Bernie Schmitz – Inducted late 70’s early 80’s ? – Bernie is one of our first life members and was a founding member of our club, not a lot is known about him other than he was a long time Committee member and held the Treasurers position for 12 years from 1968 to 1979 inclusive. He played for United mainly in the reserves and was rumoured to keep a very tight reign on the purse strings while as Treasurer, he since passed away however we shouldn’t forget the massive contribution Bernie made to the green and white.
Hans Winter Snr – Inducted late 70’s early 80’s ? – Once again not a lot is known about Hans. With United comprising mainly senior teams in the early years he was one of the first to promote and undertake junior coaching in 1968, he played seniors for the club, was actively involved on the Committee as Vice President and President in the mid 70’s. His son Harry Winter was an outstanding player for United in seniors. Hans was responsible for setting up the first canteen at Jelbart via a caravan that was brought to home games and sat under the massive gum tree at the half way line. He has since passed away however the club is honoured to acknowledge the contribution of Hans Winter Snr.
Deiter Knobloch – Inducted late 70’s early 80’s ? – Deiter has been described as an awesome player and one of the top centre halves in the association in the late 1960’s early 1970’s. He is a former captain coach of the seniors and best and fairest winner in seniors. He was also an active committee member which included being President of the Club in 1970 in addition to this he has also coached a number of junior teams during his years at the club. In recent times he has been regular supporter at senior games and was named in his famed centre half position in the 2006 Albury United team of forty years.
Peter Bannister – Inducted Late 80’s ? – Peter came to the club in the 70’s and was heavily involved in playing and coaching which included stints as Senior & Reserves coach and as well as a number of junior teams and finished with him coaching his daughters in the ladies teams during the early 80’s. He was also a very competent player playing primarily in defence, he was once dubbed “the best slide tackler in the business” he played in numerous senior and reserves teams and was a member of the 1980 Reserve grade league & cup double winning team where he famously shaved off his beard after the win (Photos of this are in the photo gallery). He joined the committee in the mid 70’s and held many roles including Vice President and Secretary before taking over from his father Frank as President in 1977. He has returned to the club in resent years as a supporter of his grandson Tyler who represents the 4th generation of the Bannister family to play for United. In the late 70’s and early 80’s he was generally considered “Mr United”. Peter is still and avid supporter of the club and can be seen on the sidelines at Jelbart most Sunday’s.
Mike Flower – Inducted late 80’s ? – Mike started playing for United as an under 14, back in the 70′s. He progressed into the promising Under 16 side, ably coached by Peter Bannister and then played for the reserves, before cementing a senior spot in the late seventies. Mike was involved mostly with the seniors for the next 10 years, before seeing out his playing days in the reserves during the early nineties. He started serving on the committee as Publicity Officer in the late 70’s, and started the club newsletter, which later evolved into the much revered ‘PUMP IT !’. Mike was on the committee when the club was at a very low point during the early 80′s, when it was suggested the senior sides go into recess for a year due to lack of numbers. He helped on the committee that was able to attract players to the club for the seniors to exist, and also recruit parents onto the committee for various tasks which in time turned the club around. In the ensuing 15 years, he was involved as a player (enduring two broken legs), served as secretary (being involved on the committee in the selection/recruitment of David Mower), junior coach, senior coach, helped run United’s successful 6-a-side competition, and helped out with other tasks such line-marking, senior team manager, and the compilation of the previous 20 year booklet, before re-locating to Sydney for work. He now resides in Melbourne, but still keeps in contact with United through the Border Mail and email.
Scott Kidd – 1990 – Scott joined the club in 1975 as a 6 year old and rose through the ranks to become the first grade Captain in the late 80’s. A solid reliable defender he won two senior best and fairest’s and played in a number of reserve and third grade teams until retiring in the late 90’s. He is a long standing Committee member, a former President and the youngest ever clubman to be granted Life Membership at the age of just 21. However his greatest achievements have come in the Coaching department where he has won countless junior league and cup titles through the late 80’s and early 90’s before taking over as senior coach in 1996 where in over 12 years of coaching he has only finished lower than 3rd on one occasion and in that time he has been the architect of 5 first grade league championships and 6 Cup titles as well as a string of reserve grade and third grade league and cup successes. After more than three decades at the club he has become the face of Alb Utd and probably the most recognised soccer personality in the local area and by far and away the most successful coach in our clubs history and arguably the most successful coach in the associations history and has been recognised as such being named as Coach of the Albury United team of 40 years in 2006. Still an active coach and committee member we are truly honoured to thank Scott “The Guv” Kidd for his outstanding service to the green and white.
