Executive Committee 2019/2020
Mqabba FC Youth Nursery
Administrative Committee 2019/2020
Carmel Ellul & Julio Farrugia
Council Member & Club's Delegate
Mqabba FC Youth Nursery's Delegate
Public Relations Officers & Kit Manager
Delegates for Activities
Charles Camilleri, Rene' Briffa, Frans Farrugia, Luke Vella
Martin Gauci, Aiden Cilia, Jean Claude Farrugia
Secretary / Administrator
Kevin Bray, Mario Scicluna, Steve Debono, Ellen Farrugia
Elvin Sciberras & Antoine Sciberras
George Vella & Leslie Burke
The history of football in Mqabba goes back to 1915/1916 during World War I, when a team used to play in an area of the village known as “il-Mentna”. However, following the end of the War, the interest in football in Mqabba disappeared for a long while. It was in 1944 at the end of World War II when a new team was formed in the village by Maltese soldiers stationed nearby. This early team had to be content to play with other Armed Forces teams and teams from neighbouring villages in friendly matches on a pitch whose land is now taken over by the Luqa Airport runway.
Due to mass emigration following World War II, the team lost several key players and was struggling to stay afloat until 1950 when the Mqabba Ramblers team was set up, consisting mainly of players from the village itself. Some of the earliest members of the Mqabba Ramblers Football Club Committee included Carmelo Bugeja, Francis Saliba and the President at the time, Anthony Zammit. Some of the first players in the early Ramblers line-up were Leonard Farrugia, Gerald Farrugia, Vincent Bugeja, Carmelo Fenech, Joe Sultana, Emmanuel Brincat, Tommy Attard, Paul Zammit and Tony Ellul, a local goalkeeper for whom lot of interest had been shown by other clubs.
During the season 1956/57, the team entered the Malta Amateur Football Association (MAFA). Following this, many players of a high calibre were aquired by the club, including the fullback Suda from Melita, the fullback A. Fitzgerald of Sliema, the Forward Billy Dalli of Floriana, and the fullback Armeni of Hamrun Spartans, amongst others. With this high class of players, the Mqabba Ramblers were a serious challenge for the top spot in the MAFA league that season, only to lose out to Gharghur Juventus in the final match.
In 1957 another football club under the name of Mqabba Hajduks was set up. This name was proposed by the President Gulio Farrugia and seconded by Joseph Farrugia during the new team’s first General Annual Meeting in June 1957. For the next three years there was fierce rivalry between these two clubs in Mqabba, particularly when they competed head-to-head in the Inter Amateur Soccer Competition.
To some, the rivalry within the same village seemed unproductive for either club, hence the proposal for both clubs to be united into one team was put forward by the Mqabba Hayduks secretary of the time, Richard Spiteri; in a meeting on the 12th February 1961 with the Mqabba Ramblers secretary Joseph Ellul. This proposal was accepted and the two team were united under the name Mqabba Hayduks FC for the 1960/61 season in the MAFA second division.
The following year the first Mqabba Hajduks Minors team entered the M.F.A. and were set to win their section had it not been for the protests of Vittoriosa Stars, who made claims the Mqabba Minors fielded an ineligible player.
For several years between 1955 and 1962, Mqabba Hajduks applied to become part of the Malta Football Association. For unknown reasons, this application was turned down each time until finally, in the 1962/1963 season, the M.F.A. finally accepted their application; following in the fottsteps of other small village football clubs such as Dingli Swallows, Qrendi, Kirkop and Ghaxaq.
The first year in the M.F.A. League was quite a success with several wins over teams like Senglea, Balzan Youths and St. Venera. This achievement was in no small part due to the dedication of Mr. Richard Spiteri who was responsible for putting together a first class team. Others who had aided the Mqabba Hajduks side to the best of their ability at the time included Alfred Spiteri, Louis Farrugia, J.M. Borg, Joe Gauci, Reno Farrugia, Leonard Farrugia, Gerlad Farrugia, Harry Gallan, Angelo Briffa and Daniel Briffa.
Due to serious financial difficulties, the Hajduks committee had to take the drastic decision to disband the Minors team. Instead, the committee helped to set up a boy’s team at the local primary school. This team did well in the Inter Schools League, finishing First Runners Up.
In 1969, the Hajduks found themselves out of the M.F.A., and had to be contented playing in friendly matches and as a guest in the Amateur Cup of that year as organized by the M.A.F.A. The Mqabba Hajduks were not allowed to re-enter the M.F.A. Third Division until the 1972/73 season; and a at this point a new committee was also formed. The coach at the time was Paul Farrugia, whose spirit and dedication inspired the players to work hard. The following season (1973/74), the Hajduks finished the season in fifth place with a total of 16 points in the league table.
The 1975/76 season was a great year for both the Hajduks and the Minors. The Minors team, under the guidance of Paul Farrugia as coach, won the Minors league with maximum points. The Hajduks finished the Third Division league in second place, only a point behind champions of that season Luqa F.C. The 1977/78 season saw the arrival of a new coach, Alfred Lapira, as well as several new players.For the first time in the history of the club, the Mqabba Hajduks were promoted to Second Division that season.
