Our History

1916

Some of the pioneering families of the district played soccer but due to World War 1 the Club was not officially registered

 

1920

Mitchelton Soccer Club registered/founded by George Green, Bob Shaw and Jack Silver. Original Club meetings held at George Green's home in Blackwood Road

Members of the original 1920 team were Bill Bowers, George Green, Albert Green, Arthur Cresswell, Percy Green, Charlie White, Fred Kenward, Malcolm Campbell and Willie Laird. Some other names from those days were Ernie Barlow, Dave Campbell, Jack Edgar, Bill Gibson, Tom Laird, Jack Pollard, Jack Silver, Ernie Westance and Bill Warrell.

   

1930-2

The team then known as the Black Diamonds won the YMCA Inter-suburban Cup in 3 consecutive seasons

The 1930 team were Eric and Owen (Mucker) Gordon, Col Meade, Eric Birtwell, Frank Nugent, Bill Jones, Cec and Roy Reid, Bill Lincoln, Dave Fairweather, Bill Bowers, A Briggs, George Green (Coach) Andy Dixon (Manager) and Alf Green (Mascot). Other names from the 1930s are Gordon Morey, Syd Layton, Roy Charrington, Harry Collins, Frank and Jack Bowmen and Wally Kenward.

 

Games were played in Bell's Paddock, our original home ground (currently where West Mitchelton Junior Rugby League plays its home games) on Samford Road, which was an Army campsite during the First World War. The players from both sides used Frank Nugent's Picture Theatre (this is currently where Mitre 10 is housed and before that the Mitchelton Skating Rink) as their change rooms. The Picture Theatre had no roof so wet weather was a problem. When there was insufficient moonlight for training, the solitary 75 watt security light at the back of the Nugent's Picture Theatre provided the illumination for night training. The Black Diamonds also played some games in Bowman's Paddock, presently part of Brookside Shopping Centre. It was a cow paddock during the week so considerable back bending exercise was needed each weekend to transform it into a football field.

   

1933

Establishment of a Mitchelton Junior team

A meeting called by Fred Gray, his father and George Green was held on a footpath under a convenient street light. The outcome was a team of youngsters, known as Mitchelton Rovers, who wore white shirts with blue trim, being formed. The team played Junior Minor for Mitchie, graduated to Junior, were interrupted by World War II, reassembled in 1947 as Juniors and graduated to Senior (Third Division) in 1948.

 

 1948

Seniors won Third Division Premiership, John Fern and McGregor Cups

The Mitchelton Soccer Club won the 1948 Premiership, the John Fern Cup and McGregor Cup. The 1948 team lost only one game, scored 90 goals and conceded only 14.

 

Three of the members of the 1930 Black Diamonds team, Tom Kenward, Col Meade and Cec Reid combined to form the 1948 team with Harry Gray, Bill Sharman, Vince Smart, Bob and Carson Laird (Vice Captain), Dick Martin, Arthur Crane, Eric Birtwell, Bill Bain, Tom Wood (Capt), Malcolm Campbell, Charlie Hensler, W Warrell, A Smart, and Clarrie Drake (Coach-Trainer).

 

1949

John Tree Memorial Cup first awarded

This annually awarded prestigious Trophy commemorates former club member, John Tree, an RAAF rear gunner, and a member of one of the district's early families, who was killed in World War 2 over Europe. The Cup was awarded for the Best and Fairest player in the Club for the season. The trophy continues to be awarded annually although its purpose has been altered to reward the player who most assists the Club in a non-playing capacity.

 

1949/53

Senior Teams played in the Second Division

 

1954/59

Senior Teams played in Third Division

 

1954

Juniors won Third Division Premiership and Round 1 Cup

Players in the 1954 team were: Fred Horne, T Vincent, P and J Connors, G McKenzie, S Waters (Coach/Manager), J Enever, M Collins, C Carnall, J McJannett, B Waters, D Green, G Laird and H Carnall.

 

1955

Juniors won Second Division Premiership

Players in the 1955 team were: V Timms, Fred Horne, B Waters, J McJannett, A Millar, D Green, H Carnall, T Ramsay, C Carnall, G Laird, P Connors, J Enever, M Collins, R Grimley, and G McKenzie. Coach/Manager - S Waters.

 

1959

Third Division Side won Third Division Premiership, Knockout and 2nd Round Cups

Players in the undefeated 1959 team were William Cuddahy, Danny Van Delden, Alan Schafer, S Baumann, Alf Thompson, Fred Horne, Eric (Bill) Thompson, Des Miles, I Lawson, Malcolm Campbell, M Green, Jack Bostock, Tom Davies, Jim Martin, Alec Eden, K Starkey, C Carnell and B Berka.

 

1959

Vic Marshall Trophy commemorating the 1959 Premiership first awarded to player deemed to be the season's "Mr Football"

This Trophy was awarded to the player selected by the Committee as being the Club Footballer of the Year. "Mr Football" is still awarded annually although the players now vote on their Player of the Year.

 

1960

The Bee Gees perform at our Club's Annual Trophy Night

 

1962

Queensland Soccer Federation (QSF) established with 8 First Division Clubs breaking away from Queensland Soccer Football Association

 

1962

First ladies soccer game played in Brisbane

The Brisbane ladies competition was started as a result of teams from Mitchelton and Annerley being invited to play at a carnival day at Mitchelton on 18 May 1962. The official competition commenced in 1965 under the Brisbane Junior Soccer Association.

 

1963

Mitchelton plays in QSF First Division (below State League equivalent of 2nd Division)

The team finished second missing promotion to State League for 1964 by 1 point.

 

1971

Second Division side's promotion bid halted by draw in last fixture.

Consolation win in Grand Final.

The team needed to beat Oxley in last fixture to gain promotion to the First Division but was thwarted by a 1-1 draw. The team gained some consolation by winning the Grand Final beating Oxley 5-2.

 

1971

Junior Sub Committee formed

With increasing numbers of juniors the Mitchelton Soccer Football Club Committee decided to form a Junior Sub Committee. Previously juniors played for free, in 1971 a fee of $0.50 per player to be registered was charged.

 

1973

Growing Pains

The club continued to play on Bell's Paddock (Mitchelton Oval) but by the late 1960's, it was obvious that the ground could not accommodate the Club's growth and the field was not suitable for the playing of good football because of its slope from Samford Road towards the train line and the lower end of the rugby league field. The playing surface, despite regular top dressing by volunteers, remained too rough. It became somewhat a standing joke that topdressing of the soccer field would be washed on to the league field in heavy storms. The junior field between the main field and the train line at the back of the picture theatre was unable to sustain any decent growth of grass. Several reasons for this have been expressed but it seems certain that it was an environmental problem resulting from the Army being based there during World War 1.

 

Action had to be taken to identify a suitable new home ground and a Sub Committee was established under Ross Black to oversee the search. Another member of his committee was Duncan McDonald, a qualified surveyor, whose expertise in laying out the new fields was to prove invaluable.

 

1973

Ladies "A" Grade Team win Grand Final. Beat Annerley 2-1 at Perry Park

Annerley were beaten for the first time in 8 years. Goal scorers that day were Lesley Arkinstall and Lyn Addison. Some of the other members of the team that year were: Brenda Jones, Brenda Clegg, Maria Radenovic, Vera O'Donovan, Lyndall Smith (now Carter), Val Larson, Adelle Ham, Diane Retchless, Linda Holm, S Templeton and Pam Taylor. Coach was Kevin Jones. The Ladies repeated the result the following year again beating Annerley in the final.

 

1974

Field Layout at Teralba Park determined

The Sub Committee liaised with the Brisbane City Council which suggested the market gardens resumed at the bottom of Teralba Park and with a lot of work it could have been ready for 1976. Once the field layout was determined, construction could commence. This would take some time due to the availability of Council resources.

 

A building fund was setup and teams were requested to raise $100.00 each towards the new project. Other fundraisers to keep the Club going were the Miss Junior Soccer competition, Annual Fete, Brook Hotel Raffles and a stall at the RNA Exhibition.

 

1975

Mitchelton Sports Club formed

To meet Brisbane City Council requirements for obtaining a lease on Council land at Teralba Park, the club format was changed to include multi sports. Activities included were Senior and Junior Soccer, netball, rugby league, touch football, and cricket. Baseball and Tee ball were added later.

