Old Scotch Soccer Club (OSSC) History
Prior to 1981 the school Scotch College had enjoyed considerable success through a number of teams at the highest school level over a number of years. After leaving school, a number of past students were playing at other clubs and were not really experiencing the enjoyment they had reached while playing with their mates at school.
It became obvious for a few of those past students that there was room for a soccer club that offered enjoyment of playing with mates at a good standard. So, in 1981, John Bennetts (80), Dave Polmear (80) and Ian Savage a History Teacher (and later Vice Principal) from Scotch College, started the ball rolling. Help from the school was critical and also grass roots involvement from James (Jim) Keep (77), Mick Bannister (80), Rick Fleming (80), Phil Keep (80) and importantly ex School Captain of Hockey, Rod Ferres (80). On the soccer side, Scotch Teacher and first OSSC coach Andy Tait was instrumental in inspiring the ex-students and also contacting players from previous years from school via the Old Scotch Collegians Association (OSCA). Owen Davies (77) was appointed the first club Captain and OSSC was born with a little bit of help from the clubs first real supporters, Tony and Joan Keep. As result, two teams (Firsts and Reserves) joined the Victorian Amateur Soccer Federation in 1982.
Although OSSC started out mainly for past students of Scotch College and that remains a pathway today, it was never meant to be that it was exclusively for past students of the school. OSSC exists for any soccer player, potential club member and supporter who enjoys playing or watching the game and also enjoys a true club environment.
37 years later, in 2019 OSSC will field 7 men’s senior teams (First and Reserves in State League East Section 2 and the remainder in various Sunday leagues) and 5 junior teams. The home ground is across the road from the school at H A Smith Reserve. All players are welcome, all players pay a membership to play and the culture is about enjoying playing at a relative standard, socialising and forming lasting friendships over a common interest. It has been said by many members that once you join OSSC, no one leaves. With that in mind and with a number of past players reaching an age where playing any longer would be “dangerous” or “ill advised”, on a number of levels, in 2017 a coterie group was formed to aid with support and sponsorship.
Old Scotch Soccer Club is truly a community club.
For further details regarding teams and training times and the coterie group please contact: