Macquarie Combined Sports Club (MCSC) began as a football club in the Marsfield/Epping area as the Macquarie Churches Soccer Club (MCSC). It was formed in the early 1970’s (date tbc) and drew from the congregations of St Georges Anglican Church, St Anthony’s Marsfield, Herring Road Presbyterian Church and the Community Church.
The club had a number of All Age (AA) teams and junior teams who played in the then Protestant Churches Soccer Association (PCSA) (now NSW Churches Soccer Association).The players first trained at the St Joseph’s oval – which was provided by the Vincentian Order who occupied land behind the prominent local landmark, Curzon Hall, Agincourt Road, Marsfield.The PCSA competition had full fields for all age groups which meant that even the youngest teams of u/6’s played on a full field. For the juniors games were ten minutes each way. Quite often families travelled some distances (for example to Fairfield) to play such matches.
The club grew and had eleven junior teams mainly drawn from Eastwood Heights Public School and St Anthony’s Primary School – who competed in the PCSA. The club then expanded into the cricket competitions with a number of MCSC fathers forming teams and competing in the Protestant Churches Cricket Association (PCCA). Another competition that the club competed in was the Rauhuge Cup, a prestigious competition which the MCSC AA4 team entered and won.
In the late 1970’s through tireless committee work, the club was able to secure a number of then Socceroos such as Rale Rasic and Joe Watson to “train the coaches” at St Josephs’ oval.
In 1982 the club held an extra ordinary meeting at St Anthony’s church hall to determine the future direction. It was decided to join GHFA for the 1983 competition. This was in part due to the distances that families with young children needed to travel to compete – quite often to locations such as Liverpool, Fairfield, and the inner city.
In 1983 the club became Macquarie Combined Sports Club – retaining the original initials, insignia (the dragon) and the original colours of black and red. Mr Trevor Burge drew the original insignia which still remains today. However, as the strip used in the PCSA competition closely resembled the strip of the Carlingford Redbacks, GHFA required MCS to develop a new strip. This 1983 strip comprised a grey base with red and black contrast. The current MCS alternate strip pays homage to the original strip.
The first committee membership was Mr Lance Mosely, Mr Bruce Campbell, Mrs Diane Burge and Mr Rob Dawkins. Mr Trevor Burge wrote the first MCS constitution. This committee was very innovative in developing the fledgling club, gaining sponsorship from local businesses for each team. The committee took a bold approach and entered division one teams in every age group, in addition to some division two and three teams. This resulted in the club winning the GHFA club championship in its inaugural year – and for this credit must go to the strong and courageous decisions of the first MCS committee.
The club had Gannon Park and Christie Park as original home grounds. Several years later Waterloo Park became the MCS home ground. The new football club then had cricket teams which competed in the Northern District Cricket Association.
A number of women associated with the club wished to play soccer and in the mid 1980’s MCS competed in a midweek women’s competition at Silverwater, run by the Granville Football Association.
Summer soccer (six a side) was developed by the MCS committee led by Diane and Trevor Burge. It started out with six teams at Epping Boys High School in 1985. Following its successful first season, it moved to Waterloo Park where it remains today. MCS Summer Soccer remains true to its established ideals of a fun, fit way to play soccer in the warmer months.
Mini soccer was developed and started at Tuckwell Park and Fontenoy Oval, where MCS mini soccer continues today.
In 1987 a number of MCS parents wanted to improve the quality of coaching and Mr Bruce Thomas (gear steward for the then Socceroos) ran a number of clinics at Marsfield Park to ‘coach the coaches’.
From its inception MCS had adopted the grading of children in the u/9 and up competition to allow children of similar abilities to play with their peers – a tradition that remains today.
During the 1980’s MCS had representation at Premier League and over 35’s .
This history was provided by a several former and current committee members. The MCS committee would like to acknowledge the support and advice given by Mr Trevor and Mrs Diane Burge.
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