GUDJA UNITED

CLUB HISTORY


Foundation:

The Gudja United Football Club was officially founded in 1945 by a young group of football enthusiasts. However, the first ever official participation in the Maltese Leagues was recorded in season 1949-1950. The initial club colours were known to be black and white, but were later replaced by red which represented and still represents to date our town emblem. However, later in time, there was another change in the official home colors. This time the Club decided to adopt the blue and white colors which represent the colors of the patron saint of Gudja, The Lady of Saint Mary.

Gudja United Team 1945-1946

Gudja United Team 1945-1946

BACK ROW - Dr.G.Borg, C.Seguna, A.Caruana, P.Farrugia, J.Caruana, G.M.Muscat, A.Zahra.
SEATED - J.Grixti, C.Caruana, Em.Barbara, G.Cutajar, Clo.Dalli.

Gudja United team 1975

Gudja United Team 1975

Gudja United Team 1991-1992

Gudja United Team 1991-1992

BACK ROW - John Dalli (President), Joe Galea, Jeffrey Farrugia, Joe Cappello, John J.Dalli, Noel Micallef, Joe Bonello, Claude Scerri, Etienne Scerri, Michael Baldacchino, Hugh Caruana (Coach).
SEATED - Ray Dalli, Romeo Baldacchino, David Zammit, Simon Sammut, Mario Vick, Patrick Demanuele, Maurice Muscat


Club Honours:

Following almost three decades competing in the lowest Divisions Gudja United FC finally made the breakthrough in 1974 as the Club was promoted to the second Division (now known as the first Division) for the very first time in the club's history. The club also remembers this particular era as the premises in Gudja square were inaugurated. These premises are still held by Gudja United FC to date.

Other memorable eras for the club were the 1983 season in which the club was promoted once again to the first Division (This time the new format with the Premier League being the highest Division), and 1992 again promoted to first Division.

At the end of season 2004-2005 Gudja United FC won the third Division Championship. This was the first time ever the Club won promotion as a Division Champion.

In Seasons 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 Gudja United FC obtained back to back promotions from third Division to second and from second to first in just two years. This was followed by four consecutive seasons in the first Division, in which on two occasions the Club was on the verge of getting promotion to Premier Division but failed in the later stages.

During season 2017-2018 , the Club was promoted again from second Division to first Division. But what made it more special was the fact that it was the first time the Club was promoted to first Division as Championship winners.

2018-2019 will be the most remembered season in Gudja United's history as for the first time ever the Club was promoted to the Premier League, the Highest Division in Maltese football.

Gudja United promoted to Second division

Champions and Promotion to Second Division 2004-2005.

Promotion to First Division 2011-2012

Promotion to First Division 2011-2012.

Promotion to First Division 2017-2018

Champions and Promotion to First Division 2017-2018.

Gudja United promoted to the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Naxxar Lions.

Gudja United promoted to the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Naxxar Lions.

Season 2018 - 2019 Squad

Season 2018-2019 Squad and Coaches with Club President.

Last game of season 2018-2019 against Mqabba FC.

Last game of season 2018-2019 against Mqabba FC.


The Administration:

The club produced an exceptional Administrator in the late Mr. Joseph Sacco , later M.F.A Secretary, who organized the Club for so many years in an exceptional manner. Also remembered for their kind and hard work are the late Mr. Saviour Portelli , Mr. Francis Spiteri and Mr. Giuseppe Caruana who still follows the Club.

Brothers Giuseppe (left) & Carmelo Mintoff (right) together with Duncan Borg Myatt.

Brothers Giuseppe Caruana (left) & Carmelo Caruana (right) together with Dr. Duncan Borg Myatt.


Most Valuable Players:

This list hails those players that were brought up by Gudja United FC and went on to prove themselves in Malta's Highest Divisions.

The likes of Michael Farrugia, John John Dalli, Maurice Muscat, Joe Ellul, Raymond Dalli, and Andrew Farrugia in more past eras. Whilst in recent times Emerson Vella, Peter Paul Sammut, Glenn Zammit and Terence Vella all enjoyed some playing time in the Premier League.

Andrew Farrugia and Raymond Dalli

Andrew Farrugia and Raymond Dalli.

Elton Bugeja in action during Season 2017 - 2018

Glenn Zammit playing in Premier division with Sliema Wanderers.

Terence Vella had the honour to represent our country in both Under 21 and National A Teams. He is currently playing for Premier League giants Floriana FC. Vella is also a record holder. He still holds to this day the record for scoring the most amount of goals in one group stage of the U/21 European Qualifiers.

Terence Vella scoring for Malta

Terence Vella scoring for Malta.

Terence Vella practicing with the National squad.

Practicing with the Maltese National squad.

Terence Vella signs new contract with Floriana FC

Terence Vella signs new contract with Floriana FC.

Most Capped Players:

The Players that made most appearances for Gudja United FC are:

Matthew Xerxen 256 games, Andrew Farrugia 223 games, Chris Grech 209 games, Elton Bugeja 208 games, Louis Falzon 190 games, Maurice Muscat 190 games, Elvin Gauci 168 games, Noel Micallef 155 games, David Zammit 153 games, Jeffrey Farrugia 148 games, Michael Baldacchino 148 games.

Matthew Xerxen who will be turning 37 in June 2019 is the only player from the above who is still in activity and still wears the Gudja United badge.

*the above records are from season 1985-1986 to date.
One of Matthew Xerxen's brilliants saves.

One of Matthew Xerxen's brilliants saves.

Elton Bugeja in action during Season 2017 - 2018

Elton Bugeja in action during Season 2017 - 2018.

Chris Grech in action during Season 2017 - 2018.

Chris Grech in action during Season 2017 - 2018.

Scorers:

The Players that scored most goals for Gudja United FC are:
Trevor Thomas 41 goals
Peter-Paul Sammut 36 goals
Chris Grech 31 goals
Maurice Muscat 31 goals
Louis Falzon 29 goals
Elvin Gauci 26 goals
Jean-Pierre Abdilla 24 goals
Roderick Debattista 24 goals
Claude Scerri 22 goals

Peter Paul Sammut is the only player from the above who is still in activity and still wears the Gudja badge. Can he score 5 more goals and become Gudja United's Top Goalscorer ever? Time will tell.

*the above records are from season 1985-1986 to date.

The Present:

Gudja United FC is fresh from being promoted for the first time ever in the Maltese Premier League, the highest level of Maltese football. Coincidentally enough, Gudja United will participate in the Premier League during it's 70 year Anniversary since the Club's first ever participation in the Maltese League's.

The Administration is working restlessly to make sure to have a competitive team to test itself with Malta's greatest Clubs. Coach Mansueto and Assistant Coach Micallef have been reassured of their positions and have already commenced with their duties.

From the Administrative side, the Club is also restructuring it's own Administrative team to ensure that all areas of the Club are as most competent as possible.

Gudja United football ground and premises.

Gudja United Football ground and premises.


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