St Kilda City Sports Club

Club History

The “Early Days” notes were found in some old sponsor proposal documents and the last decade description was compiled by members of the current committee. Obviously there are huge gaps in this brief history that deserve to be recorded and shared with the City faithful, so if you can help “fill in the gaps” or correct any inaccuracies please send your notes via email to [email protected]

The Early Days

The Club originated in 1946 as the Inkerman Rovers playing social football. In 1951 the Club moved to Alma Road Park, St Kilda, and changed its name to Balaclava.

When the Peanut Farm Reserve became available in 1952 the Club relocated and with the demise of the VFA subdistrict competition joined the metropolitan league.

In 1958, the Club became affiliated with the St Kilda Football Club wearing St Kilda colours which it has continued to this day. This affiliation however ceased when the St Kilda Football Club moved to Moorabbin.

St Kilda City joined the South Eastern Suburban Football League in 1964 and in 1978 became St Kilda City Sports Club with the introduction of cricket for interested members.

In 1981 the new pavilion was built on the current site with a government grant from Youth Sports and Recreation and on the 13th of December was officially opened by his worship the Mayor of St Kilda Councillor Colin Bell JP in the presence of the honourable Brian Dixon MP and member for St Kilda Brian Williams.

City Stars

Players from St Kilda City who have played elite level football (AFL level or equivalent) include Billy Mildenhall, Craig Williams, Bruce Stewart, Andrew Cross, Chris Stone, Paul Temay, Dave McGlashan, Frank Carbone, Andy Demetriou, Jeff Hogg, Frank Bisotto, Robert Walker, Brett Bowey, Ezra Poyas, Danny Jacobs and Nathan Carroll. Both Craig Williams (SA) and Bruce Stewart (NSW) played interstate football, Craig Williams being named in an All-Australian side.

Recent History

In 2002 St Kilda City won their first Division 1 premiership in the SFL, defeating Balwyn at Springvale Oval. After a mixed 2003 the club went through a rebuilding year in 2004, with many of today’s senior stars playing their first senior game that season.

After being relegated to Division 2, the Club won the premiership in 2005 to quickly rise back into Division 1.

Between 2007 and 2011 the club has competed in every finals series, winning through to four straight Division One Grand Finals (2007-2010) and winning three to cement itself as a powerhouse in the competition.

The re-introduction of Colts (under eighteen) football to the Southern Football League in 2008 has been met with open arms by the St Kilda City Football Club. The City Colts have now won 5 premierships and provided a wealth of talented footballers to the senior and reserves sides with some also making their mark in VFL ranks.

In 2013 the club introduced two netball teams into the SFL netball competition. This increased to four teams in 2014, and six in 2015, winning their first premiership in 2015.