Get to know: Blacktown City

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We take a look back at the history of Blacktown City ahead of the club's Quarter Final clash against the club on 20 September.

Blacktown City FC was formed in 1953 as Toongabbie Soccer Club and quickly progressed through the lower divisions of the NSW leagues by winning successive champions. 

By 1978, Toongabbie had managed to progress to the top division.

Following Blacktown's recognition as a city in 1979, Toongabbie formally changed their name to Blacktown City and that same year participated in the NSL for the very first time.

The club's first National League match saw them defeat St George 4-2 with English legend Bobby Charlton scoring the opener. 

Bobby Charlton

The next three NSL seasons for Blacktown saw their best finish in fifth.

Since returning back to the NSW State League in 1990, Blacktown City have become a force to be reckoned with. 

Blacktown have been crowned the PlayStation 4 NPL Champions of Australia in 2015, the NSW Top Division Champions eight times, NSW Top Division Premiers eight times, NSW Waratah Cup Winners four times and NSW Club Champions 12 times. 

The club has also been part of every single Westfield FFA Cup series. Reaching the Round of 32 twice and the Quarter Finals twice. 

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Blacktown City are led by Mark Crittenden, a former long-time player at Greystanes FC and first-grade cricketer.

Crittenden was appointed as head coach in 2011 after numerous assistant coaching roles and has now coached over 200 games for the club.

Blacktown have a very strong squad with a mix of youngsters and players with past Hyundai A-League experience including sensation Danny Choi. 

The match against the Wanderers in the Quarter Finals is set to be a massive clash for Western Sydney with the Red & Black even coming face-to-face with former players Joey Gibbs and Shayne D'Cunha. 

Blacktown City vs Western Sydney Wanderers
Wednesday 20 September, 7:30pm
Lilys Football Stadium