1970's Team of the Decade announced

 

It was a special night of recognition and celebration when the Williamstown Football Club hosted its 1970's Team of the Decade event at Seaview Event Centre on Saturday.

Following on from last year’s successful 1960’s Team of the Decade event, the Club’s Heritage panel lead by Terry Wheeler, John Grieve and Allan Parker, had the hard task of selecting 18 players and a coach for the team, from an initial squad of 35.

In keeping with the rules of the day, there were no wingers, therefore only 16 on the ground, and two interchange.

 

The decade began well, with the Seagulls making an appearance in the First Division Grand Final in 1970 under the guidance of Max Papley.

In doing so, Williamstown became the first ever VFA team to rise from Second Division the previous year, to play in a First Division grand final.

The highlight of the era though, was the Premiership glory of 1976 under coach Mal Allen, which followed one of the Club’s greatest ‘come from behind’ wins in the Preliminary final of that year, and there were some great stories shared by the players involved in that game.

Bruce Davis produced some terrific video’s on the ‘Bookmakers’ who were ever present around the club in the decade, and ‘Mr Football’ Ted Whiten, who coached the Club in first division for the 1975 season.

Greg Boxall entertained the room with his memories of his opponents, teammates and his performances during the 70's.

He also spoke about his recently departed great mate, Mark Cross, who was named as forward pocket in the team and was synonymous with kicking the winning torpedo punt goal in the 1976 Preliminary final.

It was terrific that Mark was represented by wife Jill on the night. 1970 players Greg Tweedly, Alan Kennedy, Peter Brown, Peter Kerr, John Fanning and Max Papley also shared their fond memories of their time in the 1970’s at the Club.

To mark the occasion, guests were treated to a wonderful three course meal from Major Sponsor, Hellenic Hotel.

The Club will now begin plans for a celebration of the 1980’s Team of the Decade to be held next year. Stay tuned to our website for further details.

 

 BACKS

Brian Harvey - 1969-1972 
Games: 59 Goals: 1

Ron Fenton - 1971-1975
Games: 77 Goals: 37

Alan Kennedy - 1977-1982
Games: 82 Goals: 11

Colin Boyd - 1975-1976
Games: 37 Goals: 3
1976 Premiership Player

Bill Thompson - 1971-1975
Games: 70 Goals: 4

Peter Kerr - 1974-1980
Games: 111 Goals: 36
1976 Premiership Player

 MIDFIELDERS

John Fanning - 1970-1980
Games: 132 Goals: 94
1976 Premiership Player

Kevin Jackman - 1969-1975
Games 87: Goals 153

Robert Percy - 1969-1977
Games: 135 Goals: 67
1976 Premiership Player

Greg Tweedly - 1974-1982
Games: 105 Goals: 99

 FORWARDS

Les Stillman - 1971-1975
Games: 69 Goals: 113

Robert Lane - 1967-1975
Games: 84 Goals: 46

Robert Svorinich - 1971-1973 
Games: 35 Goals: 100

Ron Page - 1970-1975
Games: 78 Goals: 32

Greg Boxall - 1971-1978
Games: 88 Goals: 170
1976 Premiership Player

Mark Cross - 1975-1979
Games: 74 Goals: 125
1976 Premiership Player

 RESERVES & COACH

Laurie Taylor 1978-1988
Games: 127 Goals: 83

John Whittington - 1967-1973
Games: 61 Goals: 3

Max Papley (Coach) 1968-1972
Games: 54 Goals: 108   

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