In 2011, Northcote finished sixth in the league, missing the finals by one point. That did not stop the Seniors from adding important silverware to the cabinet, as the team lifted the Mirabella Cup, defeating Melbourne Knights 2-0 at AAMI Park.
2013 marks the high watermark of Club success, as Northcote City won its first Victorian Premier League Championship, defeating Bentleigh Greens 3-2 after extra time at AAMI Park. The Club also won the Victorian State Championship at Under 21 and Under 18 levels.
The progression of Northcote City in recent years has met with interest from A-League clubs in our players, with Jason Trifiro, Glen Trifiro, Rashid Mahazi and Paulo Retre all having played for the Senior Team before moving to their respective clubs.
Several of the Club’s young players have also spent time training with the Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City youth teams.
At junior level, the transformation of the club saw a modest number of 90 players grow to 450 across all age groups in 2013. The addition of Girl’s Teams and a 7-A-Side Disability Team has enriched the Club’s membership base and helped us achieve a deeper connection to the local community.
The future of the Club is mapped by a strong board commitment to the promotion of young players into the Senior Team, with the pathway being managed by our Football Department.
In 2014, the Club accepted a position in the new National Premier League, where it will look to defend its State crown.
After three years retaining a spot in the Victorian top tier, Northcote would finish second last, resulting in the club being relegated to NPL2 in 2017.
Just after the completion of the 2016 season, Lozanovski stepped down from his position.
In preparation of its first season outside of the top-flight since 2009, Northcote announced Zeljko Kuzman as its new manager for the 2017 season. City achieved promotion back to the NPL after just one season out with one round to play with a 1-0 win over Moreland City FC. At a junior level, our U18 boys were able to dominate the league, finishing first, and 13 points clear of second. Our U13 Boys would also finish runners up.
After the 2017 season, Kuzman departed the club to take up a role with Dandenong City SC. Northcote reacted by signing former Port Melbourne SC coach Eric Vassiliadis. The club looks to build a successful future, in both the seniors and junior teams.