Wednesday, 5 May 2010 2:07 PM
The entire South Melbourne FC family would like to extend its deepest condolences and wishes to the Karagiannis family on the passing of former South Melbourne FC player Antonis Karagiannis, who sadly passed away last Sunday.
Karagiannis was a foundation player for South Melbourne FC and represented the club for two seasons from 1960-61. In 1960, he played an integral role in the club’s promotion from Metropolitan Division 1 North (now State League 1) into the Victorian State League (now the VPL). In 1961, Karagiannis scored 15 goals for South in the Victorian State League and finished as the club’s leading goal scorer for that season. In recognition of his efforts in the club’s early years of existence, Karagiannis was inducted into the SMFC Hall of Fame at the 50th Year Anniversary Gala Ball at the Crown Palladium last year.
South Melbourne FC President Leo Athanasakis, speaking to smfc.com.au, remarked that “it is sad to see the passing of one of the individuals who were part of the Club in its formative years. We would like to extend our best wishes and condolences to the Karagiannis family.”
As a mark of respect at Mr Karagiannis’ passing, South Melbourne FC players will wear black armbands for Saturday’s match against Oakleigh. In addition, a minute’s silence will be held prior to the match commencing.