 

Foundation members of the Sports Club were: Terry & May Anderson, Frank & June Barrett, Kevin S Jones, Arthur & Merle Heiner, Glen & Dianne Stevens, Lois Clark, Graham & Gwen Barker, Alberto & Maria Bartilomo, Col & Ros Ivey, Warren & Shirley Beasley, Andy & Ada Thompson, and Edna Jones.

 

Sports Club Guarantors were: Terry & May Anderson, Ross Black, Phil Harris, Arthur & Merle Heiner, Kevin & Vicki Jones, Kevin S Jones, Des Miles, Andy & Ada Thompson.

 

The objects of the organisation were to provide and maintain playing fields and amenities at Teralba Park and promote, foster, support and encourage soccer and other approved sports.

 

The 1975 Committee was an eager and dedicated group keen to progress with the new grounds and club house at the new park. A parks sub committee and a finance sub committee were set up to manage future development for the Teralba Park complex.

 

1976

Ladies "B" Grade Team wins Grand Final

The Ladies "B" Grade team finished second in the Premiership to Newmarket but turned the tables on their local rivals winning the replay of the Grand Final 1-0. Shareena O'Keefe scored a last minute penalty to clinch the match. Members of the winning team were: Doris Haddock, Suzanne Grant, Cheryl Petersen, Shareena O'Keefe, Leonie YohYeh, Karen Motershead, Joan Van Kuijck, Helena Van Eldik, Judy Toohey, Karen Lynam, Elizabeth Thompson, Sandra Grant, and Vicky Dacey. The team also won Carnivals in Bundaberg and Southport and the President's Shield for best goal average.

 

1977

Teralba Park becomes a reality

The move to Teralba Park could not come soon enough as the number of teams fielded by the club doubled in the 3 year period from 1973 to 1976 to 3 senior, 2 ladies and 22 junior teams. Training continued at Mitchelton Oval with matches conducted at Teralba Park. Additional lighting provided for training in 1976 at Mitchelton Oval was transferred to the new field. The old market gardener's cottagewas transformed by volunteers into canteen and change rooms. While the Brisbane City Council could not have been more helpful, regrettably, large quantities of the beautifully rich market garden soil were removed from the main field to be used to develop two more cricket fields at Marchant Park. Only a small layer of topsoil remained and this required the Club to undertake further remedial work to bring the ground up to it present high standard. Teralba Park provides one of the largest areas of playing fields in Brisbane and the Club can look forward to further growth in the future.

 

1977

Des Miles, Referee, formerly a member of the Club's 1959 premiership team and Senior Club President awarded highest FIFA referee's badge

 

1977

Amalgamation with First Division club Bardon Latrobe

Bardon-Latrobe was playing in the Brisbane First Division competition and Mitchelton in the Second Division. Due to falling membership and financial resources and the desire of the QSF to keep Bardon-Latrobe in the competition, it was proposed that Mitchelton would take over running that Club's First and Reserve teams as well as running its own teams. Bardon-Latrobe was to continue playing under that banner for the first season and then become absorbed into the Mitchelton Club. Some Mitchelton players played for the First Division team to try to avoid relegation but in the end the Club's overall objective of having a team in the First Division was not achieved with both Bardon-Latrobe and Mitchelton struggling. Effectively the amalgamation failed but Mitchelton did retain its Second Division status and did acquire the services of some of Bardon's players.

 

1977

Kerrie Heiner Memorial Trophy first awarded

The annual Kerrie Heiner Memorial Trophy was awarded to the highest fund raising team in the Club with individual trophies to team members. The Under 13-1 team was the inaugural winner.

 

1978

Building of new club house at Teralba Park commenced

The plans for the new club house were submitted to Council in 1977 and construction commenced in 1978.

 

Due to problems with the lease and construction of a bank protection wall to stop land erosion, building had to be halted. Eventually permission was granted to complete the toilet block and still carry on fixtures. Working bees conducted by club members at the new ground were well attended making the effort both work and social. Today's club house stands as a monument to the volunteers who devoted much time and effort in its construction.

 

To mark the move to Teralba Park, a march of players, coaches, and families was led by the then Club President, Rob Beck, from Samford Road to Teralba Park.

 

1978

Club Constitution provided for colours of green and white with yellow as a supplementary colour

The Club originally played in the Black Diamond's colours but when reformed, the green and white strip was chosen. The introduction of yellow into the club's colours permitted the change to the current green and yellow strip.

 

1979

Second Division team defeat Merton East 2-0 in Second Division Grand Final

One of the Club's most important results was in 1979 when we defeated Merton East 2-0 to win the Second Division Grand Final at Perry Park. The Final was watched by a huge crowd of Mitchie supporters who witnessed a stellar performance by the Mitchie team. Mitchelton was coached by Syd Tucker and the team lineup was as follows: Dave Mewburn, Ian Perry, John Coffey, Michael Hayes, Neil Orford, Ritchie Shortman, Peter McDonald, Greg McDonald, Garth Jones, Phil Cruse, Ross Denny, Barry Anderson, Graham Morey, and Dave Gallagher. The following season Merton East turned the tables on Mitchelton winning the Grand Final 3-1.

 

1980

Club Patron, Roy Harvey, Lord Mayor of Brisbane, opened our new Club house

When work stopped on the construction of the club house, vandalism became a problem and the Club sought the assistance of its Patron, Roy Harvey, Lord Mayor of Brisbane, to proceed with the building. Alderman Harvey gave permission for the work to resume and opened the new club house on its completion.

Fund raising for the new club house included seeking $100 donations from Foundation Members, the sale of Bricks and guarantees from Sports Club Guarantors for the Commonwealth Bank.

 

1980

Club Diamond Jubilee

Events commemorating the Diamond Jubilee were a Dinner Dance held at the new club house on 26 April 1980 and the Presentation Night at the Gaythorne RSL on 17 October 1980.

 

1981

Main playing field at Teralba Park named "Fred Gray Memorial Field"

On 8 June 1981 the main playing field at Teralba Park was named "Fred Gray Memorial Field" in honour of the late Life Member, Fred Gray, for his part in the establishment of the Club and for his many years of untiring service in making Mitchelton Club into what it had become.

 

The dedication was held in conjunction with the annual Under 9 Carnival and Fete. A highlight of the day was the arrival by helicopter of England and Everton striker, Bob Latchford accompanied by Jim Hermiston and Ron Smith.

 

With completion of the club house, the Committee could then concentrate on more lighting, fencing, and closing off the original entrance from Griffith Street and opening the road from Osborne Road.

 

1983

The bitumen road from Osborne Road to Clubhouse opened

On training nights dust from the dirt road from Osborne Road to the playing fields created a haze over Teralba Park as vehicles transporting players arrived and departed. The construction of the bitumen road was a priority for the Sports Club under the then President Barrie Adams. The cost of the road was $12,955 and was paid for by funds raised by dedicated club members.

 

1983

Soccer superstar, George Best, visits the club

 

1984

Additional Park Land Leased

Alderman Roy Harvey continued as Patron and approval was given by the Council for the lease of additional land. A Development Committee was formed to prepare plans for advancement of the club up to 1990.

 

1983-90

Club played in the Second Division

 

1990

Second Division team relegated from Second to Third Division

 

1991

Third Division side won Third Division Premiership and Grand Final

Our 3rd Division team won the Premiership and the Grand Final against Latrobe with the Reserve Grade team winning the Grand Final against Slacks Greek. Players who played in the top team that year were Glen Norton, Michael Black, Graham Edmonds, Paul Tanner, Mark and Paul Bland, Brett McDonald, Tony Mancini, Craig Mills, Paul Wrigley, Phil Millard, Darren Mair, Geoff Lincoln, Giovanni Tatti, Coach - Peter Hely.

 

1992

Second Division side relegated to Third Division

After a sensational 1991 the Second Division team struggled all year and was unfortunately relegated to the 3rd Division for the following season.

 

1994

Mitchie enters a team in World Masters Games - known as the "MOB" Mitchelton Old Boys

 

1995

Amalgamation with Brisbane Sports Club proceeds

A consortium known as the Brisbane Sports Club, lead by Paul Novak offered to take over the running of the Mitchelton Sports Club and proposed a major upgrade of the Teralba Park facilities and football operations. Sports Club members voted to accept the proposal leading to Ex-Socceroos Greg Brown and Robbie Dunn playing for the Club and the acquisition of ex-international, Gary McDowall, as Club Coach for 1996. This change is seen as one of the highlights in Mitchelton Football Club's history.

 

1995

75th Anniversary Dinner held at Parliament House

A huge turnout of former and current players and supporters takes place at Queensland Parliament House.

