By: Bill Roumeliotis
Following James Johnson’s announcement of the creation of the B-League, Greek Herald sports writer Bill Roumeliotis spoke with Greek Melbourne President Nicholas Maikousis to enquire as to whether if South Melbourne FC would be taking part in the B-League.
“We are ready, not just for the B League but also for the A-League… South ‘Hellas’ Melbourne is a force and has a brilliant 60-year history and has a position on the high stairs of Australian football.. this I mention for the friends and followers of our team,” the president said.
“As for the “volunteers” who have just started hitting their backs, I say, war is on us, we have a 60 year history and we will be another 60 and I believe the next generations will continue.”
South Melbourne FC’s Facebook also announced their commitment to making sure the B League is brought into existence, working with AAFC director Nick Galatas.
“South Melbourne has been working with all stakeholders Football Victoria, the AAFC and Football Federation Australia & more recently PFA to see Australia return to a football structure that embraces and encourages aspirational football.
“We believe the NSD is critical to the development of Football. We are looking forward to continuing our involvement in the next phase of this journey, including the submission of South’s Expression of Interest, which will enable South to play regularly again on the national stage.”
South Melbourne FC was founded in 1959 as South Melbourne Hellas through the merger of Yarra Park, Hellenic and South Melbourne United. Remaining Australia’s most successful football club, Hellas Melbourne are a staple of Greek football for Australia and have continued to support the Melbourne Greek community throughout its existence.