Hall of Honour

In 2013 we established the Byron Bay FC Hall of Honour which is the highest recognition of contributions to the Club. It is a memorial to exceptional individuals. For these individuals Byron Bay FC has been a central part of their lives and in many ways the award also goes to their families who supported them. One day we may have a Club House with a physical Hall of Honour but in the meantime we will name the two western grand stands after the two inductees.

Peter Keenan

Peter Keenan is the Inaugural Byron Bay FC, Hall Of Honour inductee. Peter joined the Club in 1979 and for 34 years has worked tirelessly doing every job that is possible.

He first Played Seniors in 1979 and in the early 80s through persistence and passion saved the senior Club from folding.

He been President 4 times and a committee member so many times and held so many positions he cannot remember them all. He has just always been there.

Peter has played several Premier grand finals and worked his way down the grades to be 2011 Sixth Division Minor Champions. He last played in 2013 in Fifth Division albeit just one game before he was very badly injured and retired for the 4 or 5th time. Retirement simply meant Peter swapped his jersey for assisting manage the Fifths along with his great mate Kenny Baynes.

Peter has also been Premier Reserve coach, Premiers Manager, a Junior coach, canteen co-ordinator, field coordinator.

In 2012 Peter was the Winner of the Football Far North Coast Bill Turner award for outstanding contribution to football in Northern NSW Keenan Electrical has sponsored the club on countless occasions as did his parents beforehand.

Peter is first person to put his had in his pocket to fund the Club or a player in need and the first person to put his hand up to do a job.

Vlad Knaus

Vlad has been with the Club for 25 years. Vlad is very passionate, particularly about coaching and has played with great success. He coached the Prems on 3 occasions and has coached other seniors and juniors on 6 occasions. He coached the U16s Rams to the treble Anzac Cup, Minor and Major Premiers.

He was Brunswick Valley District Junior Development Squad Coach and he's been Football Far North Coast Rep Coach twice and Northern Brand coach twice and took the Grade 15s to Country Champions.

Vlad also organised holiday coaching clinics in Lismore, Alstonville, Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads. He was an inaugural member of the coaches association and its treasurer. He worked very hard to get Graham Bird to the Rams as the first professional coach.

Vlad has been captain coach of the Prems and ANZAC cup grand finalist.

In 1996 and 97 he played 2nd Division with his son Todd which is still one of his fondest memories and in 2010 he played 3rd division .He hung up the boots after winning 6th Division minor premiership in 2011.We think he hung them up.

In his spare time Vlad has been President 4 times and held various other positions. He is of course a life member.

He cannot stay away from the Club and this year has been manager of the Prems and has already committed to do it again next year Vlad never sits on his bump, whether he's coaching or managing. We have never seen him sit on the bench and as a player he didn’t even know there was a bench so it's somewhat ironic that the Southern stand at the Rec Grounds on which many Byron Bay bumps will sit will bare his name forever.

The Inaugural Awards of Distinction

On such a special occasion as 50 years it is appropriate to makes some other awards which we have named Awards of Distinction. The list of people who have made significant and lasting contributions to the Club is very long so it's difficult to single out people but from the nominations received, the information provide we have come up with 10 individuals who we feel deserve special recognition.

Debby Ginger

In recognition of her contribution we have created the Debby Ginger Perpetual Shield for the Female Club Person of the Year.

Debbie started as a supporter of the Club in the late 70's to support her mates who were playing and remains one of our most dedicated supporters but has also been a coach, a committee member, run the canteen and been the hardest working fundraiser in the clubs history and a tireless event organiser.

In 1981 she was a princess in the Oleander Carnival as the representative for the Women's Hockey and Men's Soccer Clubs and managed to con the men into wearing dresses for a Mock Wedding to raise money for the town...

In 1982 she played in the first competitive women's soccer team and scored the first goal for the team. She played for 5 years until she was injured in 1987 so turned to more fundraising and helped raise the money for the Clubs first team, the senior womens, to take an overseas trip to Hawaii. Debby didn’t play on that trip as she was a little pregnant. What goes on tour stays on tour but I suspect by the end of tonight that may not be true.

Six years later Debby signed up Stevey Lee to the under six Lions and was soon coach of not one, but two grade 6 teams, as a second coach couldn't be found.

Debby’s fondest memory is that the Lions and Panthers always had a nil all draw and an after game sausage sizzle at her home where the game continued in the yard.

In 1999 a Junior girls comp was started Debbie secure sponsors and watched the girls play in a couple of grand finals on Oakes Oval.

In 2001 Debby and her mum Flo took on the canteen and ran it for 4 years raising more valuable funds in the process. Debby since has had other stints in the canteen.

Debby has been senior registrar and coached various other teams including in 2008 when she turn up to watch a friend’s daughter but was soon back coaching the girls for a few more years. Two days after she took on that team her mum Flo passed away and many teams in the club wore a black arm band in respect for Flo.

