The History of the Bayswater City Soccer Club est.1961

Born from humble origins,  our story begins in 1961 when a group of 20 plus year-old ex-Maylands Juniors joined together to form the Bayswater Sports Club which,  as history shows,  failed dismally during their inaugural season.

The following year,  reinvigorated,  they re-emerged as Bayswater United playing under the auspices of the Soccer Association of W.A. Our first President was Jack Barrington,  a local earthmoving contractor and the team’s first Coach was local resident,  Bert Oakley.

In 1963,  Bayswater joined the Soccer Federation of W.A. and in 1966 moved from our Mt Hawthorn home ground to Bayswater Oval,  sharing the ground with powerhouse 1st Division side Windmills,  then Bedford United.

Our first taste of success came in 1963,  when the Reserve side won the 3rd Division competition,  repeating this in 1965. First Team success soon followed with the 3rd Division premiership in 1968 under the guidance of playing Coach John Barasich,  who was replaced by John Birighitti at the end of the season. Under John Birighitti’s guidance,  the club won the 1970 2nd Division premiership and the 1970 Reserve premiership,  and in 1972/73 we incredibly had 8 players in the Western Australian state side.

In 1973,  Lathlain Meazza was formed playing in the Semi-Professional 3rd Division and in 1978,  under Coach Bruno Napolitano won that division’s Premiership,  gaining promotion to the 2nd Division. Rosemount Juventus was established in 1978 playing in 3rd Division playing under Coaches T. Levitzke and N. Segon and in 1980,  these two clubs merged to form Rosemount Meazza playing in the 2nd Division under Coach B. McKee.

In 1981,  following amalgamations between Bayswater United,  Meazza and Juventus,  the newly formed Bayswater Inter took to the field in 3rd Division. Tony Di Costa was the first President and with Coach Dave Harrison,  guided the club to the 2nd Division after being unbeaten in 1982. In 1983 Inter won 2nd Division and the Reserve side won their competition as well.

Once in 1st Division,  or Super League as it was now known,  Bayswater continued to acquit themselves very ably. They were strong contenders in the night series,  winning in 1987 in a penalty shootout. Inter were runners-up to Athena in the 1988 D’Orsogna Cup,  and also won the newly resurrected Coppa D’Italia three times.

In 1996 Bayswater City,  (as they were now known from 1995) merged with Stirling Panthers to be known as Bayswater City Panthers. Following relegation to the 1st Division in 2000,  the club dissolved the Panthers amalgamation in 2003 and were known again as their present name Bayswater City still playing in 1st Division which they won and were promoted to the Professional League.

Over the next 7 years,  the club was once again relegated and in 2010 won the premiership of that league,  were promoted and,  under Coach Mauro Marchione,  won their first-ever top division Premiership in 2012. They lost to Perth in that year’s Football West Night Series final., Under our longest serving President,  Gerry Maio (who had been elected to that position in 2005),  and Oriano Colli (our Football Operations Manager) our club was fortunate to attain the coaching services of Chris Coyne and his team. More success followed in 2013 with winning the Night Series,  Coolridge Cup and Top 5 Championship.

In 2014,  the club celebrated more success with a clean sweep of all state trophies in the newly formed NPL – Night Series,  Coolidge Cup,  Minor Premiers and NPL champions and in the same year,  we took on Melbourne Victory in the first year of the FFA cup but did not win.

More success followed and in 2015,  we won the Minor Premiership without conceding a game and took out the NPL Championship. The following year,  we won the Night Series and then in 2017 were winners in the Night Series,  NPL minor premiership and Top 4 Championship.

Bayswater City Soccer Club was formed in 1980,  as a result of a merger between Lathlain Meazza (formed 1973) and Rosemount Juventus (formed 1978) becoming Rosemount Meazza., In 1981 Rosemount Meazza merged with Bayswater United (formed 1963),  to become Bayswater Inter. In 1995 Baywater Inter changed their name to Bayswater City and merged with Stirling Panthers to become the Bayswater City Panthers.

This merger lasted until 2003 when the name Bayswater City returned.

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