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ANZ BANK FOOTBALL CLUB

ES&A BANK FOOTBALL CLUB

ANZ BANK /ALBERT PARK FOOTBALL CLUB

ALBERT PARK FOOTBALL CLUB

ANZ FOOTBALL CLUB "D" GRADE V A F A - 1954 .

L. to R.
Back Row :Harold Bray , Rob. Stone , John Carruthers , John Francis , Colin
Spencer , Maurie 
Willmott , Doug Strain , Norm. Dibbin .
Middle :Alan McKay , (President ) Jim Dunn , (Captain ) Val. Kennedy ,Norm
Halliday ,(Coach)
Andy Brannan ,Frank Lyons .
Front Row:Trevor Livingstone , Bill Gardiner , Jerry Price , Jack Ellis ,
Brian Christensen .

Absent : Graham Croxford ,Geoff. Ridgway , Jim Marchbank .



INDEX

History (Brief Summary of major changes that influenced The Club)

 

  • Honour Board (Presidents, Secretaries, Coaches, Captains, Best and Fairest)

 

  • Life Members (Brief account of major contributions)

  • Club Songs

  • Yearly results and commentary of “The Club” since inauguration in 1954 as the ANZ Bank Football Club

  • Brief History of the E.S. & A. Bank Football Club from inauguration to merger with the ANZ Bank Football Club

  • Acknowledgments

 

 

 

HISTORY

ANZ BANK FOOTBALL CLUB

ALBERT PARK FOOTBALL CLUB

 

1954 ANZ BANK FOOTBALL CLUB (Zedders) ESTABLISHED

It was a formidable challenge to form a football team from scratch, in days when bank staff worked Saturday mornings, few owned cars and player facilities such as hot water, trainers etc were unavailable. Very few of these inaugural members could have foreseen a future spanning more than 50 years from such humble beginnings

 

INAUGURAL ANZ BANK FOOTBALL CLUB TEAM/COMMITTEE

A BRANNAN (Coach), H BRAY, J CARRUTHERS, B CHRISTENSEN,

G CROXFORD, N DIBBIN, W J DUNN (President), J ELLIS, J FRANCIS,

W GARDINER, N HALLIDAY, V KENNEDY (Captain), M LINARD,

T LIVINGSTONE, F LYONS, A McKAY, R J PRICE, G RIDGWAY,

C SPENCER, R STONE, D STRAIN, M WILLMOTT (Secretary)

 

1969 ANZ BANK FOOTBALL CLUB WINS FIRST PREMIERSHIP

Reserves team defeated Brunswick to win The Club’s first premiership

 

1969 ES&A BANK FOOTBALL CLUB DISOLVED AND

JOINED WITH ANZ BANK FOOTBALL CLUB

Following the merger of ES&A Bank with the ANZ Bank, the ES&A

Football Club dissolved with players, committee and supporters invited

and encouraged to join the ANZ Bank Football Club. The influx of players was not as great as hoped for, although some excellent players such as Jim Kelly did join the ranks at a time when there was difficulty for both the ES&A Bank and ANZ Bank teams fielding teams each week.

 

1974 ANZ BANK FOOTBALL CLUB WINS SECOND PREMIERSHIP

Reserves team defeated Old Geelong Grammarians to win The Club’s second premiership

 

1996 ANZ BANK FOOTBALL CLUB CHANGED NAME TO ANZ BANK/ALBERT PARK FOOTBALL CLUB (Rats)

Due to the increasing problems in fielding two sides each week, and the increasing interest from the local community, the very difficult and progressive decision to incorporate Albert Park into the name and structure of the ANZ Bank Football Club was taken.

 

1999 ANZ BANK/ALBERT PARK CHANGED ITS NAME TO ALBERT PARK FOOTBALL CLUB (Falcons)

The increasing interest from the local community and diminishing interest and support from the ANZ Bank and the ANZ Bank Social Club resulted in the imminent change of name to Albert Park Football Club. Kevin Mitchell, the ANZ Bank Social Club Secretary, and ardent supporter of all the ANZ Bank sporting clubs over many years had recently retired from the ANZ Bank and his drive and enthusiasm, so greatly appreciated in his role as the ANZ Bank Social Club Secretary, was missed by The Club.

