The history of Rockingham City goes back some 40 years. The team back in the early 70's was called Rockingham United and played at the City park oval, over the road from the Rockingham Hotel. A few drinks and football chat was the order of the day after the home games. The Rocky Hotel's main man back then was Dino Guerinoni who made sure there was plenty of drink and food after the games The team in those days was made up from many of the old 10 pound poms. In the mid to late 70's the team moved to the then new venue of Dowling Street and played there for nearly 30 years. In 2007 Rocky played their last game at Dowling Street before moving to their current new complex at Lark Hill, Port Kennedy in 2008.
There has been four decades of football played under the Rockingham United/City banner, over 1000 league games.
1970s P188 W88 D32 L68. Winning 47%
1980s P224 W97 D54 L73. Winning 43%
1990s P234 W113 D45 L76.Winning 48%
2000s P300 W62 D39 L154.Winning 44%
STATE SATURDAY LEAGUE
2018 Won Division 1, Promotion to NPL
2015 & 2016 runners up Division 2 Promotion to Div1
2013 & 2015 the state under 18’s RU in Division 1 & 2
2011 the state under 18's won Division 1
2009 1st Team Night Series winners.
1993 21s PREMIER LEAGUE WINNERS.
1993 21s TOP 4 CUP WINNERS.
1976 1st Team league winners.
1974 Revs League winners.
1998 Revs League winners.
1984 18s League winners.
1973 1st team league winners.
1983 1st team league winners.
1973 Revs league winners.
The best ever season for all the Saturday grades was back in 1993 Premier league, winning 50 of the 78 games played.P78 W50 D15 L13.
Rocky Saturday State teams have played in the Premier league (6 Seasons) Division 1 (27 seasons) and Division 2 (7 seasons).
Rocky's highest place finish was 4th in the Premier League in the 1992 season. First team coach from 1989-1993 was Stuart Kamasz.
Back in the mid-1970s Pre-season and end of season football carnivals were played at Shoalwater Oval. Many of the big State league clubs would come down from Perth and compete in this annual event, crowds of up to 1000 would watch the week-end games, the fish and chip shops just loved it! Bobby Kelly and Jimmy Quinn who still live in the Rockingham area were just 2 of the many players who have great memories of them bygone days, Bobby Kelly recently told me of the great days at Dowling Street on Fridays they would pay just a dollar entrance fee and get a great feed “Bangers & Mash” for the Pom's and “Mince & Tatties” for the Scots. Lots of football chat and a few beers was the Friday night crack.
Back in 1990 Rocky was a Division 1 team and won through to the D'orsogna cup final. The other finalists being the mighty premier outfit of the then called Perth Italia. The game was a classic; it had everything, great goals, exciting free following passages of play, goal-line clearances, penalties and a wonderful hat-trick scored by the Rocky forward Steve Duckworth. At one stage of the game Rocky lead 3-2 but as the final whistle blew it was Perth Italia who lifted the silver ware by a score line of 4 goals to 3. Although the defeat was a big disappointment Rocky held their heads high for playing their part in one of the greatest finals ever played.
In 1993 Rocky won their first Saturday premiership and cup winner’s trophies. Rockingham City youth/21s being the first premiership team in the clubs history to win a brace of Saturday silverware, breaking the 5 year hold that the then Perth Italia had on the league championship. The top 4 cup final went to penalties, Rocky defeating Perth Croatia 9-8. Coach Mike Tetlow and his team celebrated all night long.
After Rocky had gained promotion to the premier league in the early 1990s a soccer committee was formed with the aim of raising funds to cover players and coach's payments. It was decided to build a new 4 bedroom 2 bath home in an area called Palm Lakes. The soccer committee was made up of the following personnel Ian Linn, Tony Plumb, Jeff Smith and Mike Tetlow. Many different local trades supplied materials and labour at cost. The project took some 7 months to complete and raised nearly $20,000. A great success and a credit to all who helped with the project.
Three players have been awarded the leagues Fairest & Best. In 1989 Harry Long (Div. 1), 1993 Paul Waddingham (Premier) and 2007 David Clark (u/18s Div.1).
Paul Kolin played for Rocky for a period of 20 years from juniors through to the first team mid 1980s - to the mid-2000s.
There have been many junior teams over the four decades of football, several teams winning their respective leagues and cups and many players, playing semi-professional after their junior days. Several good parents have given their time and knowledge for the benefit of all our junior players, the junior set-up is a key component of the clubs policy and a pathway to Saturday football.
Dowling Street was the home ground for 4 decades. Many great memories of matches played both Saturday and Sunday. Juniors, Vets, Social Amateurs, Semi-pro all played a big part in the football played over those week-ends. Great football chat and friendships was forged thanks to this great game we love. Dowling Street supporters was full of passion, desire and the song of the day “It's a Grand Old Team to Play For” could be heard loud and clear.
