Vale Bruce Fraser, founding father of Glenhaven Football Club

Dear Members,

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Bruce Fraser, the founding father, and inaugural President of Glenhaven Football Club.

With respect to the Fraser family and in memory of Bruce’s love of football and his service to the Glenhaven Football Club Community, we ask that senior teams across our club observe a one-minute silence prior to game kick-off next weekend.

It was all the way back in 1990 when the idea of a Glenhaven Soccer Club first started to sprout in the minds of Bruce Fraser and other local football enthusiasts.

The inaugural official meeting took place on 25th March 1991 at Glenhaven Community Centre, (an old house which was subsequently demolished) where Bruce Fraser was elected as our inaugural President.

At this stage Holland Reserve was only a grand idea in the eye of Bruce Fraser, so all home games were played ‘away’.
Holland Reserve was a very small unused, overgrown cricket park and holding ground for Council road shale, however it was Bruce Fraser who identified it as having enough area to have a full size football field.

After consultation with Baulkham Hills Shire Council (who had no funds to develop the facility) Bruce Fraser, together with the standing committee and a few residents formed the Park Management Committee with the dream to develop Holland Reserve to become the home ground of Glenhaven Soccer Club. The proposal was put to council in July 1990 and work commenced in August 1990.

Initial funds to finance the Holland Road project were sourced through donations and raffles & BBQ’s run by the Glenhaven Father’s Club as well as the generosity of its members & their families.

19th January 1991 was the first Glenhaven Soccer Club Registration Day held at the Community centre.

The club fielded just 7 teams in the 1991 Winter Season.

It wasn’t until 1992 that Holland Reserve, the first home ground of Glenhaven Soccer Club was ready to be played on.

Bruce went on as President of our club for the next 10 years and has always played an integral role in the club to the very end, up until a couple of years ago when he was no longer able to do so.

Many may remember Bruce as the first to person at the fields on a cold winter's morning or walking his dogs around Glenhaven Oval or Holland Reserve.
Bruce was always around the club to help in the big decisions whether running the club, coaching and even helping setup each weekend through the Winter Season as well as during our Summer Competition.

It is with great sadness that we bid him farewell and honour him for his contribution and dedication not only to Glenhaven Football Club but to the growth of Football in Australia and the contribution he has made to the wider Glenhaven Community for over 30 years.

Vale Bruce Fraser, thank you for your service.

On behalf of our GlenhavenFC Members and the GlenhavenFC Committee (present, past and future),

Bill Kafkis, Glen Streeter, Terry Louras Hoyle, Jenny McCann, Graham Streeter, Dean Abram, Sasha Abram, Emma Graham, as well as Allan Dowthwaite & Paul Neville (our most recent former committee members).

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