 

1996

Senior team finishes second in Third Division and return to Second Division for the 1997 season

Restructuring of the competition by the Queensland Soccer Federation saw the Club placed in the Semi-Pro Division One North competition (effectively Division Two) for the 1997 season

 

1997

Senior team wins Semi Pro Division 1 North Premiership and Championship

Members of the 1997 team were: Andrew Poyser, Daryl Heiner, James Hermiston, Simon Arnold, Craig Binnington, Anthony Sommerville, Effie Cassar, Paul Bland, William Ingleldew, Michael Black, Brett McDonald, Lee Scriggins, Darryl Grundy, Adam Pilat, Enzo Dagostino, Tommy York, Chris McAlary, Matt Tochterman, Keith Shaw, and Toni Bellino.

 

2000

Team of the Century announced

A Panel of former players and supporters sought nominations for our Team of the Century . The Panel comprised Vic Marshall, Des Miles, Keith Green, Geoff Lincoln, Kevin Jones and Mick Carter.

Players selected for membership of the Club's Team of the Century were:

  • Goalkeepers - Ted Reimers and Dave Gallagher
  • Defenders - Iain Fagan, Paul Bland, Allen Bain, Ian Perry
  • Midfielders - Barry Rowe, Peter MacDonald, Col Bain, Neil Orford
  • Strikers - Michael Black, Richie Smith, Greg Brown, Carson Laird, Tom Kenward
  • Coach - Gary McDowall

 

2000

Junior teams received B.N.& D. Junior Soccer Association "Outstanding Club of the Year" award

The award was made to the club in the B.N.&D Junior Soccer Association competition achieving the highest number of points in premiership competition.

 

2001

Grand Final Day - Second Division play in Grand Final

Another successful season with our team making the Grand Final. The match was played at Perry Park but unfortunately we lost 0-2 to North Star. Our strongsupporter base always ensures that our teams are well supported.

 

2002

Push for Premier League Group established

To push for promotion to the Premier League, a volunteer group was established to develop a strategy to ensure the Club's competitiveness for promotion to the Premier League and its continuity in that competition.

 

2003

Senior team promoted to Premier League

Another significant moment in the Club's history was the First Division team winning a two legged play-off against Ipswich Knights (from the Premier League) to gain entry into the 2004 Premier League. Mitchelton had finished second to Eastern Suburbs after the completion of the home and away season. Mitchelton played the first play-off game at Teralba Park and won 3-0 courtesy of goals from Matt Hendra, Damian Pilat and Peter Josey. The return game at Ipswich was a 0-0 draw ensuring Mitchelton's victory in the play-off. The members of the team which won promotion to the top division for the Club after 83 years in lower divisions were: Rob Coulter, Adam Pilat, Dave O'Reilly, Erik Musiol, Peter Bancroft (coach), Matt Hendra, Jason Poggi, Jason Roberts, Peter Josey, Matthew Jones, Keith Shaw, Daniel Timms, Andrew Balzat, Andrew Poyser, Damian Pilat, Andrew Hendra, and Nick McCallum.

 

2004

Inaugural Club Stalwart Awards named

The club initiated awards for players serving the club for over 20 years and an honor board within the Clubhouse is erected. Players inducted were awarded a Stalwart Jacket. For further information see "Mitchie Memories".

 

2004

Premier League team finishes 4th in Inaugural Season

In an amazing season the Mitchelton Football Club finished 4th in its first tilt in Queensland's highest football competition. 4th spot was clinched in the final game of the home and away season with a 1-0 home win over Queensland Lions. Mitchelton then faced Queensland Lions in the semi-finals going down to the eventual Grand Final winners. The Mitchelton Club was successful in gaining the respect of the Brisbane Football Community with their match day presentations and huge home crowds. There were an abundance of memories from this first season in the Premier League.

Here are just some of them:

  • 2,000 people attend first home game against Palm Beach.

  • Mitchelton sign two National team strikers from Vanuatu, Richard Iwai and Etienne Mermer to bolster our attacking ranks.

  • Mitchelton defeat local rivals Brisbane City 4-1 at home amid jubilant scenes of home fans.

  • Mitchelton come from 3-1 down at home with 20 minutes to play to defeat Rochedale Rovers 4-3. Substitute Jason Poggi scores all three goals with his head after coming on with 20 minutes to play.

  • 2,000 people attend last home and away game versus Queensland Lions at Teralba Park and witness 1-0 win to Mitchie that secures 4th place and a place in the Semi-Finals. This was the last time that Queensland Lions were defeated as they became Queensland Roar and entered the newly formed National A-League.

  • Over 2,000 people visit Teralba Park seven days later to watch the semi-final first leg between Mitchelton and Queensland Lions which finishes 1-1. Queensland Lions win second leg to take their place in the Grand Final.

  • Mitchelton's Nick Kuyper wins the Brisbane Men's Football Player of the Year Award. Stephen Comino ranks seventh in overall points for same Award.

  • Greg Brown (Coach) and Nick Kuyper selected in Brisbane Mens Football team of the Year.

  • 50 players and supporters visit Vanuatu for end of season trip.


2004

Premier League team visit to Vanuatu to play exhibition matches against TAFEA Football Club (Pt Vila Premier League)

50 players and supporters visited Vanuatu for an end of season trip combined with an exhibition game against the best Club side in Vanuatu, TAFEA United. 4,000 spectators paid to watch the game held in the National Stadium. Many of the fans had to walk long distances to get to the game and then perched themselves in trees surrounding the ground to watch the game. Mitchelton ran out winners 4-1. This visit has provided a "sister club" affiliation with the TAFEA Football Club which will provide opportunities for players in both countries and friendships for life.

 

2005

Mitchelton Sports Club wins Australian Sports Commission 2005 Ausport Award for excellence in club development

The purpose of the 2005 Award was to recognise and reward the achievements, success stories and best practices of individuals and groups within the Australian Sporting system. It recognised quality management practices in areas of leadership, planning, people and members. An independent panel comprised of representatives from the sports industry assessed nominations in each award category against key criteria to select the finalists.

The Australian Sports Commission's General Manager of Sport Performance and Development said that Mitchelton Sports Club represented a great example of an effective and well-managed sports organisation which was driven by the principle of continuous improvement. He said that Mitchelton Sports Club exemplified good management practices by effectively delivering a range of programs and initiatives to improve services to members.

The Club was commended for developing a strategic plan to improve its management practices, to be more competitive, and to grow its business which contributed towards its senior soccer being promoted to the Premier League. The Club was also commended for its initiatives to promote the Club's activities through its match program and fixtures to help raise the Club's profile. Club President, Rohan Cassell attended the presentation of the award.

 

2006

Mitchelton Sports Club organises 40 year, 30 year, 20 year & 10 year Player Reunion

In 2006 the club held a reunion for players who played with the club in 1960s, 1976, 1986 and 1996. The Club was unable to locate team lists from 1966 but a number of players from that era attended.

 

2007

Mitchelton Football Club fields a record 70 teams

The break down of teams for the 2007 season is: 4 senior, 4 Over 35, 58 junior, 4 ladies (2 senior and 2 Junior). Total registrations are about 700 players.1916

Some of the pioneering families of the district played soccer but due to World War 1 the Club was not officially registered

 

1920

Mitchelton Soccer Club registered/founded by George Green, Bob Shaw and Jack Silver. Original Club meetings held at George Green's home in Blackwood Road

Members of the original 1920 team were Bill Bowers, George Green, Albert Green, Arthur Cresswell, Percy Green, Charlie White, Fred Kenward, Malcolm Campbell and Willie Laird. Some other names from those days were Ernie Barlow, Dave Campbell, Jack Edgar, Bill Gibson, Tom Laird, Jack Pollard, Jack Silver, Ernie Westance and Bill Warrell.

   

1930-2

The team then known as the Black Diamonds won the YMCA Inter-suburban Cup in 3 consecutive seasons

The 1930 team were Eric and Owen (Mucker) Gordon, Col Meade, Eric Birtwell, Frank Nugent, Bill Jones, Cec and Roy Reid, Bill Lincoln, Dave Fairweather, Bill Bowers, A Briggs, George Green (Coach) Andy Dixon (Manager) and Alf Green (Mascot). Other names from the 1930s are Gordon Morey, Syd Layton, Roy Charrington, Harry Collins, Frank and Jack Bowmen and Wally Kenward.

