Late in 1949 a meeting was held in Mechanics Institute Hall in Drummond Street Oakleigh on the first floor. The meeting was arranged by Jack Hogan and Pop Holmes regarding the starting up an open age side to provide somewhere for all over eighteens to continue on their careers. At the time the only open age side was Oakleigh in the VFAwho more interested in players from the VFL then locals. Representatives from Oakleigh VFA were present Meesrs, P Ireland (President), G Smeaton (Coach), D Whiteside and G Beasley. When asked for financial help to set up the new club Phil Ireland's reply was that they did not have enough funds to help. The meeting decided to form Oakleigh Districts anyway. How ironic that fifty plus years later Oakleigh VFA is extinct and Oakleigh Districts still survives.
After many hours spent chasing and interviewing prospective committiee memebers the Oakleigh District Football Club was formed and accepted into the Caulfield-Oakleigh District Football League. Again Oakleigh VFA was asked to help, a set used guernseys was requested but the answer was no. A disgruntled committee went to Oakleigh Sports Store and asked owner Bud Laffan for the cheapest jumpers he had. It was a set of Collingwood guernseys so Oakleigh Districts became the magpies and Bud Laffin became the clubs first president. Because Oakleigh Footy Club made no effort to co-operate with us the committee decided never to wear purple and gold.
Former St Kilda back man Stan Le Lievre was appointed the Districts inaugural coach for 1950 at four pounds per week. Stan was famous for his plymouth ute, often seen on match days carrying more then its legal allowance. What could not fit in hung over the sides. "One day i had 17 blokes in the ute" said Stan. The reason was in the club there was only one ute and two motor bikes.
Another open age side in Oakleigh area was Oakleigh United. They disbanded after the 1949 season leaving 50 pounds to any club starting up a open age side. This money went along way in getting the Dstricts started.
The first home ground was the police paddocks - where the Oakleigh swimming pool and sporting complex is now situated. It was named the police paddocks because the police horses were kept there in the early days. The change rooms, if you could call them that were aprox 5m by 4 meters, the walls were full of holes with old cricket mats helping to keep the wind out. The one shower recess was full of broken glass and there was no hot water or electricity. Jackey Peake would put the headlight of his motor bike through the doorway to light up the room. the opposing sides would change in a furniture van that would bring the players and supporters to the game. At the east end of the ground was a quarry 30-40 meters deep. Many times when we played the ball finished up in the quarry. Luckily we had committee members who worked in the quarry and would retrieve the ball or balls on monday morning. The ground was small, narrow and uneven, few side if any liked playing there.
Players List 1950
R Anderson 15, H Ashton 9, B Atkins 12, J Bruce 7, G Barnfather 16, D Baird, R Brewster 3, A Bell 15, P Burns 17, E Camm 11, K Cook 4, B Cunningham 16, M Doveston 15, B Dowd 4, N Eden 3, R Follett 9, A Knights 5, F Kight 17, B Lever 2, I LeGriffin 14, I Lee 12, S LeLieve 17, J McConnell 16, A North 4, G O Mahony 3, J Peake 15, W Podesta 2, W Robertson 4, R Rees 18, P Richardson 10, B Sambell 5, J Tierney 7, R Tait 7, W Wilson 5
SNIPPETS from our first win 1-7-50
Oakleigh Districts in brilliant win
Oakleigh dist overwhelmed East Brighton at the Oakleigh ground with fast systematic football Stan LeLievre captian and coach of Oakleigh shadowed Brighton full foward Harry (soapy) Vallence past league and Association star. Stans long driving kicks high marks and spoiling tacticts were a delight to watch . Oakleigh centre line of Kight (best on ground) Anderson Atkins was a match winning factor frequently kicking their team into attack. Best Players: F KIGHT, S LELIEVRE, B ANDERSON, B ATKINS, R REES, H ASHTON, B CUNNINGHAM, G BARNFATHER.
The first game was against Murrumbeena at home 22-04-50
Murrumbeena 23-19-157 d Oakleigh Dist 5-17-47
1-7-50 First win Oakleigh Dist 15-10-100 d East Brighton 8-9-57
5-7-50 Second win Oakleigh Dist d Caulfield
12-8-50 Thrid win Oakleigh Dist 14-14-98 d East Malvern 7-7-49
Oakleigh Districts finished ninth which over all was a good result for the first year. Best and Fairest Bobby Anderson ( known as Kanga) played 147 first games plus unknown amount in the Seconds.
Trip away Geelong