President Bryan Bennett was a major force in the ‘rebirth’ of the club, returning it to a strength, both on and off the field, not seen for many years. Under Bryan’s leadership The Club has retained and encouraged the ANZ Bank past and present links, whilst fostering local support, which has continued to increase.


LIFE MEMBERS

 

Life membership provides the Football Club with an opportunity to recognise, and thank, those members who have gone ‘beyond the call of duty’ in their capacity of Player, Committee or Supporter over a sustained period of time. Each and every one of the following people have willingly given a significant part of their life for their love of the sport, ‘The Club’ and the comradeship that clubs such as ours provide.

 

Brian (Chrisso) D Christensen Member of inaugural team, Rugged Ball Player, Capt, Committee, President, Supporter for 50 years, still active into 2004. Involved in documenting History & donation of Trophy Cabinet

Col J Spencer Inaugural team member, committee and 5 years as secretary. Tireless worker

Frank Lyons Inaugural team member. Captain/coach 1956

Geoff D Ridgway Inaugural team member. Very Skilled Centre Half Forward, popular President, Coach, Capt

Peter K Treleaven 1950/60’s. 8 times Seniors B&F, Association B&F, Captain, Great Rover and loved a party

John A Bloom 1950/70’s. Very popular team player, Captain & Coach. Talented centre half back

Jim M Woodman 1960’s. Keen supporter and Committeeman over many years. Tireless worker and active in recruiting many good players who worked in ANZ city branches

John (Pincus) A Penhale 1950/60’s.Played many years in ruck. Mainly reserves player and very good team man

Graham (Tim) J Holt 1950/60’s.Long term player (back line) and supporter

F Roy Peake 1950/60’s. Solid ruckman and Committeeman

M Tom Dunn 1960’s. Wonderful supporter and good behind-the-scenes worker and Committeeman. (Introduced through Les Jackson, another great supporter)

Brian J McGannon 1950/60’s. A tireless non complaining, hard working, well liked committeeman.

Brian Sanders 1950/70’s. Committee and supporter. Quiet but Loved a beer

W Keith Findlay 1960/80’s. Secretary for 10 years. Introduced and ran a Little Tatts competition  through ANZ branches for many years in the 1960/1970’s.  The Club was left in an excellent financial position through his efforts

Mrs Bev Jackson Wife of ‘Jet’. A tireless worker in canteen at social functions etc etc for 30 plus years

W (Jet) E Jackson 1960/80’s. Played around 350 games (Record as at 2004) mainly on wing due to great speed.  Tireless worker. President (5yrs), Reserves Capt/Coach and supporter. Involved in documenting Club History

Bruce D Robertson 1960/70’s. Excellent administrator and with K Findlay worked the club into a strong financial & admin position.  Some excellent on field success resulted from his efforts. Gave items for  trophy cabinet and club history

Rex McNamara 1960/70’s. Masseur/Trainer for many years with his good mate and first aid extraordinaire Noel Adams. Great team and very well respected and liked. Both loved a party/beer

N (Birdie) G Pearson 1960 to present (2004) as player and supporter (over 250 games, mainly full back). Captain and reserves Coach, Committee, President and a principal contributor in the production of the Club History. Loves a party

Alan D Heaney 1960/90’s. A great supporter loved by all. Never missed a match for years

Colin H Lyons Around 1960/70s. Committee, player and supporter.

Jim P Kelly 1970’s.Tough player & excellent coach who came from ES&A following bank merger

Norm L Kirby Around 1970’s. Ex ES&A Bank. Good solid dependable seniors full back. Committee.

Warren C Tuckey 1970/80’s. A solid dependable ruckman team player. Likeable gentle giant. Committee.

Harry E Birkenfelds 1970/80’s. Full Fwd, Reserves Captain and Best and Fairest, President. A tireless and popular worker who had his whole family involved. Children ran boundary. Wife Karen canteen etc etc.

