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Where Champions are Crafted

Melbourne Croatia Juniors - 1979

The tradition of producing high calibre players can be tracked back to Australia’s most prominent World Cup campaign in 1974, when a young Billy Vojtek represented club and country in helping the Australian National Squad qualify for the World Cup, and Jimmy Mackay scored the qualifying goal to get us to Germany that year – the following is a testimony to its players’ success:

Player International Club National Team Caps (Goals)
Billy Vojtek Australia 44 (13)
Vilson Knezevic Germinal Beershot Australia 1
Joe Spiteri Lierse Australia 8 (2)
Mark Viduka Newcastle United Australia (C) 43 (11)
Danny Tiatto Manchester City Australia 23 (1)
Frank Juric Bayer Leverkusen Australia 4
Joe Simunic Hoffenheim Croatia 105 (3)
Joe Bacak Vitesse Australia U23 3 (2)
Mark Talajic Australia 1
Tom Pondeljak Johor FA Australia 6
John Markovski Australia 19 (1)
Fausto De Amicis Australia 13 (2)
Branko Milosevic Dinamo Zagreb Australia 15 (2)
Francis Awaritefe Wimbledon Australia 3 (1)
Andrew Marth Australia 16 (1)
Alan Davidson Nottingham Forest Australia (C) 79 (2)
Yakka ‘Vjekoslav’ Banovic Derby County Australia 2
Zeljko Adzic Dinamo Zagreb Croatia 1 (1)
Jim Campbell Bedford Town Australia 8
Jason Culina Ajax Amsterdam Australia 58 (1)
Tommy Cumming Australia 11 (2)
Robbie Dunn South China Australia 25 (2)
Eugene Galekovic SC Beira Mar Australia 4
Steve Horvat Hajduk Split Australia (C) 32 (1)
Ante Juric Benfica Australia 4 (1)
Steve Kokoska Australia 1
Eddie Krncevic Dinamo Zagreb Australia (C) 35 (17)
Adrian Leijer Fulham Australia 1
Jimmy Mackay Airdrie Australia 52 (5)
Hammy McMeechan Carlisle United Australia 7
Ljubo Milicevic FC Thun Australia 6
Damian Mori Borussia Monchengladbach Australia 45 (29)
Kenny Murphy Dundee United Australia 15 (1)
Jeff Olver Australia 37
Sasa Ognenovski Seongham Ilhwa Australia 22 (1)
Joel Porter Hartlepool Australia 4 (6)
Matthew Spiranovic* FC Nuremberg Australia 35
Rodrigo Vargas Australia 2
Ivan Franjic* Torpedo Moscow Australia 20
Toto Da Costa Angola 12 (3)
Joe Didulica Ajax Croatia 4
Peter Beardsley Manchester United England 59 (9)
Ross Greer Selangor Hong Kong 3
Michael Reda Homentmen Beirut Lebanon 32 (7)
Vaughan Coveny  FC Eindhoven New Zealand 64 (28)
Greg Draper Basingstoke Town New Zealand 1
Chris Jackson Gombak United New Zealand 60 (10)
Duncan MacKay Glasgow Celtic Scotland 14
Ian Wallace Nottingham Forest Scotland 3 (1)
Henry Fa’arodo* Hekari United FC Solomon Islands 61 (2)
Louis Fenton* Wellington Phoenix New Zealand 6
Kayne Vincent Air Force Central FC New Zealand 1
Stjepan Lamza 1860 Munich Yugoslavia 7
Total International Caps 1137 (168)

* Denotes current International player.
This is a record which many Australian clubs would be envious of, and demonstrates a continous tradition that Melbourne Knights can be proud of.

The tradition is underpinned by a strong youth development program in place at the club which in the past few decades has seen a progression of no less than twenty youth team players, some as young as 16, to the senior ranks and being representative in the senior NSL fixtures and now VPL fixtures.

Currently young stars who learnt their trade at the Melbourne Knights have stepped up to the new national soccer competition, the A-League. Players such as Ivan Franjic, Mate Dugandzic and Andrew Barisic are not only cementing their places as senior squad players, and national representative players, but are also expected to spread their wings offshore in the international arena.