Unfortunately the following season, the club once more slipped back down into the Third Division. The team did not fare much better in this season either, with the exception of reaching the final of the knock-out competition that year. In 1980/81, the committee appointed Jimmy Briffa as the new player/coach. The Hajduks fared a little better and finished this season mid-table and once again reached the Knock-Out finals.
In the 1981/82 season, with Jimmy Briffa still on as player/coach, the Mqabba Hajduks found themselves finishing the season near the top of the table tied with Pieta Hotspurs. The decider match went in favour of the stronger Hajduks side, who won 2-0, confirming promotion back into the Second Division; in spite of losing the following Championship Decider with Tarxien Rainbows 1-0.
In the 1982/83 season, Mqabba Hajduks ended the season in third place with only 1 point between themselves and the promoted teams. In 1983/84, for the first time in the club’s history, the side was promoted into First Division as Champions, with a stunning record of 26 games with no losses that season and a total of 37 goals.
In the year 2000, the Mqabba FC Youth Nursery was founded by Mark Bondin after various attempts by Joe Bugeja. 13 years later, Mark Bondin is still the Headcoach of the nursery with Jimmy Briffa appointed as Technical Director. More information on the Mqabba FC Youth Nursery can be found in the nursery's section.
In the 2010/2011 season, Mqabba FC appointed Clive Mizzi from Zurrieq as the new Coach and his assistant Renzo Kerr-Cumbo. Mqabba FC ended the season as runners up which meant that Mqabba FC was promoted for the the fifth time to the Premier Division. During the season 2011/2012 under the guidance of Coach Clive Mizzi and Renzo Kerr-Cumbo, Mqabba FC ended the first two rounds with 20 points. This result enabled Mqabba FC to play in the Relegation Pool after points were divided in two. Mabba FC had a great season with 9 wins and 7 draws from a total of 32 matches ending the season with 24 points. However this was not enough for Mqabba FC and eventually were relegated to First Division. Hamrun Spartans managed to survive the relegation with 25 points, one more than Mqabba FC.
For the season 2011/2012 Mqabba FC new coach was ex-Mqabba FC player, Albert Busuttil. This was the most negative season for Mqabba FC winning only one match and obtaining five draws. Hence Mqabba FC were relegated to Second Division.
New coaching staff was appointed on the 25th June 2013 with Coach Mark Bondin, UEFA A qualified and his assistant Nicholas Baldacchino, UEFA B qualified. Mr Charles Farrugia was appointed as the new President for Mqabba FC after the resignation of Mario Borg following 14 years in this role.
On Tuesday 24th September 2013, Leslie Burke was appointed as the new Coach for Mqabba FC who replaced Coach Mark Bondin and assistant Coach Nicholas Baldacchino. After a shaky start, Mqabba FC managed to win 15 matches and 7 draws, losing only 4 games ending the season with 52 points two ahead of Pembroke A FC and Fgura Utd FC. Hence Mqabba were declared as champions of the Second Division Season 2013/2014 and returned to the First Division just after one year.
The season 2013/2014 marked also the first promotion for Mqabba FC Youth Nursery with the Under 15 squad under the guidance of Coach Clifford Vassallo. Mqabba FC finished runners up in Section C1 gaining the right to play the playoffs. After the playoffs Mqabba FC ended overall Champion of Section C. This was the first promotion for Mqabba FC Youth Nursery after finishing runners up in season 2010/2011 with the Under 17 team and runners up in the season 2012/2013 with the Under 15. This season marked also the end of Mark Bondin's era as Head Coach of the Nursery who joined Birkirkara FC Youth Nursery as Head Coach. Following this move, Nicholas Baldacchino, UEFA B was appointed Head Coach of Mqabba FC Youth Nursery on the 10th April 2014 effective as from 9th June 2014. Leonard 'Nardu' Farrugia was appointed as Technical Director with the Nursery as from the season 2014/2015 till 2015/2016. After the appointment of Mr Fernando Costantini as Head Coach for the Season 2016/2017, Mr Michael Degiorgio, joined the Nursery as Head Coach as from Season 2017/2018 with a more long term view and strategy then the previous two Head Coaches.
On Saturday 14th March 2015, a historical event was organised by Mqabba FC and Mqabba FC Youth Nursery, when both Natalino Felice, ex-Inter player and Ivan Ramiro Cordoba, ex-Inter and ex-Columbian International paid a courtesy visit at our Club after an official invitation. During this event a friendly football tournament was organised by the Nursery and funds were collected in aid of 'Maratona bir-Roti' aiming to buy several AEDs for voluntary organisations.
On the Annual General Meeting of Mqabba FC held on Sunday 17th May 2015, Mr Carmel Ellul was appointed as the Club's new President replacing Mr Charles Farrugia after his two years presidency.
