ABOUT OUR CLUB
The Moonee Valley Knights have a rich and time-honoured tradition in football.
Established as the Pharos in 1986 by the local Egyptian community the Knights have grown into a multicultural hub for young and old who share a deeply held passion for the game of football.
With a long-running tradition as a community-based club, the Knights have also been known as the Moonee Valley Kings and St. George Knights before becoming the Moonee Valley Knights as they are known today.
Based on the banks of the Maribyrnong River at Fairbairn Park, the Knights have played in a variety of competitions since their inception two decades ago, having played in the local churches league, VicSoccer and Football Federation Victoria competitions.
Operating in Moonee Valley, one of Victorian soccer's most vibrant hubs, the Knights have developed a strong reputation for producing tough senior teams as well as providing juniors a fun and inclusive place to develop their footballing talents.
In the club's early years, the Knights proved a fertile hub of youth development, with locals developing their skills along the Maribyrnong before moving on to play senior football with some of Victoria's football powerhouses.
In the old Victorian Churches Soccer Association, the Knights would go onto build a successful youth team which would win the league in 2004 before backing that triumph up with Division Two success in 2005 and a remarkable Division 1 Cup victory in 2006.
In 2007, the club entered the VicSoccer competition, at a time when the club consisted of two senior teams and forged a number of formidable teams, even when the going got tough as player numbers dropped.
The senior and reserves team were filled with long-time members of the club, many of whom returned to the club having left after learning their trade as junior players at the club. Numbers may have been low, but there was an underlying passion and dream that the Knights could aspire to be something bigger.
With only two teams on the books, a group of members sat down and began to plot the Knights' rise.
The mission was simple. Return to the club's proud roots of junior soccer and marry that with a senior set-up which would allow the club to give its talented juniors something to aspire to.
The decision to bring back junior teams to the club in 2012 was perhaps the most significant in the Knights history. In fact, some say the club would not be around today if that fateful decision had not been made.
The return of juniors to the club helped to bring more and more families back to the club, both old and new, saw the club return to Football Federation Victoria and kicked off what has arguably become the golden chapter in the Knights' history books.
The Knights boasted two junior teams in their first season, essentially doubling the club's membership and has gone from strength to strength since.
The senior team remained in VicSoccer competition up until the end of the 2016 season in which the Knights came extremely close to taking out the Division 1 championship, before stepping up into Football Federation Victoria's State League 5 competition.
In their first season in State League 5, the Knights proved more than competitive, earning a hard-fought eighth-place finish, while the club's junior arm fielded a remarkable 13 junior teams – including two girls' teams - filled by over 130 players.
With council-backed development of new dressing rooms at the club's marvellous Fairbairn Park home, the strides taken by the Knights in the last five years are merely the beginning.
The club is well placed to build on their recent successes in 2018 both on and off the field for seniors and juniors.
The appointment of Anthony Sacco – a renowned coach on the local football scene following his stand-out work with Keilor Park - as senior coach is a massive sign of intent from the club, which will hope to challenge for promotion in 2018.