Club 1864 Newsletter - August 2017

 

MEMBERSHIP:

 

Let's find our "lost Seagulls" and encourage them to either contact the Club on 9391 0309 or complete the online membership form via www.williamstownfc.com.au/membership.

 

 

          

 

Our 100th Club 1864 financial member is Marcus O’Connor.

 

Oka, weighed in with is hard earned cash, right on the final siren.

 

Marcus played 69 games and kicked 60 goals through a five-year career at Willy. He was clearly one of our best players in what was arguably Williamstown’s greatest premiership victory, 1990. Marcus roved that day, sharing those duties with Stevie Johansen, and was also a member of the 1992 Grand Final side roving alongside Saadi Ghazi.

 

Oka, I’ll make sure you receive your prize; the 10 free passes to the entire VFL practice match series for 2018 and you can share it with Nuts, Joey, Jobbo ……

 

Our thanks to the following Past Players and Officials for their financial support to our Club:

 

1

Brian Harvey

36

Stephen Masters

71

Bernadette O’Sullivan

2

George Bindless

37

Tony Pastore

72

“Doc” Gilani

3

George Mazouris

38

Peter McDonald

73

David Utber

4

Peter Lausch

39

Phil O’Keefe

74

Ernie Poole

5

Graeme Buchanan

40

Andrew Howlett

75

Ben Davies

6

Dean Humphries

41

Scott Clouston

76

Clint Rippon

7

Bob Jones

42

Saade Ghazi

77

John Whittington

8

John Williams

43

Troy West

78

Mark Fotheringham

9

Ray Smith

44

“Chops” Rickman

79

Graeme Kennedy

10

Bruce Wookey

45

Graham Bird

80

Barry Height

11

Lou Raunik

46

Ray Moloney

81

Mick Baker

12

Terry Wheeler

47

Jessie James

82

Todd Clark

13

Mark Cross

48

Gerry Callahan

83

Richard Evans

14

Michael Mulligan

49

Eric Beitzel

84

Mark Szalay

15

Matt Cape

50

Tom Russell

85

Rollo Goetz

16

Jason Chan

51

Michael Brown

86

Les Quinn

17

John Grieve

52

John Sedeway

87

Ray Green

18

Bill Ritchie

53

Trevor Monti

88

Geoff Dougall

19

Bob Pearman

54

Brian Auld

89

Max Everitt

20

Leigh Sheehan

55

Lindsay Murphy

90

Kim Walsh

21

Glen Smith

56

Arnel Davis

91

Ray Powelly

22

Peter Ryan

57

David Smith

92

Richard Lewczuk

23

WJ Dooley

58

Luke Kovanovic

93

Rick Slevison

24

Larry Simmons

59

Max Munday

94

Joe Patterson

25

Kim Kershaw

60

Rod Williams

95

Greg Tweedly

26

Mandy Drew

61

Mal Macpherson

96

Vinnie Turcinovich

27

Gerard Drew

62

Ken Evans

97

Brad Mangan

28

Ray Titter

63

George Major

 

New members this month….

29

Phil McTaggart

64

Brian Patterson

98

Colin Colquhoun

30

Len Kent

65

Jim O’Toole

99

Les Meyers

31

Frank Jones

66

John Fanning

100

Marcus O’Connor

32

Brad Lloyd

67

Graeme Cole

101

Ken Reed

33

“Bulldog” Ind

68

Garry Jeremiah

 

 

34

Brian Nichols

69

Craig Nankervis

 

 

35

Martin Vonier

70

Graeme Crocker

 

 

   

UPCOMING FUNCTIONS:

 

1.            Club 1864 Luncheon - No. 3

·         Friday 1st September, 2017

·         12.30pm

·         Steampacket Hotel, Williamstown

Our previous lunch, at the Railway Hotel in Yarraville, was an enjoyable afternoon. We had just on 20 past players and officials come along and join our host, 4-time Club Champion and Hall of Fame inductee, Kim Kershaw. Come and join Kim for lunch and a few drinks all at bar prices.

 

2.            Club 1864 Social Event - No. 2

President, Phil McTaggart, is following up with our top-line lawn bowlers, Chops Rickman, Jesse James and the Hodges brothers, to organise our final social event for the year. Next month's Newsletter should hold all the details for this grand finale! 

