St George Saints

Formed 19??

The club was formed as Budapest shortly after the 2nd World War by Hungarian migrants. They changed their name to St George-Budapest before shortening it to St George they became one of the Founder members of the National Soccer League.

St George competed in the NSL for  seasons until being relegated at the end of the 1990-91 season. They then went back to playing in the NSW state leagues.

  

Kit History

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St George Budapest 1965

St George 1977

 
  

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Background

Formed 19??

The club was formed shortly after the end of World War II by Hungarian migrants and was originally known as Budapest. In the 1960s it became one of the first ethnic clubs in NSW to search for a district to call home and it chose the St George district. It later became known as St George-Budapest before shortening its name to St George some years later. In 1972 the club was invited to an international club tournament in Tokyo, Japan. It won and to this day it remains the highest ever international achievement by an Australian club side.

Such was the dominance of St George in those days that up to 10 players on the national team would be St George players. In 1974 the team set a record for the most players from any one club side on a World Cup team when 5 of their players were on the Australian side that started against East Germany in the World Cup that year in West Germany, including the vice-captain of the side, the late Australian footballing legend Johnny Warren. Another notable player (albeit at a lower level), was football commentator Les Murray.

In 1975 the meeting determined to establish the Australian National Soccer League took place at Soccer House with representatives from all founding clubs. The competition started in 1977 and St George won the competition in 1983. They played in the league until the 1990/91 season. Since then they have played in state competitions. In 2005 the side was controversially axed from the new look New South Wales Premier League and took legal action against the decision along with the Bonnyrigg White Eagles, but were unsuccessful.

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