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Brisbane Strikers
BrisbaneStrikers.png
Full name Brisbane Strikers Football Club
Nickname(s) Strikers
Founded 1994
Ground Perry Park
(Capacity: 5,000)
Chairman Clem Jones
CEO Steve Wilson
Coach Stuart McLaren
League Queensland State League
QSL 2009 1st (League)
2nd (Finals)
Home colours
Away colours

The Brisbane Strikers are an Australian association football club from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia who play in the Queensland State League.

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History

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National Soccer League

Brisbane's first representation in the National Soccer League (NSL) - (then known as the Philips Soccer League (PSL)) came from Brisbane City, who still play in the Brisbane competition, and Brisbane Lions. Brisbane City won the first two national knockout competitions, by defeating Marconi in 1977 and West Adelaide in 1978. Brisbane Lions won the knockout competition in 1981, also defeating West Adelaide. Brisbane City left the NSL in after the 1986 season and Brisbane Lions after the 1988 season.

The next Brisbane team in the NSL was Brisbane United, who played from 1991 to 1993. From their demise came the Brisbane Strikers.

The Brisbane Strikers won the National League during the 1996/97 season, then known as the Ericsson Cup in front of a record sell out crowd of over 40,000. The Strikers won the final 2-0 defeating Sydney United with goals from former Socceroos coach Frank Farina and NSL top goal scorer Rod Brown.

To this day, 1996-97 remains the only time the Sunshine State has marked its name in Australian National football with a title. In comparison to other states, Queensland remains easily the worst-performing state in National football, although with three teams from the state now competing at national level, things should improve in the North East.

A-League Bid

The Brisbane Strikers were a prime candidate for the Brisbane position in the new A-League that kicked off in mid-2005. Football Federation Australia boss Frank Lowy AC was quoted at the time saying that the two Brisbane bids were outstanding, but the reality was that only one team would make it.

The A-League decided to go with the Lions bid, who changed their name to the Queensland Roar, maintaining their local link to the Lions, and ethnic links.

Brisbane Premier League

The Strikers became associated with the North Star Soccer Club in Brisbane and now play under the Brisbane Strikers name in the Brisbane competition, playing out of Perry Park. In their first season in the local premier league, the Strikers made the semi-final, however were defeated in a two leg round against Palm Beach.

In the Strikers' second season of the Brisbane Premier League in 2006, they won the Premiership, Premier Cup and Grand Final of the Brisbane Premier League.

The Strikers also run a club in Logan, Logan City Football Club, who play out of Meakin Park in Slacks Creek.

The Strikers were runners-up in the Premiership and Grand Final in 2007.

Queensland State League

The Brisbane Strikers were entered into the inaugral Queensland State League (association football) in 2008, along with 10 other teams from throughout the state. In the first season of the newly formed league, the Strikers finished 2nd on the ladder and qualified for the Grand Final where they were narrowly beaten by Sunshine Coast FC.

Current Squad

Current Squad for the 2009 Queensland State League



Goalkeepers

  • Australian Ryan Pearse
  • Australian Jerrad Tyson

Defenders

Midfielders

Strikers

  • Australian Adam Webber
  • Australian Gareth Musson
  • Australian Luke Morley
  • Australian Steve Unsworth

Head Coach: Australian Stuart McLaren

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Club Honours

National Soccer League:

Queensland State League

  • Minor Premiers:
    • 2009
  • Runners-Up:
    • 2008
    • 2009

Brisbane Premier League

  • Minor Premiers:
    • 2006
  • Runners-Up
    • 2006

Notable Former Players

Australia
New Zealand
Brazil
Scotland

External links

References

Preceded by
Melbourne Knights
NSL Champions
1996/97
Succeeded by
South Melbourne

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