The history of Rovers FC begins in 1965…
1965 was the first season that The Loftus Rovers Soccer Club entered into competition. Registration fees ranged from 2/6d to 5/-, and match fees were 2/- for ages up to 14, and 4/- for those over 14. These were collected on a weekly basis.
The original clubhouse still exists today, and is used as our gear shed. Some members still remember the days before electricity was connected to the old clubhouse. Each member of the Mother’s Club used to make a block of ice to take to Loftus Oval for the canteen for the weekend and in later years, blocks of ice were obtained from a milk distribution outlet in Kirrawee. The pie warmer was run on porta-gas.
Then, as now, the Club served the communities of Loftus and Yarrawarrah, each of which has a primary school. Because there are no high schools in the immediate locale, players often drift to other clubs once they reach year 7 and make new-found school friends.
Due to the changing demographics of our area, the Club changed its name on 6 April 1995 to become Loftus- Yarrawarrah Rovers Soccer Club Inc.
Today’s clubhouse was completed in 1991. The ashes of Steve Quan (deceased life member), who lived in Ardisia Place, were buried at the edge of the field, near the clubhouse, in November 1990. Steve was a past President, influential in acquiring the new clubhouse, and the burial was held on its foundations.
In 2004, the ashes of another life member, Lyall Harrison, who lived in National Avenue, were also buried at Loftus Oval. Lyall’s son David was a member of the famous 1983 side, and still plays for the AA3’s. Grand children Brayden and Tamara alsoplay.
Loftus Oval has had some interesting inhabitants over the years. Deer frequent the oval, especially during dry periods when they feed on the well-watered grass of the playing field. Evidence of them can be found when you arrive for ground control duties.
The Club celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014.
In October 2007 the club changed it’s name to become Loftus-Yarrawarrah Rovers Football Club Inc.
You can contact Rovers FC at:
Our Ground on the Eastern side of Princes Highway Loftus (near the tram crossing)
By Phone Clubhouse – (02) 9521 8528