Season Summary: 1976
Williamstown again found themselves in familiar territory once again, heading back to the second division of VFA football. Although a promotion the following year would be a major task having to knock off the likes of Mordialloc and Frankston, who were perceived as much stronger clubs and fancied for the premiership. The season began with Malcolm Allen taking up the role of captain/coach and given the reins to steer the club back to division one. Although the loss of the previous year's best and fairest winner Michael Kelly to Footscray was a major blow to the year's campaign before it could even get underway.
The season ebbed and flowed for the Towners and while finals participation was never in doubt, the query still remained as to whether they could knock off their seemingly superior rivals come finals time. The club finished in third place and entered the back of the season as definite underdogs. The first semi-final saw the Towners come up against a competitive Northcote, in a very high scoring and attacking fixture that Williamstown were able to sneak past by four points. Ladder leaders Frankston were next up, and after losing just one game for the entire year, went in as heavy favourites. But in a free flowing contest, thanks to some slightly more accurate kicking the Seagulls booked their place into the grand final.
After two heart-stopping finals, the Seagulls could be excused to come into the grand final against Mordialloc exhausted and overwhelmed at the colossal battle that was ahead of them. The game itself would be the exact opposite, such was the determination of the side to return back to division one. After a tight opening quarter, Williamstown piled on goal after goal while an inaccurate Mordialloc could not go with the Seagulls, with the blue and gold running out 57-point winners. Greg Boxall kicked 7 goals but best player was adjudged to be full-back Rochford 'Rocky' Burgess who 'halted attack after attack' according to press reports of the game.
To top the season off, reliable defender Colin Boyd was awarded the J. (Jack) Field Trophy as the best and fairest player in the VFA second division.
Greg Tweedly in a contest for the ball
1976 premiership team