Season Summary: 1974
Another new President in Bill Dey greeted the 1974 season, while recruits included future premiership players Peter Kerr from South Melbourne, Glenn Townsend from Bacchus Marsh and Greg Tweedly. The year loomed as one which would provide minimum success yet again, but despite this the club was never in doubt of falling into a relegation battle and ended the season on nine wins and nine losses. The season began disastrously with a 12-goal defeat at Dandenong, a 9-goal loss at home to Prahran and a 15-goal annihilation at Geelong West, to leave the Seagulls on the bottom of the ladder with a percentage of 42.5. A victory over Sunshine at home in round 4 lifted the team off the foot of the table, but further defeats by Preston and then away at Port Melbourne made things look grim. Consecutive wins in round 7 and 8 lifted the spirits, but further losses followed with an occasional victory, including the 27-point win at home against eventual premier Port Melbourne in round 15. Three further wins against Caulfield, Sandringham and runner-up Oakleigh to round out the season gave some hope for the future.
Les Stillman again stood out and finished just one vote behind JJ Liston Trophy winner Ray Goold of Sunshine, but John Fanning won the Andy Taylor Memorial Trophy for the Club best and fairest award. Leading goalkicker was Glenn Townsend with a total of 48 from just 11 games. Former Footscray player Richard Radziminski won the Reserves best and fairest, while Gary O'Donovan won the Thirds award and Eddie Messina the Fourths. Robert Percy played his 100th senior game for the Club late in the season.
A daunting look upon the future of the club could have been summed up by the performances of the Seconds and Thirds sides, both both finishing dead last in their respective competitions. The Fourths, however, won their third premiership in a row in the Western Suburbs Football League under 17's competition.
Final score v. Caulfield at Williamstown, round 16 1974, scoreboard manned by Peter Nash and Geoff Van Wyngaarden
Ian "Hucky" Johnson
Williamstown Fourths (under 17's) won three consecutive premierships in 1972-74 in the Western Suburbs Football League. From left Brian Muldowney (captain), Adrian Sims (best & fairest), John Raffle (coach).
A view of the ground from Morris St. circa 1974, with the entrance booths, toilet blocks & trees that are no longer there
The ground without the entrance boxes, which were blown down in a storm in 1974, the remains of which can be seen in the foreground
Brownlow medallist Nathan Buckley made his return from a hamstring injury through the VFL with Williamstown in 2007 in a best on ground performance.Read more ...