History

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The history of the football club from material available can be traced back to 1918-1919. In those early days matches were played on the ALPINE ESTATE which was on the corner of Cumberland Road and Gaffney Street where Nicholson Cellars is currently situated. Matches were also played in the area of Bolingbroke Street. Prior to the inaugural constitution of the football and cricket club in 1925, players and officials clear crown land which is now Raeburn Reserve, the clubs current home. The earliest football team photo in the club possession is 1926. The first grandstand was built in the late 1920s during the Presidency of Bob Taylor and was named the Robert H.TaylorPavilion and the commemorative plaque is in the current committee room preserved for posterity.

The 1930s saw the club compete in the association Sub District competition against clubs such as West Melbourne, North Melbourne, West Coburg, Footscray, Windsor, West Preston etc, being runners up in 1935. During the latter part of the 1930s the club transfer to the League Sub District competition, clubs at the time being South Melbourne District, Richmond District, East Brunswick, Kew, Fairfield, Sunshine etc. During this period the club was looked upon as Essendon thirds. Open age sides were not fielded during the war, but the club under 18 and under 21 known asSons of Solders.

1946 saw the club under legendary coach Garmah Jones won its first A Grade flag in the League Sub District competition. To date its one and only A Grade flag, they were runners up in 1947. The remaining years in the 1940s and early 1950s saw the open age continue in the Sub District competition before changing its name to Raeburn Football Club enabling it to join the Essendon District Football League later changing back to the Pascoe Vale Football Club. The under 21 team continued on and played in the under 21 competition in the Northern District Football League until the age group was disbanded. 1955 saw the commencement of the under 17 competition playing in the Northern District League under the guidance of the astute Athol Attwater.

The under 15s commenced the next year in 1956, this then formed the basis of the club today. The Northern District Football League, after several name changes eventually collapsed, due mainly to not being able to attract open aged sides. Pascoe Vale moved its juniors to the Essendon Football League. The club continued to expand, winning numerous reserve and under aged flags, eventually out growing the old pavilion and its facilities, a building fund was commenced in the late 1960s. After a mysterious fire which destroyed most of the old pavilion the A.B.Attwater Pavilion, in conjunction with the Coburg Council was built.Many great open age, A and B grade teams took the field during the 60s, 70s and 80s

It took until 1988, under coach Alan Dalton, to break the drought with a B grade E.D.F.L. Flag. Continued expansion provided a number of premierships in reserves and under age and in the late 90s an amalgamation in the junior section with St Francis was the first for the club. The Pascoe Vale Football Club has come a long way from its humble beginning at the ALPINE ESTATE. Tradition, dedication and loyalty of its members being its key strengths. With fielding seventeen teams from under 10s to open age, continued success can be assured.

Pascoe Vale has become one of the largest multi-cultural community organisations in the local area and whist we are proud of our achievements to date we are determined to make the Pascoe Vale Sports Club larger, more popular and more successful than ever before.

We now have well over 1,100 members of all ages, most of whom are regular participants in one of our sporting teams.

 

PASCOE VALE SPORTS CLUB

INCORPORATING

 

  • Auskick
  • 14 Junior Football teams – from U/10’s to U/16’s
  • Senior, Reserve Grade and Under 18 Teams
  • Milo “Have a go” Cricket
  • 5 Junior Cricket Teams
  • 5 Senior Cricket Teams
  • Junior and Senior Basketball Teams
  • and a Social Club