GUDJA UNITED

CLUB HISTORY


Foundation:

The Gudja United Football Club was officially founded way back in 1945 by a young group of football enthusiasts. The initial club colours were black and white, which were later replaced by red which represents the local emblem. As time rolled by it was decided to change once again and go from the colours of the local emblem to the blue and white colours which represent the colours of the patron saint of Gudja, Santa Maria.

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


The Club:

Like any other Club, ours had also its ups ands downs but let's take a small review of our glorious moments.

Along our journey, the Club possessed various good squads, but the breakthrough came in 1974 when the club was promoted to the 2nd Division (now known as the 1st Division) for the very first time in our club's history. The club also remembers this particular era as the premises in Gudja square were inaugurated. These premises are still held by the Club to this day.

Other memorable eras for the club were the 1983 season, when the club was again promoted to 1st Division (This time the new format with the Premier League being the highest division), and 1992 again promoted to 1st Division.

At the end of season 2004-2005 Gudja United F.C. won the 3rd Division Championship. This was the first time ever that the Club was promoted as the Winner of the Championship. But what is considered to be the Golden era, is the period between seasons 2010-2011 & 2011-2012 as the Club obtained back to back promotions from 3rd Division to 2nd and from 2nd Division to 1st in just two years. This was followed by four consecutive seasons in the 1st 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 2nd Division to 1st Division. But what made it more special was the fact that it was the first time the Club was promoted to 1st Division as Championship winners.

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.


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 & 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:

One cannot forget to mention the exceptional players the Club brought up during these eras.
The likes of Michael Farrugia , J. J. Dalli , Maurice Muscat , Joe Ellul , & Raymond Dalli in more past eras of our Club's history, whilst more recently Emerson Vella , Peter Paul Sammut & Glenn Zammit who used to or still play in the Maltese 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.


Most Capped Players:

The Club also hails the most capped players, Andrew Farrugia , Michael Baldacchino , Elton Bugeja , Matthew Xerxen & Chris Grech.
Matthew Xerxen & Elton Bugeja are the only two still in action whilst Chris Grech has just retired after this year's successful season, in which he also reached the incredible milestone of playing more than 200 matches for Our beloved Club.

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.


Club Legend:

Undoubtedly the Best Player our Club has ever produced is Terence Vella who represented our country in both Under 21 and National A Teams. He is Currently signing a new contract with Maltese Premier League giants Floriana F.C. after already playing for Birkirkara F.C, Qormi F.C, Hamrun Spartans F.C, Naxxar Lions F.C. and Senglea Athletic F.C.
Terence is also a record man. He still holds to this day the record of 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.


The Present:

Freshly re-promoted to the Maltese First Division after two years, the Club has been working hard to restructure itself. From the Administration side, Mr. George Grech invited Dr. Duncan Borg Myatt to replace him as Club President, whilst he will keep on helping the Club as Vice President, the same position as the newly appointed Mr. Mark Nurton. Four new members also joined in; and the club now boasts the biggest committee group ever, a total of thirteen. More details can be found in the administration section of our website.

Facilities structure: Newly appointed Vice-president Mr. Mark Nurton helped the club with the refurbishing works of our facilities at the Clubhouse and the Club can now hold an adequate structure as a 1st Division club should possess.

Gudja United football ground and premises.

Gudja United Football ground and premises.


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