Football in Subiaco dates back to 1909 when the club establised its base at a small playing area within the environs of the Shenton Park Lake.
Established a little over 50 years, after a group of Benedictine monks, whose founder came from Subiaco, Italy, settled in the area in 1851, Subiaco AFC clearly has at its roots a broad mix of some of the world’s best footballing philosophies.
From the early Italian immigrants, Subiaco can claim to have at its roots the great Italian football philosophies of playing attacking football with both style, flair and creativity. In the early 1900s, an influx of industrial working class immigrants from cities such as Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle during the Kalgoorlie gold rush years brought with it the great British footballing traditions of passion, spirit and hard graft that was to influence Subiaco’s style of play for a number of years. During the post war years, the influence of the dynamic attacking and tactically advanced footballers from Southern and Eastern Europe allowed Subiaco to adopt a more technically superior style of play which in recent years has further been strengthened with the flair and freedom of expression that many new and young players are seeing in South America and Asia.
Throughout its history and years of hard fought success, Subiaco has however remained an integral part of Western Australia’s football history and in the 2009 season we were proud to celebrate our Centenary Year.
Playing as Subiaco City for over 80 years (and also playing as Shenton Park Rangers), the club has enjoyed periodic success. Whilst Subiaco City juniors have played continually at Rosalie Park, senior members of the club moved to Balcatta and changed their name to Subiaco Stirling in 1989 and after another move to Balga, the senior arm formed Balga West Coast in 1992 before folding in 1993. Subiaco United formed as an amateur senior club in 1984.
It is therefore most fitting that in 2009, our Centenary Year, Subiaco’s junior and senior clubs – Subiaco City and Subiaco United, commenced the process of merging the two clubs to create Subiaco AFC, one of the largest football clubs in the Perth metropolitan area and in Western Australia.
With a clear goal of becoming the most successful football club in Western Australia over the next 10 years, Subiaco has at its core a focus on building it’s junior development program to be the pride of Western Australia’s football community. With approximately 600 children playing in over 40 teams, the club is investing heavily in its junior ranks and has recruited some of the best coaches in the state.
Subiaco AFC is a great club to be involved with. We welcome senior and junior players, men, women, boys and girls from all backgrounds, abilities and ages, we’re building links at a grass-roots level across our community and we have players that aren’t just falling in love with The World Game, but are playing The Beautiful Game.