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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


Greg 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 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.


Mitchie 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.

Mitchie Reps: 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 

Senior 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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