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South Melbourne Hellas South Melbourne Lakers logo South Melbourne FC logo
1959-1996 1996-1999 1999-present


South Melbourne Hellas

1959-1996

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

1996-1999

South Melbourne Lakers logo

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

1999-present

South Melbourne FC logo

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.

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