(Extracted from Gloucester's Book Of Memories printed in 1988)
In 1976 a new sport came to Gloucester. In February that year Gloucester Soccer Club held its first meeting where John Gresham was elected President, Ian Moorcroft Secretary and Bob Gresham Treasurer. Publicity was handled by Don Berry, Senior coach John Hughes and Junior coach was Fred Murray.
The club entered one senior and one junior team in the Taree competition. The junior team was under 12 and in their very first game they placed Tuncurry Tigers at Tuncurry. Gloucester was beaten 5-0.
Members of this first team were Craig Maurer, Brian Clarke, Paul Clarke, Andrew Burt, Stewart Newton, Phillip Bowden, Kevin McCarthy, Michael Duffy, Daren Maurer, Brian Maurer, Leslie Murray, Charles Murray and Brian Kilby. The team was coached by Fred Murray.
During 1977 the club entered three teams in the Taree competition, under 10's, U 12's and U16's.
In February 1978 the soccer club decided to split and form separate senior and junior clubs. The junior club elected Fred Murray as President, George Maurer as secretary and Elaine Pringle as Treasurer. They still participated in the Taree competition.
The club by this time had a fairly strong membership and they continued in to the 1979 season with the same Executive. Neville Atkins took over as Treasurer when Elaine left.
Three teams were entered in the Taree competition – Under 8's, 10's and 14's. Coaches were Col Williams, Neville Atkins and Fred Murray. These teams travelled in buses with parents all over the Manning Valley and home games were played at Cook Park.
In 1980 Col Williams was President, Ken Higgins Secretary and Neville Atkins Treasurer. This year the club played under 9 and under 11's.
The 1981 season again saw the under 9 and under 11 teams playing in the Taree competition. Fred Murray was President, Mark Currie Secretary and Dawn Stewart Treasurer.
Throughout these years in the Manning competition we did a lot of travelling and played on some rough fields. The Ladies Auxiliary also had a hard time working a canteen from the backs of cars come rain, hail or shine! The Auxiliary was led by Gloria Parish around this time and she and her band of mothers raised a lot of money for the club.
During these years the club held Balls and Country & Western Shows to raise money. They also held raffles at the Gloucester Hotel Motel. The club had many sponsors during this time and was also given three sets of black and white shirts. They were provided by Avanti cheese, Newcombe Bus Lines and Muscats Bus Lines.
It was in 1982 that we started our own local competition which has continued to the present day. First leaders were Fred Murray President, Colleen Yates secretary and Dawn Stewart Treasurer.
This competition was played at the Golf Club on fields then owned by the High School. There were 72 players in this first local competition and we had to compete with horse and cattle for the playing field each Saturday morning.
Despite this, player numbers swelled to 102 in the next season and we all knew local soccer was here to stay. Norm Lillee was the new President this year, and new Treasurer was Jim Gresser.
This was also the first year of our Gloucester Toyota sponsorship and it was so successful they are still our sponsors this season.
The 1984 season saw us at Cook Park at the start of our competition. We were then moved to Gloucester Park behind the netball courts. This was a lot of work but it was achieved without too much trouble and proved much better than Cook Park. This was due to the fine efforts of the committee which was now led by John Hughes as President.
The 1985 season was judged the best as far as the Ladies Auxiliary was concerned. This was the year the canteen operated from the kitchen area in the Sports complex. No more standing in the cold every Saturday morning. The Ladies Auxiliary had been growing over the years and by now was very strong.
The 1986 season saw 120 children playing junior soccer in Gloucester. Due to the fine efforts of the Ladies Auxiliary a Coaching Clinic involving top level NSW coaches was held. This coupled with rule discussion nights has produced better players and a better understanding of the game by parents.
Added to this list must be the Shield days held each year. These are between Dungog and Gloucester and are increasing in popularity each year. In past seasons players were given their shirts because of our Gloucester Toyota sponsorship. This 1987 season saw the Ladies Auxiliary purchase soccer shirts that will be in the club for many years.
This season John Hughes stepped down as President and his job was take over by Ian Moorcroft, secretary is Elizabeth Newcombe and treasurer Jim Gresser.
We have held another very successful coaching clinic and are now looking forward to our visit to Dungog.