Steve F May 1970/80’s. Skilful rover who played and worked on committee for several years. Elusive and good goal sneak

Pat L Harper Around 1970’s. Quite a character who was a very elusive, effective and good ball getter.

Kevin F Wescott 1970/80’s.  Good solid rover. Team player.  A nice bloke who was popular as player & Secretary.

Tom J Brain 1980/90’s. Handy forward. Great worker and administrator and with wife Linda formed the    backbone of committee, social & canteen for many years. Went on to senior position with VAFA

Michael Szeitz 1980/90’s. A very solid player as ruck or full forward. Many years of excellent service and gave his best at all times

Michael Farrell

Graeme Anstis

Chris Riley

Steve M Duke

Paul R Boyle

Brian (Feet) P Curthoys

Paul A Shoppee

Mrs Linda Brain 1980/00’s. With then husband Tom, they were the backbone of committee, canteen & social for many years. When Tom retired from club duties, Linda continued to run the canteen, with assistance from her daughters until the end of  the 2002 season

Andrew (A.J.) J Bennett

A (Tony) R Kennedy

Peter J Marshall

Michael R Sweeney

N G Walsh

Mrs Terry Duke

Phil Knight

Peter Heyes

Mrs Nicole Sweeney

Peter Smith

Nick Pastras

Mark Phillips

 

 

ANZ BANK FOOTBALL CLUB

 