The following list shows individual honours of our champions;

Johnny Warren Medal
NSL Player of the Year
1989/1990 – Zeljko Adzic
1991/1992 – Josip Biskic
1993/1994 – Mark Viduka
1994/1995 – Mark Viduka
Sam Papasavas Medal
U21 NSL Player of the Year
1993/1994 – Mark Viduka
1994/1995 – Mark Viduka
NSL Coach of the Year
1993/1994 – Mirko Bazic
NSL Goalkeeper of the Year
1995/1996 – Frank Juric
NSL Top Goal Scorer
1993/1994 – Mark Viduka
1994/1995 – Mark Viduka
Joe Marston Medal
Grand Final Man of the Match
1990/1991 – Josip Biskic
1994/1995 – Steve Horvat
1995/1996 – Andrew Marth
Oceania Player of the Year
2000 – Mark Viduka
Alex Tobin Medal
2010 – Mark Viduka
VPL Gold Medal
Victorian League Player of the Year
1978 – Tommy Cumming
1979 – Tommy Cumming
2013 – Marijan Cvitkovic
Bill Fleming Medal
Victorian Media Player of the Year
1978 – Tommy Cumming
1979 – Tommy Cumming
2010 – Kevin Townson
Coach of the Year
Victorian Premier League
2008 – Chris Taylor (VPL)
Jimmy Rooney Medal
VPL Grand Final Man of the Match
2008 – Craig Elvin
VPL Under 21 Medal
Victorian U21 Player of the Year
2010 – Adrian Zahra
Weinstein Medal
Junior Player of the Year
1996 – Ljubo Milicevic

 

FOOTBALL FEDERATION AUSTRALIA
FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Hall of Champions
This is the highest award available for a contribution to the development of the game in Australia, and is given for eminent service or contributions to football in Australia, whether at state/territory level, nationally or internationally.

  • Alan Davidson
  • Eddie Krncevic
  • Mark Viduka

Medal of Excellence
This is awarded for distinguished service or contributions to football in Australia, whether at state/territory level, nationally or internationally.

  • Jimmy Mackay

Award of Distinction
This is awarded for outstanding service or contributions to football in Australia, whether at state/territory level, nationally or internationally.

  • Robert Dunn
  • Ken Murphy
  • Billy Vojtek
  • Jeff Olver
  • Damian Mori

Club Records

Best Result in the NSL W 8-1 v Wollongong Macedonia at Knights Stadium(h) 7.3.1991
Best Result in State Competitions W 29-1 V Brunswick Latvia at Corio Oval(h) 29.8.1959
Best Regular season NSL Crowd (home) 11,415 v South Melbourne at Knights Stadium 5.3.2000
Best Finals Series NSL Crowd 23,318 vs South Melbourne (1990/91 Grand Final) at Olympic Park
Biggest Unbeaten Streak 20/08/1960 – 31/03/1962 (Preston Croat)
Biggest Winning Streak 15 Games – (SC Croatia) 31/03/1962 – 07/07/1962 & (Preston Croat) 27/08/1960 – 22/07/1961
Biggest Winning Streak in the NSL 7 games – 23/10/1994 – 4/12/1994
Biggest Unbeaten Streak in the NSL 12 games – 13/05/1984 – 26/08/1984
Biggest Losing Streak in the NSL 4 games – 12/4/1998 – 30/10/1998 & 3/10/1999 – 22/10/1999
Biggest Streak Without a Win in the NSL 8 games – 13/12/1998 – 7/02/1999 & 12/12/1999 – 30/01/2000
Biggest Unbeaten Streak in the VPL 19 games – 17-02/2008 – 29/06/2008
Most Goals in a Season (as a club) 81 goals in 1959
Most Wins in a Season 21 wins in 1983
Most Points in a Season 66 points in 1995/96
Most Goals in a Match (NSL) Ivan Kelic 6 goals v Wollongong Macedonia at Knights Stadium(h) 7.3.1991
Most Matches in the NSL Josip Biskic 282 matches, Andrew Marth 269 matches
Most Matches All-Time Josip Biskic 328 matches
Most Goals in the NSL Ivan Kelic 78 goals, Adrian Cervinski 58 goals
Most Goals in a Season 21 Mark Viduka 94/95, 21 David Brogan 1983
Best Games to Goal Ratio 0.83 Mark Viduka 40 goals/48 games
Most Games Coached in the NSL Mirko Bazic
Most Games Coached All-Time Andrew Marth, Mijo Kis
Most Seasons at the Club Josip Biskic 14, Billy Vojtek 13, Andrew Marth 13, Horst Rau 12, George Hannah 11, Mirko Kovacek 10

Club History compiled by Davor Ovcaric and Pave Jusup