WHILE most football teams are concentrating on finals and end of season festivities, it’s all hands to the pumps at Sawtell as it prepares to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
With the theme for the upcoming celebratory evening on Sunday, September 30 planned around ‘the past, the present, the future’, it’ll be a unique opportunity for Scorpions past and present to have some fun and catch up with old and new friends.
Sawtell FC president Adrian Blythe said the club has had a colorful history.
“Way back in 1968 a handful of local football enthusiasts met to form the Sawtell and District Soccer Club,” Blythe said.
“Minutes from that inaugural meeting show that the ‘Annual registration fee be $1 or 10 cents per week until paid out’ and that ‘The club purchases a number of balls to the value of $10’.”
Since those halcyon days the club has been through good times and bad times but nowadays they proudly boast being the biggest club in the North Coast Football region, and one of the biggest clubs in rural Australia with more than 500 registered players turning out to put the boot in every week.
Club stalwart Helen Urquhart has spent the past three months trawling through thousands of old photos, match programs, committee minutes and untold documents containing the history of the club.
All this history will be on display at the 50th birthday night being held at the Sawtell RSL Club.
The evening’s proceedings will include a two-course meal, guest speakers, entertainment and a band. The club still has tickets available but they are selling fast.
The Scorpions are still very keen to hear from anyone who has been involved with the club over the past 50 years, especially past players, club officials and supporters.
“A big night is expected with players coming from interstate and even some from overseas,” Mrs Urquhart said.
“With three ex-international players in our ranks it is sure to be a night like no other.”
Anyone wanting to buy tickets will need to phone the club on 0411 582 513.
*** For the record: There are still Sawtell teams concentrating on finals campaigns. The club’s 12 Boys 2nd Division team is already in the grand final while Sawtell’s Men’s 2nd Division, Women’s 3rd Division, Men’s over-35s, 17 Boys, 16 Girls and 12 Boys 1st Division sides be trying to join them in the grand finals when those teams play this weekend.