Floriana FC Club History

CLUB FOUNDATION – 1894

The first Floriana football team which runs the earliest record of football was formed on the 25th February 1894. Floriana F.C played their first friendly match against St. George’s F.C in 1894 at the “Foss tal-Blue”, near Portes Des Bombes, Floriana. In this modest way, the first big rivalry in the history of Maltese football was born. This pique was sustained for many years. Since then and until quite recently, matches between Floriana F.C and St. George’s F.C have always captured the imagination of all the Maltese football followers. The rivalry reached its climax during the first years of organised football in Malta between 1908-1920.

OUR COLOURS – 1905

During the start of the 1904-05 season, Floriana F.C played three times against the Irish Fusiliers who at that time were stationed in Floriana. The Fusiliers won two of the matches with the other match ending in draw. Towards the end of the season, the regiment was transferred to India and to commemorate this occasion, the two teams decided to stage another match to commemorate this event.

The match was played at the Floriana Parade Ground and ended in a 2-1 win for the home team. After the match the soldiers took off their green and white striped shirts and presented them to the Maltese players. From that day, Floriana F.C discarded their original red & green squared shirts with black shorts and adopted the colours of the Irish team. The following season, when Floriana F.C wore their new colours for the first time, they were quickly given the nickname of “Tal-Irish” by their opponents.

THE FIRST LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP – 1910

Even though the Malta football Association was formed in 1900, the first league competition for clubs was organised in 1910. The match that decided the championship was played on the 24th of April 1910. The game that decided the championship winner was played between Floriana F.C and Sliema Wanderers F.C. Floriana F.C won the match by a goal scored by Salvu Samuel. This match brought to an end the first ever Maltese League competition, with Floriana FC being crowned as the first champions of Malta and was awarded the Daily Malta Chronicle Cup.

FOUR CONSECUTIVE LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS – 1949/50, 1950/51, 1951/52 & 1952/53

Floriana F.C still detains the record of four consecutive championships won between 1949/50, 1950/51, 1951/52 and 1952/53. During the season 1949/50, Floriana F.C secured the Triple Crown by winning the championship, FA Trophy and Cassar Cup. Following this season, Floriana F.C celebrated another championship success in the 1950/51 season with a 1-0 victory against Hamrun Spartans F.C, confirming that the Greens were the most consistent team throughout the championship. During the 1951/52 season, the 3rd championship in a row was obtained with a 3-0 victory over St. George’s F.C with one game still to play for. In the 1952/53 season, the record was set and is existing until this day as Floriana F.C won the fourth consecutive League Championship. In the final match of the season against Valletta F.C, Floriana F.C conceded an early goal in the first half. However, things were different in the second half as Floriana F.C began to dictate matters and scored twice to secure the historic victory.

SIX HONORS IN ONE SEASON – 1952/53

During the 1952–53 season, Floriana F.C was the first Maltese club to conquer six honours in one season. These include the League Championship, FA Trophy, Cassar Charity Cup, Infantile Paralyses Cup, Schembri Shield and Poppy Day Fund Cup. The league championship was won against arch rivals Valletta F.C and the FA Trophy was obtained against the old firm rivals of Sliema Wanderers F.C with a solitary goal scored during extra time by Pullu Demanuele.

FIRST INTERNATIONAL APPEARANCE – 1961

13th September 1961, marked the first international appearance for Floriana F.C in a UEFA competition, against Újpesti Dózsa of Hungary. The European Cup Winners’ Cup game was played at the Empire Stadium in Gzira, in front of an astonishing attendance of more than 11 thousand supporters. This was a great Floriana F.C side which marked history with its achievements. In fact during the same season the greens, managed to secure the championship without dropping a single point with 14 victories out of 14 matches, placing Tony Cauchi as top scorer of the championship. 

37 CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITHOUT A LOSS – 1976/7

Floriana F.C wrote history between February 1976 and May 1977, when they managed to secure 37 consecutive games without conceding a single loss throughout their campaign in the championship league, Testaferrata Cup, FA Trophy, Sons of Malta Cup and the independence cup. Floriana F.C still detain this record and no other local team has managed to keep such a positive run within all the competitions played during the season. During the same period, Floriana F.C maintained an unbeaten record over their historic rivals Sliema Wanderers and Valletta F.C, with the latter, not managing to win an encounter in the previous five years.

RETURNING TO GLORY

Following a long drought since the 1992/93 season, Floriana F.C conquered the Maltese Premier League Championship last season ending a 27 year wait for the highest prize in Maltese football. Floriana F.C won the 26th League Championship in the club’s prestigious history in an unusual way. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, the Maltese Premier League ended after 20 Match Days from a total of 26. However, due to the fact that Floriana F.C led the league table for all the 20 Match Days, had a 3 point advantage over the closest rivals Valletta F.C and had played more than 75% of the total number of league matches, Floriana F.C were assigned the Premier League title on the 25th of May 2020 after an MFA Council Vote which saw a total of 62.7% of votes in favour of Floriana F.C thus assigning the title on sporting merit. This caused unprecedented celebrations from all the Floriana F.C supporters and from the Floriana community culminating in an extraordinary massive League title celebration on “Champions Day” on the 4th of July 2020 in Floriana’s main streets. A special way to end such a much awaited League Championship.