St George-Budapest Football Club

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1957 was a tumultuous year for football in Australia. Following disputes with the NSW Soccer Football Association around perceived discrimination against largely ‘migrant’ clubs, a number of Sydney based football clubs broke away and formed the NSW Federation of Soccer Clubs. Among these teams was the former Mortdale-based Europa club, that re-formed and re-named itself the Budapest Soccer Club.

During the 1960s, the club added St George to their name, and went on to win their first Grand Final in 1967.

The St George-Budapest Football Club and its players were part of a number of history-making events in Australian Football.

In 1971, St George-Budapest was the first Australian team to tour Asia, in the Far East Tour, culminating in a 0-0 draw against the Japanese national team that had won the bronze medal at the 1968 Mexico Olympics. [1]

When Australia qualified for its first men’s Football World cup in 1974, eight of the national team were St George-Budapest players, including Harry Williams who was the first Indigenous player to represent NSW and Australia. [2]

The St George Budapest Football Club was renamed St George FC with the team now known colloquially known as the Saints continuing to play semi-professionally as part of the National Premier League 2 NSW. [3]

[1] Andrew Dettre, The first 15 years of St. George-Budapest (1957-1972), p. 17.
[2] Elizabeth Butel, Hurstville Oval. A history of sport and community, Hurstville 2002, p. 220
[3] ‘History’, St George Football,

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