Brunswick United Juventus

Formed 1948

The club was formed in 1948 as 'Juventus' by Italian migrants from an amalgamation of several smaller clubs. The club was not a foundation member of the NSL in 1977. In 1980 the club changed its name from Juventus to Brunswick United Juventus. When the NSL created the conference system in 1984, Brunswick finally joined the national league ranks, and after reaching the finals in their debut season, followed it up with their greatest achievement, the 1985 NSL title. An eighth place finish in 1987 was followed by a 13th place finish in 1988 and relegation to the state leagues. Rejoining the NSL for the 1993/94 season as Brunswick Pumas and in 1994/95 changing their name again to the Melbourne Zebras, the club struggled for two seasons before in 1996 entering into the merger which would become the Bulleen Zebras. 

  

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Background

Formed 1948.

The club was formed in 1948 as 'Juventus' by Italian migrants from an amalgamation of several smaller clubs. Brunswick Juventus became the dominant side of Victorian football in the 1950s, winning six titles, including five consecutive titles from 1952-1956. In the 1960s while the club remained more than competitive, the rise of other migrant clubs saw this dominance ended, and they would have to wait until 1970 to add to their collection.

The club largely struggled in the league during the 1970s after their 1970 championship, though there were also four Dockerty Cup wins during this time. The club was not a foundation member of the NSL in 1977. In 1980 the club changed its name from Juventus to Brunswick United Juventus. When the NSL created the conference system in 1984, Brunswick finally joined the national league ranks, and after reaching the finals in their debut season, followed it up with their greatest achievement, the 1985 NSL title, defeating Heidelberg, South Melbourne and Preston in the southern conference playoffs before eventually defeating Sydney City over two legs in the Grand Final.

1986 saw Brunswick finish first on the southern conference table, but consecutive losses to Adelaide City and Footscray JUST in the finals ended their season, and the last in which they were to be a force at national league level. An eighth place finish in 1987 was followed by a 13th place finish in 1988 and relegation to the state leagues where decent performances saw them win their eighth Victorian title in 1991. Rejoining the NSL for the 1993/94 season as Brunswick Pumas and later Melbourne Zebras, the club struggled for two seasons before in 1996 entering into the merger which would become the Bulleen Zebras. In 2007 Bulleen Zebras merged with Whittlesea Stallions Junior Soccer Club to become Whittlesea Zebras FC, playing in the Victorian Pemier League.

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