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CLUB HISTORY 

The Club saw daylight back in 1967 when three men, in particular, Jack Gurteen, Paddy Thoburn and Ken Paton organised friendly games with other clubs, and from there the Club became known.

In that year there were four junior teams and two of the original players were Eddie Thiesfield and Tony Wheeler.  Phil Weddell, the Goalkeeper, won the Best and Fairest trophy from the BN & D.

1968 saw the Club with Junior teams and one Senior team, 7th Division, and that team for the following four years was promoted to a higher division each year.  In 1972 they were Premiers and Grand Finalists.

Each year onwards, the Club began to grow and grow quickly, and our first representative player was Steven Sollars.  Every year after that the Club was fortunate to have Club players represent Brisbane and Queensland.  John Koch who p;layed for Rivers from the age of five, represented both Brisbane and Queensland, and at the age of fifteen played soccer at Senior level.  He was then selected to spend a couple of years at the Australian Institute of Sport, and by the age of twenty was playing National League in Sydney.

Jason Polak made representative level, had a stint with Watford, England, then returned to the Australian Institute of Sport and also played National League in Sydney.  Since then Rivers has produced many representative players for Brisbane, Queensland, Schoolboys and National League.

Pine Rivers United is now a sports club incorporating many other sports within the Club over the years including netball, cricket, fishing, darts and poker.  Pine Rivers is proud of its achievements with young players and its development with football players.

This year marks the Golden Anniversary of Pine Rivers Football and celebrations will be held during the year culminating in a Gala Presentation Night on Saturday September 16th at the Lions Hall, Lawnton. 

Ian Steele – Director of Coaching 1980

Age 29. Trialled with Brighton, England for 6 weeks as a 17 year old, then played with Hastings in the Southern League, Premier Division as a semi-pro for 3 years.  Represented Sussex twice.  Arrive Australia 1973 and with North Brisbane, Lions and Mt. Gravatt represented Queensland six times playing against Aberdeen, Bristol Rovers and Chelsea.  Member of the Australian World Cup squad 1974. Top goalscorer first division 1978. Rothmans Gold Medal winner 1978. Has Senior Australian F.A. Coaching Badge.

 

 

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