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About Lismore Thistles


We aim to provide a fun, safe, and enjoyable sporting environment that encourages all members to reach their full potential, promote and foster individual and team excellence, and develop lifelong bonds through our strong community spirit. To be welcoming to all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

Our Values


We value and respect all match officials and duty officers from our club and all other clubs.


We work to towards creating an inclusive and accessible approach to participation.


We are completely run by volunteers, and everyone is welcomed and encouraged to get involved.


We support and provide opportunities for the development of players and coaches.


We pride ourselves as a family orientated club, working beside our community to promote and support our sponsors and local businesses.

Club History

In 2024 our Club celebrates its 66th season. Lismore Thistles is a family orientated Club that encourages all our players in fair play and sportsmanship. The Club has always been very progressive and believed that owning our own fields and Clubhouse would be beneficial to the long-term viability of the Club.

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The Beginning

On Friday 31st January 1958, a meeting was held at the Boy’s Hostel Lismore, for the purpose of forming a new soccer club to play in the Lismore and District Soccer Association. Mr Warren Bancroft was appointed Chairman of the meeting and those present were John Ryan, Barry Neaves, Lance Goldsmith, Nooky Lavis and Jim Rixon.


At this meeting many important matters were discussed and resolved, three of which were;

Club Name: Thistles Soccer Club

Club Colours: Royal Blue and White

Club Emblem: Thistle within a shield

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In 1972 the Club applied to the Lismore City Council to lease Nielson Park (then known as East Lismore Ovals) and install lighting and a canteen. In due course, Lismore City Council saw fit to refuse our application.

In 1975 the Club purchased 3.3 hectares off the Wade Family land and spent the next three years developing the land into the playing fields that we have today. The land was basically swampland covered in grass, rushes a metre high and below ankle-deep slush. Thousands of metres of soil were added to the land to raise the height of the fields so that there was adequate drainage and in 1978 the first games were played on our own fields.


Today we consider that we have one of the finest facilities in Lismore.


The Clubhouse

In August 1981 the first sod of soil was turned for the clubhouse and in December 1982, the building was completed with the support of many local businesses and club members. In 1988 extensions to the clubhouse were undertaken and lights were installed to T1.

Our Volunteer Committee

At Lismore Thistles Soccer Club, we couldn't achieve what we do without the help of our amazing volunteers. We are proud to work alongside our dedicated 2024 Committee members who have stepped forward to help our club thrive.

President: Tina Cotroneo

Senior Vice President: Vacant


Secretary: Corinne Milgate


Assistant Secretary: Tim Webster

Treasurer: Leanne Reardon

Assistant Treasurer: Lisa Munn

Senior Registrar: Leanne Reardon

Junior Registrar: Leanne Reardon

Female Participation Officer/s: Chloe Milgate, Olivia Magnay


Child Protection Officer: Jo Beardow

Publicity Officer: Corinne Milgate

Clubhouse Caretaker: Cam Latimer

Grounds Coordinators: Shane Milgate, Aden Cowin, Tim Webster, Tom Burnett

Gear Steward/Clothing Coordinator: Peter Reardon

Canteen Coordinator: Lisa Munn

Sponsorship Coordinator: Simon Stahl

Social Media Coordinator: Corinne Milgate

Fundraising & Social Committee: Tina Cotroneo

Mens Premier Coach: Vacant

Womens Premier Coach: Vacant

If you are interested in volunteering or assisting in any way, please Contact Us.


Our Sponsors

Thanks to the Civic Hotel Lismore, who are our Major Sponsors for 2024.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities please contact us.

Civic Hotel Lismore - Major Sponsor of Lismore Thistles
Civic Hotel Lismore - Major Sponsor of Lismore Thistles
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