The Bassendean Caledonian Soccer Club held a special Anzac event.

Caledonian soccer club commemorates Anzacs

The club's vice president says the day was a success with about 300 attendants at the Anzac service.
May 16, 2024

THE Bassendean Caledonian Soccer Club recently commemorated members who enlisted in World War I, along with current and ex-service personnel, at a small Anzac service.

The club was founded on February 11, 1913 by members of the Fremantle Caledonian Society and is now based in Bassendean.

The original club, which played games at Fremantle park, had its formative years interrupted by World War I.

In 1915 the team was forced to leave Fremantle Park, which was commandeered as an AIF camp, and move to the polo (trotting) grounds at East Fremantle.

The council refused their application to use East Fremantle oval.

Eventually most of the Caledonian soccer team’s players and officials enlisted in the Australian Forces during the war – 27 associated with the Caledonians went to war and only five returned.

The club was forced to close at the time, but was reformed in 1920.

Over the years the club has moved to Mosman Park, then Perth Esplanade (now Elizabeth Quay), Woodville reserve in North Perth, Lake Monger velodrome and then in 1972 the Caledonians moved to Jubilee reserve in Bassendean, their current home.

The club is currently represented in the Football West Sunday League across junior and senior competitions.

The club with more than 500 members (including players, social, associate and family memberships) is one of the oldest in WA.

Bassendean Caledonian Soccer Club vice president Kyle Barrett said the day went very well.

“We had gunfire inspired goodies for the junior games with the canteen open in the morning, and then a raffle with prizes up for grabs later in the afternoon when the bar was opened,’’ he said.

“About 300 came to take part in the small service, including ex-players, life members, current players and members.

“We were very fortunate to get two serving regimental pipers to march the teams out for the main game to include the club’s deep Scottish heritage, along with a bugler from the Australian Army band to perform the last post, Bassendean RSL came with flag and pole and recited The Ode before a minute’s silence was held.’’

Players wore a special match shirt for the main game  against Perth AFC.

Donations from the day will go to Bassendean RSL and Legacy.

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