HONOUR BOARD

Seniors

Year

President

Secretary

Coach

Captain

Best & Fairest

1954

W J DUNN

M S WILLMOTT

A BRANNAN

V E KENNEDY

M LINNARD

1955

W J DUNN

C SPENCER

A BRANNAN

V E KENNEDY

P K TRELEAVEN

1956

K M METCALF

C SPENCER

F LYONS

F LYONS

P K TRELEAVEN

1957

K M METCALF

C SPENCER

G LEWIS

B D CHRISTENSEN

P K TRELEAVEN

1958

K M METCALF

C SPENCER

G LEWIS

G D RIDGWAY

B HENDERSON

1959

J C PATON

C SPENCER

G LEWIS

G D RIDGWAY

P K TRELEAVEN

1960

B D CHRISTENSEN

I S INCE

A J THYNNE

G D RIDGWAY

P K TRELEAVEN

1961

J M WOODMAN

I S INCE

A J THYNNE

P K TRELEAVEN

P K TRELEAVEN

1962

E G BLACK

I S INCE

A J THYNNE

P K TRELEAVEN

J A BLOOM

1963

E G BLACK

G L HULM

A J THYNNE

P K TRELEAVEN

P K TRELEAVEN

1964

E G BLACK

G J HOLT

W A HAMBLY

W A HAMBLY

R R WILLIAMS

1965

R R WHITELAW

E O JONES

G D RIDGWAY

J A BLOOM

P K TRELEAVEN

1966

E G LYON

B W HOLT

G D RIDGWAY

P K TRELEAVEN

M L CHAMPION

1967

E G LYON

F W SPENCER

N J ELVISH

N J ELVISH

R W HALCOMBE

1968

G D RIDGWAY

W K FINDLAY

N J ELVISH

J A BLOOM

I C LAIRD

1969

G D RIDGWAY

W K FINDLAY

J A BLOOM

J A BLOOM

P A O'SULLIVAN

1970

G D RIDGWAY

W K FINDLAY

J A BLOOM

P A O'SULLIVAN

K KARPAVICIUS

1971

G D RIDGWAY

W K FINDLAY

J A BLOOM

N G PEARSON

G C HEWINS

1972

G D RIDGWAY

W K FINDLAY

CW BOURKE

C W BOURKE

C W BOURKE

1973

B D ROBERTSON

W K FINDLAY

C W BOURKE

C W BOURKE

F H GLOVER

1974

B D ROBERTSON

W K FINDLAY

C W BOURKE

C W BOURKE

C W BOURKE

1975

B D ROBERTSON

W K FINDLAY

J P KELLY

K R TAYLOR

R L PINDER

1976

B D ROBERTSON

W K FINDLAY

J P KELLY

G W TOWAN

G W TOWAN

1977

B D ROBERTSON

W K FINDLAY

J P KELLY

G W TOWAN

G W TOWAN

1978

W E JACKSON

K E WESCOTT

J P KELLY

G J SICILY

S F MAY

1979

W E JACKSON

K E WESCOTT

M A SEEHUSEN

M A SEEHUSEN

G J ALLEN

1980

W E JACKSON

K F WESCOTT

D J FALKINER

J T O'BRIEN

J R MALHAM

1981

K F WESCOTT

J FYFE

D J FALKINER

J R MALHAM

J R MALHAM

1982

N G FRANKLIN

J FYFE

S HAINTZ

S HAINTZ

G HUME

1983

W E JACKSON

C P RILEY

K THOMAS

K THOMAS

P SEEL

1984

W E JACKSON

C P RILEY

K THOMAS

R MAY

G COFFEY

ANZ BANK FOOTBALL CLUB

HONOUR BOARD

Seniors

Year

President

Secretary

Coach

Captain

Best & Fairest

1985

N G PEARSON

C P RILEY

I CAVE

R MAY

M TOWNSEND

1986

N G PEARSON

T J BRAIN

A TRIMBOLI

M SZEITZ

M SZEITZ

1987

A TRIMBOLI

T J BRAIN

M SZEITZ

M SZEITZ

S WOODMAN

1988

A TRIMBOLI

T J BRAIN

M SZEITZ

M SZEITZ

G WALKLEY

(Resigned mid year)

1988

H E BIRKENFELDS

(Assumed mid year)

1989

H E BIRKENFELDS

T J BRAIN

A KENNEDY

A KENNEDY

P CUMMING

1990

H E BIRKENFELDS

T J BRAIN

A KENNEDY

J McDONALD

J McDONALD

1991

P J MARSHALL

T J BRAIN

A KENNEDY

J McDONALD

E NICOLOSI

1992

P J MARSHALL

T J BRAIN

J McDONALD

J McDONALD

M AZZOPARDI

1993

P J MARSHALL

P G KNIGHT

A QUAIFE

J McDONALD

J McDONALD

1994

P J MARSHALL

P G KNIGHT

A QUAIFE

J McDONALD

B P DOYLE

1995

P KNIGHT

M SWEENEY

J McDONALD

P BOYLE/P SMITH

R WILLS

(NAME CHANGE) ANZ BANK/ALBERT PARK FOOTBALL CLUB

1996

P KNIGHT

S M  DUKE

J McDONALD

P BOYLE

C WALKLEY

1997

P KNIGHT

S M  DUKE

J McDONALD

J McDONALD

M MALONE

1998

P KNIGHT

S M  DUKE

G FORSYTH

P SMITH

J SUTTON

(NAME CHANGE) ALBERT PARK FOOTBALL CLUB

1999

B BENNETT

A JENKIN

G FORSYTH

P SMITH/G FORSYTH

J SUTTON

2000

B BENNETT

M SWEENEY

P KNIGHT/P SMITH

P SMITH

J SUTTON

2001

B BENNETT

M SWEENEY

J AHERN

P SMITH

J STOREY

2002

B BENNETT

M SWEENEY

J AHERN

P SMITH

D BORLEY

 

