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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.


By the spring of 1969 the club had captured the very first trophy of the many trophies they would win. This was the result of a win in the Centennials pre-season tournament. A third place finish during the 1969 season resulted in the club being promoted to the first division for the 1970 season, where they have competed ever since.


The Royals won the first division for the first time in 1973 and have dominated the division by winning it 20 times to date, including 9 years in a row, a remarkable stretch that ran from 1988 to 1996.

 
 
The Men’s Premier team continued to dominate the 1990’s winning the OCSL league championship in 1998 and 1999. In 2000 they finished second. The team once again made the final 4 of the Ontario Cup, but was denied again. In 2001 they regained the OCSL championship and won again in 2002. With an aging squad in 2003, injuries and a short bench saw the team finish lower than second for the first time in more than 20 years and it was the first year the team failed to win a trophy. However the team managed to string together some good performances to make it to the Ontario Cup semi final. 2004 was a memorable year. The Men’s Premier team started the season with loss in the first round of the CPSL (Canadian Professional Soccer League) Cup to Vaughan in a sloppy loss in extra time. From that point the team did not lose a game until the gold medal game at the National Championships, where they lost 4-3 on penalty kicks. Along the way the Men’s Premier team won the OCSL league, the Ottawa Cup and the Ontario Cup.


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.






1966 The Ottawa Royals are founded
1969 Centennial's pre-season tournament Champions
1970 Promoted to 1st Division O.S.A.
1972 Glengarry tournament Champions
1973 1st Division Champions
Reserve Division Champions
1974 1st Division Champions
Reserve Division Champions
Eastern Ontario Premier League Champions
O.D.S.A. Cup Champions
1975 Reserve Division Champions
O.D.S.A. Cup Champions
Ottawa Highland Games Tournament Champions
1976 1st Division Champions
Recreation Division Champions
Los Latinos Tournament Champions
1977 Ottawa Cup Champions
Reserve Division Champions
Los Latinos Tournament Champions
Nepean Cup Champions
1978 Ottawa Cup Champions
Recreation Division Champions
Octoberfest Tournament Champions
1979 1st Division Champions
Reserve Division Champions
Recreation Division Champions
Ottawa Cup Champions
1980 1st Division Champions
2nd Division Champions
Ottawa Cup Champions
Recreation Division Champions
Royal's Indoor Tournament Veterans Cup Champions
Maple Leaf Oldtimers Tournament Champions
1981 Ottawa Cup Champions
Reserve Division Champions
Oldtimers Division Champions
1982 Recreation Division Champions
1983 Ottawa Cup Champions
Recreation Division Champions
St Anthony's Oldtimers Tournament Champions
Maple Leaf Oldtimers Tournament Champions
Ottawa Raider's Tournament Champions
1984 1st Division Champions
Royal's Indoor Tournament Challenge Cup Champions
Cornwall Indoor Tournament Cup Champions
Cornwall Indoor Veterans Cup Champions
1985 2nd Division Champions
Reserve Division Champions
Recreation Division Champions
Oldtimers Division Champions
Falcon's Tournament Champions
Hungarian's Tournament Champions
Barrhaven Tournament Champions
Raider's Tournament Champions
Almonte Indoor Tournament Champions
Octoberfest Tournament Champions
1986 Recreation Division Champions
Oldtimers Division Champions
Raider's Tournament Champions
Almonte Indoor Tournament Champions
1988 1st Division Champions
Ottawa Cup Champions
Kanata City Tournament Oldtimer Champions
1989 1st Division Champions
1990 1st Division Champions
1991 1st Division Champions
Ottawa Cup Champions
Ontario Cup Semi Finals
Sandbury Cup Oldtimer Champions
1992 1st Division Champions
1993 1st Division Champions
Ottawa Cup Champions
1994 1st Division Champions
Ottawa Cup Runners up
1995 1st Division Champions
Ottawa Cup Champions
Pat O'Kane Cup Champions
Ontario Cup Semi Finals
1996 1st Division Champions
Ottawa Cup Champions
Pat O'Kane Cup Champions
1997 Premier Division Champions (formerly 1st div)
Ottawa Cup Champions
2nd Division Champions
Pat O'Kane Cup Champions
OT3 Co-champions
Ontario Cup Semi-finals
1998 Men's Premier Division Champions
U13BP Youth Cup Champions
1999 Men's Premier Division Champions
2000 Men's Recreational Champions
OT3 Champions
U15BP Youth Cup Champions
U15BP Ontario Cup Champions (U15 Tier II)
U14BP Division Champions
U14BP Youth Cup Champions
U10BB Youth Cup Champions
2001 Men's Premier Division Champions
Men's Premier Ottawa Cup Champions
U17BP Youth Cup Champions
U16B1 Youth Cup Champions
U15BP Division Champions
U15BP Youth Cup Champions
2002 Men's Premier Division Champions
OT3 Champions
U17B1 Youth Cup Champions
2003 Men's Recreational Champions
U13B1 Division Champions
2004 Men's Premier Division Champions
Ottawa Royals Indoor Tournament Champions (Men)
Ottawa Cup Champions
Ontario Cup Champions
Men's Nationals Runner-ups
Women's Premier Division Champions
Ottawa Royals Indoor Tournament Champions (Women)
U11G1 Icebreaker Tournament Champions
U11G1 Royals Invitational Tournament Champions


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