Kelmscott Roos were formed in 1969.
After 4 years of playing in the Amateur Premier Division (finishing 6th in 1970, 3rd in 1971, and 2nd in 1972), Kelmscott entered the Semi-Professional Second Division in 1973.
After finishing 6th, 10th, 3rd and 10th in respective years, in Kelmscott’s fifth year of Semi Professional Second Division football, we finished first in 1977, which brought us up to the Semi Professional First Division. This is where we remained until 1985, when we finished 2nd. Although we did have a good cup run in 1980.
D’Orsogna Cup – 1980 Match Reports
First Round Proper
The surviving twenty two teams were now joined by the State League Clubs who must come in every year with some apprehension, as each season sees some of them falling by the wayside at the hands of a lower division team. 1980 was no exception. Gosnells, still smarting from their exit last year at the hands of fourth division Dianella JUST, were further embarrassed when second division Kelmscott beat them at Frye Park.
Gallant Highgate Chindits from the Amateurs found the jungle of Federation too dense to penetrate further, and were beaten by Kelmscott.
Azzurri breathed a sigh of relief when they walked off the field at Kelmscott. They were taken to extra time by the enthusiastic second division team, and it was only a hotly disputed penalty given by referee Eddie Evans that finally clinched the victory for the Perth team by three goals to two.
In 1985, Kelmscott managed to secure a quality player by the name of Trevor Brooking. When he played for the Roos he was just plain Trevor Brooking, but he did go on to become Sir Trevor Brooking…I think it may have been his Kelmscott appearances that was a deciding factor on him becoming a ‘Knight of the Realm’.
He was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1981, elevated to Commander of same order (CBE) in 1999, and knighted in 2004.
Sir Trevor Brooking photographed with the Kelmscott Roos team at Pries Park (4th from the right in the back row)
In 2009 a stand at Upton Park was named the Sir Trevor Brooking stand. Since retiring from playing, he has taken up a number of positions in broadcasting as an on-air analyst and in football and sports administration. He now works as director of football development in England.
Sir Trevor won the FA Cup twice – in 1975 scoring a vital goal in a 2–1 win in a 4th round replay away at Swindon Town, and in 1980, when he scored another vital goal in a 2–1 win in a third round replay against West Bromwich Albion.
The most important goal in his career was the only goal in a 1–0 win over Arsenal in the FA Cup final in 1980 with a header.
Brooking was a member of the West Ham team which won the Second Division in 1981. He also appeared in the 1975 FA Charity Shield, the 1976 European Cup Winners’ Cup Final, the 1980 FA Charity Shield and the 1981 Football League Cup Final.
In total he made 647 appearances and scoring 102 times, wearing the number 10 jersey, his total appearances for West Ham only beaten by Billy Bonds, Bobby Moore and Frank Lampard Sr. He had a testimonial match against an England XI in October 1977.
Brooking made his England debut on 3 April 1974 in a 0–0 draw against Portugal. He played 47 times, scoring 5 goals but only appeared twice in major tournaments.
It was quite amazing having Trevor Brooking play for Kelmscott 5 years after winning the FA Cup, and just 2 years after playing his last international game for England…at the World Cup finals.
Trevor Brooking made 8 appearances for Kelmscott – his impeccable skills and values for the game helped Kelmscott finish 2nd in 1985, and were promoted to play in the Semi Professional Premier League.
1986 promised so much, and we were relegated back to the Semi-Professional First Division after just one season.
But it wasn’t a total wasted season. We won the D’Orsogna Cup, beating Olympic Kingsway in the final…and without the help of Trevor Brookings silky skills.
D’Orsogna Cup – 1986 Match Reports
The League may provide consistency and technical competence but for sheer emotional excitement you can’t go by the D’Orsogna Cup. In March when the Cup commenced with the playing of the preliminary rounds, no one could have foreseen that the Final played in some eight months time would be between the team gaining promotion from the Second Division and the unfortunate club relegated from the State League. But that is exactly what occurred when Kingsway Olympic and Kelmscott clashed at Macedonia Park on October 5th, 1986.
Before we could finalise the quarter finals we had to achieve a result of a fourth round fixture between Perth City and Kelmscott. Kelmscott won 3-1 and so joined the rest in the quarter finals but would have to play theirs on a later date against Bayswater Inter. Kingsway Olympic by this time almost assured of the Second Division Championship eliminated Cockburn United. Bayswater Inter put paid to Floreat Athena and Perth Azzurri with goals from Marocchi and Sutton were too much for McGinn’s solitary reply for Macedonia. It was a game marred by spiteful play with six players being cautioned by referee Gordon love.
Because of congestion of fixtures, extreme pressure had been put on Kelmscott, already resigned to playing in the Second Division in 1987. They were having to play a number of games over a short space of time. On Saturday 27th October they faced Inglewood Kiev and level at 2-2 the game went into extra time. Goals by Malone and Herd saw Kelmscott fit to fight another day.
