The early records of our club are a bit uncertain. In the early 1950’s soccer players would all show up the Mount Gambier showgrounds on a Saturday and they would piece teams together from whoever showed up and play games that were just for fun.
We are lead to believe at one stage there were two Mount Gambier teams, Mount Gambier A and Mount Gambier B. These two teams in effect were the first signs of the Blue Lake Soccer Club, but the local media would not recognise them as they were using a local icon “The Blue Lake” in their name, from there the club progressed to become the Mount Gambier Blue Lake before becoming Blue Lake.
Prominent names from our early days are the likes of, Harold Allison Senior & Junior, Len Harriott, Derek Orr and Vic Gentle.
In June 1957 the Blue Lake Soccer Club was incorporated and this is where it officially begins.
Early games were played in fields or paddocks, whatever was available at the time. Some of the early grounds were Manhattan reserve, McDonald Park, Olympic Park, O B Flat as well as Nangwarry, Millicent, Mount Burr and Naracoorte to name a few.
The next 20 years proved a great success for our club; we won the Premiership 3 times making it 4 in total. In 1969 and 1970 Blue Lake made it back to back Premiers, and our most recent in 1980 we did it without dropping one point, which to the best of our club historians knowledge still hasn’t been matched.
Our next taste of success wasn’t to come until 2003 when we won the prestigious Shadows Belgiorno cup. In this game we went in as the underdogs against a star studded line up in IAC Inter. The game went down to the wire in a nerve racking and nail biting penalty shoot out. Blue Lake faced their bottle test and came out on top with the win. Our most recent win came in 2009 again in the Belgiorno cup, this time against Apollo Soccer Club. This game ended in a goal fest of 5-2 Blue Lake way.
Our philosophy towards our juniors has been one of mentoring and fostering our youths skills and because of this mind set we have so many junior premierships that there is too many to mention.
Our club historian Mr Lew Ferguson Jr has helped keep a comprehensive record of our club since 1978. We like to make sure that we recognise milestone achievements. Currently Lew Ferguson Jr holds the most games played with 510 senior games, but his brother Sam would have surpassed this if earlier records had been kept.
We have a list of life members as long as your arm and all these people have helped created the famous “never say die” attitude that Blue Lake is known for.
We now invite you to enter our next phase our history with us, join our club and become a part of our soccer family, experience what it means to be a part of Blue Lake.
Our goal for our club and the game is one of growth. We want to use the game to help bridge gaps between socitey, and promote a healthy lifestyle for our community