Between the 28th July and 3rd August 2015, Mqabba FC Youth Nursery competed for the first time in an international tournament held abroad. The Nottingham International Cup 2015 was held in Nottingham, UK. Mqabba FC Under 13 team played for the Plate Final but unfortunately lost 3-1 on penalties after equalizing with Abbey Hulton of UK (0-0). During this tournament Mqabba FC played against US Revolution (1-1), US Flying Eagles (1-0 Win), Arsenal Soccer School of Bahrain (4-0 Lost), Celtic Castlebar FC, Ireland (1-0 Lost) and Abbey Hulton from UK (1-1). The team (a squad of 18 players) together with their parents (11 parents) and four Club officials had the opportunity to visit the Liverpool FC Museum and Anfield Stadium, the Liverpool FC Academy at Kirkby where we had a practical session, and visited also Manchester United Museum and Old Trafford Stadium. We had the opportunity to watch two friendly matches; Derby vs Spanish Villareal FC at iPro Stadium in Derby (1-1) and Nottingham Forest FC vs Aston Villa FC at Nottingham City Stadium (3-3). We could not be in UK and do not visit Wembley Stadium where we attended for the Community Shield Final between Chelsea and Arsenal (0-1). This was a great experience both for our Club and for all our players.
Following this experience, Mqabba FC Youth Nursery participated in a friendly triangular football tournament in Catania Sicily on Sturday 27th February 2016. This was the second time that our nursery participated in a tournament outside our country. Mqabba FC Youth Nursery lost the first match 3-1 against PGS Don Bosco Alvaro Sales and won the second match 3-2 against the team Clan dei Ragazzi, Catania. After the tournament the group (15 players, 22 parents and 2 officials, we had also time to visit Mount Etna and some shopping too from Auchan, Porte di Catania.
Season 2017/2018 was the season marking the 60th anniversary from the foundation of the club. The team challenged for promotion till the last match of the season but unfortunately did not reached its objective. It was not the case for the Under 19 squad who managed to win the Youth League Section D unbeaten after 42 years since the last and only promotion won by our minors, under the guidance of Coach George Vella. In fact our U19 Mqabba FC squad, with the majority of players are homegrowns from our Nursery, won the Youth's Section D league and obtained a historical promotion to Section C under the guidance of Coach George Vella. During this league Mqabba FC won 16 matches and 2 equalisers ending Champions with 50 points. Meanwhile our Under 15 player Neville Borg managed to finish Top scorer of the section for the second consecutive year after scoring 34 goals during Season 2016/2017 and 31 goals during Season 2017/2018. In order to commemorate this anniversary, the committee embarked on a refurbishing project of both our outside area and the Mqabba FC Gym where a new floor, fans, gym equipment and 7 meter mirror were installed. Apart these works a souvenir book entitled 'Lejn 60 Sena ta' Storja' was published by end of the season. Well done!
Following this success, this season (Season 2018/2019) our U19 Mqabba FC continued with their positive run by securing another consecutive Championship and promotion to Section B, just with 3 matches to go. Similar to previous season, during this league Mqabba FC won 16 matches and 2 equalisers ending Champions with 50 points under same Coach George Vella. Hence after 37 league matches (since Tuesday 25th April 2017 (Season 2016/2017) our boys are still unbeaten in the Youth's league!
During the season 2018/2019, Mqabba FC Youth Nursery embarked on an ambitious project aiming the inclusion of refugee players within the community. We had a total 22 players aging from 4 years till 16 years participating in this project. Kids and youths were provided with transport from and back to Hal Far Open Centre and every participant was given a full Mqabba FC Youth Nursery tracksuit. This project entitled 'Include me and I will understand' was held with the collaboration of MFA under its Social Responsibility Fund (Respect) and funded from EU. During this season three youths were registered with our Club under the FSR scheme so they were eligible to participate in the U15 and U17 competitive competitions namely, Mouiz Arabi (U15), Khalil Alhussin and Souliman Faiz (U17).
During this same season, Mqabba FC Youth Nursery participated with success in the IX Infiorata di Noto Football Festival, held in Noto, Sicily between the 17th and 19th May 2019. During this international event, our Under 8 category played a total of 7 matches, winning 4, two ties and only one defeat. Our kids gave their all in every match which experience will cherish for their whole life scoring a total of 19 goals (12 Matthias Sciberras, 4 Ben Ellul, 2 Javier Camenzuli and Zak Farrugia). Mqabba lost for 2-4 against Mediterranea B, equalizing 2-2 against Rosolini 2000, winning 4-0 against Mediterranea A, winning 4-1 against Virtus Avola, winning 4-3 against Siracusa Srl, equalising 0-0 against F P Uliveto and winning their last match 3-1 against Mediterranea A. During this stay the group (22 adults including 3 officials and 22 kids) had the opportunity to visit Paracallario Adventure Park in Monti Iblei, Bucchieri and the Baroque city of Noto including the Infiorata di Noto 2019. We managed to find also time for some shopping from Centro Sicilia and Il Giardino.
Mqabba FC appointed Mr Alfred Attard (Fredu) as the new coach as from Thursday 20th December 2018 after Coach Clive Mizzi and his assistant Coach Karl Sciortino agreed to leave the club.
For Season 2019/2020 Coach George Vella was appointed as Coach for the Senior Squad followed two historical promotions with the Under 19 team and will be assisted by Coach Leslie Burke, former Mqabba FC Coach.