Lower Murray's century-long soccer history told in book

The Lower Murray's century-long history of soccer - or association football - has been covered in great detail in a recently-released book created by David Trenam.

Mr Trenam has lived in Murray Bridge and been associated with the Murray Bridge United Soccer Club for nearly three decades, and his love for the game and region led to the creation of 100 Years of Football in the Lower Murray.

Working with contacts and conducting research have made this book possible; it covers the last 100 years of football in the Lower Murray and how it reflects football and society in the wider South Australian community.

Four years' worth of work was put into the book's 400-plus pages.

Mr Trenam said the book would not have been possible without help from the local historical society and the wife of a late much-loved historian.

"A lot of material was sourced through the Murray Bridge and District Historical Society, with help especially from Noeline McLaren, whose husband Harold McLaren was responsible for a sporting column in the Murray Valley Standard, and the collection of newspaper articles relating to football that is held by the Murray Bridge and District Historical Society," he said.

The book features content not only about Murray Bridge United, but also other current and former SAASL clubs including Murray Bridge City, Mannum, and Mobilong, plus other clubs and various international touring teams who played in the Lower Murray.

Anyone who would like to buy a copy can contact David Trenam on 0438 876 435 or margdave@baonline.com.au or contact the Murray Bridge United Soccer Club's Facebook page.

All proceeds go towards developing the game at grassroots level in the Lower Murray.

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