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HISTORY

Para Hills United Soccer Club Inc.
(formerly Para Hills Junior Soccer Club)

The inaugural meeting of the Para Districts Soccer Club was held in March 1964 when the first committee was formed. Original members were Robert and John Eldridge, "Chick" Harris and John West. Chick Harris advised that the club could field three under 15 and two under 18 teams if pitches could be provided. As no pitches were available in the local area, the club were obliged to play all their home games in Elizabeth.The honour of the first goal ever scored belongs to Colin Heath.

In May 1966, Bob Eldridge reported that the Para Hills School ground was now ready, and all primary school matches would be played there. In July it was reported that the home ground for the under 14 and 15s would be on Liberman Road.

An important change in the age group structure was introduced in 1967, with the decision to discontinue catering for the under 18 age group. Para Hills had applied for admission to the Federation League.

1968 saw the club as the strongest representative of EDJSA, fielding eleven teams.

1969 was the first year that under 8 players were catered for and the club fielded their first team.

In 1970 the club started using the Nelson Road Oval. This Year also saw the introduction of under 7 teams. However, the under 7 and 8 teams had to play at Elizabeth every week as this is where the only mini-pitches were located.

In 1971 Para Hills West broke away to form their own club but Para Hills East joined the ranks of Para Hills.

1972 saw Para Hills East also break away but Para Hills were still able to field twelve teams that year.

In 1973 the club transferred the playing of mini-pitch games to the local primary school.

1974 saw the club mini-pitch moved to Liberman Road.

On October 26 1977, Para Hills Junior Soccer Club became an Incorperated body. This year also saw The Paddocks emerge as the clubs new ground. However, the mini-pitch was still located at Liberman Road.

1980 saw the introduction of Life Membership to the club. This honour was bestowed upon Ken McLaren and John Southerton.

In 1981 the mini-pitch was finally re-located to The Paddocks. State Championships were also held at the ground that year.

1982 saw EDJSA introduce the modified rules competition.

On the 17th of September 1983, the clubroom and canteen was first opened. Linda Pomery having the privilege of being the first canteen manager. The inaugural Somerset Cup was held on the same day.

1984 was the clubroom and canteen's first full season. The facilities proving very popular with all players and spectators from Para Hills and opposing clubs. Tom Forde was also honoured with life membership.
2006 saw the introduction of all girl teams playing at the club in the South Australian Womens Soccer Associaton.

The club has continued to build from strength to strength and can proudly be associated with the development of children playing soccer.

To reflect the introduction of senior teams the Para Hills Junior Soccer Club changed its name to the Para Hills United Soccer Club in April 2011.

** Many thanks to John Southerton for his time and assistance in researching our club history. **