Concord Junior Soccer Club celebrates 50 years

a group of people posing for a photo

The club, which is renowned for being rich in history, was formed way back in 1958.
A group of interested parents and local football enthusiasts met to form Concord Junior Soccer Club. Many of those who became involved in the newly formed junior club had previous playing and administration experience with Concord and District Soccer Football Club.
It was no coincidence that the home ground for the new club was Edwards Park, that the colours of the new club were Black and White, nor that the chief administration officer was Club Secretary Mr George Liddell with his brother Doug as treasurer. Even the early versions of the club constitution closely monitored the 1947 constitution of the previous senior club.
The first President of Concord JSC, Mr Lerryn Mutton, did not attend the inaugural meeting of a handful of parents interested in establishing a sporting outlet for their children. However, he was elected President and served the role for eight years.
Things have gone from strength to strength at the club and the growth has continued in such an impressive way.
In 2007, over sixty teams were fielded in various competitions from under 6?s through to All-Age over 35?s and the club?s now growing contingent of girls/ladies teams.
Current executive members have been guiding the club through much of this period. People like Terry Jones, Marina Smith and today?s President Angela Lukas have all contributed to the club over a substantial period of time.
Away from the history, the evening itself was hailed as a huge success.
Angela Lukas, current President of the Concord Junior Soccer Club praised the efforts of what has been a fantastic journey thus far for the club.
?Thank you to all of our members, past and present, who have been part of the Concord Junior Soccer Club journey over the last 50 years. The club?s journey is not yet finished and for many, the journey has only just begun.
?Australian soccer is 150 years old this year and the Canterbury District Soccer Football Association, with which we are affiliated, is over 80 years old.
?We have been part of soccer history for 50 of these years and it is with great confidence that we look towards the next 50 years. There will no doubt be challenges in the future but we have strong foundations that were established by our predecessors and this strength will guide us towards a very successful future,? Lukas stated in her official President?s message in the 50th Anniversary Dinner celebrations booklet.
-By Mark Stavroulakis