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Founded 1920

Marsa Football Club

Marsa Football Club is a professional football club in Malta it was founded in the 1920 as Marsa United and it currently plays in the BOV Second Division.


Last Season Marsa FC earned the promotion they were waiting for, getting a promotion before the last game winning against Ghaxaq 3-0.

The Birth Of Marsa Football Club 
(1919-1927)

THE MARSA GROUNDS WERE THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE GAME IN MALTA. BEING AT THE HEART OF THE GRAND HARBOUR, THE BRITSH FORCES INTRODUCED FOOTBALL IN MALTA, HERE, ON THE PARADES GROUNDS IN MARSA.FOR ABOUT 50 YEARS, THE PEOPLE OF MARSA, WERE JUST SPECTATORS, BUT IN 1919 A TEAM WAS FORMED AT THE LOCALITY.

ON APRIL 1919, BEFORE THE DATE OF FOUNDATION, MARSA UNITED PLAYED A FRIENDLY MATCH AGAINST H.M.S.CLEMANTIS, WHICH ENDED IN A 1-1 DRAW.THE CLUB WAS FOUNDED ON THE 4TH OF JANUARY 1920, UNDER THE NAME OF MARSA UNITED. THE FIST CLUB PRESIDENT WAS MARQUIS BARBARO, THE SECRETARY JOSEPH GOGGI, GEJTU SALIBA TREASURER AND HENRY AZZOPARDI AS TEAM MANAGER. THESE WERE THE PIONEERS OF FOOTBALL IN MARSA.

AT FIRST THE TEAM’S PREMISES WERE AT TIMBER WHARF, MOVED TO ZAKKRU’S BAR, IN CROSS ROAD AND BEEN IN THE PRESENT PREMISES, IN BALBI STR, SINCE THE 1940’S, JUST AFTER THE WAR.

THE MARSA UTD DEBUT IN AN OFFICIAL MATCH CAME ON JANUARY 1920, IN THE CIVILIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE. FLORIANA AND COSPICUA DID’NT JOIN IN BECAUSE THEY BOYCOTTED THE LEAGUE DUE TO A DISPUTE OVER THE GATE MONEY. MARSA UTD, TOGETHER WITH VALLETTA UTD, COTTONERA FC, AND PAOLA UTD, JOINED SLIEMA WANDERERS AND HAMRUN SPARTANS IN THE CIVILIAN LEAGUE.

THE FIRST COMPETITIVE MATCH WAS PLAYED AT THE MILE END, AGAINST PAOLA UTD, WHICH FINISHED 4-0 IN FAVOUR OF MARSA. THAT SEASON, THE SCARLET RUNNERS, OUR ADOPTED NICKNAME AT THAT TIME,FINISHED JUST BEFORE PAOLA, AT THE BOTTOM OF THE TABLE WITH ONLY 3 PTS. ON THHE OTHER HAND, MARSA REACHED THE SEMI FINAL OF THE COUSIS SHIELD, AND HAD TO FACE THE CHAMPIONS, SLIEMA. A CURIOS FACT THAT HAPPENED DURING THAT SEMI FINAL WAS THAT MARSA WERE LEADING 3-0 AT HALF TIME. DURING THE REST PERIOD HOWEVER, SOME DELIRIOUS FANS, FOOLISHLY TOOK WHISKEY IN THE DRESSING ROOM, AND STARTED PREMATURELY CELEBRATING THEIR VICTORY OVER THE CHAMPIONS. WHEN THE SECOND HALF COMMENCED, SOME OF THE MARSA PLAYERS, WERE SO DRUNK, THAT THEY COULD HARDLY STAND ON THEIR FEET, AND THE GAME FINISHED 4-3 TO THE WANDERERS!!!!!

