Senglea Athletic F.C.


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Senglea Athletic
Senglea Athletics Football Club Badge.png
Full nameSenglea Athletic Football Club
Nickname(s)L-Isla, Senglea, Yellows
Founded22 March 1943; 78 years ago (1943-03-22)
PresidentNeil Carter
ManagerDennis Fenech[1]
LeagueMaltese Challenge League
2020-2021relegated

Senglea Athletic Football Club is a professional Maltese football club based in Senglea. Founded in 1943, the club currently plays in the Maltese Challenge League.

History[edit]

Senglea Athletic Football Club was founded in 1943. It took over from the former Senglea United club, which had been formed in 1921 following the demise of Senglea Shamrocks.[2] After the Second World War the club began to compete in the Second Division (today's Third Division) organised by the Malta Football Association.

Apart from moments of success and happiness, this club also had his disappointing moments. For many times this club had to play in the lowest divisions of Malta.

The most moments of glory and happiness occurred in the mid-70's when the club was promoted to the second division, and later on to the first division. For a number of successive times Senglea Athletic F.C. were declared champions of the second division.

For another time, in 1981, the club was promoted to the Maltese Premier Division.[note 1] During that season, Senglea Athletic made history when they contested in the final of the MFA Trophy, while being in the Maltese First Division. The club was very near to participate in the European Cup Winners' Cup, but unfortunately the final against Floriana F.C. ended in a 2–1 loss for Senglea Athletic F.C. During that time the president for the club was Walter Clinch.

From that time onwards Senglea Athletic F.C. passed through some very bad moments due to financial crisis. But then in the year 2000, they got back to their feet and were promoted from the Maltese Third Division to the Maltese Second Division, together with Msida F.C.. During that time the president for Senglea Athletic F.C. was Reno Chirchop.

The next year, Senglea Athletic F.C., this time again with Msida F.C., were promoted to the Maltese First Division. During that time the president for Senglea Athletic F.C. was Dr. Vincent S. Zammit. The club's aim of competing in the Maltese Premier League took a step backwards, when during the 2008–09 season they were relegated to the Maltese Second Division. During the season 2009–10 Senglea Athletic finished in the 9th place, just a position above the relegation play-offs.

Kit[edit]

The home kit of Senglea Athletic F.C. consists of the primary colours of Senglea, yellow and red. The manufacturer of the kits is Givova, while the main sponsor is Palumbo_Shipyards.

Current squad[edit]

Senior Squad[edit]

Note: The same squad number may be used by more than one player. If that is the case, the last player who have used the number is assigned with it.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Malta MLT James Pisani
2 DF Serbia SRB Dejan Kukić
3 DF Malta MLT Joseph Attard
5 DF Malta MLT Zachary Cassar (on loan from Birkirkara)
6 DF Malta MLT Alan Abela
7 MF Malta MLT Firas Aboulezz
8 MF Malta MLT Brandon Mangion
10 MF France FRA Ronny Song
11 FW France FRA Freud Gnindokponou
12 GK Malta MLT Matthew Farrugia
15 MF Jamaica JAM Ricardo Martin
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 FW Malta MLT Jan Tanti
18 MF Colombia COL Luis Riascos
19 FW Malta MLT Daneel Abela
20 MF Malta MLT Andre Scicluna
21 DF Nigeria NGA Sergio Uyi
24 FW Cameroon CMR Dibola Junior
28 DF Malta MLT Luca Brincat (on loan from Gżira)
29 GK Malta MLT Dorian Bugeja
30 MF Malta MLT David Xuereb (on loan from Hibernians)
89 FW Malta MLT Junnior Batata
99 FW Slovenia SVN Roy Rudonja

During the 2007/08 season Senglea were crowned champions of Section D of the MFA Youth League, and thus they were promoted to Section C.

The following season also proved to be a successful one for the Senglea boys. Apart from finishing 4th in Section C, taking into consideration that this was their first season in this level, they also managed to reach the semi-final of the Youth Knock-Out B, where clubs from Sections B, C and D take part. In the semi-final they lost 5–1 to the Section B club, Qormi.

During the season 2011/12 Senglea were crowned champions of Section C, and therefore gaining promotion to Section B. They also managed to reach the semi-final of the knock-out once again. They were eliminated by the designated champions Balzan Youths.

Statistics[edit]

Year Division Level Position (Participating Teams) Points Gained / Maximum Points
1997/98 Malta Maltese Third Division Section B 4 3rd (7) /
1998/99 Malta Maltese Third Division Section B 4 4th (7) /
1999/00 Malta Maltese Third Division 4 10th (15) /
2000/01 Malta Maltese Third Division 4 2nd (16) /
2001/02 Malta Maltese Second Division 3 2nd (12) /
2002/03 Malta Maltese First Division 2 3rd (10) /
2003/04 Malta Maltese First Division 2 4th (10) /
2004/05 Malta Maltese First Division 2 4th (10) 28 / 54
2005/06 Malta Maltese First Division 2 5th (10) 27 / 54
2006/07 Malta Maltese First Division 2 5th (10) 27 / 54
2007/08 Malta Maltese First Division 2 4th (10) 31 / 54
2008/09 Malta Maltese First Division 2 10th (10) 8 / 54
2009/10 Malta Maltese Second Division 3 9th (12) 25 / 66
2010/11 Malta Maltese Second Division 3 10th (12) 19 / 66
2011/12 Malta Maltese Second Division 3 13th (14) 15 / 78
2012/13 Malta Maltese Third Division 4 1st (14) 68 / 78

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Individual[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Clive Mizzi appointed coach at struggling Senglea Athletic". The Malta Independent. 26 October 2020. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  2. ^ Baldacchino, Carmel (2 April 2009). "The fore-runners of Senglea Athletic". The Times of Malta.
  3. ^ "Melita Digital Malta Football Awards 2007/08 – The Finalists". www.maltafootball.com (in Maltese). Retrieved 2008-06-08.

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