Gillett joins the Board

Academic and long term supporter and football modernist, Doctor Rod Gillett joined the board of the Football History Society at their annual general meeting held today.

Rod Gillett

Gillett has had a long involvement with the game commencing as a lad at Kyabram, Victoria then later Armidale, Coffs Harbour, Sydney and Wagga.

In the 1980s a young Rodney Gillett was vice president of the NSW Football League and later one of the initial members when the Society was formed as a committee of the AFL NSW/ACT but moved on to progress his academic career with postings in Fiji, South Korea, Dubai and currently in Singapore.

He is retiring from work shortly and will settle in Sydney. Gillett is keen to focus on football jumping at the opportunity to re-ignite his interest in the history of the game.

In other moves, professional archivist Paul Macpherson was voted in as secretary while the incumbent, Heather White moved to the back bench: (the committee).

Paul Macpherson

Ian Granland was returned as president and John Addison, treasurer. With the addition of Heather White, Ian Wright, Jenny Hancock, Mandy Keevil and Tom Mahon, take up the remainder of the committee positions.

Treasurer, John Addison announced an operating profit for the year of $2,218.00 but cautioned in his report that it is not the objective of the Society to hold surplus funds and outlined a series of spending projects the committee has agreed to for the coming months.

– Committee Re-elected

A reasonable turnout at Magpie Sports yesterday saw those on the committee who stood for election, re-appointed to their positions.

The include:

  • President                      –       Ian Granland
  • Vice President             –       Paul Macpherson
  • Secretary                      –        Heather White
  • Treasurer                      –        John Addison
  • Committee Persons –        Jenny Hancock, Tom Mahon, Ian Wright & Gus McKernan

A comprehensive annual report was tabled and the president moved through the document explaining its contents.  He also commended the members of the committee for their commitment and contribution over the past 12 months.  He also said that while four persons stood as Committee there was provision for the addition of an extra person with whom he had discussions with in recent weeks.

Following the meeting a Special General Meeting was held to approve the changes to the constitution.  These now bring the organisation in line with the updated requirements of the Incorporated Associations Act and the rules and guidelines set by the Department of Fair Trading.  A copy of this had been posted on this website.

After the formalities, attendees were invited to inspect the facilities in the Society’s room at Magpie Sports.  This is where a photograph was taken of some and include from left: Mark Spooner, Tom Mahon (standing),  Ian Allan (son of Bill),  Ian Granland, Bill Allan, Jim McSweeney, Ian Wright.

Inside Football Articles

1986 Inside Football Banner smallWe have made a great discovery from 1986 following a donation by committeeman, Ian Wright of a number of 1986 & 87 copies of Inside Football.

Inside Football is a newspaper styled weekly publication in the winter and monthly in the off-season containing mostly news from the AFL.  Other states and competitions also receive a mention and such has been the case since the publication’s beginnings decades ago.

NSW normally had a column published in each issue and the editor had to look long and hard to find someone with enough local knowledge to become the regular contributor.  Names that come to mind include John Armstrong, who had a long association with the Newtown club and Rod Gillett who was involved with the North Coast and New England Leagues as well as an involvement at Wagga and in Sydney.  Both of these writers also had an association with the NSW Football League at one time or another.  The issues the Society has were written by leading Sydney University player and president, Paul Mulvey.

We have managed to isolate the NSW columns from the latter part of 1986 and have posted them on the site.  Click here to read.

We will be adding those of the 1987 season that we have in the next few weeks.

1987-04-15 Inside Football NSW Staff thumbnailThe last August copy of 1986 contained details of the former very strong Newtown Club’s last ever game. You can read the results from that last round here.  A quick perusal shows that the only person still involved is central umpire, Frank Kalayzich and that was 28 years ago!1986-08-28 Inside Football p.18 - Newtown's last game thumbnail  Good on you Frank, you deserve more recognition.

When the 1987 season dawned, Inside Football published images from a jumper manufacturer advertising their product with members of the NSWAFL Development Staff modelling their product. Can you guess the Sydney Swans players’ names while the lone female is Linda Blackburn, who was then the only female working in the League’s Office.

The magazine is still published and is now owned by Radio Station SEN, Melbourne’s Leading Sporting Broadcaster in Melbourne.

If you have access to further past copies of Inside Football we would be happy to receive scanned pdf copies of the NSW columns correctly tagged.  You can also contact us here for further information.

UMPIRING MEMORIES

1970s Sydney Umpires smallWow, have we unearthed a plethora of photos from the umpiring fraternity from the late sixties into the eighties.

Committeeman, Ian Wright contacted former umpiring guru, Jim McSweeney who seconded former Society member, Chris Huon, to help identify a mysterious umpiring group from what we thought was the 1970s – attached.

The image was taken at Erskineville Oval, the umpires’ training venue at the time, on Monday 9 March 1970, where VFL Assistant Umpires’ Advisor, Norm Grant visited Sydney to present lectures and assist umpires in the finer points of their particular discipline.  He also visited the South Coast.  Umpires trained on Mondays and Wednesdays.

His week long visit was funded by the Rothmans National Sport Foundation, an organisation set up by the manufacturers of Rothmans Cigarettes to promote the development and education of various sports.  It is fair to say that the local league received a reasonable amount of assistance from the Foundation.

Fortunately, both McSweeney and Huon were able to identify 90% of those in this picture which we have since named.

The umpires’ coach in 1970 was Brian O’Donoghue, who also acted as field umpire.  In the photo is Graham Allomes, who is reputed to have boundary umpired in more games than any other person in senior league football and is identified in the centre row.

While the majority in the photograph have been identified there are some that have not.  If you can assist, please let us know.