Bill Dooley (II)

 

 The Williamstown Football Club is deeply saddened by the passing of Life Member and former Vice President Bill Dooley (II), aged 97.


The club extends its deepest sympathies to the Dooley family. 

Below is an article published in a 1990 edition of the Dogtown Diaries detailing the generations of Dooley family connections to Williamstown Football Club. 

 

 

 

Bill is filmed below reminiscing about his father's recruitment of famous Williamstown legend Ron Todd. 

Ron Todd's VFL career ended when he signed up to play under throw-pass rules with VFA club Williamstown just before the 1940 season kicked off. Todd actually signed not with the club but with Williamstown Vice President, William John (Bill) Dooley. 

 

John Clifton

 

The Williamstown Football Club is deeply saddened by the passing of life member John Clifton, aged 88.  

John long served as Williamstown's bar coordinator and was once described as a 'tigerishly-keen Seagulls supporter' in a 1990 edition of the Dog Town Dialogue.

John was also awarded the Bill 'Darkie' Raffle best club person in 1985.  

The club extends its deepest sympathies to the Clifton family. 

 

 

Ian ‘Hucky’ Johnson

 

 

Beginning his career in 1967, Johnson played 72 games for Williamstown primarily as a tough and uncompromising backman under coach Max Papley. Johnson played in three consecutive grand finals for the Seagulls before finishing his career in 1973. Johnson was inducted into the club's Hall of Fame on July 27, 2019, during the President's Luncheon celebrating our 1949, '59 and '69 premiership triumphs. 

 

Neil Bloedorn  

 

 

Neil was involved with Kevin Bury's Willi Backers fund-raising group prior to the reforming of the Gulls in 1990. Neil was then a member of the Gulls for more than 20 years. He was married to June for more than 25 years after marrying in Graeme Shortt's backyard in 1990. He loved sailing and socialising with his sailing mates Jeff Otter, David Drake and Phil Burgoine while enjoying a drink at the Hobson's Bay Yacht Club, the Royal Yacht Club, the Bowls Club or one of the local pubs in Williamstown. Neil also loved travelling and was grateful to squeeze in a final road trip with his son John just before passing away. Neil was 84 years old.

 

Garry Jeremiah  

 

 

Garry was almost 74 years old and was a former player with Williamstown Reserves back in the mid-1960's. Garry continued his long association with the Club by being a vociferous supporter at games, by raising funds through the gate raffle for many years, by carrying out maintenance jobs at the ground, ensuring the flag was erected on game day, by being a member of the Gulls for almost 30 years and also becoming a life member of the Club in 2005.  He was married to Judi, former Gulls President and a Club director, for more than 50 years and was the loving father of Sally, Kristine and Rodney. 

 

Jack Curran  

 

 

Jack came from Newport in 1953 and became a triple-premiership (1954/55/56) half-back flanker. Jack played 74 senior games for the club. 

 

 

 

 

 

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