Bankstown City were crowned Champions of the NPL2 Women’s, defeating Sydney Olympic in the Grand Final and earning promotion to NPL1. The Women’s Football program remains the destination for all aspiring female footballers from Bankstown and beyond.
A milestone year for the Club, with the introduction of Women’s Teams for the first time in the Club’s history. The Women’s teams were competitive from the start and secured promotion from the third tier Women’s State League to the National Premier League 2 in 2015.
Bankstown City Lions secured a their 2nd Waratah Cup, defeating Sydney Olympic in the Final
The season saw the First Grade men finish in second position on the ladder. In the finals, Bankstown City were defeated by Blacktown City in the grand final (3-1). The Youth Boy’s finished in 3rd spot of the club championship, their highest achievement since coming into the competition.
In 2005 local junior and former Socceroo and current player Sasho Petrovski re-joined Bankstown City Lions after playing in the NSL. The First Grade Men started the season strongly, and finished the season in first place. Bankstown City Lions were for the second time in a decade back-to-back Champions, defeating Bonnyrigg White Eagles 3–1 in the Grand Final in front of 8000 fans.
In 2004, Bankstown City Lions finished in the top four earning participation in the finals series. They went on to win the NSWPL Grand Final against Belconnen in front of 7500 fans at Marconi Stadium – bring back the Championship to Bankstown for the first time in 10 years.
In 2001, Bankstown City won the NSW Winter Super League and were promoted to the NSW Premier League. The Club upgraded to their home ground, Jensen Park, which saw the installation of TV Standard lighting and covered seating.
The season was the most successful in the Club’s history. The team lost only 1 game in the regular season, winning 16 games in total – scoring 52 goals and conceding 9 – the Club went on to win the grand final and finished as back-to-back (1993 & 1994) Champions.
The silverware did not stop there – Sydney Macedonia went on to play Sydney Olympic in the 1994 Waratah Cup Final at Marconi Stadium. The Waratah cup is renown as being the most prestigious Football NSW knockout competition.
Sydney Macedonia defeated Sydney Olympic, 2–1 at a sold out Marconi Stadium. The club had ensured the treble: Premiers, Grand Final Winners (Back to Back Champions), Waratah Cup Winners. This still is the most successful accomplishment for any Football Clun in the Bnakstown Area. After the 1994 season, the club became known by its current name: Bankstown City Lions FC.
In 1992, Sydney Macedonia played its first game in the top tier of NSW Football. In 1993, the Club finished 2nd, and went on to win the grand final, scoring a goal in the final minute against perennial rival Blacktown City. The Club we crowned Premiers in 1993. This was the first ever time that Bankstown had a team that it could call Champions of the NSW State League.
In 1989, the Club was Champion of Division 2, losing only 3 games all season, and was promoted to New South Wales Division 1, finishing 6th in that year.
Keen to expand and further compete in the bigger leagues, the Club purchased the licence to participate in the New South Wales Division 2. The Club had strong support from the local Bankstown and wider Macedonian community in Sydney, and named itself “Sydney Macedonia”. Bankstown once again had a team in the NSW State League that was strong and competitive. In their first year of the competition Sydney Macedonia finished 3rd.
Yagoona Macedonia Football Club was created by Macedonian immigrants looking to compete in the local league. Yagoona Macedonia competed in their first domestic season. From here, the hard work of players, coaches, volunteers and their families helped build the ever-growing Macedonian-Australian Sydney-based club.