In 1957, Penno soccer club was formed as a result of the Thornleigh Club not being able to accommodate their ever growing numbers, this was instigated by Earl Partridge ( Thornleigh secretary) & Keith Gilmour (GHFA secretary)
Harry Noad & Alf Mitchell set up the club along with Bill McCutcheon – all details as per Brian Thompsons’s record.
Interesting to note we were a soccer club first, then a sporting club, then back to a soccer club, so the 50 year anniversary of Penno Soccer is correct.
Our original venue was Penno No 1 oval
We then acquired Campbell Park
Home games were played at Campbell & Penno High / training at Penno No 1 (lights)
The club became a sports club as other sports ie cricket were added
West Pennant Hills was formed from Penno in the late 60s, and as a result we no longer had a home ground (WPH obtained Campbell Park)
Our main ground throughout the 70s was Penno high
In 1982 we broke away from the sports club, and put forward a proposal to develop Penno No3
While this was being done, some of the club still used Penno High, while the more senior teams ie P/L shared Campbell park as a home ground.
Penno no 3 became a usable field in the season of 1987 and in 2016 the grass was replaced by an all weather synthetic surface. This was the first synthetic surface in the Hornsby Shire and also in the Gladesville Hornsby Football Association and was opened on 2 April 2016 by the Mayor of Hornsby and the local member of Parliament with the Club's President, Peter Quessy.
The committee’s of the past raised funds for the lights, and again for the terrace, some of those instrumental in this are– Thompson, Iredale, Henery, Nealer, Gerrard, Ringrose, Sweeney.
Throughout the 70s & early 80s, we had an annual gala day with thornleigh, held at Penno No 1 & Penno No 2 ( 2 fields across each ground), some were held at Oakleigh oval as well.
Other club gala days were held at Kotara vs Kotara Bears and at Caringbah vs Caringbah
Some of the grounds we have used over the 50 years are as follows –
Penno No 1 ( P/L used this up to 1984)
Penno High – including the old hockey field
Thomas Thompson ( formerly known as Cedarwood Park) ( P/L 84,85, 86)
Penno no 3
Penno No 1
Penno No 3, grass field until 2016 and an all weather synthetic pitch from March, 2016.