Oxley Soccer Association History
The Oxley Soccer Association was founded in 1995 by the amalgamation of the Hastings and Macleay Valley Soccer Associations.
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Manning District Soccer Association History
The history books are a little thin for the Manning District Soccer Association but Taree’s Clive Bloomfield reckons junior competitions started in the area in the late 1960s and early 70s.
The two driving forces behind the sport were Phil Kirkby and Barry Melville.
A senior competition – which included just three teams, Mitchells Island, Taree and Wauchope – probably got underway in 1971.
Clive says that former Wauchope High School teacher Harry Klose got a local team together and the three team competition started with some tough matches.
With the demise of the Mitchells Island team, most of the players shirted allegiances to the Taree club while Old Bar was the next long term club to form in around 1975. Lansdowne soon followed in the late 1970s.
– Information courtesy Clive Bloomfield