Parramatta Football Club based in South Granville has not always been known by its location. The western Sydney club was established by Maltese migrants in 1956 as the Melita Eagles. An amalgamation of two Maltese clubs, the Malta Eagles and Melita Soccer Club.
Their origins in the Maltese community stretch way back to the formation of the original New South Wales Federation of Soccer Clubs in 1957. Along with higher profile clubs like Sydney Football Club Prague, Hakoah and APIA-Leichhardt, Melita were part of the original breakaway movement, which was the death of the incumbent NSW Soccer Football Association in January 1957.
Starting off in the third division, Melita gained promotion to the second division in 1962, adopting the name, Melita Eagles-Newtown and playing their home games at Fraser Park in Sydenham. At the end of the 1966 season, Melita finished third and played-off for a spot in the first division with bottom club, Corinthians, winning the match 3-0.
Melita's maiden appearance in the first division came in 1967. The club was relegated by the end of 1970. A complete transformation occurred in 1977, when Melita finished top of the second division and were awarded promotion again.
In 1978, they finished outright third behind Sydney Croatia and Sutherland. In 1979, Melita finished fifth and by 1980 took out the minor premiership by six points. They did it again in 1983, earning them a crack at the National Soccer League. Sadly, the were once again relegated.
After minor premiership wins in 1986 and 1989, the Australian Soccer Federation deemed Melita ready for another stint in the NSL. Never one of the competition's glamour sides, Melita were a hardworking outfit - they finished fifth in 1990/1991 and sixth in 1992/1993.
In accordance with the governing body's move to de-ethnicise soccer, Melita were forced to change the name, settling on Parramatta Eagles. By the end of the 1994/1995, they were relegated once more.
Melita's national highlights include winning the NSL Cup in 1990/1991 and 1993/1994, and the NSL Challenge Cup in 1994. The club is now competing in the National Premier Leagues or NPL as it is known.
This design is a touch of nostalgia for Maltese-Australians and those who remember the Eagles' foray into the top flight.
Melita Eagles Est. 1956 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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