My first contact with Strathmore Football Club was at the Cross Keys Reserve in 1963 where I had taken my son, Robert, to Sid McGains’ Midgets on a Sunday morning. I was approached by Bill Wilkinson to coach a new Under 13 team that they were to form for the following season.
I accepted the post and the team was formed for the 1964 season with the Northern District’s competition. We played with very little success that year and also the following 1965 and 1966 seasons but we were improving.
In 1967, Essendon District League started an Under 13 competition to which we transferred. We won the Premierships in 1967, 1968 and 1969 without losing a match. In 1970, I decided to quit while I was ahead and handed the coaching over to Ken Pridham.
In 1970, I was elected President
1973 was to be my final year of service as I was travelling overseas frequently with my employment and was transferred to Hong Kong in 1975 and New Zealand in 1978, not returning to Melbourne until 1982.
These days I am involved in fly fishing with the Victorian Fly Fishers Association (VFFA) where I was the Association’s Secretary for 10 years. I was awarded a Life Membership by the VFFA in 2008.