Footscray J.U.S.T., the Jugoslav United Soccer Team, was founded in Melbourne in March 1950 by Ivan Kuketz, a local hotelier and vice-president of the Brighton club, where a number of recently-arrived Yugoslav players were playing. Kuketz had come to Australia from Europe in the 1930s and was of Croatian background. He was assisted by John Ivanovic.
Harold Holt, then Minister for Immigration in the Menzies government, helped Kuketz to recruit players from Bonegilla and other migrant centres in Victoria, Canberra and New South Wales.
J.U.S.T. had a swift climb to the top level in Victorian football, winning promotion to the Victorian First Division by 1952. The club's record was stunning. It won the State League in 1963, 1969, 1971 and 1973, the Dockerty Cup in 1951, 1963 and 1976, the Ampol Cup in 1955, 1956, 1957, 1960 and 1966 (1965 according to the Victorian Soccer Federation), the Australian Ampol Cup in 1960 and the State League Cup in 1973, 1974 and 1975 (or 1974,1975 and 1976 according to the VSF Yearbook 2000). It also won the reserves competition, the Armstrong Cup in 1968.
Over the years J.U.S.T. had many top-class players including Frank Micic, Billy Rice, Jim Milisavljevic, Cec Dickson, Tommy Stankovic, Ivan Pikl, Branko Buljevic, Slobodan Zoraja and Mendo Ristovski, while coach Pepe Dugina helped develop Socceroo stars including Oscar Crino and Alan Davidson.
The club also welcomed Rale Rasic to Australia in 1962 from which he forged an illustrious career in the game, most notably as the coach of the Socceroos at the 1974 FIFA World Cup.
Footscray J.U.S.T. T-shirt
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