About the Stokes Valley Football Club
Mens Club Captain
Womens Club Captain
Stokes Valley Football is led by a club executive committee, a junior subcommittee. We are all volunteers.
The current President of our executive committee is Glenn Perry. This group leads the clubs programmes, membership, facilities, equipment and finances.
Led by the junior club captain the sub-committee includes all the junior grade managers and specialist roles to manage junior players between the ages of 4 and 18.
Founded in 1967 under the Rev R Smith, won promotion 7 out of the clubs first 9 years of existence and the club opened its new clubrooms in 1974. The club withdrew from the Central League in 1997.
A more detailed history of the Club was compiled and published in a booklet for the Club’s 25th Anniversary in 1992. Copies of this booklet are available from the Secretary.
1967 – 1974
The Club’s inaugural meeting took place on Tuesday, March 7th 1967 in the St. Phillip’s Church Hall, Rawhiti Street and started at 8.15pm.
A committee was elected as follows: Chairman – Rev. R.H.S. Smith, Secretary – D. McNeil, Club Captain – T. Ryan, plus W. Anthony, B. Kitchingman, J. McGlone and R. Stevenson.
The Senior First Team was entered in Division 6 – Subsection D, which was well below its playing ability as it won promotion in seven of its first nine years! There were also five Junior teams entered.
A loan was arranged through the ANZ Bank in February 1972 to enable clubrooms to be built. The tender was given to local builder Fred New, and the premises were completed in November 1973 and officially opened in March 1974.
1975 – 1980
At the end of the 1975 season, the club had five Men’s, eighteen Junior and one Women’s team. In December of that year, the Club learned that it had obtained promotion to the Central League. The Club’s successes continued throughout the next four seasons and it obtained promotion to Central League One for the 1980 season.
1981 – 1997
The Club’s run in the Central League was a real ‘roller-coaster’ one where sometimes promotion was obtained one year and relegation the next. Under former international, Grant Turner, the Club won promotion to Central One in 1993 and Premier in 1994, but when Turner left at the end of the 1993 season, the Club had three poor years and finally decided to pull out of the Central League before the 1997 season due to increasing costs and lack of players.
1998 – 2002
Since withdrawing from the Central League, the Club has become much more of a ‘social’ one. The Club’s top side is playing in Capital Division Four this (2002) season. We also have four other Men’s teams plus a Women’s team and nineteen Junior teams – an interesting comparison with the 1975 strength!
The club celebrates its 50th Anniversary with eight Mens, nineteen Junior and one Womens team. With the club now outgrowing the Delaney Park Clubrooms the club Management agreed to begin investing its finances to build a half sized artifical turf on Delaney Park.