 

Games were played in Bell's Paddock, our original home ground (currently where West Mitchelton Junior Rugby League plays its home games) on Samford Road, which was an Army campsite during the First World War. The players from both sides used Frank Nugent's Picture Theatre (this is currently where Mitre 10 is housed and before that the Mitchelton Skating Rink) as their change rooms. The Picture Theatre had no roof so wet weather was a problem. When there was insufficient moonlight for training, the solitary 75 watt security light at the back of the Nugent's Picture Theatre provided the illumination for night training. The Black Diamonds also played some games in Bowman's Paddock, presently part of Brookside Shopping Centre. It was a cow paddock during the week so considerable back bending exercise was needed each weekend to transform it into a football field.

   

1933

Establishment of a Mitchelton Junior team

A meeting called by Fred Gray, his father and George Green was held on a footpath under a convenient street light. The outcome was a team of youngsters, known as Mitchelton Rovers, who wore white shirts with blue trim, being formed. The team played Junior Minor for Mitchie, graduated to Junior, were interrupted by World War II, reassembled in 1947 as Juniors and graduated to Senior (Third Division) in 1948.

 

 1948

Seniors won Third Division Premiership, John Fern and McGregor Cups

The Mitchelton Soccer Club won the 1948 Premiership, the John Fern Cup and McGregor Cup. The 1948 team lost only one game, scored 90 goals and conceded only 14.

 

Three of the members of the 1930 Black Diamonds team, Tom Kenward, Col Meade and Cec Reid combined to form the 1948 team with Harry Gray, Bill Sharman, Vince Smart, Bob and Carson Laird (Vice Captain), Dick Martin, Arthur Crane, Eric Birtwell, Bill Bain, Tom Wood (Capt), Malcolm Campbell, Charlie Hensler, W Warrell, A Smart, and Clarrie Drake (Coach-Trainer).

 

1949

John Tree Memorial Cup first awarded

This annually awarded prestigious Trophy commemorates former club member, John Tree, an RAAF rear gunner, and a member of one of the district's early families, who was killed in World War 2 over Europe. The Cup was awarded for the Best and Fairest player in the Club for the season. The trophy continues to be awarded annually although its purpose has been altered to reward the player who most assists the Club in a non-playing capacity.

 

1949/53

Senior Teams played in the Second Division

 

1954/59

Senior Teams played in Third Division

 

1954

Juniors won Third Division Premiership and Round 1 Cup

Players in the 1954 team were: Fred Horne, T Vincent, P and J Connors, G McKenzie, S Waters (Coach/Manager), J Enever, M Collins, C Carnall, J McJannett, B Waters, D Green, G Laird and H Carnall.

 

1955

Juniors won Second Division Premiership

Players in the 1955 team were: V Timms, Fred Horne, B Waters, J McJannett, A Millar, D Green, H Carnall, T Ramsay, C Carnall, G Laird, P Connors, J Enever, M Collins, R Grimley, and G McKenzie. Coach/Manager - S Waters.

 

1959

Third Division Side won Third Division Premiership, Knockout and 2nd Round Cups

Players in the undefeated 1959 team were William Cuddahy, Danny Van Delden, Alan Schafer, S Baumann, Alf Thompson, Fred Horne, Eric (Bill) Thompson, Des Miles, I Lawson, Malcolm Campbell, M Green, Jack Bostock, Tom Davies, Jim Martin, Alec Eden, K Starkey, C Carnell and B Berka.

 

1959

Vic Marshall Trophy commemorating the 1959 Premiership first awarded to player deemed to be the season's "Mr Football"

This Trophy was awarded to the player selected by the Committee as being the Club Footballer of the Year. "Mr Football" is still awarded annually although the players now vote on their Player of the Year.

 

1960

The Bee Gees perform at our Club's Annual Trophy Night

 

1962

Queensland Soccer Federation (QSF) established with 8 First Division Clubs breaking away from Queensland Soccer Football Association

 

1962

First ladies soccer game played in Brisbane

The Brisbane ladies competition was started as a result of teams from Mitchelton and Annerley being invited to play at a carnival day at Mitchelton on 18 May 1962. The official competition commenced in 1965 under the Brisbane Junior Soccer Association.

 

1963

Mitchelton plays in QSF First Division (below State League equivalent of 2nd Division)

The team finished second missing promotion to State League for 1964 by 1 point.

 

1971

Second Division side's promotion bid halted by draw in last fixture.

Consolation win in Grand Final.

The team needed to beat Oxley in last fixture to gain promotion to the First Division but was thwarted by a 1-1 draw. The team gained some consolation by winning the Grand Final beating Oxley 5-2.

 

1971

Junior Sub Committee formed

With increasing numbers of juniors the Mitchelton Soccer Football Club Committee decided to form a Junior Sub Committee. Previously juniors played for free, in 1971 a fee of $0.50 per player to be registered was charged.

 

1973

Growing Pains

The club continued to play on Bell's Paddock (Mitchelton Oval) but by the late 1960's, it was obvious that the ground could not accommodate the Club's growth and the field was not suitable for the playing of good football because of its slope from Samford Road towards the train line and the lower end of the rugby league field. The playing surface, despite regular top dressing by volunteers, remained too rough. It became somewhat a standing joke that topdressing of the soccer field would be washed on to the league field in heavy storms. The junior field between the main field and the train line at the back of the picture theatre was unable to sustain any decent growth of grass. Several reasons for this have been expressed but it seems certain that it was an environmental problem resulting from the Army being based there during World War 1.

 

Action had to be taken to identify a suitable new home ground and a Sub Committee was established under Ross Black to oversee the search. Another member of his committee was Duncan McDonald, a qualified surveyor, whose expertise in laying out the new fields was to prove invaluable.

 

1973

Ladies "A" Grade Team win Grand Final. Beat Annerley 2-1 at Perry Park

Annerley were beaten for the first time in 8 years. Goal scorers that day were Lesley Arkinstall and Lyn Addison. Some of the other members of the team that year were: Brenda Jones, Brenda Clegg, Maria Radenovic, Vera O'Donovan, Lyndall Smith (now Carter), Val Larson, Adelle Ham, Diane Retchless, Linda Holm, S Templeton and Pam Taylor. Coach was Kevin Jones. The Ladies repeated the result the following year again beating Annerley in the final.

 

1974

Field Layout at Teralba Park determined

The Sub Committee liaised with the Brisbane City Council which suggested the market gardens resumed at the bottom of Teralba Park and with a lot of work it could have been ready for 1976. Once the field layout was determined, construction could commence. This would take some time due to the availability of Council resources.

 

A building fund was setup and teams were requested to raise $100.00 each towards the new project. Other fundraisers to keep the Club going were the Miss Junior Soccer competition, Annual Fete, Brook Hotel Raffles and a stall at the RNA Exhibition.

 

1975

Mitchelton Sports Club formed

To meet Brisbane City Council requirements for obtaining a lease on Council land at Teralba Park, the club format was changed to include multi sports. Activities included were Senior and Junior Soccer, netball, rugby league, touch football, and cricket. Baseball and Tee ball were added later.

 

Foundation members of the Sports Club were: Terry & May Anderson, Frank & June Barrett, Kevin S Jones, Arthur & Merle Heiner, Glen & Dianne Stevens, Lois Clark, Graham & Gwen Barker, Alberto & Maria Bartilomo, Col & Ros Ivey, Warren & Shirley Beasley, Andy & Ada Thompson, and Edna Jones.

 

Sports Club Guarantors were: Terry & May Anderson, Ross Black, Phil Harris, Arthur & Merle Heiner, Kevin & Vicki Jones, Kevin S Jones, Des Miles, Andy & Ada Thompson.

 

The objects of the organisation were to provide and maintain playing fields and amenities at Teralba Park and promote, foster, support and encourage soccer and other approved sports.

 

The 1975 Committee was an eager and dedicated group keen to progress with the new grounds and club house at the new park. A parks sub committee and a finance sub committee were set up to manage future development for the Teralba Park complex.

 

1976

Ladies "B" Grade Team wins Grand Final

The Ladies "B" Grade team finished second in the Premiership to Newmarket but turned the tables on their local rivals winning the replay of the Grand Final 1-0. Shareena O'Keefe scored a last minute penalty to clinch the match. Members of the winning team were: Doris Haddock, Suzanne Grant, Cheryl Petersen, Shareena O'Keefe, Leonie YohYeh, Karen Motershead, Joan Van Kuijck, Helena Van Eldik, Judy Toohey, Karen Lynam, Elizabeth Thompson, Sandra Grant, and Vicky Dacey. The team also won Carnivals in Bundaberg and Southport and the President's Shield for best goal average.

