland's Premier League, and in line with this, moved to Pineapple Park at Woolloongabba. The administration over the next few years was quite busy, evident by the change of the Club's grounds to Heath Park in 1962.

In 1963 the Club secured Spencer Park, which has been Brisbane City's home to date. It must be remembered that Spencer Park was a council dump, and part of the playing field was on the banks of Enoggera Creek. Most administrators of other clubs thought that Azzurri was suffering from 'spaghetti poisoning'. But, nevertheless, pursued by their dream, they pressed on regardless, and after 1,700 tip trucks of rubbish, 2 meters of ash and 60cm of topsoil, they had a field that was the envy of all other clubs in Brisbane.

Up to 1967 we produced wonderful and exciting football and the Club boasted no less than six Australian representatives that also wore the blue and white strip.

Brisbane City commenced fielding non-competitive junior teams in 1968. This proved such a success, that in 1969 six competitive junior teams were registered.

Supported by two decades of experience we moved into the seventies with confidence on and off the playing field, with improvements to the grounds, securing junior fields and the construction of the Clubhouse in 1974. The seventies were also known as the golden years, winning the Premiership in 1970, 1971 and 1976. Philips Cup winners, now known as the A-League, in 1977 and 1978 and Grand Final winners in 1970, 1971 and from 1973 to 1976.

In 1981 a 3000 capacity grandstand was built and on 17th May the 'Gino Merlo Stand' was opened. This achievement represented the Club's professional outlook and foresight in creating a tremendous atmosphere for the players and spectators to enjoy. We competed in the Philips League until 1986 and returned to the State League in 1987 and winning the Premiership in 1988.

Success followed in 1990 by winning the Grand Final. We struggled for a few years until 1995 where we secured the Premiership and in 1996 won the Queensland Cup. 1997 saw the beginning of the Premier League, in which Brisbane City was one of eight teams, and went on to win the Premiership and Grand Final. We continued to perform, winning Premierships in 1998 and 2000, Queensland Cup in 1998, 2001 and 2004, and Grand Finals in 1999 and 2001.
Brisbane City Football Club has achieved great success in competition at Local, State and National Level and will continue into the future with great optimism, hope and tremendous spirit, determination and enthusiasm.

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