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Sandringham SC is one of the oldest & most successful football clubs in the South East of Victoria.
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1948
CLUB FOUNDED

There were two Sandringham clubs that pre-dated the club as we know it now, however, the official history as Frank (the historian ) tells us is that this story begins in 1948.

1949
FIRST SEASON

The first season WAS in 1949. It was a cracking start winning Division Two and being promoted to the big dance in Division 1. The following year we came pretty close to the summit and finished 3rd behind Sunshine United and Box Hill but beating Brighton into 4th place!
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1967
FANCY THE BOOTS?

The height of style for a footballer at this time available in black or surprisingly black. With the trusty calculator, I believe these would cost $175 in today's times. Phew!

1972
CLUB SONG

During a long bus trip back from a game at Yallourn. the seniors of the time thought it was time for a club song. After tossing around a few ideas, they settled on "Follow, Follow" that we now know and the rest is history!
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1973
WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION

Ex Sandy legend Jimmy Mackay 1973 scored the decisive goal against South Korea which sent Australia to its first World Cup. Socceroos defender Doug Utjesenovic described the goal emphatically, "that was one of the freakiest goals. You could try a million times to score the exact goal (and never do it). There was a free-kick, the ball was knocked back and he ran onto the ball. It was a real thunderbolt."

1975
PUNCHING ABOVE OUR DIVISION

Sandringham, were drawn to play 1st Division Essendon Lions in the Docherty Cup at Spring Street in a great display, we won 2-1, the Lions' goal coming late from the spot and scored by Branko Culina (Ex manager of Sydney FC and the Newcastle Jets in the A-League).
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1977
NEW CHANGING ROOMS

Thankfully no more changing in the car, some facilities at last!

1980's
WHATS THAT CELTIC CONNECTION?

Cash was king and we had an abundance of Irish Players and Paddy a self-made man through a successful business bought into the club big time. He wanted a Championship to call his own and bankrolled the club for several years
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1985
FASHION CRIME?

Widely viewed as a breakthrough year for our budding kit designer maybe viewed retrospectively a little bit differently?

1987
LET THERE BE LIGHT

The first set of lights at Spring Street were installed on the eastern side of the ground in 1987 after Stephen Copley a member of the committee agreed to act as guarantor for the loan. Thanks!
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1990
LET THERE BE MORE LIGHT

The second set of lights installed for training at Spring Street on the west end, thanks to the Council.

1995
BAYSIDE CUP

In 1995 this bloke Roberto Baggio was a fashion icon and the start of the Bayside Cup which was contested between Brighton, Beaumaris and Sandringham. It was a battle of all divisions across the club and a trophy to behold!
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1996
FIRST GIRLS TEAM

In 1996, The VWSF (Victorian Women’s Soccer Federation) set up the first junior girls’ competition and Sandringham entered a team into the first girls’ junior league, U16’s. There were eight teams in the first year of competition.

2000
HALL OF FAMER

Our own Donald Sutherland was inducted into the FFA Football Federation Australia Hall of Fame. It aims to celebrate and highlight the achievements of retired players that have contributed significantly to the game and are made up of either or both Australian and/or non-Australian players, managers and other participants who have become significant figures in the history of the game in Australia.

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2000
ANOTHER SOCEROO

Kristian Sarkies was a Sandy player and debuted in his first senior game for the Socceroos in the dying minutes of Australia's 3-1 friendly win against Liechtenstein on 8 June 2000.

2001
CASTLEFIELD CUP

Named from the sporting grounds at the Castlefield Reserve as part of the Bayside Cup it was reimagined as the Castlefield Cup at Spring Street, Sandringham in 2001. The inaugural Castlefield Cup had just 8 teams participate; the 2019 edition had over 64 teams take part, seeing over 720 participants meet in a day of football, fun and friendship like no other tournament!
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2006
NEW PAVILION BUILT

At last, we were awarded a major facilities grant by the State Government for construction of a pavilion at Spring Street. Construction begun in September 2006 and replaced the existing facilities of the old changing room and a spacious tent.

2006
GRAND OPENING

With the clubhouse built it was time to cut the ribbon, the sports minister amongst others got out the trusty scissors and did the honours! Perhaps the codes were getting mixed up? Points will be awarded for the gentleman's name?
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2008
THEY CALL HIM ERNIE

Ernie Merrick played at Sandy and later on helped the Melbourne Victory to the treble; the Pre-Season Cup, the Premiership and the Grand Final. In the Grand Final, Melbourne Victory defeated Adelaide United 1–0 to secure their second championship. Just another quiet day at the office!

2008
OVERS NOT OUT

Local legends Frank Spano and Martin O’Malley were both playing in the FV Over 35’s Masters. Once they reached 45 they starting finding that standard and pace of the game was proving to be a challenge.
With a love of the game still burning they started their our own league. Initially there were 4 teams DOC, Bayside, Juventus & Banyule and each year this has grown. Over 55 was introduced and this season the latest addition will be the 60’s league.
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2009
RESERVE RENAMED

On 11 July 2009 the Bayside City Council renamed Tulip Street Reserve as part of NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) week. The reserve was named Tjilatjirrin (pronounced Chil-a-chir-rin) which means to play together. The name acknowledges the Boon Wurrung as the traditional owners of the area now known as Bayside.

2012
1st MATILDA

Does the picture look familiar yes Stephanie Catley played at Sandringham Soccer Club for a number of years representing the junior girls’ team, the summer development squad and also the Women’s Premier League team. The W-League Young Player of the Year: 2012–13 FFA Female U20 Footballer of the Year: 2012, 2013, 80 plus appearances for the Maltidas and currently playing professional soccer for OL Reign in the USA..wow!
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2013
WOMENS NPL WIN

Nicola Prins (Westwood) scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time to give Sandringham a 1-0 victory over minor premier South Melbourne in the Women's Premier League grand final at the Veneto Club in Bulleen on Sunday. Just when it seemed the match would head to extra time, Prins lobbed the ball over South goalkeeper to give Sandringham its first WPL title.

2017
LIGHTS CAMERAS ACTION

Our grounds hosted the TV crews for the Australian comedy-drama TV series which focuses on an all-girls soccer team called Mustangs FC. It can be watched on ABC iview now.
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2018
REDEVELOPED SURFACE

On the 1st of May 2018, we officially had access to the new resurfaced pitch and new lighting .....wow what a difference!

2020
RENOVATED CLUBHOUSE

Our pavilion is being expanded thanks to the Bayside Council and is part of the Bayside Sportsground Pavilion Improvement plan. The budget is over $1,000,000 and we are expecting works to be complete by the end of August.
The total footprint of the clubhouse has increased about 40% and the internal area has nearly doubled. This will be of great benefit to the club in the years to come. Among the welcome changes are the following:

- Two new changing rooms with ambulant toilets, and a new disabled toilet and shower
- Remodelling and updates to the kitchen, existing change rooms and toilets
- New carpet for the community meeting space and a new split system to keep us warm!
- New office area, referees room, and a dedicated First Aid room
- Bigger and better storeroom and an increased veranda area
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