Associazione Poli-sportiva Italo Australiana (or APIA) was established in 1954 by members of the Italian-Australian community in Sydney's Inner-West. After several years in the Canterbury District competition, the club joined the New South Wales Federation's state league.
In the 1960s, APIA became one of the foremost soccer clubs in Australia and won NSW premierships in 1964, 1966, 1967 and 1975, which was the highest level of achievement in the absence of a national competition at the time. A number of outstanding players contributed to the club's on-field success, the likes of Joe Marston, Stan Ackerley, Johnny Watkiss, George Keith, John Giacometti and Phil Bottalico to name but a few.
Between 1966 and 1974, APIA also won the NSW State Cup three times, then named after its sponsor, Ampol. The 1974 final was considered one of the most incredible in the history of the club, when captain Jimmy Rooney and centre-forward Peter Ollerton scored five goals in a 9-1 thrashing of Auburn at Wentworth Park. Rooney and Ollerton were also in the team that represented Australia a few months later in its first FIFA World Cup.
In 1979, APIA was given access to the National Soccer League, the top tier of Australian soccer, which began two years earlier. Legendary Australian captain, Peter Wilson, joined the club until his retirement in 1982. In 1987, APIA won the national championship, six points ahead of Melbourne's Preston Makedonia - there were only two points awarded per win in those days. The winning coach was none other than Rale Rasic. The main squad consisted of Tony Pezzano in goal, Charlie Yankos, Arno Bertogna, Mark Brown, Jean-Paul de Marigny, Peter Tredinnick, Peter Katholos, Edward Lorens, Hilton Phillips, Gary Ward, Rod Brown and Tony Parison.
In 1988, APIA won the NSL Cup. By 1992, the club was overwhelmed by financial difficulties. The club was somewhat restructured and played in the lower leagues under the name, the Tigers.
Lambert Park in Leichhardt is APIA's traditional ground. It was opened in 1954 and has, over the years, been used for most of the club's home games.
This design will suit anyone who appreciates the immense contribution Italian-Australians have made to the game, particularly in Sydney.
Associazione Poli-sportiva Italo Australiana T-shirt
- Unisex, regular fit
- Crew neck
- Mid-weight, 180 GSM
- 100% combed cotton
- Neck ribbing, side seamed, shoulder to shoulder tape, double needle hems, preshrunk to minimise shrinkage
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