Robbie Mackinlay Does It Again

Fred Swift

In a two part GLORY DAYS series, Albury’s Robbie Mackinlay has this time produced a rags to riches story about border club, Corowa Spiders in their climb to the premiership competing in the strong Ovens and Murray Football League in 1968.

He reports “Things had to change” said President Jack Fisher, and change they did, by recruiting Richmond’s 1967 premiership captain Fred Swift – the ball was rolling for the “Last to First” campaign and this episode starts the journey.

Click here to listen

(part 2 of this story to follow soon)

John Yates Passes

John Yates – NSWAFL President 1991-1996

Former Riverina identity John Yates, died yesterday aged 86.

John played football with The Rock-Yerong Creek and later became involved in the club’s administration.   He moved on to assume the presidency of the Farrer Football League and guided the organisation from the VCFL to affiliation with the revised NSW Football League.

He subsequently became president of the then NSW Country Australian Football League, then a commissioner with the NSWAFL and later its Chief Commissioner.

John suffered a stroke some years ago and together with his wife, Judy, moved from their country sheep stud of Aberdeen to Wagga.

He was a committed football person and did much to promote the game throughout the state and his presence and influence will be sorely missed.

Picnic For The Queenslanders

We found an interesting par. at the bottom of a report of a NSW v Queensland game played in June 1886.

What took our fancy was the reference to a rock carving at Middle Head and wonder if it still remains?

A very enjoy able day was spent by the Queensland football team on Sunday. The New South Wales Association ten dered them a picnic and a sail round the harbor. After visiting Lane Cove and viewing its beauties, they proceeded to Middle Harbor, where luncheon was prepared in a recherche manner, the principal chef, Mr. Booth and his assistant, Mr. Neilson, coming in for great praise. After the inner man had been satisfied, McClerkin, of West Sydney, showed his ability as an artist by carving the name of Queensland on a rock, over which the two rival captains, Messrs. Gibson and Goer, broke a bottle of champagne, christening the rock in honor of the visitors. The Queenslanders were then taken to Watson’s Bay to see the Gap, and returned to Circular Quay shortly before 6 o’clock thoroughly well satisfied with their day’s outing.”

Source: Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 – 1931), Monday 21 June 1886, page 3

West Sydney was a club participating in the then NSW Football Association
T. Booth was a Waratah FC player
R. Neilson was the East Sydney FC secretary

Tell The Story – Save The Memories

For so long now football clubs go from year to year without recording their history.

At their annual meetings they may well present a financial report and otherwise a few words from the president then on to the elections, and that’s it.

Annual Reports/Yearbooks
The days for the majority of clubs producing a written annual report or year book appear to be behind us and for the sake of the game and your club or ex-club, we must get into the habit of writing up a report on how the club functioned in the previous 12 months.

Because in the future people will want to know and if these things are not committed to paper or digitally, no-one will never know what happened in 2020 – a very important year given the problems we have all endured.  After all, for the sake of the people involved in the club whether they be president, secretary, coach or trainer, their names need to be recorded because if they are not, all will be lost and the effort Dane, Rus or Karen put in for all those years will be wiped from history.

What Should Be Included?
We should record the good things and the bad and include in an annual report:

  • Officials and their positions; Life Members;
  • List the sponsors and thank them, maybe even include the sponsors’ logos;
  • A report from the President, Secretary, coach and other luminaries in the club;
  • Trophy winners in each grade;
  • Best & fairest voting results in each grade;
  • List of games played, incl. date, venue opposition, score, umpire etc.
  • Full financial report incl. treasurer’s report, profit and loss statement as well as the balance sheet;
  • List of significant achievements, ie Sean Smith played his 150th game or Jodie Brown was selected in the league representative side;
  • If the club won a premiership/s, list the players who played in that team/s;
  • Club Honour Board, listing all previous Presidents, Secretaries, Treasurer’s, Coaches, B & F, Leading Goalkicker etc;
  • Also list all the players in the club, the year they started and the games they played in each grade over the years ending with a column for total games.
  • Photos a great to add as well.

A big job?  Yes but otherwise everyone will forget you and your club.

A Reference Tool
Its great to be able to refer to these publications for reunions, for comparing player statistics, getting a name of someone you might like to contact.

Annual reports and/or yearbooks are really a necessity in every organisation.

Re-Inventing The Wheel
They may not get read or referred to all the time but on some occasions listing how and why a thing was done or not done just might stop a new executive from re-inventing the wheel.

Cash Grant
The Football History Society is toying with the idea of providing an annual cash grant for the best or most informative or unique club annual publication.

As we said at the beginning of this post, Tell The Story.