It was on the 8th of October 2010 that the first ever Melbourne derby was held, now we’re just 8 days out from the seventh.
It was on the 8th of October 2010 that the first ever Melbourne derby was held, in front of a sold out AAMI Park, on a night where the Heart put themselves onto the national spotlight.
John Aloisi, who scored 8 goals for the club, drew first blood in the night, opening the scoring with a tidy finish, before a quick free kick routine allowed Victory to level the scores.
Alex Terra nipped in with the eventual winner in the second half though, a moment that is still sung about fondly by the Yarraside.
This season will kick off in just over a week with another edition of the Melbourne derby, and while Aloisi won-t be on the field to inflict the sort of damage he did the first time around, he will be hoping to orchestrate a similar result from the sideline.
Dylan Macallister will hope to get his name on the scoresheet, and he will head into the derby in good form, having bagged 8 goals over the course of the pre-season. Macallister is no stranger to the derby atmosphere, though this is his first Melbourne derby, having played in derbies in Norway, as well as the F3 derby in his time as a Central Coast Mariner.
Matt Thompson, Melbourne Heart-s number 8, has enjoyed his fair share of joy in the Melbourne derby, most notably in Derby V, when he scored a sensational brace to help the Heart see off the Victory 3-2, in perhaps the most entertaining derby yet.
Thompson is also the player with the most A-League appearances, having played 176 games since the league-s inception.