Rocky has fielded many excellent vet teams over the past few decades all winning silverware in the 80s, 90s 00s through to the current teams. There has been a few Ex -Pros playing for the vets. Here are just a few - Ernie Hannigan (Ex St Mirren/Coventry) Billy Houston ...Billy was Sir Alex Ferguson’s first signing costing some 800 pounds. Billy has just stopped playing this season at 64 years young!! An excellent player, great vision and first touch. Gordon Wallace whose son Dean played for Rocky's first team. The late great footballer Sir Bobby Moore also played at Dowling St back in the late 1970s. Back in the 70s/80s/90s the Vets team went under the Famous name “ROCKY ROVERS” some really good players wore the famous green and white hoops...Benny McQuillian, Pat McCann, Bobby Kelly, George Coffey, Derry Rogan, Faro Davis. Hughie Miller. John Hickman, Brian Reed, MikeTetlow, Billy Houston, Jimmy Quinn, Phil McCathery, John Hickman, Charlie Bell. In recent times Billy Rice has been running a vets Div1 team who won there league in 2010. I'm sure there are many many more who have played and are still playing and enjoying football in there twilight years.
Past presidents and committee members have all played a part in the history of Rockingham City through good times and bad, through ups and downs. Here are few of the committee members who gave their time-Roy Mordey, Lou Spencer, Ron Wainmark, Bob Stirling, Billy Philips, Jim West, Frank Mooney, Dave Foster, John Kane, Cliff Bush, John Bradshaw, Brian Rankin, Ian Linn, George Coffey, Faro Davis, Brian Hallams, Don Smith, Lawrie Birney, and Barry Wilders I'm sure there's plenty more who gave their time who have not been mentioned.
In the late 1980s-1993 Rockingham City was promoted from Div1 and played in the premier league, good crowds great feeling on a Saturday a real buzz around the place. The coaching staff Stuart Kamasz, Mike Tetlow and Harry Long.
Best players on the park in those days Birmingham born mid-fielder Steve Bourne, Harry Long an Evertonian through and through and a great captain and central defender, Paul Waddingham hard working left sided mid-fielder.
Others players who made a big contribution: Billy Russell, Steve Duckworth, George Coffey, Lee Warren, Bruce Mabbott and I'm sure that there would many more great players who have played a part in this great clubs history.
Over the four decades Rockingham City have produced several excellent players. Listed below are some of players who proudly played for Rockingham United/City.
David Bond(1970s) Harry Long(1980s/90s) Paul Waddingham(1990s)
Jeff Williams(1970s) Jimmy Quinn(1970s) Steve Bourne(1990s)
Bobby Kelly(1970s ) Benny McQuillian(1970s) John Quinn(1980s)
Scott Halpin(1990s) Billy Russell(1990s) Steve Duckworth(1990s)
A Rawlings(GK)(2000s) George Coffey(1980s)Dave Kamasz(1990s)
Nick Tywenman(2000s)Gary Dalgish(1990s) Brian Keegan(1980s).
Ken Pearson(70s) Alex Willoughby(80s) Maurice Parkin(80s)
Glyn Ward(70s) Roger Smales(70s) Roger Mitchell(70s) Martin Brydon(70s)
Geoff Cole(80s) Peter Cole(80s) Hughie McCann(70s) Tony Eikoudt(70s)
Peter Marley(80s) Ray Ilott(70s) Mike Gresham(70s) Dave Brown(70s)
The above players are made up from the 1970s,1980s 1990s and 2000s.
Listing of some of the coaches over the years.
Steve Stacy, Dave Clark, Johnny Jones, Benny McQuillan,Bob Speed,Ian Ross, Hugh Miller, Charlie Casspell, Stuart Kamasz
Jim Chapman, Billy Russell, Mike McNulty, A Rawling, Laslo, Don Smith, Mike Brazil, Tony Keary, Paul O'Brien, Steve Robinson, Charlie Smith and Rob Crerar.
Current 1st: team coach 2018 Cameron Lord
At the present time Rockingham City have over 30 teams, Saturday State Teams teams (3) 1st Team Team, Reserves & State 18s playing in Division 1, Sunday teams includes the following grades: Mini-roos U6s to U12s, NPL Junior & Development 13s to 16s, 18s youth, Social metro, Girls/Womens.
The last 5 years as seen leaner times for the Saturday first team, however in 2009 they won the pre-season Night Series Div 1 Trophy.
In June 2010 a new committee of 8 was voted in and have been proactive in moving the club forward.
Life Members: Bert Chambers Roy Mordey Julie Daniels Adam Daniels
Dave Foster Jim West Frank Mooney Bob Stirling.
In 2011 the under 18’s won the Division 1 state league.
The future of the club is being built on the success of our junior teams with many of them
finishing in the top 4 of their respective leagues in the last two seasons and the under 14 & 15
Girls and under 15 boys enjoying success in both the league and cup competitions