Henry & Judy Hauck – Inducted early 90’s ? – Henry & Judy are the clubs only husband and wife combination inducted as life members. Henry played for United in the late 70’s and early 80’s before taking on a significant role on the committee with his children Warren, Adam and Carrie all playing juniors with the Club. He had a no-nonsense, get the job done approach and quickly gained respect on the Committee and throughout the local soccer community. The first of his four years as President came in 1986 and seeing the clubs junior successes at the time he was instrumental in setting the base for the clubs senior grade success that was to come in the mid to late 90’s, together with his wife Judy the Hauck’s formed a formidable partnership and epitomised the hard working family focus the club now values. Judy was a supportive wife and mother turned committee person and was actively involved in the running of the club throughout the 80’s. The Hauck’s were continuous benefactors of the club with many a junior strip donning the family business name “H&S Metalworks”. They have recently moved to Queensland, however the club will forever acknowledge the contribution of Henry and Judy Hauck.
Carol McIndoe – Inducted Mid 90’s – Drawn to the club when her two sons Aaron and Trent started playing for United in the early 80’s. She soon joined the committee in the Mid 80’s and held a variety of positions which included a long stint as Treasurer from 1986 trough to the early 1990’s. Dubbed “The queen of scream” her vocal support of her sons and Alb United could be heard all across Jelbart throughout the late 80’s and early 90’s. Carol still lives locally and can often be seen at the odd club function and we thank her for her invaluable service to the club.
Harry Wright – Inducted late 90’s – Harry came to the club as a forward/midfielder and gave great service to United on the field over a number of seasons in the 80’s despite suffering a number of injuries. He coached the Senior Men’s in the mid 80’s before a successful stint as Senior Ladies coach in the late 80’s and early 90’s which saw them win the league, cup double two years in a row as well as many other trophies. Those ladies teams including the likes of Tracey Dalitz, Doris Brouwer, Nat and Tanya Tyrrell and the outstanding talent of Angela Iannotta who later went on to represent Australia. He was also involved in managing a number of first grade teams including the 1997 double winning team. He was instrumental in United developing close ties with the association, through his delegate work and in fact he became a life member of the association, prior to his election as a life member of United. He held a number of positions on the committee throughout the 80’s and 90’s which included President and Secretary as well as Sponsorship coordinator where he was always able to ensure the club remained financially strong with a knack for sniffing out a sponsorship deal, he also helped out with the clubs successful six-a-side competition, as well as other events over a long period. He moved north a few years ago however we are thankful for the contribution of Harry Wright.
Barry Holmes – Inducted late 90’s – Barry to the Club in the mid 80’s when both of his sons Matthew and Nick started successful junior careers with the club. Hailing from NZ he was a tireless worker on the clubs Committee joining in 1989 and continuing through to 2002 which included stints as registrar and vice president before taking on a lengthy period as President in 6 out of the 7 years from 1993 through to 1999. He was part of the Committee that appointed a young Scott Kidd as First Grade Coach in 1996, with that master stroke he held the Presidency in a golden age for the club as he presided over three first grade league titles in a row from 1997-1999 which many agree wouldn’t have occurred but for the efficient and hard working environment he created off field. Now retired from the Committee he is still a devoted and regular supporter at United games and with his reputation as being approachable and having a cool head his council is often still sought on club matters. We are proud to acknowledge, Barry Holmes.
Matthew Campbell – Inducted in 1999 – Matt came to the club after moving from Sydney in 1983 at the age of 8 and played in a number of junior league and cup titles through the mid to late 80’s. He debuted in first grade in 1992 and has been a cornerstone of the defence since then. Promoted to Club Captain in 1997 when the club did the unique league & Cup double for the first time in its then 30 year history, he has played every year of his 25 years at the club which culminated in being one of the first players to reach the 350 first grade game milestone for the club in 2007. In his 25 years at the club he has played in 12 cup finals during which he has Captained four first grade league and five cup winning successes. He has coached at junior level and has been a member of the Committee since 1997, including being Treasurer of the Club since 1998 and being active on the social committee. Matt’s playing contribution was recognised when he was named Captain of Albury United’s team of 40 years in 2006. Still an active player and committee member the club thanks Matt for his longstanding contribution to the mighty greens.
