REUNION: South Burnett soccer is hosting a 40-year reunion, which will include players from this team in 1974.
REUNION: South Burnett soccer is hosting a 40-year reunion, which will include players from this team in 1974. Contributed

Former soccer stars relive glory days

SOCCER There was a time not all that long ago, when soccer in the South Burnett was a mere shadow of the impressive competition it is today.

As South Burnett soccer players prepare to celebrate a 40-year reunion, many of the attendees are sure to remember those humble beginnings.

Co-organiser of the 40-year gala dinner, Rod Morgan said the game was played in the north of the shire shortly after World War II.

"We will be honouring the early pioneers of the code and have some interesting history on football being played just after WWII," he said.

According to Morgan, the current era of South Burnett players owe a lot to these ground-breaking footballers.

"Twelve local teams played on fields far from ideal in a vibrant, keen and close competition," he said.

"This competition was the catalyst which convinced local players and officials to confidently plan a South Burnett soccer competition program commencing in 1979, 40 years ago."

The first season of senior male soccer saw the teams of Kingaroy East, Kingaroy West, Nanango and Wondai launched into a local competition which has remained active to this day.

In 1980, South Burnett women kicked off their first year of keen contests.

Again this league is still going today.

Besides a history of South Burnett soccer, the 40-year soccer reunion dinner will include the first 'live' broadcast of the six-a-side grand final in 1977.

This is sure to have attendees rolling in the aisles.

The South Burnett soccer 40-year anniversary gala dinner will be held on Saturday, April 6, at the Kingaroy Town Hall.

For more information contact the Kingaroy Senior Soccer Club on 0448 745 074.