Byron Bay FC: Club History
Byron Bay FC started with humble beginnings in 1963 with junior teams ranging from U7s to U14s in the Brunswick-Byron competition.
The senior side started three years later in 1966, playing in the Tweed-Byron competition, winning their first competition in 1978 and reaching three consecutive Grand Finals. They also won three consecutive ANZAC Cups from 1978 to 1980.
The club’s first taste of Lismore senior football was in the Tristram Cup with Byron missing out on a finals berth after a draw against Eastwood United. Byron eventually joined Lismore District Soccer Football Association in 1982 in second division.
Byron’s senior side had many ups and downs in its first years in the Lismore competition, finally winning the Pointscore Championship in the 1988 Reserve Grade competition under the guidance of coach Mark Stewart. That victory allowed the club to be promoted to the First Division.
1997 saw Byron Bay FC add women’s football to the program for the first time, previously women’s teams in Byron Bay were not affiliated with the club. The women’s side joined the Lismore competition in Division 3, making the Grand Final before winning the Division 2 Pointscore Championship the following season.
The women’s team went from strength-to-strength and became the first in the club to win a major Football Far North Coast (FFNC) title when they captured the Callan McMillan Shield in 2000. The men soon followed suit, winning their first ANZAC Cup in 2003.
Those trophies began two decades of consistent silverware as the Men’s Premier Division side won their first Cyril Mayo Cup as Grand Final winners in 2005 and followed it up with their first Pointscore Championship in 2006.
It was around this time when FFNC launched the Summer Youth League (SYL) and Byron won their first SYL title in 2010. By 2018 they had won a record-breaking fifth SYL title and were the most dominant club in the competition’s short history.
In 2017 Byron Bay FC became only the fifth club – and the first club outside of Lismore – to achieve the treble when they won the Men’s Premier Division Pointscore Championship, Grand Final and ANZAC Cup.