Club History

The Beginnings

The journey began way back in April 2017, with founder and former Socceroo Steve Horvat holding conversations with Wyndham City Council about bringing a professional football team to the West.

Just over a year later, in 2018, the official bid was placed by Western Melbourne Group. Six months after that the bid was successful and an A-League Men licence was awarded.

From there, the Club had less than a year to prepare for its first professional season, so work quickly got underway.

First signings made as the Green and Black takes to the pitch

Panagiotis Kone became Western United’s first player when he signed for the Club in February 2019, just two weeks before the name and colour announcement which officially turned the West Green and Black.

Josh Risdon became the Club’s first ever Australian signing and Mark Rudan was named as the inaugural head coach ahead of the first training session on July 15, 2019.

Alessandro Diamanti joined soon after and United played its first match on August 22 against Caroline Springs George Cross FC.

Diamanti would later be named the Club’s inaugural captain, and he led the side across the ditch for the first-ever A-League Men match in Western United’s history, where Besart Berisha secured the Club’s first win against Wellington Phoenix on October 13.

Western United’s inaugural captain, Alessandro Diamanti

Season 1

A week later, Western United played its first ever home match. GMHBA Stadium was the venue and Kone the scorer in a 1-1 draw against Perth Glory.

United would play in Geelong, Ballarat and Whitten Oval in Footscray, all contributing to a total of 5,000 members within just six months.

And while the Club’s first season would bring its difficulties with the COVID-19 pandemic and last-ditch attempts to enter New South Wales, Western United rose above to create some stunning memories.

Alessandro Diamanti leads the players out for the Club’s first home game

Hub life and finals dreams

Once the season resumed, United won four games in six to reach the finals in its first season, and picked up its first-ever win in the finals with a 1-0 triumph over Brisbane Roar.

Unfortunately, the journey stopped at the semi-final stage as United fell short of Melbourne City in the semi-final, but history was made just one season into the journey in the West.

Season 2

United entered season two with great optimism and had some phenomenal results early on, with a 5-4 win over Perth and a 4-1 win in the first meeting against Macarthur FC helping the Green and Black to a strong start.

Victor Sanchez created one of Western United’s best moments in February 2021, rising to score a last-minute winner in a thrilling 4-3 win over Melbourne Victory, and United would handle Melbourne City just over a month later in one of the best performances to date.

Victor Sanchez’s late winner sparks wild scenes

Tasmania becomes Green and Black

April 2021 saw the commencement of an exciting partnership with Tasmania, as Western United brought professional football over the Bass Strait and further deepened its fanbase with a Festival of Football.

A difficult end to the season saw United fall out of the finals places, but greater excitement was set to come ahead of season three.

United players celebrate in Launceston

Partnership with Calder United

In December 2020, Western United struck a partnership with Calder United in the NPLW, a partnership that has continued to flourish ever since.

Through shared resources and expertise to develop junior and high-performance programs, Calder United has become a crucial part of the Western United family and has continued its great success on the pitch.

The beginning of an important partnership with Calder United

Western United Academy begins

Western United’s academy set up launched in 2021, with the Club entering Victoria’s NPL3 for the first time with a Senior Under 23’s side and Under 21’s team.

In its first season of competitive matches, Western United was extremely successful on the pitch, sitting in third place on the table after 14 matches, just one point adrift of top spot when the season was abandoned due to COVID-19.

Season 3

John Aloisi was named the new Western United Head Coach heading into season three, and along with him came a number of new signings including international trio Leo Lacroix, Aleksandar Prijovic and Rene Krhin.

In the midst of the return of professional football, Western United celebrated some exciting milestones off the pitch while the Green and Black saw great improvement on it. 

John Aloisi

Stadium works begin and membership milestone reached

Early works on the Wyndham City Stadium precinct began in December; a landmark moment in the Club’s history as the vision for an elite sporting facility and surrounding suburb was beginning to come true.

Later that same month, Western United announced a brand-new membership record with over 8,000 members joining the journey in the West, covering off every single postcode in the West of Victoria.

An important milestone at Wyndham City Stadium

Record winning streak and FFA Cup debut on the pitch

In the early part of the 2021/22 season on the pitch, Aloisi guided the team to the Club’s best-ever run of form with a four-match winning streak – all 1-0 wins, and courtesy of two goals each from Dylan Wenzel-Halls and Connor Pain across the four games.

Western United also made its FFA Cup debut in the 2021/22 season, which has begun with great promise.