Mike Whitehead forms “Trenton Hotspur” and enters the Bay of Quinte Senior Soccer League. The team is comprised of the THS graduating class, including Greg King, Dave Gaudaur, and 16 year old Steve Whitehead in goal. The team wears THS gold & black.
The League assigns Norris Webster to coach the team. Vagden Mills begins a long standing sponsorship of the team, and the now famous gold shirts and blue shorts are worn. Terry Boyd, who goes on to be all time leading scorer, joins the Club.
The name Vagden Sockers is used for the first time. Initially aimed as an insult, the name complements the sponsor, and was proudly printed on the shirts.
Towards the end of another mediocre season, coach Tom McCulloch joins the Club and then guides the team through the playoffs to the championship final. The dynasty is born.
The ladies team, known as Semple’s Sockers, and managed by Tracey Whitehead, joins the Club. This leads to a “vibrant” social side of the Club. In future years, the team becomes the “Purple Posers.”
By now, Coach McCulloch and manager Mike Whitehead have built a team and organization which is respected throughout the Quinte area. The Sockers win the Molson Cup tournament at Bain Park over arch rivals Quinte Hellenics. The team has finally come of age.
The Sockers first venture onto foreign soil takes place in May with a memorable trip to the Warrior Classic in Dayton Ohio. The Club also tries its hand at expansion in the form of Vagden “B” which has an eventful two year history. In November, the Sockers become the first Quinte area team to win Peterborough’s Phelan Cup, which has been contested for over 60 years.
The most powerful Sockers squad to date tears up the local men’s League. This was coach Tom McCulloch’s moment in the sun with a squad to be truly proud of. This was also the year of the infamous Erie, Pennsylvania trip with the Purple Posers. A highly hungover scratch Sockers squad gets pummeled by state champions Cleveland Croatia, 11-1.
After nine months of planning, in May the men’s squad embarks on a 17 day tour of Holland, France and England, playing five matches. Upon their return, the Sockers men's team completes its first season of competitive soccer in Durham Region’s Motor City Soccer League. In August, another Peterborough title is claimed when the Sockers win the competitive division of the Mark Forster Tournament.
Under the guidance of head coach Terry Boyd, the newly formed Sockers U-20 squad captures the Durham Tier 1 League title. The U-20’s win all thirteen regular season matches, the playoffs, and the Azul and King City Tournaments, to complete the “Quadruple.” Tartan Special sponsors the men’s senior team.
A pivotal year for the Club as new youth teams are formed at the U-11, U-15, and U-17 competitive level. The U-19’s achieve promotion to the CSL and perform admirably in their inaugural season. Sockers men’s team travels to the Dayton Warrior Classic, and the men’s reserve team returns under the management of Tony Haker. The Senior branch of the Club hosts Beck’s Cup ‘98, which attracts 28 teams from across the Province, with the Sockers being finalists in the Competitive Division.
The Sockers U-11 team, under the guidance of head coach Steve Whitehead, becomes the first Sockers team to win a Competitive League, that being the SOYSL. The U-11’s complete the “double” by also taking home the SOYSL President’s Cup (playoffs.) Beck’s Cup grows to 34 teams, and over 100 spectators witness the “Michigan incident.” The men’s and ladies teams travel to the Pittsburgh Tournament.
The Senior tournament returns under ‘Sockers Labatt Cup ‘01” and features 24 teams. The Motor City Soccer League folds after 49 years, Sockers are one of the final remaining member Clubs.
Under the guidance of coach Steve Whitehead, Sockers top senior side finishes with an awesome overall record of 14 wins 3 losses. Sockers beat Hellenics 2-1 in front of over 150 supporters at Bain Park. Sockers U-15 lead the youth branch of the Club, capturing 4 competitive titles.
Sockers Youth Club joins forces with ESSA to comply with OSA directive. Sockers top senior side finishes overall 12 wins, 1 tie and 1 loss. Sockers beat Hellenics at the “House of Bain” in front of over 200 cheering fans in fine come back style winning 4-2 coming from 2-0 down. Both Sockers men’s and ladies teams win their respective league tournament titles, but both suffer cruel losses in their final match and drop the season title.
By far the most successful Sockers season ever. The Club expands, as the ladies program adds a second team, and proceeds to win BQWSL Division 1 and 2 titles, both tournament titles and the Division 1 playoffs. Sockes Cup 2004 is a resounding success, and Sockers Men's A side win the Cup in front of a large home town crowd. The season is capped off with a famous hard fought 0-0 tie between Sockers and Hellenics at Zwick's Park, good enough to give the men's side its first ever BQMSL Division 1 title, the first time a Trenton team had won the title in 23 years. Many players fought back tears at the final whistle.
The Sockers 20th Anniversary season lived up to its expectations. Under the guidance of coaches Terry Boyd and Mike Whitehead respectively, the Ladies A team repeated as Division 1 Champions, and also won the playoff title, and the Ladies B team repeated as Division 2 Champions and Tournament Champions. Coach Steve Whitehead led the men’s A team to a respectable second place in the BQMSL First Division. The season was highlighted by a famous puddle bowl victory at home over Hellenics, a match that Sockers led 5-1, and held on for a 5-4 win despite eleven minutes of time added on due to the referee’s watch that had stopped. The 20th season was capped off with a memorable Re-Union Match at Bain Park, featuring Sockers of the past and present, playing in front of a large crowd with Steve Whitehead and the legendary Tom McCulloch behind the benches.
The Club undertakes two successful new ventures. Terry Boyd and Mel Murphy form a powerhouse ladies team which enters the Ontario Women's Soccer League and performs very well. The Sockers OFC (Oldtimers tournament team) inaugural season results in the reformation of the famous Vagden side, and culminates in victory at the Kanata Cup in late September. The Ladies A and B teams are playoff finalists, and the B team wins its third consecutive League title.
Following up on the Kanata Cup success of 2006, the Sockers OFC win the QOB Rust Remover Tournament in May, under the guidance of Coach McCulloch.
2008 - 2009
Sockers Ladies A continues to be the flagship team of the Sockers FC, winning the Kingston Memorial Tournament in 2008 and the BQWSL Playoffs in 2009.
The best season in recent times, narrowly missing a season second only to 2004. Terry Boyd's Sockers Ladies A dominate, winning the BQWSL Div 1 league and playoffs, while Barb Angus' Ladies B finish proud runners up in Div 2 league and playoffs. The men's side under the guidance of Steve Whitehead have their best finish in 5 years, including a semi-final appearance at the Mark Forster. Sockers and Old Boys collaberate on a new full time Master's team, finishing League and Cup runners up.
Sockers Old Boys becomes Sockers OFC as Whitehead and Mouw bring in Coach McCulloch to lead the team and finish runners up in the Master Cup and League, scoring 65 goals in 15 matches. Terry Boyd's Sockers Ladies A are the class of the BQWSL winning the Division 1 title again. Men's Sockers put in a good performance at the Iasenza Tournament, finishing runners up. After years of coaching at all age groups for Sockers FC, Coach Steve Whitehead steps aside, and Rudy Mouw gives up his playing time to take over as head coach. "Miracle on field turf" occurs in last game of season, as Sockers men's indoor score 3 in the last 120 seconds of a game to win 4-3.