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Balestier Khalsa formed in 1898?

Apr 11, 2020

According to a graphic released by the ASEAN Football Federation, the region’s oldest club is Balestier Khalsa and it was formed in 1898.

But weren’t all Singapore clubs which participated in the inaugural S-League only formed in 1996 through the entity formed to set up the Singapore Professional League?

A simple check with the Registrar of Societies through the Ministry of Home Affairs’ ROSES website would have brought about the answer.

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Also, when the league was started in 1996, Balestier Khalsa participated as Balestier Central and only changed its name to Balestier Khalsa at the end of 2002 after a merger with another S-League side Clementi Khalsa.


This came about after a decision was made by former general secretary John Koh following a review of club finances and viability.

Historically, Balestier United Recreational Club was formed as Fathul Karib and based in Farrer Park. 

For more than a century, the club functioned as Fathul Karib and in 1975 was renamed Balestier United Recreation Club. 

However, this is where it gets slightly murky.

While there is widespread belief that Balestier United Recreation Club then joined the S-League under a new name, that belief can be questioned as Balestier United Recreation Club is still participating in the Football Association of Singapore National Football League till today.

See current table where the team is second from bottom.

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And as the evidence from the Registry of Societies shows, the club Balestier Central which participated in the professional S-League was registered in January 1996.

So the question to ask now is how has history been rewritten such as an entity which was set up in 1996 has suddenly been said to have been formed in 1898. 

Main Photo: @ASEANFootball with screen grab from Registry of Societies


One thought on “Balestier Khalsa formed in 1898?”
  1. Balestier Khalsa and it was formed in 1898.- If I am not mistaken, in 1975 when FAS started the Premier League and each participating club must be under a certain district in which is the Home ground, Fathul Karib, took over the cricket pitch at Singapore Chinese Recreation Club(SCRC) along Balestier Road and changed their name to Balestier United as it was sharing the premises of SCRC, they add the name Recreation to their name and registered it as it was from Fathul Karib. Then in 1996, when SLeague started Thavaneson took over the club as the main sponsor under Umbro Sports…and they changed the name to Balestier Central. In 2002, when Khalsa tried to participated in SLeague, it merged with Balestier after failure marriage with Clementi. Then others facts are known.


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