Gus Martinez – Inducted 2002 – A longstanding coach and manager at junior levels throughout the late 70’s and early 80’s Gus never played for United although he probably has the claim that he has watched more games of junior and senior football in which United were a part than anyone alive. Like many others he was drawn to United when his brothers and his son Tony took up soccer in the 70’s and 80’s. He is a passionate supporter of United and was able to instill that passion in a young 16 year old “kid” who he was able to encourage and mentor to take up junior coaching in 1985. That 16 year old kid is none other than Scott Kidd. Arguably Albury United’s number one supporter it is a pleasure to recognise Gus Martinez as a life member.
Lyndon Sergeant – Inducted 2003 – Lyndon was a popular player with all associated with the club, except perhaps any referees! He started on the Social committee in the early 80′s and was seen early at every home game, as one of his duties was to help bring the caravan (then substituting for the clubs canteen) to the ground, and help stock it. He also helped organise numerous social occasions along with his wife Kim and her mum Enid Davis who were all central to United’s Social scene in the 80’s. Lyndon played seniors and reserves over a long period and gave great service in the midfield, never shirking a tackle, even when it was obvious to all at the ground that he was going to be around 1 minute late with it ! He was a member of the 1980 reserve grade league & cup double winning team and whilst he had retired from playing he continued to train with the senior squad up until 2002. It is with great pleasure that we recognise Lyndon for his contribution to the club.
Leigh Christian – Inducted in 2004 – Leigh came to the club from Spurs in 1977 as a 16 year old. He was a member of the 1980 reserve grade league & cup double winning team and played seniors until 1983 when he left the club before returning in 1994 where he played first grade and reserves until he retired in 2002. As a player his defining year was 1997 where he won the association star player award in reserves as well as the club reserve grade star player and players player awards, in addition to this he was a member of the 1997 first grade double winning squad. All in all he played 15 seasons at United totalling over 280 games. He was a member of the Committee in the early 80’s where he took over as ground marker, and since he rejoined the club he resumed this role from the late 90’s thru to now as well as assisting with running canteen and setting up grounds. He was a junior coach at the club from 1999 to 2007 coaching in various grades. Now taking a well earned break to focus on his family we thank Leigh for his longstanding contribution to the club.
Robert Parker – Inducted in 2005 – Rob started with the club in 1976 after moving to Albury in 1975. He played as a defender and midfielder in the reserves and was a member of the 1980 reserve grade league & cup double winning team before retiring as a player in 1984. He was a member of the committee in the late 70’s as publicity officer. However he rejoined the Club in 1994 when his son David began playing and he coached and managed his sons and various other junior teams throughout the 90’s. Since returning to the club in ’94 he has been heavily involved with the Committee taking over as Secretary in 2002. In addition Rob has been an avid supporter of women’s and girls soccer coaching and managing numerous junior girls teams in recent years. Still coaching and serving on the Committee we thank Rob for his considerable service to the club.
Iain Dalitz – Inducted 2006 – Started as a 5 year old back in 1978 following his big brother into our U8′s. His style could be charatcerised as brutal but with some sublime touches of skill, he never backed off a challenge, with friends of the family often refering to him as a “D9 (Bulldozer) on the soccer field” he immediately forged a reputation through juniors as a talented, agressive player. His talent was undeniable and he played a number of key positions in midfield and up forward scoring dozens of goals along the way. He played in a number of junior cup winning teams where his talent was highlighted even more when he played in goals in an U14 grand final helping the team win the cup. He started playing seniors in the late 80′s as a 15 year old and cemented his spot in the midfield and defence in the early 90′s as the seniors began climbing the ladder. It was fitting in 1997 that he anchored the backline that won the historic First grade League & Cup double. He has constantly battled with knee injuries and was forced to drop back to reserves in the late 90′s where he has been a solid and stable influence on those coming through the ranks. In recent years he has dropped back to sweeper Captaining the Reserves to the League Championship in 2006 & 2007 and Reserve Grade Cup wins in 2002 & 2005 as well as numerous other grand final appearances. During his years he has been an avid supporter of the club functions and while not a committee person has taken on a number of roles to assist in the running of the club. His best work has probably been done off the field where he was able to attract and marry our very own Tracey Wilson an invaluable member of the ladies team and club committee. He called it a day on his playing career at the end of the 2007 season after 29 years in the green and white. He epitomises the meaning of what it is to be a “Life Member” having only ever played for the one club. It is a pleasure to acknowledge our Clubs 17th Life Member, one of our most popular players, Iain Dalitz.
