The History of AWFA

1986

AWSA League Champions Division 2 Men

1985

AWSA Grand Final Reserve Men

1976

Under 12 Boys

At the beginning of 1973, there were two soccer clubs operating in the Albury-Wodonga area, Albury United and the Wodonga Falcons. Both clubs had senior men's and under 16 boys' teams playing in the North Eastern Victoria Soccer League which was based in a region surrounding the town of Shepparton.

In late February of 1973 at the AGM of Albury United, Bill Luders, who had only just moved to Albury, was disappointed to discover that there was only one junior soccer team in the whole of Albury. After this meeting, he was approached by Hans Laramee and Mike Smith about starting a local soccer competition. Both men were aware of some discontent among players due to the travel involved in the north eastern league, and there was also great interest in expanding junior soccer in Albury. They decided to organise a steering committee to look at the possibility of forming a soccer competition to be located in Albury-Wodonga.

The committee included;
Mike Smith as chairman
Ian Barker as secretary
Jimmy McKinven as treasurer
Hans Laramee as senior players' co-ordinator
Bill Luders as junior players' co-ordinator 
Frank Bannister Snr as referees and judiciary co-ordinator.

 

The group met at Hans Laramee's home each Wednesday night for six weeks and eventually a constitution was written and the group was ready to call a public meeting to launch a new soccer association early in June, 1973. The association was later to become known as the Albury-Wodonga Soccer Association (AWSA).

In late May 1973, an advertisement was placed in the Border Morning Mail calling on all children interested in playing soccer to gather at Melrose Park, Lavington.

It was a pleasant surprise for everyone when 36 children presented at Melrose Park. It was decided to develop a zoning system to form teams and distribute the players evenly across Albury. Children residing in Lavington were to be called Melrose Park Rangers with Hans Laramee in charge. The players residing around North Albury were organised by Frank Bartazzo and attached to his Lavington Soccer Club which was based at Glen Park. Children living south of North Street were to be looked after by Tony Ratcliffe and Bill Luders and were later to become known as Albury Hotspurs.

Ian Barker, a well known Dean Street pharmacist and generous benefactor of many sports in the Albury area, purchased three sets of t-shirts from a local store which were used as playing strips for the new soccer teams. The only colours available in that quantity of t-shirt were purple, green and orange. The purple shirts were given to the Melrose Park Rangers' players explaining the origin of that club's current colours . Green shirts were allocated to the Lavington players and Hotspurs used the orange shirts but changed from orange to their current gold colour later in that year.

With the success of the junior soccer games each Saturday morning at Melrose Park, there was now the move to start a senior competition. The idea was to develop the senior teams on the junior club structure which was now operating at Melrose Park.

A meeting of members of the south team met at Jim McKinven's house during June 1973. They decided to adopt the name Albury Hotspurs Soccer Club and to wear gold because it was a colour that was visually very strong and was recognised as the colour of success. Ian Barker seconded a number of players from Albury City Hockey Club to help form the first Hotspurs senior men's soccer team. Other senior teams formed at this time included Melrose Park Rangers (purple) Lavington (red), Twin City Wanderers (sky blue/maroon) and Albury Rovers (red/black).

In early June 1973, a meeting was held at the Boomerang Hotel and the AWSA was formed with Albury Hotspurs having a significant presence on the new association through Ian Barker (secretary) Jim McKinven (treasurer) and Bill Luders and Tony Ratcliffe as vice-presidents. The AWSA was to affiliate with New South Wales Amateur Soccer Association later in 1973.

The first senior games in the newly formed AWSA were played on Sunday, 1 July 1973.The competition consisted of the five teams previously named plus a sixth team known as the Presidents Xl formed by players unattached to an existing club. This eliminated a bye for the competition. Most games were played at Melrose Park with some games played at Jelbart Park and also at Aloysius Park later in the year.

The year ended with the AWSA having 64 registered senior players and 35 junior players. The association was to grow extensively in the next few years.