IN THE SEASON 1923/24 MARSA UTD WON THE LEAGUE’S SECTION B, THE FIRST SPORTING HONOUR IN MARSA. AFTER THAT THE TEAM DWINDLED, UNTIL IN 1926/27 WHEN MARSA COMPETED AS MARSA DRAGONS AND WON THE AMATURES CUP. AGAIN, AFTER THIS SUCCESS, INSTEAD OF MOVING FORWARD, THE TEAM HAD A QUITE PERIOD.

1940-1956

IN THE 1940’S, MR S SCIBERRAS, INTRODUCED THE MARSA YOUNGSTERS WHICH PLAYED IN THE MFA 2ND DIVISION. UNFORTUNATELY THIS TEAM ENDED IN THE 3RD DIVISION IN 1947/48. THE NEXT YEAR MARSA FC, THE CURRENT NAME, MADE IT’S BEBUT IN DIV 3, WERE THEY WON THE SECTION IN 1949/50....

THE 50’S WERE EXCITING TIMES FOR MARSA FC. IN THE SEASON 1950/51, MARSA WON THE 3RD DIV KO, DIV 3 SECTION AND THE MINORS SECTION. 1951/52 MARSA WON THE PROMOTION TO DIV 2 BY ENDING CHAMPIONS OF DIV 3. IN 1954/55 MARSA REACHED THE FINAL OF THE 2NDDIV KO. NEXT YEAR, 1955/56 MARSA FC WON THE 2ND DIV CHAMPIONSHIP AND CUP AND WERE PROMOTED TO DIV 1..UNFOTUNATELY  WE  WERE RELEGATED THE NEXT SEASON, ONLY TO REPEAT  THE FEAT OF TWO YEARS BEFORE,BY WINNING THE 2ND DIV AND THE CUP. IT WAS BECOMING A HABIT, EITHER THE DOUBLE OR NOTHING!

The Birth Of Something New
(1960-1976)

HE 60’S STARTED QUITELY, PLAYING MOST OF THE DECADE IN DIV 2 .MARSA MANAGED TO WIN THE 2ND DIV KO IN 1962/63, BUT HAD TO WAIT TILL 1969/70 TO GAIN PROMOTION TO DIV 1, AND WHAT A SEASON IT WAS! IN 1970, THE CLUB WAS C0MMEMORATING IT’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY, SO THE COMITTEE MADE AN EXTRA EFFORT TO CELEBRATE IN STYLE. LED BY MR.LUCIAN GATT, THE COMITTEE  APPOINTED JOHNNY CALLEJA AS COACH,MANAGED TO AQUIRE THE SERVICES OF SOME OF THE BEST PLAYERS ON THE ISLAND,NAMELY FREDDIE ACCARINO, JOE `FAQI` FARRUGIA AND BERTU COLLINGS AND INTRODUCED YOUNG PLAYERS,LIKE ALFRED FERRIGGI AND LELI MARMARA. TOGETHER WITH ESTABLISHED PLAYERS LIKE CAPTAIN JOE CASSAR,REGIE `GINGER` PORTELLI  WISTIN MALLIA AND PARNIS, MARSA FC  HAD A VERY COMPETITIVE TEAM. THIS SEASON FINISHED BY WINNING THE 2ND DIV TITLE AND THE KO.

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1970/71 IS STILL THE BEST SEASON FOR MARSA FC. AFTER WINNING THE SONS OF MALTA CUP, MARSA DEBUTED IN THE 1ST DIVISION WITH A 3-0 WIN AGAINST VALLETTA, FOLLOWED BY A 2-0 WIN AGAINST FLORIANA. WE WERE LEADING THE TABLE PRACTICALLY ALL SEASON, SO IT WAS NO SURPRISE THAT MARSA WERE INVITED TO PLAY ZELJEZNICAR OF YUGOSLAVIA, 0-1,DURING THE CHRRISTMAS TOURNEE OF 1970. THIS WAS THE SECOND TIME OUR TEAM PLAYED AGAINST FOREIGN OPPOSITION, THE 1ST TIME BEING BACK IN 1958, WHEN WE PLAYED S.V. FURTH OF GERMANY,0-4, DURING A SIMILAR TOURNEE.

