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Any help with any and all of the events that happened during this year would be most appreciated.

2004 was the most difficult year of all for South Melbourne Hellas.

Following the end of the National Soccer League, along with Melbourne Knights South Melbourne unsuccessfully applied to participate in the 2004 Victorian Premier League season.

In this year the club also came close to folding, having had a financial administrator appointed, and losing all of its players.

Attempt to re-join the Victorian Premier League Edit

Administration Edit

China tour Edit

In amid the turmoil of the club's near demise, in April and May 2004 South Melbourne toured China with a makeshift team[1]. Few details are known about this tour, though the schedule (at one point) was as follows according to a report in Goal Weekly.

Date Opposition Result
April 28th Beijing XI N/A
May 2nd Shanghai Select N/A
May 5th Canton XI N/A

The tour was originally meant to take place in September 2001, but was cancelled due to the September 11th terrorist attacks in the United States.[2] An attempt to go the following year was also unsuccesful, due to the SARS outbreak.[3] Despite being in deep financial trouble, and having lost many of its players due to them not being paid, the club was contractually obligated to participate in the tour. Due to several South Melbourne players leaving, the club sought the services of several non-South Melbourne players, such as Alex Tobin and Brad Moloney, to make up the numbers.

Among the South players to participate in the tour were Marcus Stergiopoulos, Levant Osman, Scott Tunbridge, Carl Recchia, Simon Storey and Massimo Murdocca, with 2003/04 coach Stuart Munro remaining on board for the tour. The South Melbourne players were 'augmented by ring-ins such as Brad Maloney, former Socceroo skipper Alex Tobin, goalkeeper Liam Reddy, defenders Damon Collina and Craig Deans, and winger Robbie Middleby'.[4] Essentially, the touring side was South Melbourne in name only.

Dockerty Cup Edit

OzFootball claims that South Melbourne was meant to play in the Dockerty Cup, entering at the fifth round, but the match was awarded as a walkover to Bulleen Zebras[5][6].

Round Opposition Result
5th Bulleen Zebras Walkover awarded to Bulleen[7]

References Edit

  1. http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/04/09/1081326925939.html?from=storyrhs
  2. http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/article/2001/09/13/south-delays-china-tour
  3. http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/04/09/1081326925939.html?from=storyrhs
  4. http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/04/17/1082140111761.html
  5. http://www.ozfootball.net/ark/States/VIC/2004CJCup.html
  6. http://www.greengully.com/312.html
  7. http://www.ozfootball.net/ark/States/VIC/2004CJCup.html