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In the summer of 1966 a group of employees from the National Research Council, organized by Peter Marquart, founded the Ottawa Royals S.C. and competed in the old Ottawa Soccer League. They began that year in the second division, where they played until 1970.
The Royals have also won the Ottawa Cup 13 times including "The Double" on 7 occassions. 1974 was one of the best years as we won "The Double", the Reserve League, the newly formed Premier League of Eastern Ontario and reached the Semi-finals of the Ontario Cup. Since 1969 the Royals have won over 100 cups, leagues and tournaments at the senior level. These impressive accomplishments have been achieved without the use of paid players.
Everyone who plays for the Royals is a true amateur participant, proof that the best players have always wanted to play for this club. Over the years the Royals have produced a number of premier calibre players. A glance at the roster of the current first division team gives you an insight into the reasons for the team's current success streak.
Memorable names from past premier teams give you a sense of the club's rich heritage. Names such as Billy MacQueen, John Gillespie, John Marshall, Hugh Campbell, John Mulligan, Hugh McColl, Ray Riddel, Vince Tyndal, Kevin Keeling, Jimmy Kerr and most notably a young player by the name of Lyndon Hooper.
Lyndon first joined the club as a fifteen year old and played a number of years with the first team before going on to represent Canada as a member of the national soccer team. (Note: John Gillespie also represented Canada but prior to his arriving in Ottawa.)
For thirty years the Royals have been the premier soccer club in Eastern Ontario and through the dedication, affection and pride of its members it will continue to flourish.