It all started in 1963 when the local Headmaster of the Albany Creek Primary School – Hec Wolter – approached a couple of newly arrived “Albany Creekers” with the concept of a sporting club. Hec has spent his life as a schoolteacher, senior master and finally at Albany Creek as Head Master – bearing in mind there were only a total of 40 students in a maximum of five grades. Hec had been involved at his past schools in Union, League, Aussie Rules and Cricket and reached a point where he made a decision that his final sporting venture would be for the children to play the one true game – English Football. He approached Terry Smith and Gerry Archer seeking their assistance to coach the boys of the school. The foundation had been laid and the path identified.
Many boys in the district aged 4-10 started training each week in Gerry and Terry’s back garden and in 1964 the Albany Creek Junior team entered into the Junior Football Competition. It was Terry who arrived at the name of Albany Creek Excelsior or ACE for short.
Gerry and Sheila Archer remained active in the Club for many years and are proud of their foresight to foster an environment for the youth of Albany Creek.
The growth of the club has been solid over the past 20 years but more so the past 10 years where the game started to establish a strong identity in Australia. In 2006 ACE fielded 56 Junior Teams and 5 Senior Teams. In 2007 the club experienced the biggest growth on record leading to 63 junior teams and 5 senior Squads making ACE the largest Football Club on Brisbane’s north side with over 760 male and female players spanning the Junior and Senior ranks.
Continued growth over the years had placed considerable strain on overall facilities and in 2007 the Committee established a strategic plan to invest, improve and expand the infrastructure of the club to allow further growth. The first phase of the expansion commenced in late 2007 with the construction of a canteen at Brendale that opened for business at the start of the season. With council assistance the muddy car park at Wolter Park was surfaced and landscaped. The Wolter Park club house was extended providing an area to accommodate sit down meals. A $10,000 donation by the Sorbello family for materials combined with a donation from the Garvin family that provided free construction, allowed the grandstand to be roofed and with the assistance of funds from council the change rooms were renovated, making Wolter Park one of the best facilities for senior Football.