It’s been an exciting few years for Bayswater City but few moments will compare with opening the FFA Cup 2019 Round of 32 live on Fox Sports.
The West Australia outfit have been in running in difference guises since 1961 but have only recently found consistent success on the field. In fact, they have packed out their trophy cabinet in the past five years.
They were crowned Premiers and Champions of NPL WA in 2014, 2015 and 2017, going through the 2015 season undefeated and reaching the NPL Finals Series Grand Final.
Their only previous FFA Cup Round of 32 appearance arrived in 2014 where they went down 2-0 at home against Melbourne Victory after goals from Kosta Barbarouses and Archie Thompson.
A win in this year’s competition opener against Olympic FC in Brisbane may well be the defining moment for coach Chris Coyne and his players.
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Competition: National Premier Leagues Western Australia
Home ground: Frank Drago Reserve, Bayswater WA
Honours: Night Series Champions 1972, 1987, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017.
State Cup Champions 2013, 2014. Minor Premiers 2012, 2014
NPL Inaugural Champions 2014. NPL Champions 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017.
Top 4 Cup Champions 1971, 2017.
FFA Cup Experience: Round of 32 (2014).
The Bayswater Sports Club formed in 1961 and named the team Bayswater United the following year. A 1981 merge between themselves, Lathlain Meazza and Rosemount Juventus, the newly formed Bayswater Inter competed in the state third division and rose through the leagues.
Another merge in 1995/96 with the Stirling Panthers saw them become the Bayswater City Panthers. They finally settled on Bayswater City in 2003 and the club enjoyed their most successful spell between 2012 and 2017.
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Leading scorer Daryl Nicol is a threat from set-pieces and bagged a hat-trick in a 4-1 win against state rivals Floreat Athena in NPL Round 13.
Nicol's fellow Scotsman Gordon Smith hit the winner and impressed in the 1-0 triumph against Rockingham City which secured a Round of 32 ticket for Bayswater, and earned them a spot in the Belt Up Cup Final, against Floreat Athena.
Round of 32 Match Details
Olympic FC v Bayswater City SC
Date: Wednesday, 24 July 2019
Venue: Perry Park, Brisbane
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEST, live on Fox Sports
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