On Sunday 28th Second Division Champions, Kingsway Olympic beat Perth Azzurri at Wauhop Park in a very lacklustre game with Peter Gangemi, an ex-Azzurri player, scoring the only goal of the game to see Olympic through to the Final. Kelmscott were back on the park the following day and their weary limbs saw them through to a 2-1 victory against Bayswater.
Well, what an unusual Final this was to be for sure. One up and one down. Who would be the victor on this day, Kelmscott were playing under the handicap of tiredness after playing three games in the space of seven days, they had lost John McLean who had received his sixth caution. But the Kelmscott team, egged on by a very vocal crowd of supporters, brought off the seemingly impossible after being a goal down, stormed back through the valiant efforts of veteran Brett Atherton, who netted twice in the space of a few minutes to ensure that the magnificent D’Orsogna Cup would grace the Kelmscott clubhouse for the next twelve months.
The next 3 years (1987, 1988 and 1989) saw the Kelmscott Roos finish 10th, 1st, and then 1st again, promoting us back to the Premier League – this time it was for a longer period, lasting for 4 seasons after finishing 5th in 1990, 11th in 1991, and 8th in 1992…before being relegated for finishing 11th in 1993.
In 1994, Kelmscott Roos finished the season in the Semi-Professional First Division in 7th position. Then in 1995, the Roos merged with Gosnells and Ferndale United to form Southside United. Following this merger, the Kelmscott Roos Juniors continued on.
1995 to 2003, Southside United league positions:
1995 – 10th in the semi-professional second division; 1996 – 6th in the semi-professional first division; 1997 – 1st in the semi-professional first division. But even though Southside Utd won the division, they were not promoted to the premier division due to inadequate facilities. Southside considered taking legal action against Soccer West Coast; 1998 – 10th in the semi-professional first division; 1999 – 10th in the semi-professional first division; 2000 – 8th in the semi-professional first division; 2001 – 7th in the semi-professional first division; 2002 – 16th in the semi-professional first division. This was the year (2002) that reserves and U18’s were first included with the semi-professional teams; 2003 – 14th in the semi-professional first division.
In 2004, Southside United changed its name to Gosnells City, who finished 6th in the semi-professional first division.
In 2005, Football West was formed as the governing body of Western Australian soccer.
But more importantly, this was the year that the Kelmscott Roos decided to break away from Southside and Gosnells…reform, and become the ‘Kelmscott Roos’ once again. The Roos started off in the Amateur Third Division finishing up 9th – not a great season, but it was great to have our identity back.
In 2006 playing in the Amateur Third Division, we finished 6th, in 2007 were 9th and then relegated into the Amateur Fourth Division – we’d never been so rock bottom…
But this is when the revival of the club started to happen.
Being too good for the Amateur Fourth Division, we finished 1st in 2008, and got promoted to the Amateur Third Division.
Not content with staying in the Amateur Third Division, in 2009 we won the championship finishing first again – and to complete a hat-rick of finishing first, we also won the Amateur Second Division in 2010.
We had made it to the Amateur First Division. In 2011 we finished 10th, and in 2012 we finished 11th…getting relegated back to the Amateur Second Division – and in 2013 we finished up 5th.
Kelmscott Roos luck changed in 2014 when we were placed into the Semi-Professional Second Division (due to irregularities with other teams). We finished last in 12th position, and it was the same for 2015, finishing 12th again.
For 2016, the Roos remained in the Semi-Professional Second Division and had to ensure we didn’t finish last, as relegations were now going to be enforced.
Many different coaches were tried out in 2016…but none really worked out. This was a very nervous time for the club – but in came Chris Bates.
Chris Bates was brought in to coach the senior first team and we finished 9th in the division – which was a remarkable achievement, as Chris had very little time to get organised before the season started.
The club is on the up, and are starting to be taken notice.
The rise of the Kelmscott Roos continues – ‘We can only go forward’
1988, 1989 – Semi Professional First Division Champions
1977 – Semi-Professional Second Division Champions
1986 – Cup Winners
2010 – Amateur Second Division Champions
2009 – Amateur Third Division Champions
2008 – Amateur Fourth Division Champions
2016 – U16 Division 3 Grand Final Winners
2015 – U16 Division 3 League Champions & Grand Final winners, U15 South Division 1 League Champions & Grand Final winners, U14 South Division 2 Grand Final winners
2013 – U13 South Division 3 Grand Final winners
2012 – U18 Division 2 Grand Final winners, U15 Girls Division 1 League Champions
2011 – U14 Girls Grand Final winners, U18 Division 3 League Champions
2010 – U16 Division 3 League Champions, U15 Division 2 League Champions, U13 Division 1 League Champions