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Club History

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ALSTONVILLE & DISTRICT FOOTBALL CLUB

Club History

Alstonville Soccer Club was formed in 1987 with the amalgamation of the Alstonville Junior Soccer Club (formed in 1972) and Alstonvilla Senior Soccer Club (formed in 1980). 

 

The Alstonville Junior Soccer Club fielded its first team in 1972, with an Under 8's team. Their ages ranged from 4 to 8 years of age. 

 

The first Women’s teams were formed in 1979 and continued until 1983. In 1999 women’s teams were re-formed and continue to thrive today. Junior girls’ teams were first formed in 1998.

 

In 2006 the club’s name was formerly changed to Alstonville & District Football Club.

 

Growth: 

1972 – 1 junior team

1983 – 17 teams: 15 junior male teams (6-16) + 2 senior men’s teams
1994 – 30 teams: 27 junior male teams (6-16) + 3 senior men’s teams (356 players)
2003 – 49 teams: 43 junior male & female + 6 male & female senior teams (608 players)
2013 – 54 teams: 47  junior male & female + 7 senior teams (600 players)
2017 - 71 teams: 60 junior male & female + 11 senior male & female teams (748 players)

2024 – 61 teams: 50 junior male & female + 11 senior male & female teams (702 players)

Playing Fields

Games were first played at Geoff Watt oval. In the early 80's some training and games took place at Alstonville Primary School, the Showground, the TAFE site at Wollongbar, near the Telstra building and at Crawford Park. Grounds were shared with the Hockey and Rugby League clubs placing pressure on local sporting grounds. Currently the club plays and trains on Geoff Watt oval and Crawford Park.

Uniform Colours

The original playing strip was red and white but later changed to "red with black stripes". Later it was red with black sleeves and trim when the striped fabric became unavailable. In 1994, the decision was made to change back to the popular red with black stripes for all age divisions and remains as the distinctive Villa strip today.

Annual August Carnival

In 1975, Alstonville Soccer Club organised the district's first soccer carnival. Two carnivals (odd and even ages) were held each season until 1989 when all ages played on the same day. This event continues, on the first Sunday in August - being a major fundraiser and a great day for families to watch games between approximately 100 MiniRoos soccer teams.

 

Oceania Cup

The inaugural Oceania Cup Tournament for women and girls was held on the October long weekend in 2013 and continues today despite disruption by Covid. For more information on this tournament, view the Oceania Cup page.

 

Crawford Park Clubhouse

A single storey amenities block was built in 1975. In 1998 DA consent was granted for a second storey which was completed and opened in 2003. In 2024 a grant allocation has allowed the completion of the refurbishment to the existing clubhouse as well as a lighting upgrade for the existing 3 main fields. A further grant has been obtained to re surface, drain and irrigate the CP1 field.

 

Club Successes

The club has seen the consolidation of the Men’s and Women’s Premier Leagues. There have been many minor and major premier awards both junior and senior as well as successes in the Champion of Champions competition. The club has been awarded various accreditations and awards over many years. 

More history can be found in the Shooting for Goals history books, 2012 and 2022 editions.

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