were considered to be one of the future "powerhouse" football
clubs in Australia prior to the 2005/06 A-League season
, with Socceroos Kevin Muscat
and Archie Thompson
returning to Melbourne from successful club careers in Europe
. It was widely believed that they would be contenders for the A-League championship
. However, the team ended up finishing a disappointing seventh and missed out on the finals.
had a steady start to the season with a run of draws to sit mid-table after four matches. The side then embarked on a streak of four wins in a row, peaking with a 5-0 thrashing of eventual champions Sydney FC
. Soon after this result, the Victory fell into a poor run of form, earning only one point from a possible 15, and scoring only one goal in five consecutive matches, including four matches at home.
Melbourne then won away against bottom-of-the-table New Zealand Knights
on 26 November, and supporters hoped this would mean a return to form for the fledgling club. However, Melbourne then lost away to Sydney FC in the following match. After the mid-season break Melbourne drew and lost their first and second matches respectively. Facing Queensland Roar
in a do-or-die clash at Suncorp Stadium
on 15 January 2006, Melbourne kept their finals hopes alive by winning the match 1-0.
That ultimately proved to be a sad day for Melbourne, as their star striker Archie Thompson played his... Read More