BY THE END OF THE SEASON MARSA FC FINISHED JOINT LEADERS OF DIV 1 WITH SLIEMA WANDERERS. A DECIDER WAS NEEDED TO DETERMINE THE CHAMPIONS. UNFORTUNATELY FOR US, WE LOST THIS GAME 3-0, WATCHED BY MORE THAN 11000 SPECTATORS, ONE OF THE HIGHEST ATTENDANCES FOR A LEAGUE GAME IN MALTA.

[[PASTING TABLES IS NOT SUPPORTED]] BY FINISHING 2ND, MARSA FC WAS TO REPRESENT MALTA IN THE EUFA CUP. THE DRAW SAW US PAIRED WITH ITALIAN GIANTS JUVENTUS. THE ENTHUSIASM WAS INCREDIBLE. WHO WOULD HAVE IMMAGINED TINY MARSA TAKING ON ONE OF THE BEST TEAMS IN EUROPE? THE RESULTS SHOWED THE DIFFERENCE IN CLASS, BEATEN 6-0 IN MALTA AND 5-0 IN TURIN, BUT IT WAS A MASSIVE EXPERIENCE FOR OUR CLUB.

IN FEBUARY 1972, MARSA INVITED WOLVERHAMPTEN WANDERERS OF ENGLAND FOR A FRIENDLY. TILL 10 MINUTES FROM TIME, THE SCORE WAS LOCKED AT 1-1, BUT THE PROFESSIONALS FROM ENGLAND STEPPED UP A GEAR IN THE FINAL MINUTES AND WON THE GAME 5-1.

THE 70’S WERE THE BEST DECADE FOR MARSA FC. WE WERE ONLY RELEGATED ONCE, IN THE 75/76 SEASON, BUT GOT PROMOTED THE NEXT SEASON.

1980-2000

THE 80’S STARTED ON A BAD NOTE, WHEN WE GOT RELEGATED AT THE END OF THE 1981/82 SEASON. GOT PROMOTED AGAIN IN  83/84 AND LASTED ONLY 1 SEASON IN WHAT WAS NOW CALLED THE PREMIERSHIP. DURING THIS SEASON, 1984/85, WE MANAGED ONLY 1 POINT, A 1-1 DRAW AGAINST THE CHAMPIONS RABAT AJAX. THIS WAS THE FINAL YEAR OF THE BEST PLAYER MARSA EVER PRODUCED, RAY `MUNDU` VELLA. RAY WAS GIVEN HIS DEBUT BY COACH TWANNY ROCCO, BACK IN 1975, WHEN ONLY 15 YEARS OF AGE. AFTER 10 YEARS OF SERVICE TO OUR CLUB, HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO OUR BITTER RIVALS HAMRUN SPARTANS FOR LM8000, A RECORD FEE AT THE TIME. HE WENT ON TO WIN EVERY HONOUR THE LOCAL FOOTBALL HAD TO OFFER, INCLUDING MFA PLAYER OF THE YEAR. 1984 SAW MARSA FC REACH THE SEMI FINAL OF THE FA TROPHY FOR THE 1ST TIME IN OUR HISTORY. THIS CAMPAIGN WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR OUR 1ST ROUND MATCH AGAINST VALLETTA.THE CITIZIENS HAD BEEN CROWNED CHAMPIONS ON SUNDAY AND WE PLAYED THEM ON WEDNESDAY, ELIMINATING THEM ON PENALTIES. IN THE NEXT ROUND, MARSA BEATED MELITA 2-1, THEN IN THE SEMI FINAL, WE GOT ELIMINATED BY A LAST MINUTE GOAL BY ZURRIEQ.

A DARK PERIOD FOLLOWED, AS MARSA WERE RELEGATED, FIRST TO DIV 1, THEN TO DIV 2, WERE WE SPENT THE REST OF THE 80’S AND THE START OF THE 90’S.

