|Full name||Footscray Jugoslav United Soccer Team|
as Jugoslav United Soccer Team
as Melbourne City J.U.S.T
(Under new ownership as Melbourne City)
|Ground||Schintler Reserve, Footscray|
Footscray J.U.S.T (Jugoslav United Soccer Team), commonly referred to as JUST, was an association football club from Melbourne, Australia. The club was established by Yugoslav migrants in 1950 and was a founding member of the National Soccer League.
The football team JUST was founded through the initiative of Melbourne hotelier and vice president of Brighton Soccer Club Ivan Kuketz (Serbo-Croatian: Kukec).
Kuketz was impressed by post-war migrant footballers from Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia who had recently joined Brighton. Kuketz, himself an immigrant of Croatian decent had migrated to Australia in the 1930s envisioned a team comprised solely of players from the respective nation's of the new club members. With the assistance of Jovan "John" Ivanović, Kuketz took the new arrivals from Brighton and began scouting players from migrant camps throughout Victoria and New South Wales, with a great many gathered from the Bonegilla facility. In March 1950 the Jugoslav United Soccer Team was officially established with Kuketz as the first president, whilst the club quickly became know by its acronym JUST.
National Soccer League (1977-1989)
In 1977 JUST became a foundation member of the National Soccer League, where they largely struggled, with the exception of 1986, where they lost to Adelaide City in the Southern Conference grand final. In that year Footscray recruited legendary Red Star Belgrade player and trainer Dragoslav Šekularac who also brought with him Vlada Stošić which immediately lifted the club from the bottom to the top of the league.
However poor performances returned and in their final season as members of the NSL in 1989, after the club changed their name to Melbourne City JUST to broaden their appeal and with Schintler Reserve having undergone significant renovations, the club were demoted to the Victoria State League along with fellow Melbourne club Heidelberg United FC after finishing second bottom, recording only five league wins.
Their last NSL match took place on 10 July 1989, when 1,830 turned up to Schintler Reserve to witness a 1–1 draw with Sydney Olympic.
The club performed dismally the following season, and were relegated in the 1990 Victorian State League Division 1 after finishing in 15 place. The club was subsequently taken over by the Argentine community which signalled the end of their historic Yugoslav connections and effectively the end of the original Footscray JUST.
The club carried on as Melbourne City playing at Schintler Reserve, however it was vacated in 1994 and is now a container storage facility, with the clubrooms converted into offices. Today the club compete in the Victorian State League 3 North-West still as Melbourne City  (no connection to the A League franchise of that name ) playing at Edwards Reserve in Spotswood.
Crest and colours
Supporters and rivalries
|1977||26||9||6||11||36||39||24||8th of 14|
|1978||26||7||8||11||29||37||22||12th of 14|
|1979||26||8||3||15||29||43||20||11th of 14|
|1980||26||7||9||10||32||41||23||9th of 14|
|1981||30||9||7||14||32||48||25||13th of 16|
|1982||30||5||14||11||34||46||24||14th of 16|
|1983||30||9||9||12||25||42||36||12th of 16|
|1984||28||10||5||13||29||33||25||8th of 12 (Sth)|
|1985||22||5||2||15||25||41||12||12th of 12 (Sth)|
|1986||22||10||8||4||29||27||28||2nd of 12 (Sth)|
|1987||24||7||8||9||17||27||22||11th of 13|
|1988||26||7||9||10||34||32||23||10th of 14|
|1989||26||5||8||13||24||37||18||13th of 14|
(Pld)=Games Played, (W)=Wins, (D)=Draws, (L)=Losses, (GF)=Goals For, (GA)=Goals Against, (Pts)=Points, (Sth)=Southern Conference
- Victorian State League (VPL) Champions 1957, 1963, 1969, 1971, 1973
- Victorian League 3 Division South Champions 1950
- National Soccer League South Finalists 1986
- Dockerty Cup Winners 1951, 1963, 1976,
- Victorian Ampol Night Soccer Cup Winners 1955, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1965, 1975
Bill Fleming Medal
- 1956 – Pepe Cubero
- 1964 – Frank Micic
- 1967 – Frank Micic
- 1973 – Frank Micic
Victorian Premier League Top Goalscorer Award
- 1971 – Dan Zoraja
NSL U21 Player of the Year
- 1986 – Ernie Tapai
NSL Coach of the Year
- 1986 – Dragoslav Šekularac
- Jim Milisavljevic
- Branko Buljevic
- Doug Utjesenovic
- Peter Ollerton
- Jamie Paton
- Vlada Stosic
- Oscar Crino
- Gary van Egmond
- Warren Spink
- Ernie Tapai
- Frank Micic
- Josip Picioane
- Ilija Dimovski (1989)
- http://sesasport.com/?p=363. Missing or empty
- https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/22825570. Missing or empty
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- "Australian Soccer". www.ozfootball.net. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
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- "Victorian State League Table - 1990". www.ozfootball.net. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
- "Victorian State League Division One - 1991 Season Table". www.ozfootball.net. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
- "Melbourne City Club Page". www.ozfootball.net. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
- Schetzer, Alana (15 June 2014). "Legal fight over ‘Melbourne City’ name will be lost: expert". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 December 2018.