Good afternoon South Melbourne supporters. Today represents a significant moment in the history of South Melbourne FC.
We have officially lodged our Expression of Interest (EOI) document to join the A-League in season 2019/20.
It’s the first small step in a process, but the culmination of many steps and large strides this club has made over the best part of 60 years.
SMFC has a rich history. We are Australia’s most successful football club, having achieved more honours than any other Australian club, including four national titles. Of course, we are proud of these achievements.
However, this bid document is not about the past National Soccer League (NSL) glories or number of titles.
Outlined throughout the 100-page document is a 14-year case study of a committed football community building every element of a professional club to not only compete in the top flight, but contribute to the sustainability of Football for girls, boys, women, men and fans in Australia for generations to come.
We have you, the supporters, players and community to thank.
It’s no secret that 14 years ago SMFC was disappointed not to be a part of the inaugural A-League. The decisions relating to the formation of the A-League are well documented. Simply being a successful part of the old world (NSL) would no longer guarantee the club a seat at the table. It was watershed moment for the club.
Despite the disappointment, our response was to “get to work” on creating the “new” SMFC. Many people have provided support to keep the club moving forward.
We sincerely thank you for your support.
As your President, it is an absolute privilege to serve this club.
The next steps will be announced towards the end of June.