NSL Where Are They Now? – Blacktown City

Originally formed as Toongabbie Soccer Club in 1953, the club changed their name to Blacktown City in 1979, first entering the NSL in 1980, where they finished 11th out of 14.

Their second season in 1981 didn’t go so well finishing 15th out of 16, being relegated instead of West Adelaide despite being 7 points ahead of them. This was due to the league wishing to reduce the amount of NSW teams in the competition.

Blacktown would again have another stint in the NSL from 1984 until 1986 when they were again relegated after finishing 9th out of 12 in the Northern Conference. A total of 10 clubs were relegated to their State Leagues that year, as the competition restructured to a 14 team league in 1987.

Their finals stint in the NSL would be the 1989, and the 1989-90 seasons. In 1989 they narrowly avoided relegation finishing 12th, 1 point ahead of Melbourne JUST and Heidelberg United. However when the competition changed to a summer competition, the club finished 14th with only 4 wins and 4 draws in the season. This would be the last time that Blacktown City would appear on the national stage until the FFA Cup in 2014 where they made the round of 32.

Blacktown City didn’t win any major trophies whilst competing in the NSL, their best finish being 5th in the Northern Conference in 1984, losing their elimination final 3-1 to APIA Leichhardt.

Notable players for Blacktown during their NSL days were Charlie Yankos (1989-1990) and Jason van Blerk (1987-1989).

Since competing in the NSL, Blacktown has had a fairly successful time in the NSW State Leagues. They have been premiers 8 times, champions 8 times and runner ups a further 7 times. As well as their NSW success, in 2015 they won the overall NPL competition.

Currently, Blacktown City are competing in the NSW NPL 1 competition, and are set to challenge for trophies again this season in NSW as well as in the FFA Cup. As well as Leichhardt, Blacktown has aspirations of once again competing in a national competition, in the form of a B-League.

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