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The History of Bankstown  City FC

Bankstown City FC was started in 1975 by a bunch of football enthusiasts playing at a local park in Yagoona they entering into a number of local tournaments held within the area. All Entry costs for the tournaments were born by these enthusiasts. Bankstown City lingered in the local competitions for may years winning many local competitions up until 1988.

In 1988 they were promoted to New South Wales Division 2 where they finished 3rd. The following year (1989) they were crowned Champions of Div2, losing only 3 games all season and received promotion to New South Wales Division 1.

In 1992 Bankstown played its first game in the elite league of NSW. The following year they finished second, however went onto win the grand final scoring a goal in the final minute vs. Blacktown City and were Premiers of 1993.

1994 was clearly the best year in the clubs history .The team went through the season just losing one game out of 22 and winning 16, scoring 52 goals and conceding only 9. They went on to win the grand final. The silverware did not stop there, Bankstown City went on to play Sydney Olympic for the prestigious Waratah Cup at Marconi Stadium. Beating Sydney Olympic 2-1 in front of a sellout crowd.

In 2004 Bankstown City Lions finished once again in the top 4 and made it into the grand final, Bankstown master coach Andy Papoulias once again took his team onto win the final against the Blue Devils, despite playing with a team crippled with injuries.

2005 was the year of the Lion, this was not without incident, with Bankstown loosing players to the newly formed A League, to overseas clubs and its coach Papoulias leaving for Cyprus. Bankstown looked for the services of player coach Peter Tsekenis. Restructuring the team and directing Bankstown to its second successive championship win over Bonnyrig white eagles 3 – 1.

The 2006 season saw a major restructure of the Premier league in which clubs were forced to meet certain criteria to be eligible for the new league, Bankstown fulfilled the requirements and were accepted into the Vodafone Premier league of NSW.

Besides it first grade achievements Bankstown City has a talented youth program also competing in the Premier Youth League of NSW, this being the highest level in NSW. Bankstown has 5 teams competing in the youth competition age groups ranging from13s to 18s.

The 2007 season the first grade finished in second position on the ladder. In the finals Bankstown City were defeated by Blacktown  in the grand final to the tune of 3:1. While the youth finished in 3rd spot of the club championship, their highest achievement since coming into the competition.


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