Club 1864 Newsletter - February 2018

Club 1864 Contacts

Phil McTaggart                   0416 023 739

Terry Wheeler                    0400 279 442

“Chops” Rickman               0419 537 393

Bernadette O’Sullivan        0413 250 715

Bob Pearman                     0419 525 246

Kim Kershaw                      0400 673 516

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Club 1864 Membership 

The landscape of the VFL seems to be constantly under review and regularly changing. In 2018 we welcome Werribee’s return to being a “stand alone” club and Frankston’s inclusion back into to the VFL.

With the Mighty Seagulls there are just four other “stand alone” clubs in the 14-team competition, Werribee and Frankston with Port Melbourne and Coburg.

There are a range of measures used by the VFL/AFL to assess the strength and viability of the “stand alone” clubs and a most significant one is membership base.

Membership is a critical stream of financial income to the footy club and the raw numbers give a strong indication as to our community base support.

The Willy Footy Club’s Adult membership is $70.00. As recognition to our past players and officials, Club1864 membership is $55.00 with all the benefits listed on the website, and we are all encouraged to “weigh in” here. This season we introduce an alternative past players and officials membership, Club1864 Towners membership at $20.00 which is basically a non-match day membership and again all benefits are listed on the website.

Club1864 aim for 2018 is to have 150 Club1864 members at the $55 and 50 Club1864 Towners at the $20.

All past players and officials are encouraged to either contact the Club on 9391 0309 or complete the on-line membership form via the website

Our thanks to the following past players and officials for your support going into this 2018 season:





















































































































































































Upcoming Functions

Season-opening “Barefoot Bowls and Barbeque”

  • Newport Bowling Club
  • Friday 16th March, 2018
  • 5.00pm for a 6.00pm “roll-off”
  • $25 includes bowls and barbeque (not beer!)
  • “Chops” has declared it a triples format so grab two other past players and register, or register yourself to come along and join in.

 For catering purposes, please register your team of three (or yourself) with a brief message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text to Wheels on 0400 279 442. 

Club 1864 Luncheon – No.1

  • Friday 20th April, 2018
  • 12.30pm
  • Steampacket Hotel, Williamstown.
  • Meals and drinks at bar prices.
  • 4 time Club Champion and Hall of Fame inductee, Kim Kershaw, hosts this luncheon. Come and join Kim for lunch and a few drinks all at bar prices. 

Club 1864 Luncheons – No 2 & 3

  • Friday 22nd June and Friday 24th August
  • 12.30pm
  • Venues TBC. 

Team of the Decade -1970’s dinner evening

  • Saturday 7th July 2018
  • 7.00pm
  • Seaview Function Centre.
  • This is an evening for ALL our past players and officials. Yes, the emphasis is on the decade of 1970 – 79 but it is a night for us all to come together and celebrate our clubs achievements and accomplishments.

Home Game Presidents Luncheons

At six home game luncheons during this season the club will accommodate a table of 10 past players and officials from past decades. Whilst

Club1864 will make contact with those of each decade according to our records. If you would like to be on this reserved table of 10, please register with an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






Rd 1

Rd 2

Rd 11

Rd 20

Rd 13






8th April

14th April

17th June

19th August

1st July

V’s Box Hill

V’s Essendon

V’s Sandringham

V’s Port Melbourne

V’s Collingwood

From Our Archives 

This year sees us focus on the era of the 1970’s culminating in the Club announcing a “Team of the Decade” on Saturday 7th July. For further details on the “Team of the Decade” announcement, keep an eye on and our upcoming newsletters.

Season 1970:

Williamstown returned to First Division in 1970, after winning the Second Division premiership, over Sunshine, in 1969. So well did Williamstown play that it became the first and only Second Division premier to play in the First Division Grand Final the next season. Asked why the club was so successful, playing coach, Max Papley said it was because the players “had a belief in themselves”. Basically the Seagulls used the same players although the club did find a good full-back in Alan Byers, from North Adelaide, ruckman John Fanning from Essendon, David Stark, Graham Henley and John Van Liempd.

The Seagulls finished second on the ladder behind Prahran who were the hot favourites to win the flag. Williamstown’s persistence almost caused an upset in the second semi final against Prahran losing by one goal. This brought Williamstown and Waverley together in the preliminary final. After a slow start, the Seagulls ran away from the Panthers to win by a colossal margin of 103 points, 22:22 to 7:9. Dallas Patterson kicked 10 goals while Kevin Jackman, John Van Liempd and John Fanning also shone and the defence was extremely tight.

On Grand Final day, the Seagulls matched Prahran early and were able to add five goals to one in the last quarter to gain some respectability but the final score of 17:18 to 10:10 was an indication of just how well Prahran had played.

Kevin Jackman, whose fine season included finishing runner up to Fred Cook in the Liston Trophy, won the club’s best and fairest award with Brian Harvey runner up and Alan Byers third. Dallas Patterson kicked 72 goals to finish second on the VFA list. Max Papley retired as a player after 1970 because of hamstring injuries. His absence from the field was to become a major concern to the Seagulls. 

