History

HISTORY OF THE CLUB

The game of football in Malta originated from the influence of the British in Malta way back in the end of the 18th Century.  At the moment the islands were occupied by the British forces (Army, Navy and Air Force) in the centre of the Mediterranean. The British had their Barracks spread around Malta, mainly in the harbour area (the old three Cities of Cospicua, Senglea and Vittoriosa, Mtarfa, Sliema, St.Andrew’s, Floriana and Valletta). Each Barracks had a parade ground which was used by the British forces for parades, training for soldiers, and for sport activities like Cricket, Hockey, Rugby and Football.

The Floriana residents used to observe what the British forces where up to and when the solders where on leave, they used to meet up and share ideologies and customs. Football was the most favorite sport for the Floriana residents, although there were some who enjoyed Cricket and Hockey as well. At the end of the 18th century, a group of Floriana youths formed a football team who represented the Floriana District and started challenging other teams, especially those of Cospicua, to football matches. In fact, one of the most documented matches of the earlier days was between St George’s team of Cospicua and Floriana team in 1894, with the former winning 1-0.

Proof of this match can be found at St George’s FC premises where a team photograph dated to this year is present with one of the players holding a script acknowledging that they were the first team to beat Floriana (We are the first winners to Floriana).Floriana FC adopted this year 1894 as its foundation.

Between 1894 and 1905, Floriana used green and red shirts with square patterns, along with black shorts and green and red socks. Since 1905, the official colors of Floriana have been emerald green and white. The home shirt is vertically striped green and white, with white shorts and green and white horizontally striped socks. These colors were adopted from the Royal Irish Fusiliers, a British Army regiment stationed at the British Army barracks in Floriana. After three friendly games between Floriana and the stationed British army regiment in1905 both teams swapped shirts and Floriana FC kept this shirt as their official shirt. During their stay in Malta, the Royal Irish Fusiliers managed to obtain sympathy from the Floriana residents, leading to the Floriana football team to inherit the Ta l-Irish nickname. A full white kit with green collars, a full emerald green kit and a full canary kit where also used along the years as second choice away kits.

THE CLUB'S MOTTO

The Club Motto is Ex Ludis Virtus’, which is Latin for ‘From sports power’. The club mascot is the Lion.  Combined together, the Motto and the Lion form the Club badge representing Strength, Ability, Character and Integrity.

SUCCESSES TROUGH THE YEARS

Through the years Floriana Football Club achieved outstanding success. The most notable is the winning of six honors in one season, 1952-53, by winning the Local League, the FA Trophy, the Cassar Charity Challenge Cup, the Infantile Paralysis Cup, the Poppy Day Fund Cup and the Schembri Shield. Other notable achievements include the winning of the Local League for FOUR consecutive seasons (1949-50, 1950-51, 1951-52, and 1952-53) and winning the Local League with maximum points in the season 1961-62, by winning all the league games. Another outstanding achievement was a run of 37 consecutive competitive matches without a defeat during the period from 15th February 1976 to 22nd February 1977, in which the Club won 7 Honors.

On a negative note, the Club was relegated for the first time in season 1984-85, but regained its position in the top flight by wining promotion the following season 1985-86 as 1st Division Champions.

Floriana Football Club was the first club in Malta to obtain the 25th Local League Championship in season 1992-93. Unfortunately this was the last Local League won. The Club acquired silverware again in the local Cup-Tie competition by winning the FA Trophy in season 2010-11, beating rivals Valletta 1-0.

Since its foundation in the year 1894, one can say that Floriana Football Club is one of the most successful football clubs on the island. Along the years Floriana Football Club achieved 105 Local Honors, including winning the Maltese Local League for 25 times and the annual Local Cup-tie competition for 26 times.

INTERNATIONAL APPEARANCES

On an international level, Floriana Football Club represented Malta on 25 different occasions in various European Competitions. This includes the UEFA Champions Cup, Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, UEFA Cup Winners Cup, UEFA Cup and the UEFA Intertoto Cup. Floriana FC was also the first local football club to represent Malta on an international level. This was in 1962 against Upjest Dozsa FC of Hungary in the UEFA Cup Winners trophy. Since then Floriana FC had various memorable Europeans opponents, namely Ipswich Town FC of England, Inter of Italy, Ferencvarosi TC of Hungary, Sparta Rotterdam of Holland, Panathinaikos FC of Greece, Dundee United FC of Scotland, FC Porto of Portugal, Borussia Dortmund of Germany and others. On two separate occasions Floriana FC obtained qualification for the next round, namely against FK Ekranas of Lithuania in the UEFA Champions Cup 1993-94 and against Aberystwyth Town FC of Wales in the UEFA Intertoto Cup 1999-2000.

THE ROOTS OF THE CLUB

The club’s youth sector is represented by the Floriana Football Club Nursery which was introduced in 1989 and has about 250 youths registered. Significant results have been achieved by promoting young players to the senior squad, making it a very important sector for the club. This helps in creating a future team for the Floriana FC senior squad, encouraging continuity and development for the club.