The Rovers History
In 1998, A Team Of O/35 players who played in a Sunday competition under the name, ‘Penrith Gaels”, at ‘Peter Van Hassell’, Shalvey, decided that they would like to play in a more competitive league. Kieron Manning with the help of Sean Burns, and a local Councillor, Jim Anderson, approached the Nepean Football Association requesting affiliation. The club was affiliated under the banner of Penrith Rovers Soccer Club in 1999. Our first committee consisted of Kieron Manning = President Jim Haldane = Treasurer & Competition Secretary Catherine Manning = Club Secretary Maree Haldane = Registrar In 2000 we were able to form a Premier Division 2 Squad, and A/a3 team. Unfortunately, due to a lack of players, we were not able to field our O/35 team. The Premier Division 2 side won promotion to Division 1 that same year by finishing Runners Up and the Premier 2 Reserves won their league. Our A/a3 team also won their league and Knock-out competition, earning them promotion to A/a2’s. Our first ever official Players Of The Year Awards Were; Premier Division 2 Player Of The Year = Derek Wilson Premier 2 Reserves = Mark Coulson A/a 3 Player Of The Year = David Costello Club Person Of The Year = Derek Wilson Needing our own home ground we were able to successfully negotiate to be allocated Harold Corr as a place to call home. As part of being granted this ground it was necessary for us to build an extension onto the exiting building. With the support of our major sponsor, the Penrith Gaels Club, and the efforts of many volunteers we were able to build the extension consisting of the disabled toilet and two change rooms. This has been Rovers home ground for many years now. On the 17th March 2003 (St Patrick’s Day) we had our first home game at our new home ‘Harold Corr Oval’. The official opening was by Councillor Jim Anderson and the Penrith Mayor Mr Pat Sheehy. From humble beginnings we have grown the club over the years in player numbers and the diversity of teams we have within the club. We pride ourselves on being the family club with a high level of family involvement from mums, dads, brothers and sisters being involved in playing, coaching and volunteering roles. In 2014 we celebrated our 15 year anniversary and are now looking forward to being able to bring many more years of successful football development to our current and future members. One of the favourite sounds at Harold Corr is to hear our teams singing the club song whenever a victory is had at the ground, it’s great to hear the players sing it loud and to sing it proud!
Team Song Lyrics
I’ve been a wild rover for many’s the year and I’ve spent all my money on whiskey and beer. But now I’m returning with gold in great store And you wish you would play the wild rover no more. And it’s no, nay, never, right up yer kilt. No, nay, never no more Will I play the wild rover No never no more. And it’s no, nay, never, right up yer kilt No, nay, never no more Will I play the wild rover No never no more.