Reserves

Year

Coach

Captain

Best & Fairest

1954

1955

1956

1957

1958

1959

1960

1961

1962

B D CHRISTENSEN

B D CHRISTENSEN

B D CHRISTENSEN

1963

G D RIDGWAY

G D RIDGWAY

I W HANCORNE

1964

G D RIDGWAY

G D RIDGWAY

L W ADDISON

1965

J R PARKES

J R PARKES

K E SHARP

1966

J R PARKES

J R PARKES

M J O'MULLANE

1967

N J ELVISH

F R PEAKE

N J RATTRAY

1968

N J ELVISH

F R PEAKE

M F DAVIS

1969

J A BLOOM

J A PENHALE

A GILROY-SCOTT

1970

J A BLOOM

D MILES/G WILLIAMS

C CHILD

1971

J P KELLY

J P KELLY

J P KELLY

1972

J P KELLY

J P KELLY

L W FEHRING

1973

J P KELLY

J P KELLY

J P KELLY

1974

J P KELLY

J P KELLY

J P KELLY

1975

W E JACKSON

W E JACKSON

W E JACKSON

1976

D L IMRIE

H E BIRKENFELDS

S F MAY

1977

N G PEARSON

H E BIRKENFELDS

W E JACKSON

1978

G J SICILY

N G PEARSON

G S KELLY

1979

G S KELLY

G S KELLY

P L HARPER

1980

J T O,BRIEN

P L HARPER

P L HARPER

1981

P L HARPER

P L HARPER

J POULTON

1982

W C TUCKEY

W HOGAN

D ATKINS

1983

W C TUCKEY

P L HARPER

W E JACKSON

1984

W C TUCKEY

K MURRAY

S HEWITT

Reserves

Year

Coach

Captain

Best & Fairest

1985

W BEVAN

W C TUCKEY

P BOYLE

1986

W BEVAN

D FORT

M EVANS

1987

W BEVAN

H E BIRKENFELDS

H E BIRKENFELDS

1988

G LEICESTER

N WALSH

T HARBINSON

1989

G ANSTIS

G ANSTIS

M BIRRELL

1990

G ANSTIS

G ANSTIS

M BIRRELL

1991

P SMITH

H E BIRKENFELDS

S DUKE/W LASSLETT

1992

L McLEOD

L McLEOD

L McLEOD

1993

J McDONALD

M R SWEENEY

M R SWEENEY

1994

J McDONALD

M R SWEENEY

M A PHILLIPS

1995

G McKENZIE

P HEYES

S REDPATH

1996

D KILMARTIN

P HEYES

P HEYES

1997

D KILMARTIN

P HEYES

P HEYES

1998

P SHOPPEE

P HEYES

P HEYES

1999

P HEYES

P HEYES

T PRIOR

2000

P HEYES

N PASTRAS

C JACKSON

2001

S LAWSON

A STEWARD

A STEWARD

2002

P SHOPPEE

S McGUIRE

B PAYNE/M WILLIAMS

 

 

 

CLUB SONGS

ANZ BANK FOOTBALL CLUB (Zedders)

ORIGINAL CLUB SONG

BEAT THEM ALL, BEAT THEM ALL

THE BIGGER THE HARDER THEY FALL

WE’LL BEAT THE HIGH TEAMS AND WE’LL BEAT THE LOW

WE’LL BEAT THE LOT OF THEM CAUSE THEY ALL KNOW

THAT WE’RE GOING TO “D” GRADE NEXT YEAR

AND THERE’S NOT A TEAM WE WILL FEAR

WE’LL THRASH OUR OPPONENTS AND THEN HAVE OUR MOMENTS

SO DRINK UP YOUR BEER DOWN THEM ALL

ANZ BANK/ALBERT PARK FOOTBALL CLUB (Rats)

CLUB SONG 1996 to 1999

CHEER, CHEER THE RED AND THE BLUE

WE’LL GIVE OUR BEST THE WHOLE GAME THROUGH

LIFT THAT NOBLE BANNER HIGH

SHAKE DOWN THE THUNDER FROM THE SKY

WHETHER THE ODDS BE GREAT OR SMALL

THE RATS FROM THE PARK WILL WIN OVER ALL

WHILE THE LOYAL SONS ARE MARCHING TO VICTORY

 


ALBERT PARK FOOTBALL CLUB

YEARLY RESULTS AND COMMENTARY

1954 Section “E”

Finished 9th of 10 Teams, winning 3 and losing 13 games

The Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) established a new grade “E”.

Sports minded officers at ANZ Bank Head Office 394 Collins Street Branch of the ANZ Bank banded together to form a founding committee, who negotiated a place in the 10 team competition for an ANZ Bank team. Many players were returned Service-men from World War 2, with a fair sprinkling of enthusiastic youngsters. The home ground was at Yarra Bend Fairfield (Olney Oval) Melway Map 2D. Facilities were primitive, showers were cold and there was no power in the changing sheds. Training was conducted at (what was then) Wright Street Oval Albert Park, which is now the Golf Driving Range.

