Notable Players

1960s

Ernie Ackerley
(Forward – 1964 to 1971)

  • 8 seasons at South
  • Member of the 1964, 1965 and 1966 State League Championship sides
  • Scored four goals in a League match against Melbourne Hungaria in 1966
  • Fact: Scored 16 State League goals in 1965

Jimmy Adam (deceased)
(Forward – 1964 to 1965)

  • 2 seasons at South
  • Member of the 1964 State League Championship side
  • Fact: Scored 11 State League goals in 1964

John Bedford (deceased)

(Defender – 1961 to 1974)

  • 14 seasons at South
  • Member of the first ever Championship team in 1960
  • Member of the 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1972 and 1974 State League Championship sides
  • Fact: Involved in nearly all of South’s League & Cup triumphs of the 60s and 70s

Antonis Hatzieleftheriou (deceased)

(Forward – 1960 to 1964)

  • 5 seasons at South
  • Member of the first ever Championship team in 1960
  • Member of the 1962 State League Championship side
  • Fact: Scored 15 State League goals in 1962

Jordan Ieremiadis (deceased)

(Midfielder – 1960 to 1964)

  • 5 seasons at South
  • Member of the 1962 and 1964 State League Championship sides
  • Fact: Joined Panayiotis Tsitsos in a clash against three Polonia players

Boulis Kambouropoulos (deceased)

(Midfielder – 1962 to 1972)

  • 11 seasons at South
  • Member of the 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1972 State League Championship sides
  • Fact: Scored a winning goal against Juventus in front of 20,000 at Olympic Park

Antonis Karagiannis (deceased)

(Forward – 1960 to 1961)

  • 2 seasons at South
  • Member of the first ever Championship team in 1960
  • Fact: Scored 15 State League goals in 1961

Michael Mandalis
(Midfielder – 1962 to 1972)

  • 11 seasons at South
  • Member of the 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1972 State League Championship sides
  • Fact: Scored 17 State League goals in 1964

Takis Mantarakis
(Defender – 1961 to 1969)

  • 9 seasons at South
  • Member of the 1962, 1964, 1965 and 1966 State League Championship sides
  • Fact: Remembered for his spectacular overhead volleys and entertaining play

John Margaritis

(Midfielder – 1961 to 1967)

  • 7 seasons at South
  • Member of the 1962, 1964, 1965 and 1966 State League Championship sides
  • Fact: Scored 10 State League goals in 1962

Con Nestoridis
(Forward – 1966 to 1967)

  • 2 seasons at South
  • Member of the 1966 State League championship
  • Fact: Attracted enormous crowds & scored from corner kicks. Scored 21 State League goals in 1966.

George Papadopoulos (deceased)

(Midfielder – 1960 to 1966)

  • 7 seasons at South
  • Member of the first ever Championship team in 1960
  • Member of the 1962, 1964, 1965 and 1966 State League Championship sides
  • Fact: Scored South’s first ever goal in the Australian Cup competition

Jim Pyrgolios
(Midfielder – 1963 to 1972)

  • 10 seasons at South
  • Member of the 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1972 State League Championship sides
  • Bill Fleming Medal winner in 1971
  • Fact: Scored 11 State League goals in 1965

Ted Smith

(Midfielder – 1961 to 1964)

  • 4 seasons at South
  • Member of the 1962 and 1964 State League Championship sides
  • Fact: South’s first Socceroo representative

 

1970s

Jim Armstrong
(Forward – 1970 to 1976)

  • 7 seasons at South
  • State League leading goal scorer in 1972 (17 goals) and 1974 (22 goals)
  • Bill Fleming Medal winner in 1974
  • Member of the 1972, 1974 and 1976 State League Championship sides
  • Fact: Has been a loyal Club man for over 40 years

Peter Bourne
(Midfielder – 1972 to 1976)

  • 5 seasons at South
  • Member of the 1972, 1974 and 1976 State League Championship sides
  • Fact: Scored a hat-trick in the 7-7 draw against Wilhelmina in 1973

George Campbell

(Forward – 1978 to 1982)

  • 5 seasons at South
  • 104 National League games, 17 National League goals
  • Fact: Scored 6 National League goals in 1980

Duncan Cummings
(Forward – 1976 to 1981)

  • 6 seasons at South
  • Member of the 1976 State League Championship side
  • Fact: Scored 9 National League goals in the first year of the competition in 1977

Alun Evans
(Forward – 1978 to 1982)

