Canberra Cosmos FC
is a defunct Australian association football
club based in Canberra
in the ACT
. It participated in the National Soccer League
from the 1995/96 season until the end of the 2000/01 season, after which it folded, primarily due to financial difficulties. Throughout their tenure in the NSL, the club failed to attract supporters and had limited on-field success.
A new club
The Cosmos were founded in 1995 as a new franchise for entry into the 1995/96 NSL season. The club arose as a ‘community model’ consortium with shares held by ACT Soccer Federation
and a number of local clubs, with some support from the ACT Government.
Canberra finished respectably in their first season for a new club. In finishing ninth, they performed better than much more experienced teams Wollongong
, Newcastle Breakers
and Gippsland Falcons
. Much of the credit could be given to experienced Socceroo captain Paul Wade
. But 1995-96 also saw the revelation of talented Canberra-based youngsters Michael Musitano
and Alex Castro
, who were accordingly snapped up by other clubs in the 1996 off-season.
Canberra's second season was much more forgettable however. In finishing last, the club ended the season 16 points behind second-last placed team. Despite a dreary end to the season, a positive action would revive the club in 1997 as computing company Novell
came on board with a stunningly large sponsorship deal. This allowed the Cosmos... Read More