In the meantime, the Society has had some unique trophies from the 1930s repaired and returned to the organisation for display. (click images to enlarge)
Almost two years ago a person contacted the Society saying he had found two ‘Australian Rules’ trophies at a metal re-cycle place (image above) on the Central Coast of NSW and asked if we were interested in them.
These trophies, which were in a very poor condition, had been awarded to a former top line player in Sydney during the 1930s, of whom we have written many lines.
His name was Jimmy Stiff and he played with the South Sydney Club and in interviews before their death, three separate leading Sydney football identities said Jimmy Stiff was the best player they had seen in Sydney football, and these judges were no slouches.
Jim lived at Mascot and attended the Gardeners Road School. While there and under the tutelage of teacher-mentor, Rupert Browne, he, like many members of his family, began to play Australian Football.
At an early age he was selected in the NSW schoolboys team where he excelled. Then, at 17, while playing with the South Sydney Club, he was chosen to represent NSW. In and out of the reserves, in 1930 he came equal third in the Phelan Medal and also runner up in the Sanders Medal (reserves B & F). He had won the Sanders Medal in 1928. Then in 1931, at age 20, he was named as the best player in the state’s match against Victoria on the SCG.
In 1933, again playing for NSW, Jim won the best player at the All-States Carnival held in Sydney over 10 days – against all the stars from other states, including the likes of triple Brownlow Medalist, Hayden Bunton. At 1.6m and 64.5kg he was a dynamo but possessed an erratic attitude towards football.
He was tragically killed in a motor cycle accident in 1937.
When we got it, it was in bits and not in good condition.
We gave it to an antique restorer who worked tirelessly to bring this and another that Stiff had won playing for South Sydney in 1935, back to life.
They now take pride of place amongst the many former football trophies the Society has on show at the rooms in the Western Suburbs Football Club at Croydon Park, Sydney.