  • 5 seasons at South
  • 104 National League games, 37 National League goals
  • Fact: Scored 14 National League goals in 1981

Marco Fode
(Goalkeeper – 1971 to 1974)

  • 4 seasons at South
  • Member of the 1972 and 1974 State League Championship sides
  • Fact: Conceded only 13 goals in 22 State League games in 1972

Kris Kalifatidis
(Defender – 1975 to 1980, 1984 to 1985)

  • 8 seasons at South
  • 104 National League games, 3 National League goals (NSL figures only)
  • Member of the 1976 State League Championship side
  • Fact: A starting member of South’s AMPOL Cup Championship side of 1976

Ulysses Kokkinos
(Forward – 1966 to 1968, 1970 to 1971, 1974 to 1975)

  • 7 seasons at South
  • Member of the 1974 State League Championship side
  • Fact: Scored 14 State League goals in 1967

Mike Pye
(Defender – 1975 to 1979)

  • 5 seasons at South
  • 44 National League games, 1 National League goal (NSL figures only)
  • Member of the 1974 and 1976 State League Championship sides
  • Fact: Part of a defence that conceded very few goals

Bill Rogers

(Midfielder – 1977 to 1982)

  • 6 seasons at South
  • 112 National League games, 12 National League goals (NSL figures only)
  • Fact: Scored South’s first ever goal in the National League Cup in 1978

Steven Walker (deceased)
(Defender – 1970 to 1976)

  • 7 seasons at South
  • Member of the 1972, 1974 and 1976 State League Championship sides
  • Fact: Remembered as a fearless yet fair centre-back that was also able to score goals

1980s

Steve Blair
(Defender – 1979 to 1992/93)

  • 15 seasons at South
  • 338 National League games, 15 National League goals
  • Member of the 1984 and 1990/91 National League Championship sides
  • Fact: Remembered for his longevity and commitment to the Club

Doug Brown
(Forward – 1983 to 1986)

  • 4 seasons at South
  • 86 National League games, 48 National League goals
  • Member of the 1984 National League Championship side
  • Fact: Scored 22 National League goals in 1984 and enjoyed a great partnership with Charlie Egan

Oscar Crino

(Midfielder – 1983 to 1985)

  • 3 seasons at South
  • 76 National League games, 14 National League goals
  • Member of the 1984 National League Championship side
  • Sam Papasavas Award winner in 1983 (Under-21 NSL Player of the Year)
  • Fact: Remembered for his silky skills and fancy goals

Alan Davidson
(Defender – 1979 to 1984, 1986, 1994/95 to 1995/96)

  • 9 seasons at South
  • 170 National League games, 3 National League goals
  • Member of the 1984 National League Championship side
  • Fact: Swallowed his tongue against Sydney Hakoah at Middle Park before being revived by a fan

Charlie Egan

(Forward – 1982 to 1987)

  • 6 seasons at South
  • 153 National League games, 73 National League goals
  • National League leading goal scorer in 1985 (21 goals)
  • Member of the 1984 National League Championship side
  • Scored four goals in a National League match against Newcastle in 1984
  • Fact: Remembered for his deadly forward partnership with Doug Brown

Carl Halford
(Midfielder – 1982 to 1987)

  • 6 seasons at South
  • 119 National League games, 8 National League goals
  • Member of the 1984 National League Championship side
  • Fact: Had a wonderful work rate in midfield as well as powerful shots

David Healy
(Defender – 1988 to 1992/93)

  • 6 seasons at South
  • 153 National League games, 1 National League goal
  • Member of the 1990/91 National League Championship side
  • Fact: A quiet achiever in a resolute South defence

Peter Laumets
(Goalkeeper – 1979 to 1987)

  • 9 seasons at South
  • 213 National League games
  • Member of the 1984 National League Championship side
  • Fact: Conceded only 26 goals in 32 National League games in 1984

Bruce MacLaren

(Goalkeeper – 1988 to 1992/93)

  • 6 seasons at South
  • 136 National League games
  • Member of the 1990/91 National League Championship side
  • Fact: Did not make a save during the 1991 Grand Final against Melbourne Croatia but still won

Ange Postecoglou
(Defender – 1984 to 1992/93)

  • 10 seasons at South
  • 193 National League games, 19 National League goals
  • Member of the 1984 National League Championship side
  • Captain in the 1990/91 National League Championship side
  • Captain in the 1989/90 League Cup Championship side
  • Fact: Part of all four of South’s NSL championships, first as a player, then captain, then coach

