NSL Cup

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National Soccer League Cup
Founded 1977
Abolished 1997
Region Australia
Most successful club(s) Adelaide City (3)[1]

The NSL Cup was an Australian soccer competition organised by the Australian Soccer Federation between 1977 and 1997.

History

The NSL Cup was organised to run in conjunction with the teams participating in the National Soccer League (NSL) between 1977 and 1997. It was the second nationwide club tournament held in Australia, the first being the Australia Cup during the 1960s.[2] It was held initially in 1977 immediately after the end of the NSL's regular home and away season, as there was no final series. The 1978 edition expanded to include teams from various state leagues in Australia, including Annerley (Queensland), West Woden Juventus (ACT), Essendon Croatia (Victoria), Sydney Croatia (NSW) and Ascot (WA).[3]

For the 1993-94 season the Cup was played in the preseason, before being played as a mid-season break for the 1995-96 season and then returning to the preseason for the 1996-97 season.[4] The 1996-97 Cup was the final cup to be playing during the NSL years and saw a brand new club, Collingwood Warriors, defeat Marconi in the final.[5] A replacement national knock-out cup was not instigated until the FFA Cup in 2014.[3]

Upsets

State League side Sydney Croatia upset NSL club Marconi in the first round of the 1978 Cup. Other upsets over the years where state league teams defeated NSL teams, including Parramatta Melita Eagles defeating Marconi in 1979, Mt Gravatt defeating Brisbane City in 1980, and Croydon City defeating South Melbourne in 1986.[3]

Past tournaments/winners

Season Cup Final Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location Cup Final Attendance
1977 9 October 1977 Brisbane City (1) 1–1 (5–3 Penalties) Marconi Fairfield Perry Park, Brisbane (1) 9,000
1978 8 October 1978 Brisbane City (2) 2–1 Adelaide City Perry Park, Brisbane (2) 6,964
1979 30 September 1979 Adelaide City (1) 3–1 St. George Olympic Sports Field, Adelaide (1) 9,554
1980 5 October 1980
15 October 1980
Marconi Fairfield (1) 0–0 (a.e.t.)
3–0 (Replay)
Heidelberg United Olympic Park, Melbourne (1)
Marconi Stadium, Sydney (1)
7,000
5,000
1981 20 September 1981 Brisbane Lions (1) 3–1 West Adelaide Hellas Canberra Stadium, Canberra (1) 8,132
1982 12 September 1982 APIA Leichhardt (1) 2–1 Heidelberg United Olympic Park, Melbourne (2) 7,000
1983 6 November 1983
13 November 1983
Sydney Olympic (1) 1–0
1–0
Heidelberg United St. George Stadium, Sydney (1)
Olympic Park, Melbourne (3)
9,420
6,000
1984 13 September 1984 Newcastle Rosebud United (1) 1–0 Melbourne Croatia Olympic Park, Melbourne (4) 5,000
1985 11 August 1985 Sydney Olympic (2) 2–1 Preston St. George Stadium, Sydney (2) 11,187
1986 17 September 1986 Sydney City Hakoah (1) 3–2 (a.e.t.) West Adelaide Hellas Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide (1) 5,200
1987 14 October 1987
18 October 1987
Sydney Croatia (1) 1–0
1–0
South Melbourne St. George Stadium, Sydney (3)
Olympic Park, Melbourne (5)
5,845
6,000
1988 14 August 1988 APIA Leichhardt (2) 0–0 (5–3 Penalties) Brunswick Juventus Marconi Stadium, Sydney (2) 5,200
1989 20 August 1989 Adelaide City (2) 2–0 Sydney Olympic Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide (2) 10,000
1989–90 25 April 1990 South Melbourne (1) 4–1 Sydney Olympic Olympic Park, Melbourne (6) 7,000
1990–91 7 April 1991 Parramatta Eagles (1) 1–0 Preston Macedonia Marconi Stadium, Sydney (3) 8,749
1991–92 7 April 1992 Adelaide City (3) 2–1 Marconi Fairfield Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide (3) 6,500
1992–93 18 April 1993 Heidelberg United (1) 2–0 Parramatta Eagles Marconi Stadium, Sydney (4) 4,596
1993–94 17 October 1993 Parramatta Eagles (2) 2–0 Sydney United Marconi Stadium, Sydney (5) 5,156
1994–95 16 October 1994 Melbourne Knights (1) 6–0 Heidelberg United Olympic Park, Melbourne (7) 6,000
1995–96 27 January 1996 South Melbourne (2) 3–1 Newcastle Breakers Lakeside Stadium, Melbourne (1) 5,000
1996–97 6 October 1996 Collingwood Warriors (1) 1–0 Marconi-Fairfield Lakeside Stadium, Melbourne (2) 2,327

The numbers in brackets indicate the number of cups won by a team, or the number of Cup Finals held in a city.

Performances

NSL Cup winners by teams
Team Winners Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
Adelaide City 3 1 1979, 1989, 1991–92 1978
Sydney Olympic 2 2 1983, 1985 1989, 1989–90
South Melbourne 2 1 1989–90, 1995–96 1987
APIA Leichhardt 2 0 1982, 1988
Brisbane City 2 0 1977, 1978
Parramatta Eagles 2 0 1990–91, 1993–94
Heidelberg United 1 4 1992–93 1980, 1982, 1983, 1994–95
Melbourne Croatia/Knights 1 1 1994–95 1984
Sydney Croatia/United 1 1 1987 1993–94
Brisbane Lions 1 0 1981
Collingwood Warriors 1 0 1996–97
Newcastle Rosebud 1 0 1984
Sydney City Hakoah 1 0 1986
Marconi Fairfield 0 3 1977, 1991–92, 1996–97
Preston Macedonia 0 2 1985, 1990–91
West Adelaide Hellas 0 2 1981, 1986
Brunswick Juventus 0 1 1988
Newcastle Breakers 0 1 1995–96
St. George 0 1 1979

References

  1. "Past League and Cup Champions". OzFootball. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  2. "Australia - List of Cup Winners". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "FFA Cup a new old tradition". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 2015-12-03. 
  4. "The Australian National Soccer League". www.ozfootball.net. Retrieved 2015-12-03. 
  5. "The amazing story of Aussie Cup finals: 1960-2015". Westfield FFA Cup. Retrieved 2015-12-03.