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South Melbourne Hellas
The club were founded in 1959 as South Melbourne Hellas, playing with a badge inspired by the flag of Greece. They became founder members of the National Soccer League in 1977.
South Melbourne Lakers
A rebrand to South Melbourne Lakers was undertaken in 1996 on the orders of Soccer Australia, who wanted less ethnically-loaded club names and emblems.
South Melbourne FC
By 1999, the club name had changed to the simpler South Melbourne FC. After the NSL folded in 2004, with no application to join the A-League lodged, South Melbourne joined the Victorian Premier League in 2005.