Few of the younger players owned a car, those that could not cadge a ride had a

‘red-rattler’ train ride to Clifton Hill and a bus ride or a long walk.

Many of those who met after Saturday morning work for the trip to Fairfield would rendezvous at Phairs Hotel, Collins Street, a popular bankers watering hole. After a 20 goal first round win, the season was very poor. Another two wins was all that could be managed.

President: W J (Jim) Dunn,     Captain: V E (Val) Kennedy,

Coach: A (Andy) Brannan (formerly Richmond and Hawthorn Football Clubs)

 

1955 Section “E”

Finished 9th of 10 Teams, winning 2 and losing 16 games

This year saw the same home ground at Yarra Bend Fairfield with training arrangements at an oval in Batman Avenue, next to the Artillery Depot on grounds used in 2003 by Melbourne Storm Rugby Club. The club was able to access the army depot for team meetings, selections etc when the change rooms had no lights. The club experienced similar lack of on field success, despite the efforts of the same committee to persuade footballers working at ANZ to join the Bank Team.

However, a few talented young players joined the club, who were to provide a solid nucleus for future development. These included Peter Treleaven, Graham Holt, Kevin Sharp and Alex Cameron. There were times towards the end of the season when older players decided to ‘hang up their boots’ and the club battled to field a side.

1956 Section “E”

Finished 10th of 10 Teams, winning 2 and losing 17 games

During summer months the founding committee decided there was no future for an ANZ Bank team and all stood down. Two Annual General Meetings failed to form a committee but at a third meeting Keith Metcalf (whose football experience was minimal) took on the job as President, with most other committee functions being performed by the players.

Frank Lyons (one of the ‘originals’ from 1954) was elected Captain-Coach, in an honorary capacity.

Yarra Bend was seen as a most unsatisfactory home ground. The then Secretary of the ANZ Bank Staff Social Club, J M (Jack Hodges), who was a trustee of Caulfield Park pulled a few strings to get the club a use of an oval there for home games. Training was at Princess Park Carlton next to the Carlton FC. Changing facilities were shared with other teams from near and far.

Before each home game player/committeemen were rostered to mark out the ground boundaries. A machine for this purpose was stored at the nearby home of Mrs Hellard, mother of Dick Hellard an ANZ banker and a VAFA umpire for many years.

On field success was very limited but the club had survived, essentially as a group of players operating on a shoe string budget and with the enthusiastic support from President Keith Metcalf.

1957 Section “E”

Finished 6th of 10 Teams, winning 7 and losing 11 games

Geoff Ridgway opened the way for the appointment of George (Pie) Lewis as coach. A former Footscray player, Pie offered as new players to the club his son Ian and a friend John (Jock) Bendall, neither of whom were bankers. The committee established that up to three non bankers could play, admitting Ian and Jock. Neville Elvish was recruited from Benalla and the on field performances improved markedly.

 

The team listed to play I.S.C.A. on Saturday 24 August was:

Backs Graham Holt               Geoff Ridgway           Roy Peake

Brian Christensen        Col Spencer                 Neville Elvish

Les Addison               I Lewis                        A Anderson

H Black                       John Bloom                 B Rogers

Forwards J Bendall                     Barry Presnell              J Rule

Followers F Lyons           R Flynn           Rover Peter Treleaven

19th/20th E Matthews     G Price

Emergencies from I Cavanagh      R Johnson       Frank O’Brien

John Penhale   O McLellan     C Murray

 

It was of interest to note that the VAFA “The Amateur” football magazine was utilised for communication by clubs to their players. A typical example was in the 24 August 1957 edition stating: ‘ANZ players are reminded of the ‘chin wag’ to be held after the match today. Venue is Brian Christensen home. Play is from 5.30 to stretcher time. Bring your own thirst”.

 

1958 Section “E”

Finished Home and Away 3rd of 10 teams winning 10 and losing 8 games.

Team were runners up in “E” Section scoring 10 goals 13 behinds 73 points to  St Kilda CBC Old Collegians 12 goals 14 behinds 86 points.

ANZ best players: Elvish, Bendall, Goldsmith

Goals: Goldsmith 3, Bendall 2, Black 2, Elvish 2, Spencer 1.

