1960's

 

The Williamstown Football Club entered the 1960's as arguably the most dominant team the VFA had ever seen coming off an era which saw them win five premierships in six years. However, the club was at the crossroads with aging stars mixed with new recruits and young talent to take the club forward into a new era of success.

 

The early years of the 1960's saw Williamstown make the finals in the first three years, coming close to ultimate glory in 1961 when they were defeated in the Grand Final by Yarraville by ten goals. 1961 also saw the VFA make a radical decision to split the competition into two divisions in an attempt to even out the competition. Williamstown joined the top division with most of the other larger and dominant teams of the era.

 

1963 saw the club unable to make the finals for the first time in ten years. Undeterred by the previous year's performance, the Seagulls conjured an emphatic turnaround the season following that saw the club into another grand final against Port Melbourne, only to fall short of their 11th premiership flag.

 

After missed opportunities early in the decade to achieve success, the club then entered a period of concern after disappointing seasons in 1965-66 saw the Seagulls become a shadow of its former self. 1967 saw Williamstown record its worst season in history at the time, 'winning' the wooden spoon and subsequently falling back to second division for 1968.

 

Looking to bounce back, the side came tantalisingly close to returning to division one, only to go down to Geelong West in the grand final of 1968 by two goals. Although not totally dismayed by the previous year, the club was finally able to achieve the ultimate success from its fourth try of the decade, defeating Sunshine by 20 points in the 1969 Grand Final and thus promoted back into Division One at the beginning of the 1970's. The first's premiership was capped off with premiership wins for both the seconds and thirds.

 

In July 2017, at an event held at the Club's Seaview Function Centre, a Team of the Decade from the 1960's was announced. The team selected can be seen below. A report on the night can be viewed at this link:  http://www.williamstownfc.com.au/news/10-latest-news/705-1960-s-team-of-the-decade-announced

 

 

Season by Season Summaries

1960       1961       1962       1963       1964       1965       1966       1967       1968       1969

 

 

     Year           President           Coach           Captain           Best & Fairest            Leading Goalkicker     
     1960      Arthur Johnson           Gerry Callahan           Ray Smith           Ray Smith       Tom Pelly (42) 
     1961      Arthur Johnson           Gerry Callahan           Ray Smith      Ray Smith       Keith James (48)
     1962      Arthur Johnson           Gerry Callahan           Daryl Ward           John Cope       Keith James (40)
     1963      Arthur Johnson           Gerry Callahan           Daryl Ward           Leo Maloney       Keith James (42)
     1964      Arthur Johnson           Gerry Callahan           Daryl Ward           Bobby Turner       Keith James (41)
     1965      Arthur Johnson           Gerry Callahan           Daryl Ward           Tom Russell       Jim Jenkinson (29)
     1966      Ron Marrett      Gerry Callahan           Daryl Ward           Jeff Trotman       George Savige (32)
     1967      Ron Marrett      Gerry Callahan           Bob Ware      Ian Nankervis            Eddie Szyszka (54)
     1968      Ron Marrett      Max Papley      Max Papley      Ian Johnston       Eddie Szyszka (61)
     1969      Arthur Johnson      Max Papley      Max Papley      Ken Barnes       Dallas Patterson (58)

 

 

     Year    

Reserves

Captain Coach

  Reserves

B&F  

Thirds

Coach

 Thirds

B&F     

Fourths

Coach

Fourths

B&F

      Best 1st Year 
     1960 ?  Doug Kellett      Alby Linton      Allan Harris      N/A N/A Graham Clough & Alan McAsey
     1961 Neville O'Connor Neville O'Connor Wally Ward      Ray Bamford      N/A N/A     Greg Taube & Bobby Turner
     1962 Neville O'Connor      Ken Barnes       Wally Ward   Haydn McAuliffe N/A N/A      Ray Bamford & Ray Johns
     1963 Neville O'Connor     Ray Leonard       Wally Ward    Kevin Dooley      N/A N/A      George Savige
     1964 Neville O'Connor    Ray Bamford       Wally Ward   Cyril Harris      N/A N/A      N/A
     1965 Jocka Mellis       Jocka Mellis      John McConville      Cyril Harris      N/A N/A      N/A
     1966 Jocka Mellis       Arthur Lee  John McConville John Whittington N/A N/A      Barry Dodd
     1967  Jocka Mellis      Bob Smith  John McConville     Peter Sonsie      N/A N/A      Eddie Szyszka
     1968  Ron Leonard      John Raffle  Des Hosking     Gary Craddock Bernie Johns Michael Halemba      Andy Camilleri
     1969  Jocka Mellis      David Utber  Des Hosking Phillip Humphries  ?  Tommy Welsh      Robert Percy

  

 

   Year          Secretary           Treasurer     

Best & Fairest

Runner-Up

Best & Fairest

Third Place 

Advertiser 

Award

Chronicle

Award

     1960 Stan Whear      Maurie Power      Bob Jones Daryl Ward Bob Jones Bob Jones
     1961 Stan Whear      Maurie Power      Jack Evans Daryl Ward  Ray Smith Ray Smith
     1962 Stan Whear      Maurie Power      Graham Clough  Don Carmichael  Alan McAsey  Graham Clough
     1963 Stan Whear      Maurie Power       Daryl Ward  Greg Taube   Leo Maloney   Leo Maloney 
     1964 Stan Whear           Bob Major       Jim Jenkinson  Denis Railton  Jim Jenkinson  Jim Jenkinson
     1965     Alec Bell         Alf Leaman       Jim Jenkinson  Daryl Ward  Tom Russell & Charlie Evans  N/A
     1966     Alec Bell    Alf Leaman       Charlie Evans  Bob Ware  Bob Ware  N/A
     1967     Alec Bell    Alf Leaman       John Murrie  Owen Madigan  Ian Nankervis  N/A
     1968     Alec Bell    Alf Leaman  Max Papley  R. Smith  Ian Nankervis N/A
     1969     Alec Bell    Alf Leaman  Paul Hayward  Robert Percy  Robert Percy  N/A

 

Competition Award Winners

1961 A.G. (Alex) Gillon Medal, VFA Thirds Best & Fairest - Ray Bamford

1968 J. (Jack) Field Medallist, Division Two Best & Fairest - Ian Nankervis

1968 Division Two Leading Goal Kicker - Eddie Szyszka (61)

1968 Division Two Reserves Best & Fairest - Ron Leonard 

 

Photos

 

                                              Williamstown Thirds, Premiers 1969


  

 

                                                                                                             

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