1991/92, THE COMITTEE,PRESIDED BY EX TEAM CAPTAIN FREDDIE FERRIGI, APPOINTED JOE MICALLEF AS TEAM COACH, AQUIRED THE SERVICES OF THE EX BULGARIAN INTERNATIONAL KRASSIMIR MANOLOV, EX MALTA INTERNATIONAL MARIO FARRUGIA AND OLIVER CUTAJAR FROM ZURRIEQ AND PRMOTED A HATFUL OF YOUNGSTERS FROM THE MINORS. A STRONG AND BALANCED TEAM WAS CREATED AND IN THEIR PRE SEASON MOSTA TOURNAMENT, THEY SHOWED THAT THIS YEAR, THE TEAM WAS PREPARED TO CHALLENGE FOR PROMOTION. MARSA WON THIS TOURNAMENT PLUS THE CHALLENGE CUP AGAINST THE ORGANIZERS MOSTA.

MARSA FC WON SECTION A, THE 2ND DIV CHAMPIONSHIP, BEATING WINNERS OF SEC B GUDJA AND THE 2ND & 3RD DIV KO, 4-2 AFTER EXTRA TIME AGAINST VITTORIOSA STARS. THIS GAME WAS PLAYED IN TA QALI, PRIOR THE FA TROPHY FINAL. A MEMORABLE SEASON THAT SAW MARSA UNBEATEN THROUGHOUT THE SEASON IN ALL COMPETITIONS.

SEASON 1992/93 STARTED WELL, WITH MARSA AND ZURRIEQ IN THE TOP 2 PLACES FOR MUCH OF THE SEASON. UNFORTUNATELY WE WERE CAUGHT UP BY IMQABBA IN THE LAST STAGES OF THE CAMPAIGN AND HAD TO PLAY A PROMOTION DECIDER AGAINST THEM, WHICH WE LOST 2-1 AFTER EXTRA TIME.

MARSA SPENT THE REST OF THE 90’S IN THE 1ST DIV. WE NEVER REALLY CHALLENGED FOR PROMOTION IN THESE YEARS, BUT MANAGED TO WIN THE 1ST DIV KO IN 94/95, BEATING NAXXAR LIONS 4-2 IN THE FINAL.

1993 SAW THE BIRTH OF MARSA FC YOUTH NURSERY, A PROJECT LED BY CLUB SECRETARY ERNEST AGIUS, THAT SAW THE CLUB BENFIT FROM A NUMBER OF GOOD PLAYERS THAT SERVED AND ARE STILL SERVING THE PARENT CLUB.

THE NEW COMITTEE OF 1998/99, LED BY PRESIDENT JOE GAUCHI, SETTLED THE DEBTS THAT ACCUMULATED DURING THOSE PAST FEW YEARS AND ENGAGED SOME NEW PLAYERS TO CHALLENGE FOR PROMOTION. ALTHOUGH WE MISSED IT DURING THIS SEASON, THE FOUNDATIONS WERE LAYED FOR A STRONG CAMPAIGN THE NEXT SEASON. 1999/00 WAS ANOTHER SEASON TO REMEMBER STRENGTHENED BY SOME ESTABLISHED PLAYERS, LIKE THE SANT-FORNIER BROTHERS, RIDA DARDURI, DENNIS CAUCHI AND OTHERS, MARSA HAD A VERY STRONG TEAM, YET, AGAIN, WE HAD TO WAIT TILL THE LAST GAME OF THE SEASON TO GAIN PROMOTION. MARSA, QORMI AND LIJA WERE ALL WITH A CHANCE FOR PROMOTION, SO IN OUR LAST GAME, VS QORMI, MARSA NEEDED A POINT TO CLINCH THE 1ST DIV TITLE, WHICH WE MANAGED TO GAIN BY FINISHING 0-0. GREAT CELEBRATIONS FOLLOWED THROUGHOUT THE EVENING IN THE BARS AND STREETS OF MARSA.

