Altona Magic Soccer Club located in the west of Melbourne has won five (5) Victorian Premier League championships and produced many Australian internationals. The club colours of red and black signify the famous Macedonian Football Club, FK Vardar Skopje. Since the formation of the football club the Macedonian Community and Ethnic Macedonian media continue to call the club “the Vardar Football Club”.

In 1967 a group of Macedonian immigrants passionate about football initiated a meeting in Yarraville with the idea of forming a football team and by 1968 the team was registered as the Kingsville Soccer Club. The team played at Wembley Park, Yarraville (1968 to 1974) in the Victorian lower amateur leagues.

In 1975 the Kingsville Soccer Club committee successfully acquired debt riddled German backed club Central Altona, with the successful acquisition the club shifted to Gray Reserve, Williamstown and played in the Victorian Provisional League Division 1 (1975 to 1979).

In 1979 the clubs desire to compete in the higher divisions of Victoria arrived with the amalgamation of first division strugglers Keilor City (German backed). The amalgamation brought the club to Division One and with a large membership base the club successfully negotiating with the Altona City Council to tenant the Paisley Park Soccer Complex, a master facility of its time and the current home of the club.

The club renamed itself to Altona Gate Soccer Club in 1980 and for next 8 years competed in the Victorian Division 1 League. In 1988 the first success was achieved, the club won promotion to the State League (VPL) by finishing League Runners-Up.

By 1996 the club incorporated the name Altona Magic Soccer Club, this was at time when Soccer Australia (now Football Federation Australia) encouraged all clubs to remove all ethnic affiliated names and logo’s from all clubs across Australia.

The most successful period in the club’s history was in the 1990’s, Altona won 3 consecutive VPL championships in 1995, 96 and 97. The club added two more championship trophies in 2008 and 2009, this confirmed the clubs position as one of the most successful clubs in Victorian Football.

Altona Magic Soccer Club mission is to work in conjunction with the local council, government bodies, the wider community as well as corporate businesses in order to continue the development of Australian sports and the promotion of a healthy and more active youth. The club will continue to promote football in the local area, starting with grassroots junior development through to the youth and senior level’s with the goal of continuing to create future Australian football stars.

Timelines

  • 1968 – 1974 – Kingsville Soccer Club
  • 1975 – 1979 – Central Altona Vardar Soccer Club
  • 1980 – 1995 – Altona Gate Vardar Soccer Club
  • 1996 – Current – Altona Magic Soccer Club

Honours

  • 2009, 2008, 1997, 1996, 1995 –  Champions of Victoria
  • 2004, 2006 – VPL Runners Up
  • 1996, 1997 – Minor Premiers
  • 1996, 1989 – Dockerty Cup Runners Up
  • 2013, 2012, 2010, 1986 – Victorian Macedonian Cup Winners
  • 1992, 93, 94 – VPL Champions (Reserves)
  • 1992, 1990 – Harry Armstrong Cup Winners (Reserves)
  • 1990 – National Youth League Runners Up
  • 1988 – Vic. SL Div. 1 Runners Up
  • Gold Medal Winners
  • 2006 Sash Becvinovski
  • 2004 Doug Mladenovic
  • 2001 Zoran Todorovski
  • 1997 George Jolevski
  • Bill Fleming Medal (Media Award)
  • 1997 George Jolevski
  • Coach of the Year
  • 1996 Gary Cole
  • 1995 Ian Dobson
  • Leading Goal scorer
  • 2006 Sash Becvinovski
  • 1998 Sash Becvinovski
  • Goalkeeper of the Year
  • 1997 Darren McGrath
  • Jimmy Rooney Medal (Best player in Grand Final)
  • 2009 Kliment Taseski
  • 2004 Levent Osman
  • 1997 Savva Rusmir
  • 1996 Darren McGrath
  • 1995 Chris Emsovski
  • Altona Magic representatives for Australia
    at Senior, Olympic, Youth and U17 Level.
  • Mendo Ristovski – 6 caps
  • Mick Micevski – 2 caps
  • Robert Trajkovski – 3 caps *
  • Robert Stojcevski – Youth/U17 *
  • Goran Lozanovski – 9 caps *
  • Vasko Trpcevski – U17/Youth
  • John Markovski – 20 caps
  • George Jolevski – U17
  • Charlie Egan – 19 caps
  • Nick Radecki – Youth
  • Daniel Vasilevski – Youth *
  • Kliment Tasevski – Youth
  • Sasa Becvinovski – Youth
  • Robert Runje – U17/Youth
  • Danny Tiatto – 26 caps**
  • Michael Curcija – 2 caps

 

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* Played for Altona through the junior development structure
** Played for Altona at u16, NYL/Reserves level