Bob Davis: Architect of Change and President Extraordinaire in the Early Years of KDSA

Bob Davis: Architect of Change and President Extraordinaire in the Early Years of KDSA

Robert (Bob) Davis was a member of the Wahroonga Soccer Club and joined the Ku-ring-gai and District Soccer Association (KDSA) in a volunteer role in 1976.  Bob’s first role was the Youth Committee Chairman, a role which he held until for 4 years. In his second year in this role, Bob attempted to introduce an Under 21 competition without success. In 1978, Bob was involved in competition improvements including changing of the KDSA Cup from being played on Gala Day and introducing the President’s Shield to the Gala Day program. From 1979 the President’s Shield became a knockout competition.

In 1980, Bob served as the Junior Vice President of the Association, a role he also served in 1981. In 1982 and 1983 Bob moved up to become the Senior Vice President of the Association.

In 1984, Bob became the third President of the KDSA in its 28 year history, succeeding Jim Flint. Bob also held this position in 1985. During this time, efforts to obtain a home ground at Kookaburra Road Hornsby Heights continued with a $30,000 grant being obtained from the Department of Sport and Recreation. Unfortunately, in 1986 the Association withdrew from the Kookaburra Road Development due to high costs of the development.

A personal highlight for Bob during his time as President was presenting the President’s Shield to his old club Wahroonga Soccer Club in both 1984 and 1985.

Whilst serving on the KDSA Management Committee, Bob was also a Director of Ku-ring-gai Soccer Club (KSC) with teams playing in the NSW Soccer Federation State League. He held this position for many years and continued in that capacity after KSC merged with Artarmon to become North Shore United in 1989.

Bob continued his involvement with football with Warringah Dolphins and Manly United. Along with fellow life member Don Allen, Bob would regularly be seen attending Northern Spirit games together.

Bob was elected as a Life Member of the Association in 1986. We thank Bob for his significant contribution to the game of football in our district.

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