Macarthur Rams FC
|Full name||Macarthur Rams Football Club|
|League||NPL NSW 2|
|Website||Club home page|
Macarthur Rams FC is an Australian soccer team based in Campbelltown, New South Wales. The club currently competes in the second division National Premier Leagues NSW 2, playing home fixtures at Lynwood Park.
The idea of forming a football Association south of the crossroads at Liverpool was first discussed in 1979. By 1983 the MDSFA was to become a reality and in 1984 the MDSFA became an incorporated body with a charter of fostering, developing and promoting junior soccer in the Campbelltown, Camden and Wollondilly municipalities.
In the Association's inaugural year there were 20 clubs registered with the Association, these being Bradbury Ambarvale, Burragorang, Camcraft, Camden Tigers, Campbelltown City, Campbelltown Police Boys, Campbelltown Collegians, Campbelltown Districts (now Gunners United), Campbelltown RSL, Eschol Park, Ingleburn RSL, Johnson & Johnson & K Lions (now Leppington Lions), Macarthur Raiders, Macquarie Fields United (now Fields United), Minto, Narellan, Tahmoor Nepean Rovers, Picton Rangers and Ruse. Thirteen clubs moved from the Southern Districts Association, three clubs from the Southern Highlands Association and five new Clubs were formed.
Since the Association's inception, clubs have passed by the way due to various reasons and have made way for new clubs. Clubs newer to the Association are Appin, Camden RSL (now Camden Falcons Soccer Club), Campbelltown Southern Districts, Campbelltown Uniting and St Marys Eaglevale (as of 2008 the biggest club in the entire district), Douglas Park, Campbelltown Condors, East Campbelltown, Mount Annan and Harrington Park. All of this makes the Association 25 clubs strong, providing football from some 8000 players and officials.
Over the years clubs supported Super League outside the control of the MDSFA with some mixed success. In 1987 Campbelltown City Soccer Club and Campbelltown Districts Soccer Club amalgamated, forming Campbelltown City and Districts Soccer Club, which opened the door for negotiations between the Federation club of the area and the MDSFA. This led to the MDSFA and Campbelltown City and Districts Soccer club agreeing on a change of colours of both bodies to make the identifiable step of furthering soccer and providing a career path for our better players. Campbelltown City and Districts played out of Bensley Road Complex and the Junior Representative Teams (Junior and Youth League) played our of Lynwood Park, St Helens Park which is now the Headquarters and home ground of the Association. The Super League and the Association colours were changed to grey tops, maroon shorts and maroon socks.
Probably the saddest moment in the Association history was the passing of Ron Dine (the father of soccer in the area) in 1986. Although Ron never served on the Association as a Committee member he was always there to help and advice in presentation of medals to both winners and runners-up. Ponderosa Park (formerly the home of the Association) was renamed Ron Dine Memorial Reserve in His honour.
During the 1991 season the Campbelltown City and Districts Soccer Club approached the MDSFA to discuss the transfer of their Federation team to the control of the Association. After agreement had been reached between the parties the Association approached the NSW Soccer Federation to ratify the agreement and from the 1992 season the Federation team representing the Association would be the Macarthur Rams. This boosted the profile of soccer in the Macarthur area and provides a role model for the younger players in the District, and a career path for the more talented players.
For the 2008 season the Macarthur Rams will be competing in the NSW Premier League competition for both Senior Men's and Youth League. The Association will also be entering teams in the Metropolitan League which caters for Under 11's and 12's.
For the 2013 season the club will compete in the National Premier Leagues.
Macarthur have provided many recent players to join the A-league ranks:
- Evan Berger - Melbourne Victory
- Justin Garland - Brisbane Roar
- Adrian Karakolevski - Newcastle Jets
- Glen Trifiro - Central Coast Mariners
- Darko Vidovic - Central Coast Mariners
- Matthew Thompson - Melbourne Heart - Australia
- Paul Reid - Adelaide United - Australia
- Matt Osman - Gold Coast United
- Wely Al-Rikabi - Sydney FC
- Kosta Barbarouses
- Roy Bell
- David Carney - Australia
- Brett Emerton - Australia
- Heather Garriock - Australia
- Steven Old
- Chad Taylor
- Adam Whither
- Michael Brown
- Shannon Hankin
- Craig Cooley
- Cole Tinkler
- Sarah Walsh - Australia
- Shane Cansdell-Sherriff
- Leena Khamis - Australia