 

1977

Teralba Park becomes a reality

The move to Teralba Park could not come soon enough as the number of teams fielded by the club doubled in the 3 year period from 1973 to 1976 to 3 senior, 2 ladies and 22 junior teams. Training continued at Mitchelton Oval with matches conducted at Teralba Park. Additional lighting provided for training in 1976 at Mitchelton Oval was transferred to the new field. The old market gardener's cottagewas transformed by volunteers into canteen and change rooms. While the Brisbane City Council could not have been more helpful, regrettably, large quantities of the beautifully rich market garden soil were removed from the main field to be used to develop two more cricket fields at Marchant Park. Only a small layer of topsoil remained and this required the Club to undertake further remedial work to bring the ground up to it present high standard. Teralba Park provides one of the largest areas of playing fields in Brisbane and the Club can look forward to further growth in the future.

 

1977

Des Miles, Referee, formerly a member of the Club's 1959 premiership team and Senior Club President awarded highest FIFA referee's badge

 

1977

Amalgamation with First Division club Bardon Latrobe

Bardon-Latrobe was playing in the Brisbane First Division competition and Mitchelton in the Second Division. Due to falling membership and financial resources and the desire of the QSF to keep Bardon-Latrobe in the competition, it was proposed that Mitchelton would take over running that Club's First and Reserve teams as well as running its own teams. Bardon-Latrobe was to continue playing under that banner for the first season and then become absorbed into the Mitchelton Club. Some Mitchelton players played for the First Division team to try to avoid relegation but in the end the Club's overall objective of having a team in the First Division was not achieved with both Bardon-Latrobe and Mitchelton struggling. Effectively the amalgamation failed but Mitchelton did retain its Second Division status and did acquire the services of some of Bardon's players.

 

1977

Kerrie Heiner Memorial Trophy first awarded

The annual Kerrie Heiner Memorial Trophy was awarded to the highest fund raising team in the Club with individual trophies to team members. The Under 13-1 team was the inaugural winner.

 

1978

Building of new club house at Teralba Park commenced

The plans for the new club house were submitted to Council in 1977 and construction commenced in 1978.

 

Due to problems with the lease and construction of a bank protection wall to stop land erosion, building had to be halted. Eventually permission was granted to complete the toilet block and still carry on fixtures. Working bees conducted by club members at the new ground were well attended making the effort both work and social. Today's club house stands as a monument to the volunteers who devoted much time and effort in its construction.

 

To mark the move to Teralba Park, a march of players, coaches, and families was led by the then Club President, Rob Beck, from Samford Road to Teralba Park.

 

1978

Club Constitution provided for colours of green and white with yellow as a supplementary colour

The Club originally played in the Black Diamond's colours but when reformed, the green and white strip was chosen. The introduction of yellow into the club's colours permitted the change to the current green and yellow strip.

 

1979

Second Division team defeat Merton East 2-0 in Second Division Grand Final

One of the Club's most important results was in 1979 when we defeated Merton East 2-0 to win the Second Division Grand Final at Perry Park. The Final was watched by a huge crowd of Mitchie supporters who witnessed a stellar performance by the Mitchie team. Mitchelton was coached by Syd Tucker and the team lineup was as follows: Dave Mewburn, Ian Perry, John Coffey, Michael Hayes, Neil Orford, Ritchie Shortman, Peter McDonald, Greg McDonald, Garth Jones, Phil Cruse, Ross Denny, Barry Anderson, Graham Morey, and Dave Gallagher. The following season Merton East turned the tables on Mitchelton winning the Grand Final 3-1.

 

1980

Club Patron, Roy Harvey, Lord Mayor of Brisbane, opened our new Club house

When work stopped on the construction of the club house, vandalism became a problem and the Club sought the assistance of its Patron, Roy Harvey, Lord Mayor of Brisbane, to proceed with the building. Alderman Harvey gave permission for the work to resume and opened the new club house on its completion.

Fund raising for the new club house included seeking $100 donations from Foundation Members, the sale of Bricks and guarantees from Sports Club Guarantors for the Commonwealth Bank.

 

1980

Club Diamond Jubilee

Events commemorating the Diamond Jubilee were a Dinner Dance held at the new club house on 26 April 1980 and the Presentation Night at the Gaythorne RSL on 17 October 1980.

 

1981

Main playing field at Teralba Park named "Fred Gray Memorial Field"

On 8 June 1981 the main playing field at Teralba Park was named "Fred Gray Memorial Field" in honour of the late Life Member, Fred Gray, for his part in the establishment of the Club and for his many years of untiring service in making Mitchelton Club into what it had become.

 

The dedication was held in conjunction with the annual Under 9 Carnival and Fete. A highlight of the day was the arrival by helicopter of England and Everton striker, Bob Latchford accompanied by Jim Hermiston and Ron Smith.

 

With completion of the club house, the Committee could then concentrate on more lighting, fencing, and closing off the original entrance from Griffith Street and opening the road from Osborne Road.

 

1983

The bitumen road from Osborne Road to Clubhouse opened

On training nights dust from the dirt road from Osborne Road to the playing fields created a haze over Teralba Park as vehicles transporting players arrived and departed. The construction of the bitumen road was a priority for the Sports Club under the then President Barrie Adams. The cost of the road was $12,955 and was paid for by funds raised by dedicated club members.

 

1983

Soccer superstar, George Best, visits the club

 

1984

Additional Park Land Leased

Alderman Roy Harvey continued as Patron and approval was given by the Council for the lease of additional land. A Development Committee was formed to prepare plans for advancement of the club up to 1990.

 

1983-90

Club played in the Second Division

 

1990

Second Division team relegated from Second to Third Division

 

1991

Third Division side won Third Division Premiership and Grand Final

Our 3rd Division team won the Premiership and the Grand Final against Latrobe with the Reserve Grade team winning the Grand Final against Slacks Greek. Players who played in the top team that year were Glen Norton, Michael Black, Graham Edmonds, Paul Tanner, Mark and Paul Bland, Brett McDonald, Tony Mancini, Craig Mills, Paul Wrigley, Phil Millard, Darren Mair, Geoff Lincoln, Giovanni Tatti, Coach - Peter Hely.

 

1992

Second Division side relegated to Third Division

After a sensational 1991 the Second Division team struggled all year and was unfortunately relegated to the 3rd Division for the following season.

 

1994

Mitchie enters a team in World Masters Games - known as the "MOB" Mitchelton Old Boys

 

1995

Amalgamation with Brisbane Sports Club proceeds

A consortium known as the Brisbane Sports Club, lead by Paul Novak offered to take over the running of the Mitchelton Sports Club and proposed a major upgrade of the Teralba Park facilities and football operations. Sports Club members voted to accept the proposal leading to Ex-Socceroos Greg Brown and Robbie Dunn playing for the Club and the acquisition of ex-international, Gary McDowall, as Club Coach for 1996. This change is seen as one of the highlights in Mitchelton Football Club's history.

 

1995

75th Anniversary Dinner held at Parliament House

A huge turnout of former and current players and supporters takes place at Queensland Parliament House.

 

1996

Senior team finishes second in Third Division and return to Second Division for the 1997 season

Restructuring of the competition by the Queensland Soccer Federation saw the Club placed in the Semi-Pro Division One North competition (effectively Division Two) for the 1997 season

 

1997

Senior team wins Semi Pro Division 1 North Premiership and Championship

Members of the 1997 team were: Andrew Poyser, Daryl Heiner, James Hermiston, Simon Arnold, Craig Binnington, Anthony Sommerville, Effie Cassar, Paul Bland, William Ingleldew, Michael Black, Brett McDonald, Lee Scriggins, Darryl Grundy, Adam Pilat, Enzo Dagostino, Tommy York, Chris McAlary, Matt Tochterman, Keith Shaw, and Toni Bellino.

 

2000

Team of the Century announced

A Panel of former players and supporters sought nominations for our Team of the Century . The Panel comprised Vic Marshall, Des Miles, Keith Green, Geoff Lincoln, Kevin Jones and Mick Carter.

Players selected for membership of the Club's Team of the Century were:

  • Goalkeepers - Ted Reimers and Dave Gallagher
  • Defenders - Iain Fagan, Paul Bland, Allen Bain, Ian Perry
  • Midfielders - Barry Rowe, Peter MacDonald, Col Bain, Neil Orford
  • Strikers - Michael Black, Richie Smith, Greg Brown, Carson Laird, Tom Kenward
  • Coach - Gary McDowall

 

2000

Junior teams received B.N.& D. Junior Soccer Association "Outstanding Club of the Year" award

The award was made to the club in the B.N.&D Junior Soccer Association competition achieving the highest number of points in premiership competition.

