In November 1972 when local resident Tommy Vance decided to advertise in the local paper to see if anyone was interested in forming a soccer club, he could never have imagined what that simple decision would mean, and how many people’s lives would be altered by it.
From the start, local business identities came forward to help, including the late Graham Hogg of Graham Hogg Real Estate, Brian Fitzgibbon of the Glen Hotel and John Beerling from Galeprufe Garages. Within a few years of starting, the club had leased land at Underwood Park, developed three fields (fenced and floodlit), built a canteen, office and showers. Many hours of volunteer work has been put in by many different people and it is without doubt the reason why Rochedale Rovers has become the club it is today.
Since those early days, many thousands of local families have enjoyed the atmosphere and the facilities, and in turn have made them bigger and better, so that today, the idea of a few locals has become a thriving industry. The club employs nearly 50 people both full and part time. We now have a fully air-conditioned family bistro, a function room that will cater for 160 people and overlooks the main playing field, and a smaller conference room, which will hold 70/80 people. There is also our friendly clubhouse itself, open seven days a week, complete with Poker Machines, Keno, Mini-Tab. Live entertainment on weekends will cater for all styles.
The soccer side of the club has grown just as furiously. Beneath the grandstand, which overlooks our main field, are some of the best player facilities in Queensland. Four large size changing rooms, showers, offices, sports store and canteen. A professionally run club, Rochedale Rovers can now offer the complete family package.
Rochedale Rovers have endeavored to set the standards in Queensland soccer. We have left no stone unturned in our ambition to become one of Queenslands best clubs. The club now boasts three Premierships, captured in 1999, 2007 & 2008 as well as many Grand Final and Cup Final appearances.
The club also takes pride in the fact that many former players (both Senior & Junior) are now playing professionally both in Australia and Overseas. These names include Shane Huke (Dagenham & Redbridge - ENG), Chris O'Connor (Bray Wanderers - IRE; & Australia U/23's), Tim Smits & Matt Mundy (Queensland Roar), Steve Fitzsimmons (Gold Coast United) & Jon McKain (Wellington Phoenix).
2009 promises to be another fantastic year for the club and it is hoped that all past, present & future players, staff and fans continue to fill the Underwood Park terraces for many years to come.