Around the middle of the year in 1986 a small group of former members of Cypriot Community’s Soccer Club, Central City, met at 15-17 Heffernan Lane. This group determined to create a strong Greek Cypriot based team in Melbourne.
There were two previous failed attempts, one in the mid 1950′s and secondly Central City from 1977 to 1983 which ran under the control of the Cyprus Community of Melbourne and Victoria from 1977 to 1980. The “Founders” at this initial meeting were Michael Christopher, Ray Georgiou, Andrew Nicolaou, Michael Iaonnou, Harry Theocharous, Phillip Philippou, Tony Antoniou and Harry Constantinou. After making a huge fund raising effort and gathering together 150 foundation members we were able to take over Greensborough and move it to Victory Park in the City of Moorabbin.
The name of the club was changed to Bentleigh Greens.
The club competed in the First Division of the Provisional League in 1987 season.
That year the club finished runners up to Chelsea on goal difference. The club has achieved 5 promotions in 9 seasons, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995 plus a Vic-Health Youth championship in 1993-94.
Plus 5 Hellenic Cup wins 1991, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003
Promoted to the Victorian Premier League and competed at that level for the first time in 1996.
Qualified for Premier League finals 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002
At the AGM of November 1992
The meeting recommended that a community and cultural committee should be established in order to broaden the appeal of the club and increase the participation rate of Cypriots in:
Soccer and related Sports
Health and Community Care
Senior Citizens activities
Performing Arts groups
Youth Club activity
The club started juniors in 1988 and in its first year in Vic-Health Youth League (93/94) the club won the league and the play off.
There are many youth players who have gained a place in the first team and played at Premier League level: Stelios Drakos, Andrew Charalambous, Steve Kourkoutzelos, Jim Kotsovolos, John Papetas, Nick Rossios, John Honos, Stefan Oter, Leigh Wilkinson, Peter Kakos.
1996/97 the club entered a team in the NSL YOUTH LEAGUE.
In 2007 the club runs the following age groups U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16 and U18SL. At Bentleigh Greens we believe that parents need to have confidence that their children will be educated correctly and we currently have 290 registered junior players in our club including one women’s team.