I just want to say thank you to Stevey lee for lending us her grandmother and Mother for so many years.

Chris Bourke

He coached at the club for 18 consecutive years from 1988 he then had a break and was back coaching in 2012. He has taken 5 teams to Grand Finals and won 3. He’s now manager of the Reserves.

His efforts in developing playing and life skills of juniors is a benchmark in commitment. He has spent countless Saturdays picking up children to make sure they got to the game, coaching and watching, particularly with his two sons.

Bourkey has held positions in the Club from Ground-co-ordinator, Referee, Director of Coaching, Gear Steward, Junior delegate to BBJSA, and Canteen coordinator.

In 1994 Bourkey wrote the entire spreadsheet by hand for the ages U/6 to U13/14's competition up to the semis for every ground and every start time which became a template for several years.

In 1997 he took on the Womens 3rd Division as coach while his wife Shelly managed the team and they made the Grand Final that year, and through to first division in subsequent years.

Bourkey's wife Shelley has also been involved with the Club as a canteen volunteer and canteen coordinator for several years and as a fundraiser for the club.

Dare I say he will go to Bourke and back for the Club!

Daryl Thomas

One of the 1970 Founding fathers who took on coaching and managing teams and every other job that was going when the club was getting established Darryl played a major role in instigating the Summerland Soccer Association.

Daryl sacrificed his Saturday morning milk run just to coach the kids.

He played in the first seniors team in 1973 . He is a life member who created a legacy of sacrifice for the club and a commitment o good coaching.

Joyce Dooley

In the early years people didn’t always have a designate job they just did what was asked and no one embodied this more than Joyce. She was a team manager and also ran the canteen and was ground coordinator. Living across the road from the Rec Grounds made Joyce the go to person and was still custodian of the key to the lights up to 2005.

Graham Bird

Our first professional coach. It’s said Mono moved training from the pub to the Rec Grounds and Graham turned it into a proper squad. In the first year he avoided relegation and in the next year he took them to the Grand final.

Peter Ware

Coached with distinction for many years including Premier Squad 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012 - winning the tittle in 2005 and Anzac Cup and the treble in 2006.

Awarded Football Far North Coast Premier Coach of the Year for 2005 and 2006. Set up Football Far North Coast first position of Director of Coaching and General Manager. President of FFNC Coaches Association.

Tony Dunesmore

President on numerous occasions, has held various committee positions and has coached and played.

Charlie Delvin

President of juniors and was instrumental in amalgamating the seniors and juniors in 1986 which just about saved the seniors and set them up to be promoted to Prems in 1990. He had four sons, all who played and he coached all 4 and on some occasions all in the same year. Charlie also pulled on the boots for 3 or 4 years.

Kerry Northcott

No one gives the club more. She has run the Junior Club for the last 5 years and has also been Treasurer. She has been instrumental in raising the quality of coaching for juniors. If there is a chance to give the juniors more coaching, more opportunity, more gear, more encouragement then Kerry is up for it. She has secured various grants for the Club and only last week she snagged 24 spots for our kids in Melbourne Heart A-League skills clinic run at Oakes oval. And she does all this very quietly.

Family Awards

Families are the heart and soul of our Club and every weekend Byron Bay FC creates life long memories for over 300 families but there are a few families that give more and we want to recognise them. We will now name the East Stand the Family Stand and will put up a plaque recognising each family that has over generations contributed to the Club.

The Donnelly's

James (Jim), Rhonda, Mark, Scott and Sean who are founding members and the family are all life members. Jim attended the first public meeting of the Byron Bay Youth Soccer Club and played in the 1973 first senior team. Mark, Scott and Sean all played in the 1970s U8 Penguins original junior teams. Mark was a state representative and was the youngest player to gain Australian qualifications as a coach. He is now assisting Byron Bay FC with the development of Women's football. Mark lives on the Gold Coast but for the last few months has travelled down most Thursdays as part of the 50th organising committee. Scott travelled from Sydney to be with us at the 50th. Rhonda’s last wish was that her ashes be scattered on the Rec Grounds which was done in 2012.

Porter/Baynes

KB, Val Porter, Valmai Porter and Lachlan Baynes. Val was the first every female coach and ran the canteen, Valmai is a Committee member and coordinates the referees. KB was assistant coach juniors u9-u16, he is an original 1978 Ram and a Premiership player, a Life member and the 2013 Manger/Coach our Fifth Division. Lachlan has been Junior Club Person of Year and currently plays in the Premier Reserves.

Packhams

Graham has been manager of Prems including the 2005 and 2006 Premiership wins, and has just stepped up to manage while Vlad is away. Jenny has been on the Committee for many years and coordinated the refs. Shaun has played with distinction since U6 and was captain of the Premiership winning team and is still captaining the Prems. James has also played since U6 and is a premiership winner and current premier player and the family business, Packham Electrical, has been a long term sponsors of the Club.