 

 

FEATURE STORY - John Martin

The following article by Geoff Van Wyngaarden is part of his series on Williamstown Sporting identities. We thank Geoff for this contribution.  

 

Four-time Seagull premiership player and the 1956 J.J.Liston Trophy winner---John Martin needs no introduction to the Williamstown Football Club family. He proudly wore the number 8 jumper, playing 133 games and kicking 16 goals.

 

John was born in 1933 and attended primary school at St.Mary’s in Williamstown before completing his secondary education at the prestigious St.Kevin’s College.   His local football achievements included being a major contributor in the 1951 Spotswood Football Club Under 18 undefeated premiership side, which also included the likes of Doug Reynolds, Kevin White and John McTaggart. Joining the Williamstown Football Club in 1952, John who inherited the number 8 jumper from Billy Gunn went straight into the seconds training with Bert McTaggart (uncle of John McTaggart). The following year in 1953, John made his senior debut under the coaching of “Little” Billy Williams.  Unfortunately the team went out in “straight sets”- losing both finals matches in what was to be the final year of Billy Williams coaching the senior team.

3-time premiership player, John Martin

 

The legendary Wally Carter was the senior coach for the 4 years between 1954 and 1957. John fondly remembers the hat trick of premierships in 1954, 1955 and 1956. Season 1956 was a very special year for John winning the VFA Best and Fairest Award, the coveted J.J. Liston Trophy.  John well remembers how he came to know of his win.

 

“Club delegate Eddie Marr came around to the family home around 9 p.m. I was in bed at the time. I finished up receiving 47 votes to the nearest player on 26 votes. In those days both the central and goal umpires awarded votes. I also won the Sporting Globe and Herald newspapers awards.”   

 

John has many personal memories of club identities,

 

“Wally Carter was a very good and astute coach, he didn’t roar or rant.  The previous coach Billy Williams had the team well moulded”. 

 

John described some of the better players,

 

“Ray Smith was very elusive on the forward line, Jack Evans was a very good utility player who could play anywhere forward or back, Sid Wookey in the ruck was great and Frank Sims was a good little wingman”

 

John started his successful career on the wing and eventually moved to the centre where he dominated play even more. John fondly remembers the Annual Balls at the Williamstown Town Hall and pleasant Sunday mornings at the club at a time when all matches were played on a Saturday.

 

In 1957 John remembers going to the Hot Sea Baths at St.Kilda on the Thursday night before the finals and not being able to raise a gallop. Defeat in the 1957 Grand Final was very hard to take, the Monday night ball after the game was very quiet. John describes the legendary Gerry Callahan as “ a very good captain-coach, who always had all the players behind him.”

 

John’s funniest moment in a game occurred against Port Melbourne at the North Port Oval.

 

“Frankie Johnson was the captain coach of Port Melbourne.  At a quarter time break, Port wouldn’t come out of their huddle. The umpire Billy Merrington blew his whistle and bounced the ball with Port still in the huddle. We got the ball and goaled”.

 

The trainers are also fondly remembered, Bob Major was No1, with the other trainers being Billy Taylor,  Bob Cairncross, Bob Hyde and Eddie Deller. John’s last year at the club was in 1958 and another premiership was a just reward. John playing in the centre was still at his peak polling 27 votes and coming third in the J.J.Liston Trophy.

 

After leaving Williamstown in 1959, John coached Wentworth (just over the Murray River on the N.S.W. side of the border) in the Sunraysia League for 4 years.  Twice John won the Sunraysia League Best and Fairest Award, the McLeod Medal, and he was runner-up on one other occasion. He also won high quality clothes after winning Bowrings Department Store Award three years in succession. Off the ground he did office work in the post office at nearby Dareton.

 

Returning to Melbourne he coached Metro Farm in the Werribee League for one year and played one season for Parkdale. He then coached West Newport in the Western Suburban Football League for 7 years, winning the flag in 1968.  He coached future Williamstown players; Ian “Hucky” Johnston, full-forward Eddie Syszka and John “Cashews” Allard while at West Newport.

 

John was later to return to the Williamstown Football Club in 1978 when he became Chairman of Selectors under captain-coach John “Sticks” Fanning.

 

We all wish John, and his family, the very best.

 

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