Melbourne City is on track to record its best-ever start to a season, with the club eyeing a fifth consecutive match without defeat.
City will don the traditional red-and-white to honour the club’s tenth anniversary when it hosts the Central Coast Mariners on Friday night.
It was against the Mariners who City – then known as Melbourne Heart – kicked off their inaugural campaign against in 2010 and will have the opportunity to create history, with the club on track for its best start to a season.
City has made the most of its first month – which has only seen them leave Victoria for the FFA Cup final – winning three of its first four matches.
City has never started the season undefeated in its first five and will come up against a Mariners side buoyed after a shock win against the Perth Glory last week.
“Especially compared to last year, they’re going to be a tough game,” City defender Curtis Good said.
“No doubt last year there was a couple of those games where we dropped points so if we want to be serious about winning the league, these are the games we have to take the three points and that’s something we earmarked at the start of the season.”
Friday night will be a special night for the club, with the players donning a red-and-white kit to celebrate the club’s tenth anniversary.
Good remains the only player from the Melbourne Heart era, signing for the club in 2010 at 17 as an injury replacement.
After spells with Newcastle United, Bradford City and Dundee United, Good returned to the A-League last season and has played every match under new boss Erick Mombaerts this year.
“[The anniversary] has been brought up by the club, a lot of our players weren’t around back then so it’s hard to reminisce with people who weren’t there,” he said.
“For me personally it’s a big deal, it’s the club where I started at and am happy to be involved.”
In addition to the red-and-white stripes, City – along with the other ten sides – will have red poppies printed on their shirts as part of Remembrance Round.
“The boys always want to get up for these special moments,” he said.
“It’s a big weekend for everyone so it’s one of those things where we’ll remind each other of the significance of the day before we go out and hopefully that gives us the extra bit of effort that’s needed.”