1966 Newtown 1st Grade smallOver 100 former players and officials gathered today at the Alexandria Hotel in Sydney for a reunion of the Newtown Football Club.

The club was founded in 1903 and folded in 1986.  And yet was the most successful club of its time winning 17 premierships from 38 grand finals.

There were players from the 1950s right through to the last days of the club and old memories and stories abounded in the big marquee area as a steady rotation of photographs of teams, people and places of the club over the years were displayed on the big screen as well as two giant TVs.

Speakers included former president and secretary, John Armstrong, former captain and coach, Ellis Noack, Phelan Medal winner, Paul Bouchier.

Several travelled from interstate including Doc O’Connor, whose photo adorned the Sydney Football Record for many years taking a magic one handed mark during a 1960s grand final.Front cover small  He was joined from Queensland by Jimmy Costa and Max Dean.  Les, the son of the famous Nobby Clarke and his wife Fay were two who travelled from Tuncurry, NSW to be at the function.

A number of attendees brought photographs and football records with them and from those we are able to display an image of a 1966 first grade team taken at Trumper Park.

Each were rewarded with a 20 page book containing an abridged history of the club which included several fascinating photographs as well as profiles and a short article on Erskineville Oval.

One item it also included was a list of all the Newtown first grade premiership players together with another table of club state and Sydney representatives post WWII.

As one attendee said, “It was a very successful day.” (click image to enlarge)

2013 John Armstrong small Gary Hooker small Max Dean small 2013 Ellis Noack & Kevin Egan small Nobby & Fay Clarke small
John Armstrong Gary Hooker Max Dean Ellis Noack & Kevin Egan  Les and Fay Clarke