Season Summary: 1987
The only recruit of note for season 1987 was Brunswick captain David Whillas, along with a number of players elevated from the Thirds premiership side of the previous year, including Glen Brooks, Frank DiMartino and Gavin Johnstone.
Barry Round became only the second player to win both the League and Association best and fairest awards after he won the Liston Trophy in 1987, six years after his Brownlow Medal win. Round emulated the feat of former Williamstown rover Des Fothergill, who won the Recorder Cup in 1941 (renamed the Liston Cup in 1945 and later that same decade the Liston Trophy), a year after his Brownlow success. Whilst Round's effort thrilled all connected with the Club, officials believed the 1987 team was the best fielded by Williamstown in the 1980's and were disappointed it could finish no higher than third place.
The Seagulls won 11 of their 18 home and away games, leaving them third on the ladder, one win behind second-placed Springvale. This resulted in the 'Town meeting Frankston in the first semi-final and, after trailing significantly for three quarters, Williamstown suddenly found form to add 10 goals to one in the last quarter to win comfortably, 19.15 to 14.14. The irrepressible Rickman kicked five goals for the term, giving him six for the day. Port Melbourne, which had won both home and away games against the Seagulls that season, again proved too good in the preliminary, winning 16.20 to 14.12. The 1987 season marked the end of Mark Fotheringham's brilliant career in the VFA. After making his name at Yarraville, Fotheringham kicked 571 goals in 101 games with Williamstown to give him an aggregate of 928 goals in 174 VFA matches. His final season yielded 66 goals, which earned him equal second place on the VFA list. A deadly kick for goal, especially within 50 metres, Fotheringham left the 'Town to coach Keilor in the Essendon District League.
David Whillas, star recruit of 1987, lured across from Brunswick
Successful premiership coach of 1986, Terry Wheeler, remained at the helm in 1987.
1987 playing list
Glen Murphy in action v. Preston, round 6 at home, and with his
father Lindsay, who played in the 1958 and 1959 premiership sides.
Mark Fotheringham brought up his 900th VFA goal during 1987, his last season at Willi
A 19yo Danny Del Re made his debut at home v. Geelong West in Round 14
1987 Reserves First semi-final
1987 reserves captain-coach Tony 'Spud' Dullard
Willi Thirds, featuring future senior players Brett Gould (1989-1998 143 games, 31 goals), Danny Del Re (1987-1999 114 games, 246 goals), Marcus O'Connor (1989-1994 69 games, 60 goals), Ross Hodges (1988 two games, no goals) and Leyton Miles (1990-1992 20 games, 15 goals).
Brett McTaggart and Kim Kershaw with Frankston's Jeff Sarau
Grant Smith in possession of the ball flanked by Alun Owen
Peter Lane, who broke his leg in the second quarter of the first semi v. Frankston, in his last game for Willi
Williamstown Thirds 1987 premiers, featuring future senior players Marcus O'Connor, Danny Del Re, Leyton Miles and Brett Gould
1987 Spalding Cup team, featuring future senior players Matt Bury & Joey Patterson, and future President of the club, Kim Walsh (1994-95).