Soccer club celebrates its 40th

Going for goal. The Bangalow Bluedogs in action against Byron Bay last season.
Going for goal. The Bangalow Bluedogs in action against Byron Bay last season.

From humble beginnings in 1970, the Bangalow Soccer Club this year celebrates its 40th anniversary.
The club’s committee has been hard at work planning for the season and has lots planned, culminating in a presentation dinner in October.

That very first meeting organised by Hec McKenzie and the late Bill Rudgley was held at the Bangalow Primary School and had representatives from Bangalow, Nashua, Fernleigh, Newrybar and Mullumbimby on March 23, 1970.

The club to be known as Bangalow Junior Soccer Club started with two under 14 teams, one under 10 and one under 8 team.

These teams were to play on the Bangalow Showground under rather primitive conditions, picking up cow pads off the field before games, and later when senior teams joined they trained under car lights.
The joining fee was $1 per child or $1.50 per family, with ball fees just 10 cents.

Bill Rudgley was President from 1970-1974 and then became vice-president. Hec McKenzie held many positions on the committee until 1991 and rejoined in 1995 as vice-president.


This season the club anticipates over 30 teams to play in this year’s competitions, from men’s and women’s Premier Leagues to the Grade 6 small-sided games, and are very fortunate to be playing on the magnificent sporting fields which are the result of hard work and community fundraising, co-ordinated by the Bangalow Sports Association and supported by the Byron Shire Council.

The Bangalow Soccer Club is made up of many local families and individuals who work tirelessly to keep it kicking along, and encourages and welcomes all new and existing players to come and play for the ‘Bluedogs’.

The 2010 season kicked off with senior men and women’s sign-on on Tuesday and training will commence this evening (Thurs) at 6pm for the men and Wednesday, February 10, at 6 pm for the women, where all coaches will be announced. All players from Premier Division down are welcome.

The junior sign-on will be held on Thursday, February 18, from 4pm to 6pm and Saturday, February 20, from 9am to 10.30am.

The club’s website is presently being updated and further info will be available at

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