Williamstown Rovers FC
1952 TO 1963
Cyril Minge - My Football times at Williamstown Rovers Football Club
I started playing in 1952 at the age
of 15 in the senior side as Williamstown did not have a Colts side. Playing in
the Torrens Valley Association through the 1950s Williamstown had A and B Grade
teams with workers from the
In the 1950s the Oval had a cycle track with a camber all around. Our change rooms were first near the large gum tree near the current bore pump then a building was built where the four cabins are now. Then in 1982 we moved into our present building.
Williamstown left the Torrens Valley Association and joined the Gawler and
District Association as they were short of teams after Gawler South and
In 1962 I was made Captain of the team. We were not very successful that year as we lost good players to Freeling but our Senior Colts won the premiership. Then in 1963 through lack of numbers Williamstown went into recess with colts and senior players going and playing for Lyndoch where I played until 1979.
1967 TO 1979
As remembered by Trevor Fromm.
The WRFC was reformed in 1967 after a recess since 1963.
Blue and Gold were always the colours. We played in Hills zone 2.
In 1967 Captain Coach was Brian "BG" Davies and Vice Captain Len Jones.
No B Grade side
The colts, U16, used Kersbrook Jumpers, double blue, as Kersbrook were not
using them at the time. The Club couldn't afford to buy guernseys for the
The committee had a busy bee to put concrete on the floor of the change rooms
as previously they were dirt floors. Two showers per team which were quite often cold
and when you went to use them possums had to be chased out first.
The change rooms were an iron shed situated at the entrance of the oval on the
left as you come in. These change rooms were used until the early 80s when
new clubrooms were built.
From my recollection Jim Marshall was captain coached, ex
remember Aldo Baraglia lining up David French a starry ex league footballer
bouncing the Ball down though Centre half forward dodging players Aldo
knocked him out cold. The stretcher came out and he was taken straight off.
Aldo said you never let the opposition know how much it hurts you and always
make out it doesn't hurt.
***Editors Comment. Not a bad achievement. I played with David French and he was one of the toughest players I ever played with.
Captain Coach- David, Clumsy, Wilkin, uncle to Shane Wilkin, coached
the team into Finals. Clumsy won 2 or 3 mail medals I think and also a
reserves medal in the Gawler League.
Clumsy was a great player and specialized in looking after the young players
I remember him chasing a player around Cambrai oval one day trying to hit him
because this player hit me!
Speaking of playing at Cambrai oval it was that windy one day the boundary
Umpire could not throw the ball in as it always went back over his head. The
ball would continue roll to along the ground it was that windy. Players also
had the ball go back over their heads when they kicked the itl!
Coach was Neil Green, came from down Cudlee Creek way. This was my
first year in Seniors and we played off in the 1st Semi and lost at Birdwood.
I do remember some rivalry with Birdwood and an all in brawl of spectators
after a game at Williamstown out in front of the Change rooms after a game. I
Des Rehn getting a bit "fired up" that day.
Trevor Polkinghorne was Captain Coach. It was a lean year for the club
only winning 2 games as I remember.
Somewhere here I remember Reg Smith playing his last game for the B Grade at
Sedan Oval at the age of 56 years and he was best on ground.
allegedly hit players behind the play. My Dad was president of the club at the
was that angry with him in one match at
on him, couldn't do that now.
Captain Coach,Trevor Stanton, previously All Australian ruckman and Vice Capt Trevor Polkinghorne. This is the final year that WRFC played in the hills league. Won the 2nd Semi at Gumeracha oval and lost the Grand Final to Birdwood at the Lobethal oval.
We lost our Captain with a broken bone split through the finger and Vice Capt with
8 stitches to the head before half time, wasn't our day.
Joined the Gawler and District League. Captain Coach, Bob Betson.
Lyndoch were Blue and Gold so Williamstown chose St Kilda colours for
We beat every club that year in the minor round and played Willaston in the
1st Semi which was drawn. We played off the following week and won by 6 goals then played Lyndoch in the prelim final on the Gawler oval and lost.
Brian Harris coached. Buck or Buckets as he was known played
with both his sons Randy and Chris in one of these years. Buck was a very
tough and talented footballer.
Peter Sheperdson was Captain Coach
Jon Spry captain coach
Jon spry coached the 1st half of the season and then had a job transfer to
There was always "friendy" rivalry between Lyndoch and Williamstown and we
looked forward to these games.
The round 1 game was played at Lyndoch oval and we were up by 6 goals at 3quarter
time and cars were driving out the gate. Lyndoch came home in the last
quarter and won by 8 points. The return Game at Williamstown was a huge game for us as amalgamation was being rumoured. We were desperate to win and did so by 3 points in a very exiting game it, it was really like a final.
I remember a meeting in the Williamstown hall, 7th Nov 1979 I think, where it
was passed that the Lyndoch Football Club and the Williamstown Rovers Football Club would amalgamate to become Barossa District Football Club. The colours were selected to follow Central District Football Club colours, red white and blue, the club wanted "neutral colours".
The feeling among the players about the amalgamated Club was great and very
exciting as at least 60 players came out to training both on Tuesdays and
Hence the BDFC was born.