(“Seagulls Over Williamstown” – Marc Fiddian 2003)

FEATURE STORY - John Whittington

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

John Whittington’s career spanned the end of the 1960’s and into the 1970’s. He is a true local product of the Williamstown area.

John first played football for the Holy Trinity Under 16 team in the Western Suburbs Churches Colts Competition in 1963.
At that time the team trained and played at the Gray Reserve. It is proudly noted that on the honour board of the Williamstown Juniors Football Club (which commenced life as Holy Trinity), that John is the first player from that club to play senior football for Williamstown. 

                        John Whittington

     A local product who became a 'life member'

John always trained hard and refused to drink alcohol. In 1964 John was recruited to the Williamstown VFA club by Bill ‘Darky’ Raffles to play Under 19 football. He then went on to win the team Best and Fairest Award in 1966. Bill Raffles asked him what number he wanted and because he knew one of the great players, Alan McAsey, he requested the number 26 guernsey which he always wore proudly. John fondly remembers his Under 19 coaches ‘Poppy’ Ward and John McConville. He was selected in the yearly VFA Under 19 representative. clash for the ‘South of the Yarra’ against the ‘North of the Yarra’ played at the Preston ground. In this representative game John actually played on future Willy coach Mal Allen. In 1967 John graduated to reserves side and then played several senior games under club legend Gerry ‘The Monster’ Callahan. John describes Gerry as “just an incredible inspiring coach for a young man”.

Season 1968 saw the introduction of another great asset to the club in Captain-Coach Max Papley.

John describes Max as “a great coach, players were chosen to suit the game plan and he was a gentleman who was a great friend when the game finished”.

Max told John no more drop kicks. Max had a great back man in Norm Galvin who helped him with tactics.  John nominates some of the best players he played with included Max Papley, Terry O’Mara, Kenny Barnes, Micky Mulligan, Ian ‘Hucky’ Johnson, Dallas Patterson, Bobby Ware and Kevin Jackman.

The 1969 2nd Division premiership year is fondly remembered.

“The emotional celebrations in the rooms after the game at Toorak Park (the club lost there the year before), then back to the Williamstown Town Hall where they went upstairs into the mayoral room and balcony where there were over 300 supporters in attendance cheering us and of course then back to the clubrooms.”

                Season 1970 was a great year for the club making the VFA 1st.Division Grand Final against Prahran (almost a Melbourne 2nds team). John unfortunately missed the big match with a broken hand with a bennett fracture just before the Grand Final. John that year played on Prahran player Brian Dixon (MLA and Melbourne FC legend) and did OK.

                In 1973 John played under the new Captain-Coach Barry Gill whom he describes as “a nice bloke, good coach and very tough on the ground”. In total John played nearly 175 games for the club, 68 in the seniors and the rest in the Reserves and Under 19’s. John is a Williamstown Football Club Life Member.

                John fondly remembers all the dedicated trainers at the club,

“ Bobby Major ‘the doc’ who was a wonderful man, Kelly Brent who was very good at his job and very sociable and Bobby ‘The Mangler’ Cairncross who had hands of steel. Kelly’s ‘ magic ray lamp’ gets a   special mention”.

John lists all the great helpers at the club including,

Janet and Bill Dooley, the Raffles family, Arthur Johnson, ‘The Governor’ Mr.Stewart, Alex Bell, Johnny Clifton, Max Everitt, Terry ‘Pee Wee’ Maloney, Bobby Pearman , the Jeremiah Family, the Utber Family and John Grieve  amongst others.”

                The memorable footy club balls which were held at the Town Hall and also the numerous footy trips. His biggest thrill on one football trip was meeting the licensee of the hotel in Lorne where the team stayed, the mine host being the sensational legend Ron Todd, “He had enormous hands and was a big man”.

Funny moments whilst at the club include:

“John  ‘Cashews’ Allard was near the boundary line fence in a reserves game. An opposition player went into the fence and down following a short jab, a second bloke came up and following a nice right jab, he also went down and the third bloke who was running in a straight line towards ‘Cashews’ all of a sudden stopped in his tracks, too scared to continue onwards.”

“Ian ‘Hucky’ Johnson was on the boundary line right near the Port Melbourne bench and one of the Port trainers tried to trip him up. Someone then tripped or pushed him and he turned around and started a blue then more and more blokes jumped in and a giant melee developed.”

After the 1969 premiership victory over the Sunshine “crows”, the end of season trip included a player’s trip on a bus from Devonport to Hobart. After a much-needed stop, the boys found a dead crow on the side of the road, so the next minute the crow is tied to the top of the bus. Later on a policeman stopped the bus and insisted that the dead cow be taken down.

                After Williamstown, John went to Newport Methodists as captain-coach in 1975 in the old WSFL, and then in 1976 went to the Newport YCW club who played at the Digman Reserve in the YCW league. Unfortunately John did his knee and so was the end of a great career.

In later years John with son Scott participating in helped at the Willy Auskick with Jock Garnsworthy. Scott later played with distinction at Willy Juniors, Melbourne High and the MHSOB in the VAFA. These days John fondly follows his nephew Andrew of tennis fame who has played at Kooyong in the Australian Open in various events.



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