Marty Chambers – Inducted 2010 – Marty joined the Club in 1992 coming through our junior ranks winning titles and cups along the way and rose to be the Reserve grade keeper in the late 90′s. He took over as first grade keeper in 2001, where to date he has won 3 league Titles and 5 Cup titles, he has won the First Grade players player award and Associations goalkeeper of the year award as well as representing AWFA & Riverina at junior levels & AWFA at senior level. He is a self made keeper who has got the most out of his talents, anyone who has seen him train knows he takes it seriously and every session he pushes himself to stay at the top of his game, there wouldn’t be many training sessions go by where the boys wouldn’t be yelling out “great save Oxy” during one of our shooting drills. He first started getting involved in committee work around 2004 and took on any task asked of him with one of his major achievements being getting Alb United’s merchandise up and running. Sometimes known as “the merchandise man”, he has been the main man behind all the polos, spray jackets, beanies, hoodies, Caps, stubby holders, training tops, pre-season singlets worn by club members which have created a professional and recognisable brand for our club. He has also been the key man in organising and running Club social functions, organising mystery bus tours, mexican nights, karaoke nights, 250 club, junior and senior presentation nights and most other social functions. Marty has coached at junior level taking on the third grade from 2006 with great success winning league and cup titles along the way, and more importantly has assisted in preparing these young players for senior football. Finally he is one of those rare people who would do anything to help out a mate or any United member who was in any trouble, he is one of the best goal keepers in the league and one of the driving forces behind the first grades recent dominance, it is a honour for the existing Life Members to welcome Marty into the club as a life member of Albury United.
Col Johnson – Inducted 2010 – Col joined the club in 2001 when his twin sons suddenly decided to play our code of football. He instantly became involved by managing his sons team for 2 years before completing his junior football coaching license and coaching them in the U15s and U16s divisions. In 2004 he also became a memeber of the committee and in 2005 became President of the Greens. In 2005 he also took on the role as United’s delegate at the AWFA Management Committee meetings where he quickly established himself as a well respected, clear thinking and at times vocal delegate. However, in 2005, as President of AUSC his value and input to the club increased dramatically. He took on the role of setting-up and packing-up of the grounds on match day, often at the ground at 7am and the last to leave after the day was over. This was a mammoth task as it included 6 goals, all the corner flads, bins, benches and sponsors signs. But in that time he also managed to get the canteen set-up and running his lovely wife Kaylene and the rest of the canteen ladies to enter at 8am in the morning. However, he didn’t stop there; he would then get around to as many games as he could to show his face to all juniors performing for the Greens, pretty well knowing every player and being there at team addresses . On many occassions he would also runs the lines and/or act as a marshall, and in some instance he would also do teamsheets when they needed to be filled out. Col was also the printing co-ordinator for many of United’s publications (Pump It!) and flyers. But he wouldn’t stop there, he was also the U16s Rep manager for the AWFA and would be a vital figure for the development of that team. Col epitomises a very loyal clubman and well deserves his life memberhship for Albury United Soccer Club.
Tracey Dalitz – 2016
Tracey played as a junior and part of our senior ladies league and cup winning teams in early 90’s, she was a member of the ladies team who won the clubs first trophy in 1991 for the club in the female divisions.
After a brief stint away she returned to the club in 1998, and joined the committee where she took on the daunting role of club registrar for 3 years.
Following this she remained as a committee member and took on and lead the organisation of major functions like 40th Year Ball, major raffles within the club, various team dinners and social functions, and also the upcoming 50th Year celebrations amongst many others.
Virtually on her own Tracey planned, organised and ran the clubs major raffle last year which earned thousands of dollars in valuable profit for the Club and its members, an amazing effort and typical of the passion she often displays for our club.
