Melbourne Victory’s recent success is claiming the Premiers Plate, their third in total since the advent of the A-League, brings back memories of when St George were national champions.
In the early days of the National Soccer League, the champion club was the one which finished first on the league ladder and on the occasions when a finals series may have taken place, and this didn’t occur every season, the Grand Final winner played second fiddle to the league champion.
In the years that the Saints competed in the NSL, from 1977 to 1991, the club won the championship only the once, in 1983, although they did win two Grand Finals and were a regular contender in finals series.
The 1983 title was won on the final day, with St George winning the championship after defeating Brisbane City 4-0 at St George Stadium. They finished one point ahead of Sydney City on the final table.
Coached by Frank Arok, the St George line up on that championship winning day was:
Terry Greedy, David Skeen, David Ratcliffe, Mike O’Shea, Robert O’Shea, John O’Shea, Peter Stone, Mark Barton, Robbie Slater, Paul Wilkinson, Dez Marton.
The scorers for the Saints were Paul Wilkinson with two goals, Dez Marton with one and an own goal.