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.
Purple Poser ladies team continues to improve, managed and coached by Tracey and Mike Whitehead respectively, finishing second in BQWSL Division 2. Throughout the 90's, the ladies and men's teams participate in the annual Mark Forster Tournament in Peterborough, and camp at nearby Beavermede Park ...
The Sockers first venture onto foreign soil takes place in May with a memorable trip to the adidas Warrior Classic in Dayton Ohio. The entire team piles into the Kinsmen mini bus and heads south. Twelve players discover they are to play three, 90 minute full games in the oppressive heat. The team does well, and returns a number of times in the years that follow. The Club expands by adding Vagden “B” which is organized by Greg King and Terry Boyd, and continues for two seasons. 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 Purple Posers are by now a well-established decent team, and prove this winning BQWSL Division 2. 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. Terry Boyd wins the goalden boot trophy scoring 15 regular season goals, a men's club record that still stands. The men's team played 45 games (league, cup and tournament) this season and scored a club record 125 goals. 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. The team does respectably, with a record of 1 win, 1 tie, 3 losses, with many great memories made. There are two games in the home towns of Rudy Mouw and the Whitehead brothers. 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 Sockers win the competitive division of the Mark Forster Tournament. Barb Wortman becomes manager of the Purple Posers, and continues to this day.
Under the guidance of head coach Terry Boyd, the newly formed Sockers U-20's wins the Durham Tier 1 League. 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.
In January of 1998 the men's and ladies teams are registered for an indoor tournament in Laval. A major ice storm hits, yet the convener refuses to refund entry fees, so both teams travel into the cold darkness to participate in what becomes a legendary trip. This is 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.
For the next two years the Club has eight (8) teams, comprised of 4 senior (1 men's competitive in Motor City League, 2 recreational, 1 ladies) and 4 competitive youth (U11, U15, U17, and U19 in CSL.) Club records indicate the following names were involved in managing / coaching ... Boyd, Whitehead, Wortman, King, Fernandes, Devenish, Wannamaker, Haker, Rievrs, Verhage, Eisner, Walcott, Cain, Flemnig, Smits, Short, Ruckstuhl, Kuracina.
Steve Whitehead takes over from brother Mike as President of the youth club. Steve coaches the Sockers U-11 team, which 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 U19 team, which plays in the Central Soccer League is ranked 9th in the Province. This is an incredible accomplishment for our club and all those involved. Derek Arsenault is the team captain. In the future he goes on to play for Sockers Div 1 and OFC masters team. On the ladies side, Amy MacFarlane sets the record for most shutouts in the regular season with nine.
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. Rudy Mouw coaches the Ladies team to runner up in BQWSL Division 2.
Ellen Kuracina becomes President of the youth club, which at this time has competitive teams at U12, U13, U15. Sockers U-15 lead the way with 4 competitive titles this season. Under the guidance of coach Steve Whitehead, Sockers top senior team 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 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. Amy MacFarlane sets a club record best goals against average of 0.43 for the season. Sockers Cup 2004 is a resounding success, and Sockers Men's A side win the Cup in front of a large home town crowd. Bill Coltman leads team scoring with 12 regular season goals. 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 (Sockers FC all time regular season shut-out record holder with 28) 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. Hannah Chittenden sets a club record, scoring 6 goals in one match. The Sockers OFC (Oldtimers tournament team) inaugural season is the reformation of the famous Vagden team, and culminates in victory at the Kanata Cup in late September. The Ladies B team wins its third consecutive League title and is playoff finalist.
Following up on the Kanata Cup success of 2006, Sockers OFC win QOB Rust Remover Tournament in May, under the guidance of Coach McCulloch. The ladies team continues to perform very well in the Provincial OWSL, placing third, having won 9, tied 1, lost 6.
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 ladies teams set a record of zero (0) yellow or red cards in 2009 ... not a single one between either team.
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 Tournament. Sockers and Old Boys collaberate on a new full time Master's team, finishing League and Cup runners up. Bill Coltman sets a club record, scoring 6 goals in one game.
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, and continues this role today.
The Ladies "A" team continues its domination of BQWSL, winning its third consecutive Division 1 championship, led by the Boyd / Foster partnership. The team is very strong, Kee Sakomoto and Tangye Seymour both score 20 regular season goals each to set a new club record. Coach McCulloch leads Sockers OFC to second place in the Master's Division losing only twice all season.
The ladies incredibly make it four consecutive Division 1 titles. The team concedes only ten league goals over the four championship seasons. Sockers OFC finishes the regular season un-defeated under the guidance of Coach McCulloch, yet somehow numerically manages to finish second. Veteran player Greg King wins the Goalden Boot scoring thirteen Division 1 regular season goals, second highest on record. Rudy Mouw organizes Sockers Day at Bain Park, where all four Sockers team play consecutively.
Adam Erding enters Sockers men's team into the Mark Forster Tournament once again, and the team makes it all the way to the Final. Sockers FC is one of the longest running participants in the tournament. The ladies end their reign as Division 1 champions, finishing runners up.
Its a very proud moment for Tracey and Mike Whitehead when son Andrew debuts for Sockers FC in BQ Division 1. In the years that follow a number of other second generation Sockers wear the yellow and blue.
Doug Wolters ties a club record scoring 6 goals in one game, he scored 5 in one half. Sockers OFC (Master's team) sets a club record defeating QOB 16-0. Coach McCulloch guides OFC to runners up in the league and cup.
This triple crown season kicks-off with a proud moment as Nolan Kerr-Dini, son of veteran Sockers player JP Dini, takes to the field for the Club. Coach Mike Whiteman leads Sockers OFC to its first ever Master's Division Championship, the team is undefeated. OFC is runner up at the West Ottawa Tournament. Player/Manager Lillian Czindl guides Sockers Ladies "A" to the Division 1 title, and the men's team wins the Indoor Cup. Old and new friends gather at Centennial Park as Rudy Mouw organizes a very successful McCulloch Co-ed Cup.
This is another winning season for Sockers FC, marking 20 consecutive seasons with a winning overall Club record. Club sponsor Family Dental Centre generously outfits the entire club with new jerseys. Sockers Ladies "A" new coach Scott Hoogkamp guides the team to the BQWSL Division 1 Championship. Sockers OFC goes undefeated in the Cup yet loses in penalties in the final in a monsoon-style rain storm. OFC runner up for second consecutive year at West Ottawa Tournament. Shara Lee Foster retires from an excellent Division 1 career to join Sockers "B." Steve Whitehead's daughter Katie also joins "B" as a rookie. On a very sad note, veteran player-manager-executive member Barb Angus, and veteran youth & senior player Derek Arsenault, both retire from playing the game due to injury.
Men's Division 1 team has an incredible cup run, winning the League Cup, as Goalden Boot winner Akshit Preenza scores a spectacular overtime goal as Sockers win 2-1 in the Cup Final. The last time we won was 1994 ! Greg King is the only player to be on both teams. Andrew Whiteman is named MVP for Sockers Div 1 team. OFC is runner up once again at West Ottawa Tournament.
The above is by no means a complete record of our Club history. There are too many names to mention, too many memories to recall. If you have more information to add or feel something is missing email to: firstname.lastname@example.org