The inaugural winners of AWSC competitions held in its first year in 1973 included:

  • Minor premiers: Albury Rovers
  • Grand final winner: Lavington SC
  • Grand final runners up: Melrose Park Rangers
  • Runner up: Melrose Park Rangers

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AWFA Life Members

Ian Barker (Deceased)  Jenny Barlow
Tony Barlow Carla Bau
Ian Belgre Franco Bertazzo
Frank Bonacci Garry Brew
Marie Brew Ron Cotterill (Deceased)
June Duell (Deceased) Jacqui Finlay
Wayne Fraser Stephen Hayes
John King (Deceased) Mark Leman
Rick Martin Cobb Millyn (Deceased)
John Milton Fred Morse
Vince Pica David Pye
Tony Ratcliffe Sue Rixon
Brian Schreiber Carlo Villani
Harry Wright


Update February 2019

Past Committee Members

2018 Executive Members

President - Mark Leman
Vice President Business Operations - Chris Stern
Secretary - Chris Pidd
Treasurer - Rad Sredojevic
Registrar - Belinda Martin
Recorder - Tony Cigana
Vice President Football Operations - Nico Mathews
Vice President External Operations - Vacant
Vice President Resources - Vacant
Vice President High Performance - Simon Randall
MPIO - Vacant

2017 Executive Members

President - Mark Leman
Vice President Business Operations - Chris Pidd
Secretary - Kiera Hayes
Treasurer - Rad Sredojevic
Registrar - Belinda Martin
Recorder - Tony Cigana
Vice President Football Operations - Nico Mathews
Vice President External Operations - Vacant
Vice President Resources - Vacant
Vice President High Performance - Simon Randall
MPIO -Fiona Smith

2016 Executive Members

President - Simon Randall
Secretary - Kiera Hayes
Treasurer - Rad Sredojevic
Registrar - Belinda Martin
Recorder - Tony Cigana
Vice President Football Operations - Nico Mathews
Vice President Resources - Ian Belgre
Vice President High Performance - Simon Randall
MPIO - Fiona Smith

2015 Executive Members

President - Jacqui Finlay
Vice President Business Operations - Damian Morrison
Secretary - Kiera Hayes
Treasurer - Rad Sredojevic
Registrar - Chelsea Nhansana
Recorder - Kerryn Anderson
Vice President Football Operations - John Mahoney
Vice President External Operations - Damian Morrison
Vice President Resources - Vacant
Vice President High Performance - Simon Randall

2014 Executive Members

President - Craig McDonald
Vice President Business Operations - Garry Brew
Secretary - Kiera Hayes
Treasurer - Rad Sredojevic
Registrar - Marie Brew
Recorder - Marie Brew
Vice President Football Operations - John Mahoney
Vice President External Operations - Leonie Yates
Vice President Resources - Vacant
Vice President High Performance - Gemma Noordewier

2013 Executive Members

President - Colin Johnson
Secretary - Garry Brew
Registrar - Kiera Hayes
Vice President Resources - Sharyn Ryan
Vice President Business Operations - Craig McDonald
Treasurer - Marie Brew
Recorder - Kiera Hayes
Vice President External Operations - Leonie Yates

2012 Executive Members

President - Colin Johnson
Vice President - Garry Brew
Secretary - Mario Mangion
Treasurer - Marie Brew
Registrar - Alison Koschel
Recorder - Sharyn Ryan
Vice President Football Operations - Rick Koschel
Vice President High Performance - Mark Leman
Member Protection Information Officer - Louise Scheidl
Minute Secretary - Stephen Hayes
Vice President Business Operations - VACANT
Vice President External Operations - VACANT
Vice President Resources - VACANT
Disciplinary Administrator - Tony Barlow

2011 Executive Members

President - Craig McDonald
Vice President - Jason Fitzpatrick
Secretary - Garry Brew
Treasurer - Marie Brew
Registrar - Alison Koschel
Recorder - Mario Mangion
Vice President Football Operations - Rick Koschel
Vice President Business Operations - Robert Brown
Vice President High Performance - Dave Smith
Vice President External Operations - Neal Kelly
Vice President Resources - Vacant
Disciplinary Officer - Tony Barlow

2010 Executive Members

President - Craig McDonald
Vice President - Stephen Hayes
Secretary - Karryn Bradbury
Treasurer - Jacqui Finlay
Vice President Coaches - Wayne Fraser
Vice President Reps - Neal Kelly
Vice President Women - Dave Smith
Vice President Development - Wayne Fraser
Registrar - Garry Brew
Recorder - Marie Brew
Disciplinary Officer - Tony Barlow

2007 Executive Members

President - Craig McDonaldz
Vice President (Senior) - Frank Bonacci
Secretary - Jenny Barlow
Treasurer - Jacqui Finlay
Vice President (Development) - Mark Leman
Vice President (Coaches) - Criag McDonald
Vice President (reps) - Sue Rixon
Vice President (Ladies) - Wil Mollisson
Registrar - Garry Brew
Recorder - Marie Brew
Disciplinary Officer - Toni Barlow
Riverina Development Officer - Tim Wilson

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