St. George's F.C.

St. George's Football Club,[2] is a Maltese football club from the city of Cospicua in the Mediterranean island of Malta, believed to be the oldest club on the island. They are currently playing in the Maltese National Amateur League, and is popularly claimed to be the pioneers of Maltese civilian football.

St. George's
St. George's Football Club logo
Full nameSt. George's Football Club
Nickname(s)The Pioneers
Founded1890; 132 years ago (1890)
GroundCentenary Stadium, Malta
Capacity2,000
ManagerEdgar Degabriele
LeagueNational Amateur League
2021–22Maltese Challenge League, Group A, 11th (relegated) )[1]
WebsiteClub website
The oldest known photograph of the club, taken in 1894 after defeating Floriana F.C. to become Unofficial Civilian Champions.

HistoryEdit

During the 1880s, a group of Maltese youngsters was watching English soldiers playing football at the Verdala Barracks; an officer gave the young Maltese a ball and that was the start of the game on the island. They formed the first football club in Malta and named it Santa Margherita; two other clubs emerged soon after: St. Andrews and St. George's. The three clubs in Cospicua merged in 1890 to form one club, holding on to the St. George's name.[3]

During the first years of the 20th century, they became Civilian Champions. The best season for the Cospicua team was 1916–17 during which St. George's F.C. won the 'double' by being crowned League champions and Knock Out Cousis Shield winners. One of the most notable players of St. George's was Emmanuel Balolu Busuttil, the only player to captain the St. George's side to their only championship in the 1916–17 season. One of the most notable matches St. Georges played in their history was the 1965–66 the old second division decider against Qormi at the old Mannuel Island, a match that saw the biggest crowd of that season in all the MFA competitions. The match ended with a 2–1 score line in favour of St. Georges. From the corner flag, Zambula kicked the ball without anybody touching it straight into the nearest upright.

AchievementsEdit

1916–17

1913–14, 1917–18, 1929–30, 1939–40

1936–37, 1949–50

  • Cousis Shield

1916–17, 1926–27

1991–92, 2005–06

  • Division 2 Champions

1953–54, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1965–66, 1971–72, 1973–74

  • Division 2 Knock-Out Winners

1958–59, 1971–72, 1973––74

  • Division 2 Knock-Out Finalists

1953–54

1987–88, 1996–97, 2003–04

  • Second & Third Division Knock-Out Winners

1987–88

  • Second & Third Division Knock-Out Finalists

1999–2000

2002-02

  • Division 2 Sons of Malta Cup Winners

1971–72, 1973–74

  • Christmas Cup Winners

1939–40

Current squadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   MLT Andre Spiteri
Def   MLT Nicholas Gauci
FW   MLT Nick borg
FW   MLT Ryan Micallef
FW   NGA Lawrence chidozie
Mid   MLT Gianluca Sultana (C)
Mid   MLT Ryan Sammut
Def/W   MLT Zack. Bowman
At/Mid   VEN Rafael de Fax
Def/Mid   JAM Ricardo Martin
GK   MLT Levi Saliba
Mid   MLT Loumar Cutajar (AsC)
Att   MLT Ryan Cutajar
Att   JPN Kouta Suemetsu
Mid   MLT Hili Aaron
Wing   MLT Jeanalesi Spiteri
Def   MLT Christian Magro
Mid   MLT Matthew Xuereb
Def   MLT Jose Alejandro Sorza
GK   MLT Brian Schiavone
Mid   MLT Antoine Borg
Def   MLT Irvin Abela
Def   MLT Dillon Pace


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Summary - National Amateur League - Malta - Results, fixtures, tables and news - Soccerway".
  2. ^ Cassar Pullicino, J. (1956). "Social Aspects of Maltese Nicknames" (PDF). Scientia. 22 (2): 92.
  3. ^ St. George's. Archived from geocities.com on 27 October 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2011.

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