Melbourne Knights Ultimate Guide: NPL powerhouse out to stun the Cup holders

The title defence of two-time FFA Cup winners Adelaide United will be given a stern examination by NPL Victoria club Melbourne Knights.

While Adelaide are becoming specialists of the FFA Cup in the competition’s fledgling years, the Reds will be coming up against a true giant of the Australian game: four-time National Soccer League Premiers Melbourne.

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The Knights are participating on the Round of 32 stage for the third time in their history, and would love nothing more than stunning the holders in what is new Dutch coach Gertjan Verbeek’s first match in charge of Adelaide.

Roared on by an ever-loyal support at the club’s 15,000-capacity Knights Stadium, the former club of Caltex Socceroo legend Mark Viduka and decorated England midfielder Peter Beardsley will look to summon every inch of their proud 66-year existence to create another special night in Melbourne’s western suburbs.

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Founded: 1953

Competition: National Premier League, Victoria

Home ground: Knights Stadium, Sunshine North, Victoria

Honours: National Soccer League Champions 1994/95, 1995/96
National Soccer League Premiers 1990/91, 1991/92, 1993/94, 1994/95
National Soccer League Cup Winners 1994/1995
Victorian Champions 1968, 1978, 1979
Dockerty Cup Winners 1968, 1969, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1996, 2014

Melbourne Knights made their FFA Cup bow in 2014, going down 3-1 to Olympic FC
Melbourne Knights v Adelaide United

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The club was founded in 1953 as SC Croatia, and became a member of the Victorian Soccer Federation in 1954. Melbourne raced through the tiers of Victorian football and would become one the state's strongest clubs by the mid-1960s.

In 1984, Knights joined the National Soccer League and established a hugely successful dynasty in the 1990s, a period which saw the club make the NSL Grand Final five out of six seasons, winning the Championship in 1994/95 and 1995/96.

The club’s last piece of silverware was a Dockerty Cup Final win in 2014, a famous 1-0 win over South Springvale secured in extra time.

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Melbourne are currently ninth on the NPL Victoria ladder

Key Players

Ex-Wellington Phoenix striker Hamish Watson is a man for the big occasion, having recently notched a double against Bulleen Lions to land the Knights into the 2019 Dockerty Cup Final, and he tops the club's scorers charts in the league this season.

Meanwhile, Gian Albano – a former Perth Glory youth product - is an explosive forward adept at plying his trade in any position across the front line, and will be one for the Reds defence to marshal closely.

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Hamish Watson has scored nine goals for Knights in the 2019 league season

Round of 32 Match Details

Melbourne Knights v Adelaide United
Date: Wednesday, 7 August 2019
Venue: Knights Stadium
Kick-off: 7:30pm AEST
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FFA Cup Round of 32: Melbourne Knights v Adelaide United

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FFA Cup Round of 32: Melbourne Knights v Adelaide United