The Rise And Fall Of The 2000's
(2000-2012)

IN OUR FIRST SEASON BACK WITH THE ELITE, SEASON 2000/01 WAS A GOOD ONE FOR MARSA FC. AFTER THE FIRST TWO ROUNDS, BEFORE THE LEAGUE WAS DIVIDED INTO CHAMPIONSHIP AND RELEGATION POOLS, MARSA AND FLORIANA, SHARED THE 5TH PLACE ON EQUAL POINTS. A DECIDER WAS PLAYED WHICH UNFORTUNATLY WE LOST ON PENALTIES, AFTER FINISHING 0-0. STILL WE STARTED THE RELEGATION POOL CAMPAIGN ON TOP AND SECURED SURVIVAL WITH TWO GAMES TO SPARE. TWO GAMES THAT STOOD OUT DURING THIS SEASON, WERE THE 3-2 WIN AGAINST HAMRUN SPARTANS AND THE 3-3 AGAINST VALLETTA, AFTER BEING 3-0 DOWN.

OUR SECOND SEASON IN THE PREMIERSHIP, 2001/02 STARTED BADLY, LOOSING THE FIRST 3 GAMES, BUT MANAGED TO BEAT HAMRUN IN THE NEXT MATCH. AGAIN WE HAD TO PLAY IN THE RELEGATION POOL. THIS TIME LUCK WAS NOT ON OUR SIDE AND GOT RELEGATED AFTER LOSING OUR FINAL GAME OF THE SEASON....... AGAINST HAMRUN. DURING THIS SEASON THE PRECIDENCY MOVED FROM JOE GAUCHI TO ROBERT MICALLEF.

3 YEARS IN THE 1ST DIV FOLLOWED, UNTIL THE SEASON 2004/05, WHEN MARSA FC, LED BY MICHEAL MOLZAN WON PROMOTION ONCE AGAIN, THIS TIME BY FINISHING RUNNERS UP IN THE LEAGUE. BUT FINANCIALY, THE CLUB WASN’T IN A GOOD STATE. DISPUTES AMONG COMITTEE MEMBERS, LED TO THE RESIGNATION OF A NUMBER OF MEMBERS. THESE FACTORS REFLECTED ON THE TEAM, AND GOT RELEGATED AFTER JUST 1 SEASON.

THE NEXT 3 YEARS SAW THE WORST DECLINE IN THE HISTORY OF OUR CLUB. RELEGATED FROM PREMIER TO 1ST IN 05/06, FROM 1ST TO 2ND IN 06/07 AND FROM 2ND TO 3RD IN 07/08. FINANCIAL PROBLEMS RIDDLED OUR CLUB. A PROHIBITION AGAINST THE CLUB MEANT THAT MARSA COULD’NT REGISTERS ANY NEW PLAYERS, AND ALL PAYMENTS RECIEVED, WENT DIRECTLY TO THE MFA. TWO COURT CASES JEOPARDISED THE CLUB EXSISTANCE. THANKS TO PRESIDENT TWANNY MERCIECA, THE CLUB OVERCAME THESE MASSIVE PROBLEMS.

IN 2011/12, THE CLUB SETTLED IT’S LAST DEBTS. CLUB PLAYERS AGREED TO PLAY FOR FREE. UNFORTUNATELY WE FINISHED IN THE LOWEST POSITION EVER IN OUR HISTORY, 2ND FROM BOTTOM IN THE 3RD DIV.

HOPE FOR A NEW BEGINING
2012-

Coach : Malcolm Tirchett

2012/2013 Squad

Ass. Coach : Mari Cilia

THE 2012/13 COMITTEE, PRESIDENT BY TWANNY MERCIECA, ENGAGED MALCOLM TIRCHETT AS PLAYER/COACH. AFTER A BUSY SUMMER OF RECRUITMENTS, THE TEAM LOOKED PREPARED FOR A SERIOUS CHALLENGE FOR PROMOTION AS IT LOOKED TO BE A BUMBPY RIDE BUT IN THE END THEY MANAGED TO CLINCH IT,


IN THE 2013/14 SEASON MARSA FC...........