Valletta F.C.

Valletta F.C. is a professional football club based in Valletta, the capital city of Malta, and competes in the Maltese Premier League, the top flight of Maltese football.[2] The club was founded in 1943 after a merge of Valletta Prestons, Valletta St. Paul’s and Valletta United, the latter being a two-time league winner before the Second World War.

Association football club in Malta
Football club
Valletta
Full name Valletta Football Club
Nickname(s) Lilywhites
Tal-Palestina
Citizens[1]
Founded 1943; 78 years ago (1943)
Chairman Victor Sciriha
Manager António José Cardoso Mendes
League Maltese Premier League
2020–21 Maltese Premier League, 7th
Website Club website

Considered one of the most supported and successful clubs in Maltese football,[3] the club has won 25 league titles, 14 FA Trophies and a record 13 Super Cups.

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There is no clear evidence on when Valletta F.C. started, hence the fact that Valletta possessed two clubs at that era. The foundation of Valletta F.C. was laid with the creation of the Valletta United team. Valletta United was known as the “team of the square” since the club was located in St. George’s Square. Valletta United represented the city from 1904 to 1932.

The city of Valletta in Malta has a long footballing history, between 1886 and 1919 at some point or another, around fourteen teams had competed representing the city. Amongst these early teams included the popular Boys Empire League, Valletta College, St. George’s Square, Dockyard Albion and Malta Athletic Club.

An early step in the history of the current club was the founding of Valletta United Football Club in 1903 by local youngsters. Despite their enthusiasm for the game which had been brought to the island by the British, the youngsters had a rough start with limited supplies. They cut their white trousers into long shorts and dyed their shirts into that of the club colours (brown, with yellow sleeves) for their uniforms.

The Ditch at Porte des Bombes, which itself had been the scene of the first ever recorded Maltese football match in 1886, was chosen to host Valletta United’s first match on 9 January 1904.[4] United faced off against a team from the Collegiate School and won 1–0 with a strike from a forward named L. Agius. The full Valletta United team that day included;[4]

 
  • M.H. Laferla (Captain)
  • P. Ferrante
  • E. Galea
 
  • E. Vella
  • L. Agius
  • L. Preziosi
 
  • C. Vella
  • V. Casolani
  • R. Vadala
 
  • V. Camilleri
  • L. Castaldi

The club soon found a more permanent home at St. George’s Square, just opposite the Grandmaster’s Palace in Valletta; they gained the nickname “the team of the square” because of this. Valletta first gained silverware during the 1914–15 season, when they won both the Cousis Shield and the Maltese League championship, it was only the fifth season the league had been competed in Malta.

Much of Maltese football was dominated by Floriana and Sliema Wanderers up until the Second World War, Valletta attempted to upset the status quo several times; they won the Cousis Shield for the second time in 1920–21 and finished as runners-up in the Maltese League during both 1925–26 and 1926–27. During their last season, Valletta United upset the two main clubs in Malta of the time, by winning the Maltese League in 1931–32, however they did not enter the following season.

Although Sliema and Floriana dominated the local scene in those times, by winning these trophies it was Valletta United that started to break into this monopoly and induce greater competition. Valletta United were very active in the Championship of the first division and in fact played 97 games.

During the period that Valletta United played within the Malta Football Association (i.e., from 1909 to 1932), Valletta United won the championship in 1931–32. However, for some reason in the following season, Valletta United disappeared from the football scene and thus the monopoly of Sliema and Floriana football clubs recommenced.

Valletta United was not the only team from the city that played in the highest Division of the M.F.A. In the 1925–26 and the 1926–27 seasons there were Valletta Rovers who played in the highest Division of the M.F.A., then in the season 1937–38 and 1938–39 there was Valletta City.

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