Bobby Russell

(Defender – 1983 to 1989)

  • 7 seasons at South
  • 157 National League games, 2 National League goals
  • NSL Player of the Year in 1986
  • Member of the 1984 National League Championship side
  • Fact: Part of the ruthless 1984 defence

Steve Tasios

(Midfielder – 1986 to 1994/95)

  • 10 seasons at South
  • 122 National League games, 20 National League goals
  • Squad member in the 1990/91 National League Championship side
  • Fact: Possessed an unbelievable work-rate in midfield

Peter Tsolakis
(Midfielder – 1988 to 1993/94)

  • 7 seasons at South
  • 160 National League games, 30 National League goals
  • Member of the 1990/91 National League Championship side
  • Fact: Remembered for his powerful strikes at goal

Paul Wade

(Midfielder 1987 to 1994/95)

  • 9 seasons at South
  • 202 National League games, 28 National League goals
  • NSL Player of the Year in 1988
  • Member of the 1990/91 National League Championship side
  • Fact: Gave maximum effort in every match for the Club

Danny Wright

(Forward – 1987 to 1992/93)

  • 7 seasons at South
  • 168 National League games, 18 National League goals
  • Member of the 1990/91 National League Championship side
  • Fact: Scored a goal that burst a hole in the net against Sydney Olympic in a Qualifying Final in 1992

 


1990s

John Anastasiadis

(Forward – 1997/98 to 2000/01)

  • 4 seasons at South
  • 104 National League games, 32 National League goals
  • Member of the 1997/98 and 1998/99 National League Championship sides
  • Member of the 1999 Oceania Club Cup Championship side
  • Member of the 2000 FIFA World Club Championship side
  • Fact: Scored vital goals in the 1998 and 1999 Grand Finals and in the WCC in Brazil

Con Boutsianis
(Forward – 1989, 1990/91 to 1994/95, 1997/98, 2000/01 to 2003/04)

  • 11 seasons at South
  • 216 National League games, 74 National League goals
  • Squad member in the 1990/91 National League Championship side
  • Member of the 1997/98 National League Championship side
  • Scored four goals in a National League match against Northern Spirit in 2001
  • Fact: Freakish set-piece abilities and scored the winning goal in the 1998 Grand Final

Fausto De Amicis

(Defender – 1996/97 to 2002/03)

  • 7 seasons at South
  • 178 National League games, 2 National League goals
  • Member of the 1997/98 and 1998/99 National League Championship sides
  • Joe Marston Medal winner in the 1997/98 NSL Grand Final
  • Member of the 1999 Oceania Club Cup Championship side
  • Member of the 2000 FIFA World Club Championship side
  • Fact: Known for his long-range shooting

Mehmet Durakovic
(Defender – 1989/90 to 1994/95, 2000/01 to 2003/04)

  • 10 seasons at South
  • 231 National League games, 6 National League goals
  • Member of the 1990/91 National League Championship side
  • Fact: Known for his match-saving defensive goal-line clearances

Steve Panopoulos

(Midfielder – 1993/94 to 2002/03)

  • 10 seasons at South
  • 235 National League games, 24 National League goals
  • Member of the 1997/98 and 1998/99 National League Championship sides
  • Member of the 1999 Oceania Club Cup Championship side
  • Member of the 2000 FIFA World Club Championship side
  • Fact: Provided defensive cover and was a product of the youth system

Mike Petersen

(Midfielder – 1989 to 1996/97)

  • 9 seasons at South
  • 171 National League games, 8 National League goals
  • Member of the 1990/91 National League Championship side
  • Member of the South Melbourne FC Team of the Century
  • Fact: Remembered as the ‘midfield general’

Michael Petkovic
(Goalkeeper – 1995/96 to 1998/99, 2000/01 to 2001/02)

  • 6 seasons at South
  • 161 League games
  • Member of the 1997/98 and 1998/99 National League championships
  • Member of the 1999 Oceania Club Cup championship side
  • Member of the 2000 FIFA World Club Championship side
  • Member of the South Melbourne FC Team of the Century
  • NSL Goalkeeper of the Year in 1998/99, 2000/01 and 2001/02
  • Best remembered for his outstanding shot-stopping and for conceding only 30 goals in 32 League games in the 2000/01 season

Kimon Taliadoros
(Forward – 1986 to 1991/92)

