Season Summary: 1968
The 1968 VFA season would prove to be a very pivotal one in the Williamstown Football Club's history. This would be headlined by the much-loved ex-Moorabbin and South Melbourne player Max Papley, taking on the reins as Captain-Coach.
On the field, Ian Nankervis took out the J. (Jack) Field Trophy for the best and fairest player in the Division Two competition. This would stir up some controversy however, with Nankervis seeking a more lucrative contract from the club. Papley was allegedly outraged by this, and subsequently left Nankervis out of the grand final side, where the club ended up losing by two goals to Geelong West. Would the result have been different had Nankervis played? That is something that Seagulls fans have been able to debate ever since. At season's end, Nankervis was sold to Dandenong.
The runner-up placing meant the club would have to spend another year at Division Two level, despite finishing the home and away season on top of the ladder with a 15-1-1 record.
Another interesting fact to come from the 1968 season was that the reserves committee disbanded, allowing the first grade to take over control of the seconds. Such a move was seen as unusual by some as the seconds had stable management for a long period of time, as well as a strong ladies committee which enabled them to be self-supporting throughout the season.
Newly appointed captain-coach, Max Papley