Because of the players, parents and a hardworking executive, junior soccer will continue to flourish in Gloucester for years to come. By Lorraine Adams
More to come .......
Perpetual Trophy Winners
Division 3 Player of the Year -
trophy donated by Bob Summerville.
1979 Michael Wadwell, 1980 Tim
Fraser, 1981 Dean Bagnall, 1983 Dallas Schultz, 1984 & 1985 Nick
Trudgeon, 1986 Brett Genoli, 1987 Jason Landers, 1988 Chris Shaw, 1989 Bradley
Sansom, 1990 Clarke Brown & Bradley Sansom, 1991 Ben Wilson, 1992 Sam
Bignell, Tim Ribbons, 1993 Angus Falla, 1994 Marc Peacock
2000 Ben Berry, 2001 Rick Williams,
2002 Nick Johnson, 2003 Rick Williams, 2004 Matt Wise, 2005 Ethan Miller, 2006
Jessica Grey, 2007 Ben Relf & Jesse Lloyd, 2008 Harrison Clarke, 2009 Jacob
Bird, 2010 Jasmine Sargeant, 2011 Ethan Bird.
Division 2 Player of the Year donated by Barrington Joinery
1982 Jason Warrick, 1983 Jamie Day, 1984 Robbie Murray, 1985 Troy Hughes, 1986 Duncan Hughes, 1987 Todd Yates, 1988 Nathan Middlebrook, 1989 Tye Hayes, 1990 David Pull & Ryan Forbes, 1991Ryan Forbes, 1992 Evan O'Neill, 1993 Mitchell Young, 1994 Nicholas Channel & Tim Ribbons, 1995 Josh McRae, 1996 Matthew Dean, 1997 Jordan Fry, 1998 Thomas Heard, 1999 James O'Brien, 2000 Tim Steele, 2001 (name plate missing); 2002 James O'Brien & Corbin Predebon, 2003 Jonathan Bartlett, 2004 Alex Gorton, 2005 Aaron Neilson, 2006 Karly Hawkins, 2007 (name plate missing); 2008 Coen Durbidge, 2009 Ben Relf, 2010 Ryan Yates, 2011 Ryan Yates.
Division 1 Player of the Year By Gloucester Radio and Television Service
1979 Grant Bowden, 1980 Tony Bramble, 1981 Troy Yates, 1982 John Rose, 1983 Tim Fraser, 1984 Tony Bramble, 1985 Tony Bramble, 1986 Mark Warwick, 1987 Scott Adams, 1988 Ben Day, 1989 Paul Newcombe, 1990 Paul Newcombe, 1991 Danny Cravino, 1992 Tim Campbell, 1993 Jock McLauren, 1994 Jason English, 1995 Heath Francis, 1996 Jason English, 1997 Luke Schulz, 1998 (name plate missing), 1999 Peter Gambrill & Tom Heard, 2000 Brett Dwyer, 2001 Andrew Webeck, 2002 Angus Falla, 2003 - 2006 (name plate missing); 2007 Corey Hardes, 2008 (name plate missing), 2009 Sam Leighton & Matt Williams, 2010 Hadiah Virtzi-Hartigan, 2011 Ned Selen
Clubperson of the Year donated by Murray & Fenning Families
1985 Andrew Gilbert, 1986 & 1987 Scott Adams, 1988 Robbie Murray & Anti Kilpikoski; 1989 Matthew Trudgeon, 1990, 1991 & 1992 Duncan Hughes, 1993 The Van der Drift Family, 1994 Brett Genoli, 1995 John Moorcroft, 1996 Martin Reeves, 1997 The Lowrey family, 1998 The Schulz family, 1999, 2000, 2001 David Moorcroft, 2002 Stephanie Howden, 2003 Danyon Wilkinson, 2004 Sam Leighton, 2005 Alex Bramley, 2006 Alex Bramley & Sam Leighton, 2007 Beau Boyd, Adam Forbes & Sam Leighton, 2008 Josh Allen & Nick Clarke, 2009 Emily Hamilton, 2010 Matthew Williams & Jonathan Bartlett, 2011 Dylan Snowdon.
If anyone has information on who won on the years the name plates have gone missing please let us know.
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