  • 7 seasons at South
  • 100 League games, 45 League goals
  • Member of the 1990/91 National League championship
  • National League leading goal scorer in 1991/92 (15 goals)
  • Scored four goals in a League match against West Adelaide in 1992
  • Best remembered for his 15 League goals in 1991/92

Paul Trimboli
(Forward – 1988 to 2003/04)

  • 17 seasons at South
  • 430 League games, 115 League goals
  • NSL Under 21 Player of the Year in 1988 and 1989
  • NSL Player of the Year in 1992/93 and 1997/98
  • Member of the 1990/91 National League championships
  • Captain of the 1997/98 and 1998/99 National League championships
  • Captain of the 1999 Oceania Club Cup championship side
  • Captain of the 2000 FIFA World Club Championship side
  • Member of the South Melbourne FC Team of the Century
  • Best remembered for his undeniable talent and loyalty to the club, with many claiming him to be South’s greatest ever player

2000s

Dean Anastasiadis

(Goalkeeper – 1992/93 to 1995/96, 2002/03 to 2008)

  • 10 seasons at South
  • 158 League games
  • Captain of SMFC’s 2006 Premier League Championship side
  • Captain of SMFC’s 2007 Hellenic Cup Championship side
  • Premier League Goalkeeper of the Year 2005 & 2006
  • Best remembered for his loyalty and for holding the 2006 Championship aloft with his brother/coach John

Tansel Baser

(Defender – 1994/95 to 1998/99, 2006 to 2007)

  • 7 seasons at South
  • 106 League games, 4 League goals
  • Member of SMFC’s 1997/98 National League Championship side
  • Member of SMFC’s 2006 Premier League Championship side
  • Best remembered for his loyalty to the Club, returning to Lakeside after many years in Europe

Con Blatsis

(Defender – 1995/96 to 1999/00, 2005 to 2009)

  • 10 seasons at South
  • 122 League games, 5 League goals
  • Member of SMFC’s 1997/98 & 1998/99 National League Championship sides
  • Member of SMFC’s 1999 Oceania Club Cup Championship side
  • Member of SMFC’s 2000 FIFA World Club Championship side
  • Squad member in SMFC’s 2006 Premier League Championship side
  • Best remembered for his long throws and his loyalty to the Club

Vaughan Coveny
(Forward – 1995/96 to 2006, 2009)

  • 12 seasons at South
  • 295 League games, 102 League goals
  • Member of SMFC’s 1997/98 & 1998/99 National League Championship sides
  • Member of SMFC’s 1999 Oceania Club Cup Championship side
  • Member of SMFC’s 2000 FIFA World Club Championship side
  • Captain 2003/04
  • SMFC Golden Boot Winner 2005
  • Member of SMFC’s 2009 Hellenic Cup Championship side
  • Scored 100th League goal for SMFC against Hume City (25 April 2009)
  • Best remembered for his burst of speed when taking on defenders

Fernando De Moraes
(Midfielder – 2005 to 2013)

  • 9 seasons at South
  • 168 League games, 52 League goals
  • Member of SMFC’s 2006 Premier League Championship side
  • Jimmy Rooney Medal winner in the 2006 Grand Final
  • SMFC Golden Boot Winner 2006, 2008, 2010
  • Member of SMFC’s 2007, 2009 & 2011 Hellenic Cup Championship sides
  • Premier League Gold Medalist (Player of the Year) 2010
  • Theo Marmaras Medalist (SMFC Player of the Year) 2010
  • Loved for his loyalty to the Club

Steven O’Dor
(Defender – 2005 to 2012)

  • 8 seasons at South
  • 135 League games, 11 League goals
  • Squad member in SMFC’s 2006 Premier League Championship side
  • Member of SMFC’s 2007 & 2009 Hellenic Cup Championship sides
  • Captain of SMFC’s 2011 Hellenic Cup Championship side
  • Theo Marmaras Medalist (SMFC Player of the Year) 2008
  • Vice Captain 2009 & 2010
  • Captain 2011 & 2012
  • Loved for his loyalty and strong leadership qualities at the Club

Rama Tavsancioglu
(Defender – 2005 to 2010)

  • 6 seasons at South
  • 136 League games, 6 League goals
  • Member of SMFC’s 2006 Premier League Championship side
  • Member of SMFC’s 2007 Hellenic Cup Championship side
  • Captain of SMFC’s 2009 Hellenic Cup Championship side
  • Captain 2009 & 2010, including in the Club’s 50th year
  • Best remembered for his outward passion for the Club