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Taroona St Mirren

On the weekend, our men’s teams were lucky enough to be visited by the past players of Taroona St Mirren’s inaugural team of 1978. We heard some stories from the club’s history, including how the club got its name and colours, battles for promotion and relegation, and how a spectator in jeans once scored a goal from a cross, resulting in a bit of a scuffle and the police called.

Taroona St Mirren were the second club to play at Kelvedon Park, following the dissolution of Taroona Ajax in 1976, (our tangerine away strip and our youth Skills shirts are reference to our Dutch influence). The name and our white and black colours were adopted based on coach Billy Pattisson’s love of his hometown club, St Mirren who still play in the Scottish Premier League today. The club was renamed, Taroona Soccer Club and recently Taroona Football Club, following a directive in 1985 from the Tasmanian Soccer Association for all clubs to only have one name.

Former player, Dale Blake presented the club with an original Taroona St Mirren playing strip, which we were very grateful to receive and will hang proudly in the clubrooms. Thanks to all past players in attendance: Dale Blake, Dean Brushette, Rowan Kelly, Chris Bishop, David Forshaw, Jim Kerr, Donald Morrison, Nick Cook, Shane Carver and Rod Miller. We welcome you back any time!

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