 

2001

Grand Final Day - Second Division play in Grand Final

Another successful season with our team making the Grand Final. The match was played at Perry Park but unfortunately we lost 0-2 to North Star. Our strongsupporter base always ensures that our teams are well supported.

 

2002

Push for Premier League Group established

To push for promotion to the Premier League, a volunteer group was established to develop a strategy to ensure the Club's competitiveness for promotion to the Premier League and its continuity in that competition.

 

2003

Senior team promoted to Premier League

Another significant moment in the Club's history was the First Division team winning a two legged play-off against Ipswich Knights (from the Premier League) to gain entry into the 2004 Premier League. Mitchelton had finished second to Eastern Suburbs after the completion of the home and away season. Mitchelton played the first play-off game at Teralba Park and won 3-0 courtesy of goals from Matt Hendra, Damian Pilat and Peter Josey. The return game at Ipswich was a 0-0 draw ensuring Mitchelton's victory in the play-off. The members of the team which won promotion to the top division for the Club after 83 years in lower divisions were: Rob Coulter, Adam Pilat, Dave O'Reilly, Erik Musiol, Peter Bancroft (coach), Matt Hendra, Jason Poggi, Jason Roberts, Peter Josey, Matthew Jones, Keith Shaw, Daniel Timms, Andrew Balzat, Andrew Poyser, Damian Pilat, Andrew Hendra, and Nick McCallum.

 

2004

Inaugural Club Stalwart Awards named

The club initiated awards for players serving the club for over 20 years and an honor board within the Clubhouse is erected. Players inducted were awarded a Stalwart Jacket. For further information see "Mitchie Memories".

 

2004

Premier League team finishes 4th in Inaugural Season

In an amazing season the Mitchelton Football Club finished 4th in its first tilt in Queensland's highest football competition. 4th spot was clinched in the final game of the home and away season with a 1-0 home win over Queensland Lions. Mitchelton then faced Queensland Lions in the semi-finals going down to the eventual Grand Final winners. The Mitchelton Club was successful in gaining the respect of the Brisbane Football Community with their match day presentations and huge home crowds. There were an abundance of memories from this first season in the Premier League.

Here are just some of them:

  • 2,000 people attend first home game against Palm Beach.

  • Mitchelton sign two National team strikers from Vanuatu, Richard Iwai and Etienne Mermer to bolster our attacking ranks.

  • Mitchelton defeat local rivals Brisbane City 4-1 at home amid jubilant scenes of home fans.

  • Mitchelton come from 3-1 down at home with 20 minutes to play to defeat Rochedale Rovers 4-3. Substitute Jason Poggi scores all three goals with his head after coming on with 20 minutes to play.

  • 2,000 people attend last home and away game versus Queensland Lions at Teralba Park and witness 1-0 win to Mitchie that secures 4th place and a place in the Semi-Finals. This was the last time that Queensland Lions were defeated as they became Queensland Roar and entered the newly formed National A-League.

  • Over 2,000 people visit Teralba Park seven days later to watch the semi-final first leg between Mitchelton and Queensland Lions which finishes 1-1. Queensland Lions win second leg to take their place in the Grand Final.

  • Mitchelton's Nick Kuyper wins the Brisbane Men's Football Player of the Year Award. Stephen Comino ranks seventh in overall points for same Award.

  • Greg Brown (Coach) and Nick Kuyper selected in Brisbane Mens Football team of the Year.

  • 50 players and supporters visit Vanuatu for end of season trip.


2004

Premier League team visit to Vanuatu to play exhibition matches against TAFEA Football Club (Pt Vila Premier League)

50 players and supporters visited Vanuatu for an end of season trip combined with an exhibition game against the best Club side in Vanuatu, TAFEA United. 4,000 spectators paid to watch the game held in the National Stadium. Many of the fans had to walk long distances to get to the game and then perched themselves in trees surrounding the ground to watch the game. Mitchelton ran out winners 4-1. This visit has provided a "sister club" affiliation with the TAFEA Football Club which will provide opportunities for players in both countries and friendships for life.

 

2005

Mitchelton Sports Club wins Australian Sports Commission 2005 Ausport Award for excellence in club development

The purpose of the 2005 Award was to recognise and reward the achievements, success stories and best practices of individuals and groups within the Australian Sporting system. It recognised quality management practices in areas of leadership, planning, people and members. An independent panel comprised of representatives from the sports industry assessed nominations in each award category against key criteria to select the finalists.

The Australian Sports Commission's General Manager of Sport Performance and Development said that Mitchelton Sports Club represented a great example of an effective and well-managed sports organisation which was driven by the principle of continuous improvement. He said that Mitchelton Sports Club exemplified good management practices by effectively delivering a range of programs and initiatives to improve services to members.

The Club was commended for developing a strategic plan to improve its management practices, to be more competitive, and to grow its business which contributed towards its senior soccer being promoted to the Premier League. The Club was also commended for its initiatives to promote the Club's activities through its match program and fixtures to help raise the Club's profile. Club President, Rohan Cassell attended the presentation of the award.

 

2006

Mitchelton Sports Club organises 40 year, 30 year, 20 year & 10 year Player Reunion

In 2006 the club held a reunion for players who played with the club in 1960s, 1976, 1986 and 1996. The Club was unable to locate team lists from 1966 but a number of players from that era attended.

 

2007

Mitchelton Football Club fields a record 70 teams

The break down of teams for the 2007 season is: 4 senior, 4 Over 35, 58 junior, 4 ladies (2 senior and 2 Junior). Total registrations are about 700 players.

Mitchie Memories

First Annual Ball held

The Club's First Annual Ball was held at the Mitchelton RSL on 30 August 1952. Highlights outlined in the advertisement included: Queen of the Ball, Novelties and Supper. Dress was optional. Entry was 10/- double or 5/- single.


The Bee Gees

The internationally famous singing group, the Bee Gees, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, performed at the Mitchelton Soccer Club Trophy Night in 1960 before they shot to stardom. The Club paid the princely sum of £6/6/0 for the pleasure.


The then 14 year old Barry towered over his 11 year twin brothers and the quality of their performance left a lasting impression on their audience, many of whom have followed the careers of the young artists from this time.


The Bee Gees released their first international hit, New York Mining Disaster, in 1966 and their songs have topped the charts in five successive decades.


George Best comes to Mitchie Soccer Club

Football legend and superstar, George Best, visited Mitchelton Soccer Club on 18 July 1983. Best thrilled the packed club house and the more than 150 juniors who turned up to see the star and hound him for autographs. Long time club supporter, Mitchelton Pharmacist, Ril Garozzo, was largely responsible for sponsoring Best's visit to the club.


Teralba Park

The move to Teralba Park represents one of the most significant events undertaken by the Club in its long history. The Park has provided the infrastructure for the Club to participate at the highest level in Brisbane football.


Success has not been achieved without hard work and the Club has been blessed with a fine range of individuals who have given their time to help the Club achieve its goals.


Thirty-six acres of land on the southern side of Pullen Road was resumed by the Brisbane City Council in 1952 for use for park and recreation. It was named "Teralba" meaning "Big Trees". The land had originally been owned by Nicholas Mitchell after whom Mitchelton was named.


From 1860 to 1900 part of the area was a very successful Vineyard operated by Mr Jesse Pullen. The following 40 years the area had been occupied by very successful Chinese market gardeners.


The Park was leased by Mitchelton Sports Club in 1977 and now boasts 12 football fields. Through the hard work of volunteers, contractors and the Brisbane City Council, Teralba Park has been developed into one of the finest football complexes in Brisbane.


The dedicated people involved in the development of the Park also had to deal with not only the operations of a growing club but also the need to pull in additional funding for works at the new ground. Club members made financial commitments through team building levies, selling raffle tickets at the Brook Hotel, organizing raffles, carnivals and the annual fete. Selling bricks was a good fund raiser particularly pursued by Life Member, George Lincoln. Maynard Savage purchased the first brick sold.


