Club 1864 Newsletter - March 2018


Club 1864 Membership:

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 and officials for your financial membership this season: 


        Joining this month were:
1 Peter Lausch 17 Ashley Koenig      
2 Alan Parker 18 Bernadette O’Sullivan      
3 Ray Grzonek 19 Tony Pastore      
4 Stephen Masters 20 Bill Dooley      
5 Ken Evans 21 Tony Hannebery      
6 Bob Jones 22 Bill Pride      
7 Rana Kfoury 23 Clint Rippon      
8 Arnel Davis 24 Craig Nankervis      
9 George Bindless 25 Michael Winkle      
10 John Fanning 26 Kim Kershaw      
11 Saade Ghaze 27 Mal Macpherson      
12 Matt Cape 28 John Whittington      
13 Frank Jones 29 Bruce Wookey      
14 Terry Wheeler 30 Geoff Van Wyngaarden      
15 Ken Reed 31 George Mazouris      
16 Manu Gilani 32 David Wilkinson      
      33 Dean Humphries      
      34 Geoff Dougall      
      35 John Turner      
      36 Phil O’Keefe      
      37 John Martin      
      38 Greg Tweedly      
      39 Kurt Gowers      
      40 Greg Minett      
      41 Graeme Buchanan      
      42 Greg Boxall      
      43 Bill Ritchie      
      44 Beryl Murphy      










2018 Functions: 



1.             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.  

2.             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.


3.             Club 1864 Luncheons – No 2 & 3

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

4.             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.

5.             Home Game Presidents Luncheons

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

Club1864 will make contact with those of each decade according to our records. However 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.


1960’s 1970’s 1980’s
Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 11
Sunday Saturday Sunday
8th April 14th April 17th June
V’s Box Hill V’s Essendon V’s Sandringham
1990’s 2000’s  
Rd 20 Rd 13  
Sunday Sunday  
19th August 1st July  
V’s Port Melbourne V’s Collingwood  

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 1973 - 1974:
Williamstown appeared to make a sound move to overcome Max Papley’s retirement by appointing Carlton defender Barry Gill captain-coach in 1973-74. Gill had played 132 games with the Blues and had been a member of their 1968 and 1970 premiership sides. It came has no surprise that he urged his charges at ‘Town to use plenty of handball and overall his efforts to bring the club success were probably not reflected on the scoreboard.
In 1973 the efforts of former Essendon player, Les Stillman continued to be a shining light for the team. Les finished third in the Liston Trophy, winning the club best and fairest award and also headed the ‘Town goal kicking award with 37 majors.
In 1974, with most of the success coming in the latter half of the season, the Seagulls finished seventh and were well clear of the relegation zone. The club considered ruckman John “Sticks” Fanning its best player and gave him the best and fairest award, while VFA umpires saw Stillman as Williamstown’s star and gave him 32 votes – one fewer than winner Ray Goold (Sunshine) – in the Liston Trophy.
One ominous sign for ‘Town in 1974 was that both the seconds and thirds finished last on their respective ladders.
(“Seagulls Over Williamstown” – Marc Fiddian 2003)
FEATURE STORY - Laurie Taylor
The following article by Geoff Van Wyngaarden is part of his series on Williamstown Sporting identities. We thank Geoff for this contribution.
Laurie Taylor, the Williamstown Football Club Senior Best and Fairest winner in season 1978 is a true home ground natural talent who graduated from local Williamstown junior ranks.
Laurie who comes from a well-respected Williamstown family made his football debut with the Williamstown Juniors club Under 12 Grade under legendary juniors coach Ted Hudson.
Apart from one season playing for the long defunct St. Pauls Under 15 team in the Footscray District League, all his remaining football was played at the Williamstown Football Club. 
Laurie first joined the Williamstown Football Club as a Fourths (Under 17) player under coach John Raffles for one year then graduated to the Thirds (Under 19) team in 1976 under coach Gary Ward.
Laurie won the club Under 19 Best and Fairest Award that season. Reserves football soon followed under “Tags” (Phillip McTaggart) before making his senior debut in 1978 under coach John “Sticks” Fanning
Laurie Taylor- Club B&F Winner 1978
Laurie proudly won the Senior Best and Fairest Award in 1978 narrowly beating the late Neil Courtot who won the award in 1979.
Further seasons followed under several coaches including Rod Oborne, Merv Hobbs and 5 years under Terry Wheeler before putting an end to a sensational career. Laurie’s career match game tallies are very impressive 127 senior games plus 60 reserves, 18 in the Under 19’s and 15 in the Under 17’s for a club Total in excess of 200 games.
Laurie’s trademark jumper was the famous number 26.
Laurie recalls many of those who helped him through a long career: “The trainers down the club were a great bunch. Kelly Brent a former boxer knew all about the demands of hard training. He was hard but he knew what he was doing. Kelly even brought a hip flask of brandy out at ¾ time for any players who thought they might need a nip or two. Norm Whetton was a great back up trainer. Peter John Letting (Midnight) who came down the club as a player but eventually became a handy trainer to have out on the ground.” “On the fitness side Ray Green and Ray Powley were very helpful and taught us techniques about running and energy conservation. Olympian Peter Norman also came down at times to help with pre-season and fitness.” “The blokes (players) down the club in those days were virtually all locals. It was great to be at such a great club.
Training down the ground in winter without good lights was an experience. Training was always serious but fun.
The biggest comedian was Greg “Bokar” Boxall who would crack players up at training by making them laugh.
Greg Boxall was an absolute classic, playing Camberwell at Camberwell one day, I was running to the bottom of a pack and you hear this voice “Bokar you fucking beauty” as he took a towering mark. That day Boker kicked 8-1 and after the behind he yelled out “that proves I’m only human”. He was always talking out on the ground and cracking jokes” “Great blokes to go out with socially included Tony”Spud” Dullard, Kim Kershaw and Mark Fotheringham amongst many others whether we went to night clubs or just around Willy.
Bus trips to the Swagman or just to grounds like Frankston were very socially interesting
. The players one year went to Honolulu for the footy trip for one week. I only came the last few days and the boys gave me lots of “Long Island Ice Tea’s” to drink and it really fixed me up. Hoggy was also on this trip which of course, made it very funny all the time.”
“During my 5 years under Terry Wheeler, I missed a whole season with a crook knee. I finished up taking on a tagging role.”  
Laurie, later on helped out with the kicking skills at the Williamstown CYMS Football Club when his son Craig was down there.
Congratulations Laurie Taylor on your highly successful and long career with the various teams of the Williamstown Football Club.