Former Newtown Football Club long term official and ex-member of the league’s Board of Management from the 1960s, John Armstrong, will deliver the 2013 Ralph Robertson Address.
This year the subject will be the History of the Newtown Australian Football Club.
The talk will be held in combination with a reunion of the Newtown club which folded in 1986.Â A Newtown junior club, playing in the same colours, still competes in the area.
The reunion will be held on October 26, so theres plenty of time to organise your life if you envisage attending.Â More detailed advice on the function together with local accommodation venues will be posted on this site at a later date.Â HOWEVER, you can click here to download an attendance form.Â The entry cost for the event will be $10 per head.
The club was formed in 1903 and the Society has a copy of the first minute book which includes the initial list of players and their addresses.Â They are still the most successful club in the Sydney competition, winning 19 premierships from 38 grand final appearances. The Bloods, Angels, ‘Towns or Swans – as they were known over the years missed the finals twice in a period of 49 years.Â Their reserve grade won the premiership on 21 occasions.
Newtown also produced a number of VFL footballers, one of whom, Reg Garvin, went on to captain and coach St Kilda.Â Another, Stan Lloyd, won the Saints B & F in 1938 and Roger DuffyÂ who played a major part in Footscray’s only premiership in 1954 was another from the club.
Armstrong, pictured on the right from 1969, is just the man to present the talk.Â He was a former junior, president for 10 years and secretary for nine so knows all the ins and outs of the club.Â He also was the major push for the club in obtaining its license when it traded in Cleveland Street, Redfern for a number of years.
He was honoured with long over-due life membership of the league two years ago.