Member Memories: great times, great people
The following contribution was sent in by Club 1864 member and past player Brian Auld.
(The 1948 Williamstown team pictured on July 10 prior to their game against Preston, where the Seagulls won by 41 points. Back row: Bruce Chapman, Ted Ryan, Harold Peacock, Murray McRae, Alf Sampson, Theo Greenland, Reg Featherby, Mal Macpherson. Middle row: Bill Sheahan, Colin Wilcox, Johnny Walker, Lou Salvas (vc), Ron Todd (c), Gordon Cameron, Jack Danckert, Alan Williams, Jack Gabriel. Front row: Bill Redmond, Fred Matthews, Alan Collins).
I grew up in the heart of Williamstown territory (Newport to be accurate) and seeing the 1947 photo triggered many happy memories of golden footy times.
One of my clearest memories was the time between 1945 and 1947 when my parents and I caught the bus at the corner of Peel Street and Douglas Parade faithfully each Saturday to get to the game.
The driver would go out of his way to let us off at the footbridge, then we would walk to the ground. Not sure we’d get that service these days!
Over those years I remember watching players such as Reg Harley, Arthur Cutting, Colin Wilcox, Norm Chisholm, Eric (Tarzan) Glass, Ron Todd, Dick Harris, Lou Salvas and Geoff Spring. Great names from the past, all of them.
While on holidays at Belgrave, Gordon Williams owned some horses which he generously allowed my brothers and I to ride. Great times.
The Williamstown City Band would play a marching tune called ‘Colonel Bogey’ as the players ran down the race onto the field.
The year 1953 saw me watching my brother Kevin playing in the seconds, when an official asked me if I would fill in as they were short of players. I played the last few games that year and then for the next three seasons. We were premiers in 1955 and undefeated in ‘56 under Lou Barker.
(The 1955 reserves premiers. Back row: Ian Boyall, Arthur Hewitt, Frank Jones, Jimmy Davies, Cliff Deacon, Bobby Gourlay, Ian McLeod, Alan Cuff. Centre row: Teddy Barnes, Eric Liley, Max Hughes, Dick Roberts [vice-captain], Lou Barker [captain-coach], John McTaggart, Reg Ogden, Allan Leigh. Front row: Brian Auld, Kevin Taylor, Ian Barker [mascot-son of Lou Barker], Wally Muldowney, Peter Richards).
(WFC reserves premiers of 1956, defeating Box Hill in the grand final 14.16 (100) to 4.7 (31). Back row: Syd Gething [trainer], Ian Boyall, John McTaggart, John Turner, Lindsay Murphy, Harry Wragg, Arthur Hewitt, Eric Liley, Bill Mathieson, Gordon 'Tichy' Horner, Fred Bell [trainer]. Middle row: Ian McLeod, Bobby Dalgleish, Lou Barker [captain-coach], Max Hughes [vice-captain], Wally Muldowney. Front row: Jack 'Tooka' Orr [trainer], Daryl Ward, R. Evans, Brian Auld, Ian Barker [mascot-son of Lou Barker], Peter Barnes, Alf Woods, Reg Ogden).
The seconds had their own committee and ran the pleasant Sunday mornings. Very pleasant!
I joined the seconds committee in 1957 but missed playing football, so I returned to Seddon in the Footscray District League.
In 1961 my building partner and I erected the W. L. Floyd sign on top of the grandstand. Long gone now!
My days at Williamstown remain special memories of great times spent with great people.
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