She was a strong leader last season within the club as a Junior VP, helping both MiniRoos and Junior ranks whenever they needed her.
Often the voice of reason at committee level Tracey has had a major influence on the running of the club over the past 15years always ensuring the club remained focused on doing things the right way and in the right spirit and always with the reputation of the Club and its people at heart.
She has continued to play the game she loves, and guide the younger girls through the ranks and has become a mentor and role model to many females throughout United.
Perhaps her biggest achievement has been her marriage to Club legend Iain Dalitz… Or perhaps that’s Iain’s greatest achievement! Iain is a fellow Life Member and their three kids Seb, Zoie and Charlie all play at the club.
We thank Tracey for her long years of service to the club and look forward to many more.
We proudly induct Tracey Dalitz as Life Member of Albury United Soccer Club in 2016.
Cade Webb – 2016
He came to United as a 12 year old back in 1992. After many successful years at United through our junior program, he started playing seniors at age 15, where he was a part of the team who won the clubs first senior trophy in 1997.
Cade started to become heavily involved in committee work, social events, in the early 2000s and in more recent years has assisted with coaching juniors and now onto coaching his own children as he still does today.
As a player he reached a milestone of 400 games for the senior men’s at United at the end of the 2014 season, being one of only three players to do so in the history of our club. Cade has won multiple league and cup trophies in all age division from juniors to senior, and is one of the clubs most successful players.
Cade individually has won 3 AWFA senior Star Player wards and also 1 Reserve Men’s Star Player award for the Reserve grade Men this season. At Club level Cade has won multiple Star Player awards for the senior men’s team, and was senior captain for a number of years.
Always willing to help out with committee work and functions Cade has helped set up and run many social functions including the 300 Club, presentation nights and after match social functions. Many of us will remember the grand final nights at his parents Max and Ruthy Webb over the past 15 years !!
He plays a major, if not unseen, role keeping the clubs records each year. You will all note the booklet he prepares each year for senior presentation night containing all the player stats for the year. Other clubs are always asking how we know when players have reached 100, 200 or 300 game milestones and its through Cades meticulous record keeping that we are able to do this accurately.
He has been heavily involved in running our miniroos program over recent years and has also assisted with other assistant coaching roles including with juniors, senior men and ladies teams in recent years.
He has had a major role in ground set up over recent years and is up early to help set up the grounds on a Sunday and pack everything away after the games finish late in the day.
He is always willing to help out with anything that requires doing around the club and is constantly offering his (and Sallys!) help whenever needed.
With a 25 year involvement at the club both playing, mentoring, coaching and committee levels we induct Cade Webb in as Life Member of Albury United Soccer Club in 2016.
Les O’Brien – 2016
Les has been heavily involved with the club since around 2001. He was involved with a number of local O&M footy clubs as a trainer and fitness coach and brought that expertise to United as part of the senior mens fitness training for pre-season.
Les strongly committed to United from an early stage and became heavily involved in club sponsorship where he started up the clubs sign sponsorship which he ran successfully for a number of years. Les used the growing profile of the club to raise much needed funds through selling off canvas signage that was placed around ground one and most prominently at the base of the hill.
He also became involved in the committee where he brought his considerable experience which included filling the key role of vice-president for a number of years.
He was a major part of the success in the senior grades through the 2000’s where we won multiple trophies due to his strict fitness programs. Add to this Les took on the role as our main trainer for a number of years where he was always willing to give players a rub down or get them around to his house to get them on his ‘machine’ to get them up for the games week to week.
In the off season Les had his stable of runners that he would train at Jelbart and Alexander Park and he was always willing to have United players come along and work with him in the offseason to get them fit for the next season.
Les is a mentor to all senior grades, but he also is influential figure to many of the juniors at United who have gone onto much success in the local AWFA representative divisions and state.
Somewhere along the way he gained the nickname of Chiefi’ from his years of owning Big Chiefs trading post, the name stuck and kind of fit as he was very much the respected Chief throughout the club.
We thank Cheifi for his 16 years of service to the club both training, mentoring, sponsorship and committee levels and proudly induct Les ‘Chief’ O’Brien as Life Member of Albury United Soccer Club in 2016.