John Bailey RIP

 

John Bailey’s celebration of his life is at Perc Allison Reserve Beacy on Wednesday 22nd from 2 pm

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JOHN BAILEY

The Beaconsfield Football Club is very saddened to learn of the death of one of our esteemed Life Members in John Bailey. Better known to many of us old timers as JB, he held firm views on many issues especially umpires, Bob Utber (from West Gippy days), dogs at the footy, and cricketers (in no particular order).

John moved to our town back in the early 60’s and soon became involved with the club and took to the playing fields to display his rough and ready style. He was a hard at it Twos player in a time of muddy grounds and tough contests. In those less regulated days many a first timer to Beaconsfield would have taken the field under John’s name and learnt not to bring disrespect upon the name.

John went onto loftier duties being president in 1969/70 in what were challenging times for Beaconsfield FC. His direct nature ensured people always knew where they stood and his support for the football club was unwavering. His work and loyalty was recognized with a life membership being awarded in 1973 and he continued to be a constant presence on training nights and Saturdays, for so often in partnership with long time friend and fellow adviser in Alex Robson.  Between them they managed to keep the old fire burning down at the Perc Allison club rooms. John adapted well to the change to Holm Park and it didn’t soften those rough edges. He would still be down there often on Tuesdays & also make it upstairs for the Thursday night meals and a catch up with long time acquaintances.

He preferred to watch the matches from the comfort of the Ford parked close to the action so he could continue to pass on friendly advice to both the umpires and opposition players.

John was a constant throughout the changing football landscape and he would have loved the forthcoming challenge of giving the car a good road trip to the likes of Healesville, Woori Yallock etc and would have done it in style.

JB was a unique Beacy club person through and through. He will be greatly missed.

Our deepest sympathy to all of John’s family.

*JB in his favourite hat.

*JB & his great mate Alex Robson in the 80’s.




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