It is difficult to name everyone who gave up their time to participate on a regular basis in working bees or fund raising activities to make Teralba Park what it is today but there are some who are worthy of mention: Arthur and Merle Heiner, Bill and Val Thompson, Frank and June Barrett, Duncan McDonald, Ross Black, Keith Green, Ray Bryant, Rob Beck, Col Ivey, Arthur Kitchener, Mick Bartkowski, Les Hunt, Terry and May Anderson, Kevin Jones, Len Snowdon, Eric Mitchell, Michael & Moira Blunt, Phil Harris, Deiter Klose, Graham Cleeland, Andy and Pat Baker, Ada and Andy Thompson and Garnett Kerr. Unfortunately, June Barrett, a Life Member, who had been one of the Club's greatest workers particularly in fund raising activities and the move to Teralba Park, passed away suddenly in 1983.

 

At the Brookside end of the park, a playground was constructed in memory of Kerrie Heiner. Kerrie passed away in 1977 from an illness at 10 years of age. Kerrie's family has had a long association with the Club as administrators and players. Kerrie's mother, Merle, is a Life Member of the Club and the Kerrie Heiner Memorial Trophy is awarded each year initially to the team raising the most money for the Club.


Des Miles - FIFA Referee

Des was a member of the 1959 Third Division Premiership winning team and later for a couple of seasons as an unelected President of the club's senior soccer division. Des obtained his grade 1 refereeing certificate in 1969 and was a member of the Referees Federation management committee from 1967 to 1975. He was vice president of the Federation from 1978 to 2001 and was awarded Life Membership in 1978. He held the position of State Referees Coach from 1973 to 1989. In 1977 Des obtained his Federation of International Football Association's (FIFA) badge in 1977 which enabled him to referee matches any where in the world. Des has also been involved in coaching junior referees. Highlights of his career have including refereeing matches between Australia/Queensland and opposition from Russia, Israel, Canada, China, Manchester United, Chelsea, Middlesborough, Glasgow Rangers, and Hong Kong. In July 2011, Des featured in a Courier Mail article written by Bernie Pramberg. Click here to read the article.


Family Club

Mitchelton has a history of several generations of a family playing for the club. Some of the names which have been synonymous with Mitchelton Club are Jim Docherty, John Tree, Vic Marshall, Stockdales, McJannetts and Fred Gray and Tom Jones, while the Lairds (Willie, Bob, Tom, Carson, Andy, Bill, Bob, Eddie, Matthew, John, Graham and Shane), the Greens (Albert, George, Percy, Fred, Brian, Doug, Merv, Ernie, Keith, Gary, Robert, Ken and Keith Jnr), the Lincolns (Bill, George, Geoff and Andrew), the Moreys (Gordon, Graham, Peter, Neil, Daniel, Carl and Trent) have ensured there has always been some of their members active in the Club. Individual records are those of George Lincoln and Carson Laird both Life Members and Club members for over 50 years. Both Sid, the father, and John, the son, of Bill Sharman, one of the two surviving members of the 1948 premiership team, played for Mitchelton.


Queen's Birthday Weekend Carnival and Fete

One of the highlights of the Club's year was the Annual Fete and Under 9 Carnival held on the Queen's Birthday holiday. This event was held from the late 1960s to the early 1990s and was a big fund raiser. Stalls were conducted by teams not involved in the carnival. One of the largest Under 9 Carnivals held was in 1983 when 20 teams participated including sides from Gympie, Dalby, Ipswich and Toowoomba. The major final was won by the Mitchelton Under 9 Division 1 North team defeating Pine Rivers. The consolation final was won by Eastern Suburbs defeating Albany Creek. In addition to the under 9 competition, Dalby Association brought teams in the 10, 11 and 12 age groups to play against Mitchelton teams.


Miss Mitchelton

The Miss Mitchelton Quest was part of a fund raising event conducted by the Brisbane Junior Soccer Association as the Miss Junior Soccer Competition. The participating clubs were permitted to retain 80% of the funds raised by competition entrants. The balance was used for Brisbane junior representative teams. The Annual Quest was held during the 1970s and 80s. Known Miss Mitchelton entrants included: Cheryl Miles, Karen Tanzer, Kellie Jones and Joan Van Kuijck.


Stalwart Jackets

As part of the Club's Rewards and Recognition Strategy the following players were awarded the first Mitchie Stalwart Jackets for having played for the Club for a total of twenty years.


  • Graham Morey - 1956 - 1981. Played 25 seasons missing only two seasons while traveling around Australia and overseas.
  • Peter Morey - 1957 - 1993. Missed only two seasons when traveling around Australia and overseas before retiring after the World Masters Games in 1994
  • Geoff Lincoln - 1962 - 1991. Played 27 seasons for Mitchelton missing a couple of seasons having brief stints at other clubs. Retired in 1991 after playing in 1991 Second Division Grand Final winning team.
  • Kevin Jones - 1962 - 1990. Played a total of 23 years for the Club and three seasons Commercial League.
  • Garth Jones - 1964 - 1987. Played a total of 23 years for the club with one year with another club.
  • Craig Roberts - 1964 -1990. Played 17 consecutive seasons until 1980 before a stint at another club. Returned to Mitchelton in 1986 playing couple of seasons before playing finishing in Commercial League in 1990.
  • Graeme Anderson - 1969 - 1996. Played junior soccer for Mitchelton for 4 seasons before transferring to other clubs. Returned to Mitchelton in 1980 and playing continuously for a further 17 seasons.
  • Darryl Heiner - 1969 - present. Playing career with Mitchelton broken by stints with other Premier League team. Continuing to play for Mitchie in one of our Over 35 teams.
  • Ritchie Puttock - 1971 - 1999. Played a total of 27 seasons broken by brief stints with other clubs.
  • Brett McDonald - 1973 - 1998. Played for Mitchelton for a total of 25 seasons missing only the 1984 season. Club's leading goal-scorer on a number of occasions. Brett along with Michael Black was awarded a Testimonial Year by the Club and funds were raised to construct the shaded area at the front of our Clubhouse.
  • Grant Bryant - 1975 - present. Played for Mitchelton for 10 years before transferring to other clubs. He returned to Mitchelton in 1987 and played a further 15 seasons missing only a couple of seasons. Currently playing in Over 35 team.
  • Michael Black - 1976 - present. Currently coaches and plays in Over 35 team in his 25th season with the Club. Voted Mr Football on several occasions and is a member of the Mitchelton Team of the Century.
  • Phil Millard - 1976 - 2001. Played a total of 24 seasons with Mitchelton missing two seasons while interstate and having a year off.
  • Paul Bland - 1977 - 2001. Played 23 season missing only one while interstate. Paul is a member of the Mitchelton Team of the Century
  • Rohan Cassell - 1974 - 2005. Played 11 consecutive seasons giving the game away before returning to play a further 11 seasons. Rohan is a past president of the club


Unknown Team

On the Club House wall is of a photograph of a team about which only limited information is available. The player in the front row with the ball has been identified by his granddaughter as being David Campbell, father of Malcolm Campbell, who played with the Club in its successful teams in 1948 and 1959. It is believed that the photo would have been taken somewhere between 1918 and about 1925. Any information on this team would be appreciated.

Mitchie Reps

AUSTRALIAN REPRESENTATIVES


The Club has had a number of players who have represented our country at the highest level. These include:


MEN


PremCoach-Greg-Brown-medGreg Brown

Greg Brown made 16 appearances for the Socceroos against New Zealand, England, USA, South Korea, Croatia, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Solomon Islands and Tahiti. He scored on three occasions. Greg played his junior football in England before playing with Paramatta Eagles and West Adelaide in the now defunct National Soccer League (NSL). He was leading goal scorer for West Adelaide in the 1993/4 season. Greg joined Mitchelton in 1996 as a player and is presently the head coach of the Club's Premier League team. Greg was named in the Club's Team of the Century.


Gary McDowell

Gary McDowell made 25 appearances for the Socceroos scoring 12 goals. He played against China, Czechoslovakia, New Zealand, Canton, Shandong, Everton, Chile, South Korea, Morocco, Egypt, Taiwan, Dinamo Zagreb, Israel, and Fiji. Gary played in the National Soccer League with Footscray JUST, South Melbourne, and Brunswick and has coached teams at Mitchelton and Rochedale Rovers. He was Assistant Coach for the Brisbane Strikers in the National Soccer League. Gary was named as Coach for the Club's Team of the Century.


Robert Dunn

Robert Dunn made 36 appearances for the Socceroos scoring on 3 occasions. He played against Udinese, Red Star Belgrade, China, New Zealand, Israel, Taiwan, Scotland, Czechoslovakia, Shandong, Everton, Chile, Shamrock Rovers, Egypt, South Korea, IFK Gothenburg, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Yugoslavia, Nigeria and USSR. Robert played NSL for West Adelaide, Preston Macedonia, and Melbourne Croatia. He played for Mitchelton in 1995.

