How bricks played a part in building our club facilities

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Cambridge FC’s facilities have been improved over many years, thanks to the efforts of its volunteers and club supporters.

Thirty years ago – in 1988 – a group of them raised more than $5,000 to pay for extensions to the clubrooms at John Kerkhof Park.

The extensions enabled the building of a kitchen, relocation of the bar and new toilets.

According to the Reserve Bank’s inflation calculator, $5,000 in 1988 is the equivalent of $10,000 in today’s money – an indication of the success of the fundraising effort.

The fundraising was led by administrator Keith Ward (left) who set up a “Buy a Brick” campaign, in which donors would be recognised with inscriptions on a wall of bricks.

The resulting display of bricks remains beside the doorway that leads from our clubrooms to the number one pitch.

The wall of bricks is headed by a plaque that reads: “Buy a Brick” Building Fund.  Cambridge Soccer Club acknowledges the generous support given by the following individuals to its club extensions programme:

$30 donors

Cheryl Hudson, A & A Cardy, G & M Blackstock, John Jenkins, David Samuel, Dennis & Ann Jones, Hank van Doorne, Warren Hockly, Ken Sines, M.J. Scott, Peter Stacey, Steve & Debbie Brown, J. Hindrup, In Memory of Neil Christensen, Paul Lawrence, Reg Ridley, A.J. Vosper, Michael & Angela Welton, B.J.Wood, Mark Jones, L.M & O.K. Sines, D.R & J.M. Davies, Frank Swindley, Syd Head, Kevin Moore, M.W. Maxwell, Trevor Monteith, Jack Shacke.

$50 donor

John Cameron, FIFA Referee

$60 donors

The Lyall Family, W.J.C. Lawrence.

$100 donors

JJ’s Car Services, Smythe & Yeates Smash Repairs, David Watt Ford, Cambridge Pharmacy, Lee & McMillan Panel & Paint, Post Office Butchery.

$150 donor

Craig Wilson.

$200 donors

Bryan Paynter Catering, Tony & Joy Welten.

$300 donor

Cambridge Soccer Club Top Town Team 1989.

$2600 donor

Keith Ward.

Accompanying the Keith Ward brick is a plaque that reads: “This plaque acknowledges the generous foundation donation made by Keith Ward to this building fun in 1988.”

The team who helped build our junior facilities

Click here to find out who contributed to the fundraising that saw the building of our junior rooms in 2007.