Heidelberg United FC

Heidelberg United FC

Heidelberg United FC

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Heidelberg United Football Club (commonly referred to as Alexander, Warriors, or Bergers) is a football club based in the northern Melbourne suburb of Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia. The club is supported largely by members of Melbourne's Greek community, particularly those of Macedonian Greek heritage.

The team currently competes in the Victorian Premier League.

History

Foundation

The Heidelberg United Alexander Football Club was founded in 1958 by Greek immigrants from Florina, Macedonia. The colours chosen – yellow and black – were similar to those of the Greek club Megas Alexandros. The more common name for the club, "Alexandros" or Megas Alexandros (), was given in honour of the famous Macedonian king Alexander the Great.

Three years earlier (1955) the founding members of “Alexander The Great” dissociated themselves from the petty politics and the unbalanced ideological strife which characterised the Northcote Florinian Social Club in the late 1940s and early 1950s. They decided to form their own social club, the Clifton Hill Social Club. It was at that time when families, mainly immigrants wives and their unmarried children, began to arrive in Australia in great numbers.In May 1955 the founding members, George Baniscas, Nicholas Themelkos, Tryphon Rakovalis, Tryphon Avramopoulos, Chris Samartzis and Peter Economidis commenced their meetings at the residence of Tryphon Rakovalis in Fairfield. Their successful gathering attracted mostly...
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