 

Iain Fagan

Iain Fagan represented Australia at Under 23 level in 1973. He toured Indonesia with the Under 23 team playing the Indonesian National Team on 3 occasions. Iain also played against the Chinese National Team, Manchester United, Chelsea, Bristol Rovers and Aberdeen. Iain represented Queensland 13 times and was named in the Club's Team of the Century. Iain's brothers, Jim, Billy and Paul all played for Mitchelton. Iain is again with the Club coaching his sons.


david_williamsDavid Williams

Former Mitchelton Junior and Aboriginal footballer, David Williams, is currently playing for Melbourne Heart in the Australian A-League competition, where he has been since 2011. After playing for Mitchelton in 2002/03David attended the Queensland Institute of Sport in 2004/05 and had a brief stint with A-League side, Queensland Roar, before his move to Europe.In 2006 where he played for Brondby in Denmark. On his return to Australia in 2009 he played for North Queensland Fury and Sydney FC before joining Melbourne Heart. David played in the Australian under 20 team and the the Australian under 23 Olyroos team in 2007/08 which progressed to the last stage of qualifying for the Olympic Games, with David scoring 2 goals against Jordan in Amman. He made his debut for the Socceroos in Australia's World Cup qualifier with China on 22 June 2008, when he came on as a substitute for James Holland


WOMEN


Doris Haddock

Doris moved with her family to Mitchelton at age 10 where she briefly attended the Mitchelton State School. The family moved to Gladstone and later to Nambour. After completing high school she moved back to Brisbane to attend the Kelvin Grove Teachers College. Doris read about Women's Soccer in the newspaper and joined the young Mitchelton club where she captained the team. Doris went on to represent Queensland from 1975 to 1979 and Australia in 1977 and 1978. She later managed the Queensland Women's Team for a number of years.


Queensland Reps

QUEENSLAND REPRESENTATIVES

 

MEN

A number of Mitchelton or former Mitchelton players went on to represent Queensland at interstate level. These include: Allen Bain, Richie Smith, Mark Greer, Brian Parker, Iain Fagan and Colin Bain.


WOMEN

Apart from Doris Haddock who played for both Queensland and Australia, a number of other women players who played for Mitchelton also represented Queensland. These included: Brenda Jones, Leonie YohYeh, Suzanne Grant, Lesley Arkinstall and Vera O'Donovan.

 

Overseas Players

Scott Higgins

 

Affectionately known as "Giggles", Scott, a former Mitchelton goalkeeper, has achieved success with Brisbane Strikers in the now defunct National Soccer League before moving to Scotland where he played for Falkirk in the Scottish Premier League.

 

He returned to Australia to play in the A-League competition for Gold Coast United. He joined the staff at Gold Coast United in 2010-2011 as Goalkeeping Coach 

Seniors Statesmen

THE CLUB'S SENIOR STATESMEN - THE 1948 TEAM

 

Tom Kenward, now in his 90s, and Bill Sharman, in his 80s, are the last surviving members of the 1948 Third Division Premiership winning team. The following is a brief outline of their careers.

 

Tom Kenward

Tom was born in 1914. His family moved to Mitchelton shortly after his birth. He started playing soccer at school and commenced playing his senior football for the YMCA in 1935. Tom's older brothers, Fred and Wally, both played for Mitchelton in the 1920s and 30s. Carson Laird, the holder of Mitchelton's goal scoring record for a season, credits Tom's fine work down the left wing for many of his goals. Tom was a member of the Club's 1948 premiership winning side. Tom's son, Bruce, played for the Club from 1958 to 1961 in a team coached by Tom. The team won three consecutive premierships in Under 13, 14 and 15 undefeated. Tom was named in the Club's Team of the Century.

 

Bill Sharman

Bill Sharman started playing for the Club in about 1936. The Second World War intervened and Bill served in the Army in New Guinea. After the war, the Club recommenced and Bill played until 1953. Bill was goalkeeper for the Club's 1948 Third Division Premiership winning team. Bill's father, Syd, had played for the Club for several years from 1923. Bill's son, John, commenced playing for the Club in 1956.

 

Bill credits the success of the 1948 team to the fitness regime imposed by its French coach, Wally Mielliene. Wally turned up to a club meeting under a street light outside the Mitchelton Picture Theatre wanting to coach the team. At the time the club had a bank balance of £3/7/-. The team members did not want a coach but changed their mind when Wally offered to donate £100 to the Club towards the costs of balls and equipment. Wally had apparently represented France before coming to Australia.

 

Life Members

The Club awards Life Membership to people making outstanding contributions to its success. These persons have been awarded Life Membership: George Green, Mick Downey, Carson Laird, Fred Gray, Tom Jones, George Lincoln, Merle Heiner, Ada Thompson, June Barrett, Andy Thompson, May Anderson, Les Hadlow, Ross Black, Kevin Jones, Gary Green, Ian Millard, Kay Albrecht, Ron Walsh, Faith Eiser, Alan Lievesley and Rohan Cassell.


All Life Members are special people who have done extraordinary things to make the club what it is today. While not trying to single out individuals, the following is a brief insight into some of those who have made outstanding contributions over very long periods of time.


Fred Gray

Fred Gray's involvement with the club commenced in 1933 when he was partly instrumental, with his father and George Green, in the formation of a junior team known as Mitchelton Rovers. The club's first trophies were donated by those three which, in the depression time, would have meant personal sacrifices. Fred coached junior teams and was later responsible for re-convening the club after the Second World War. Fred had served in the Seventh Division, AIF, in the Middle East and later in New Guinea. Fred was the Club's Honorary Secretary for 17 years. He also served as President and was the club's delegate to the Brisbane Association for many years. In a time when home telephones were rare, Fred conducted business in a local telephone box and when postage became too costly, he went out on his bicycle delivering Club letters. Fred was a Life Member and passed away in 1977. In 1981, the main playing field at Teralba Park was named the "Fred Gray Memorial Field" in his honour.


Keith Green

Keith passed away in 2006 after an association with the club starting back in 1959. During this time Keith occupied various positions including President, Committee Member, Team Manager, Canteen Convenor, Life Member, tireless worker and No. 1 supporter. Keith's sons, Gary and Robert, and grandsons, Chris, Douglas, Tim and Matthew, have played for Mitchie. In recognition of Keith's service, the club has introduced the Keith Green Trophy to be awarded to the Supporters' Player of the year in the Premier League team. Each year the Keith Green Golf Day is held also recognising Keith's service to the Club.


Carson Laird

Carson Laird's involvement with the Club started in 1933 when he played junior football with Fred Gray in the Mitchelton Rovers. Apart from playing and coaching, Carson also held various executive positions including club president. Carson still holds the record for the most number of goals for the senior team in one season (68). Carson was made a life member of the Club and maintained his interest in the Club until his death in 1996. Such was the role of the Laird family in the club that at one time Carson, two of his nephews and a brother-in-law played in the same team. Carson served in the AIF Munitions Corps during the war in the Middle East and in the Pacific Islands. The Carson Laird Memorial Trophy is contested each year between the Premier League teams of Mitchelton and Souths United.


George Lincoln

George Lincoln was another life member with a long association with the club. The Lincoln family has been represented by several generations with George's brother, Bill, sons, Geoff and Dennis, and grandson, Andrew, all pulling on the Mitchie playing strip. George was born in England and came to Australia when he was 9 years of age in 1920. He played in the local competition in the 1930s. He served on the Club's committee for many years and passed away in 1993 with over 50 year's association with the Club.


Mick Downey

Mick Downey was a railway employee and voluntary member of St John's Ambulance. He attended, in his ambulance uniform, home and many away matches for the club for over 40 years. The club held matches on the Queen's Birthday Weekend each year to raise money for Mick but such was his dedication, he donated the money to St John's Ambulance. One of Mick's most effective treatments for on field injuries was producing smelling salts. Injured players rather than having a sniff of the foul smelling salts recovered quickly.


Jones Family

The Jones family has had a long association with the club dating back nearly 50 years. Tom (TV) was a committee member and held a number of positions over the years including Secretary for approx 10 years and also served as President. Wife, Edna, was an active member of the ladies auxiliary committee. Sons, Les, Alwyn, Kevin, Garth and daughter, Brenda, and grandsons, Adam and Matthew, have all played for the club. Kevin has also been a committee member and has held the position of President for a number of years. Kevin has also been a senior and junior coach. Both Tom and Kevin were awarded Life Membership.

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