Written by Jan Clow
A meeting of interested people was called in November 1975 to form a soccer section of Oatley RSL Youth Club. The Youth Club wished to continue a sporting activity on Renown Park as the Youth Club had the park on a 10- year lease from Kogarah Council.
A committee was formed with Ted Thornwaite as President, Bob Dines as Secretary, and Barry Finn as Treasurer. Tribute must be made to Mrs Jean Thornwaite for the time and effort she contributed behind the scene attending to all the other jobs which run the club for which we now have formal positions.
Eight teams were formed and they competed in the St George Soccer Association in the 1976 season. The 10A(1) team were undefeated Premiers and went on to win Champion of Champions. The 7C team was undefeated Minor Premiers and Premiers. The following season saw a 100% increase in team numbers to 16, of which the Club won 5 Premierships.
Our playing strip has changed dramatically over the years. The original shirts of white with red hoops and trim were made from donated material, worn with white shorts. The 1979 season saw a change to shirts with vertical stripes and black shorts. These new shirts were purchased with funds raised by an aluminium can drive throughout 1978. The change to the present strip of red and white with black trim was made in 1983.
Continual improvements have been made to the playing field, lighting, and conditions for players, members and workers. A great asset to our Club is that much of the work that needed doing has been done on a voluntary basis.