Gold Coast Knights Soccer Club was originally formed in 1978 by a group of Croatian migrants under the name of St Anthony’s Soccer Club. Over the years, the club has established itself as one of the most historic clubs on the Gold Coast. In 1978, Mladen Marinac became the club’s first ever coach when he guided the U14’s in its inaugural season. Following on from its inaugral season a senior team was formed and entered the local Men’s 2nd division competition.
The growth of the Croatian migrant population on the Gold Coast coincided with the growth of the club. In 1981, under the leadership of Željko Bambić, a men’s first division side was entered and offered the opportunity for the club to expand with its first headquarters being established in Carrara where a small clubhouse was built and two full-sized pitches were laid. In 1984, the club was hugely successful winning the premiership and presidents cup under the guidance of Charlie Runje.
In the 90’s the Football Federation requested that “Croatia” be removed from “Gold Coast Croatia Soccer Club”. After a year known as GCCSC, the club settled for Carrara Cro’s Soccer Club in 1993. However, in 1999 followed by a meeting with National Soccer League side Melbourne Knights FC, with whom a sister-club relationship was formed. Gold Coast Knights Soccer Club was established.
In 2014, Gold Coast Knights experienced their first relegation in its history from the Gold Coast Premier league. In 2015, playing in Division 1 the club narrowly avoided consecutive relegations, finishing two points above relegated Nerang. In 2015, Adrian Puljich became chairman of the club and immediately restructured the club’s coaching staff and appointed Argentian Manager Oscar Langone to take the helm for the 2016 season and rebranded the club.
The 2016 season was a huge success with the club winning the BLK pre-season cup and taking out the double. Meanwhile, earning the right to promotion to the Gold Coast Premier League for the 2017 season. Following the season, the club parted with Oscar Langone and appointed Alex Morrison as Head Coach for the 2017 season in the Gold Coast Premier League.
The 2017 season proved to be memorable with the club winning the premier league title for the first time in 9 years with its first season in the top flight of Gold Coast Football. In the same year, it was announced that Gold Coast Knights would join the National Premier League Queensland Competition.
In 2018, the club has made a name for itself in the FFA cup in Australia reaching the round of 32, narrowly losing to 2017/18 A-league runners-up Newcastle Jets 1-0 at Cbus Stadium. This proved to spearhead a successful season within their own league taking out the championship with two rounds to spare remaining unbeaten throughout the entire regular season’s fixtures.
Mladen Marinac ( 1978- 1980)
Željko Bambić (1981- 1983)
Charlie Runje (1984- ?)
Adrian Puljich (2015-present)
Oscar Langone (2016-2017)
Alex Morrison ( 2017-2018)
Grae Piddick (2018-Present)