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Massive Knights weekend ahead

All the plans have been put into place as the Melbourne Knights hope to relive some of the glory and passion of winning the National Soccer League this weekend.
Many would agree that it is the pinnacle achievement of a diaspora community which although small, always had an unrivalled passion for soccer and its club.
It’s great to see that the club has gotten back on its feet this year through the support of the same community which has sustained it over the decades. The Championship reunion celebrations kick off on Saturday night with a sold out Gala Night at the Australian Croatian Association Melbourne.
Every player has confirmed their attendance except for Krešimir Maruši? and Josip Šimuni? who are both overseas.
Eccentric media personality Andy Paschalidis will run the Gala night which has some very big surprises in store – and a huge array of memorabilia up for grabs. The night is sure to be one to remember and will certainly be talked about for years to come.
Sunday the 16th of May becomes the day of the masses. There has been a real positive buzz around the club since the start of the year with a sharp increase in crowds since last year, even though results as yet haven’t been ideal.
Sunday will be the first time in many years that every single Melbourne Knights team will compete at Somers St. on the same day. From Under 8’s, Women’s team right through to the U21’s and Seniors.
The social club is going to be open for lunch from 12pm for those interested in a home style hearty meal and drink.
The major drawcard of the day has to be the Champions reunion game which will hopefully see many come out of the woodwork to see the Knights of yesteryear – the club’s golden generation take to the pitch for the first time since they won the National League.
Big names such as Horvat, Kova?evi?, Šili?, Buljubaši?, ?ervinski, Viduka, Tiatto and Biškic will do battle to settle the age old argument – which Knights championship team was better – 1995 or 1996?
There is a slight crossover in playing stocks but the two championship coaches have come to a compromise with their as yet unannounced line ups.
Replica Championship tops also go on sale on Sunday to add to the ‘old school’ atmosphere of the day.
There will probably not be another opportunity to witness the best club team Australia has ever seen play together ever again, making the event all the more special. Knights management are confident in breaking the club’s VPL crowd record. Stand up and be counted – be part of it.
The Melbourne Knights Seniors (VPL regular season game) kick off at 4pm against Green Gully with the Champions game kicking off at 6:30pm under lights at Knights Stadium.

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