Team:

Forwards: Goldsmith                   R Spencer                    Treleaven

McLachlan                  Black                           Sharpe

Flint                             Lewis                          Addison

Peake                           Henderson                   Christensen

Ridgway                     C Spencer                    Rooney

Rucks: Morton            O’Brien           Rover: Bendall

Reserves: Lyons              Holt

Unavailable: John Bloom

Promoted to Section “D” for 1959

 

Enthusiastic Keith Metcalf’s efforts off the field were augmented by recruiting Bernie Henderson (Brother of Collingwood’s John Henderson), Ray Spencer, Harry Black and others who, when added to the 1957 talent went to make a fine team.

An excellent year culminated in a grand final loss to St Kilda CBC Old Collegians.

About this time the Staff Social Club suggested end of year challenges against the South Australians. The ladies Basketball Team travelled with the Football Club to challenge the Adelaide teams in their respective sports. Return engagements were held in Melbourne at the Mt Evelyn sports ground. These were not picnic events, being played in strenuous spirit and with a few serious injuries.

Another ‘social’ match after the grand final was ANZ Bank Football Club versus other ANZ’ers. The latter included John Henderson  (Collingwood FC). The others won a spirited but good natured outing. One benefit from that match was to recruit Jim Paton to the club. Jim was a senior executive in the bank and he generated interest in the club among its more senior officers.

 

1959 Section “D”

Finished 7th of 10 Teams, winning 7, drawn 1 and losing 10 games

Jim Paton became President . Home ground transferred to Oval 10 Albert Park in very basic changing rooms, adjacent to the then Middle Park railway station (where tennis courts now stand).

Loss of several key players led to an indifferent year on field.

 

1960 Section “D”

Match records unavailable for this year

1961 Section “D”

Finished 6th of 10 Teams, winning 10 and losing 8 games

Peter Treleaven Runner Up in Section “D” Best and Fairest voting

Significant changes included the coaching appointment of Alan Thynne, a banker and ex Carlton player with a successful coaching background in the Federal League.

Training was at the home ground at Middle Park. At this time we developed a close relationship with Carl Pettinato, licensee of the Middle Park hotel. Club gear was stored in a large trunk in Carl’s garage. After training the Six O’clock closing liquor law was overcome when training gear was returned. Middle Park Hotel was the after match watering hole and the scene of many presentation dinners.

Alan Thynne’s wife Val was an accomplished musician and there were many after match “sing a long” sessions at their home. In this time the words of our first club song “Beat ‘em all” were put together.

During the presidency of Eric Black we saw many of the bank’s Victorian executives supporting our home games, with an occasional generous gesture on the bar after a good win!

Support for The Club was growing both on and off the field and it was decided to enter a Reserves side in the following year’s competition. There were a lot of ANZ Bank (and other Bank) guys living at a Boarding Home in Motherwell Street Hawksburn and this proved to be a recruiting place for such stalwarts as Bruce Robertson and the nucleus of the notorious and extremely ‘fun loving’ Allambee Avenue boys

 

1962 Section “D”

Finished 7th of 10 Teams, winning 7 and losing 11 games

Peter Treleaven won Section “D” Best and Fairest

Reserves finished 9th of 10 Teams, winning 3 and losing 13 games

Brian Christensen was third in Section “D” Reserve grade Best and Fairest

Saw the establishment of the reserves team in 1962. Brian Christensen was captain/coach. This was a brave venture given that the banks were open Saturdays until 11.00am and the side was to be on the field by 12.00noon. With players working at suburban branches, the club sometimes struggled to get the minimum 16 players afield at noon (occasionally with inventive counting). However it was deemed an essential part of the club’s future and Geoff Ridgway captain/coached the reserves for the succeeding years 1963 and 1964.

Hugh Dickson was once again in charge of First Aid and showed great club spirit at matches and training sessions

A brief summary of the Annual Statement of Receipts and Expenditure showed the following costing:

  • Balance as at 1/1/62                      Pounds  286-11
  • Donation Staff Club for Guernseys           Pounds  110-00
  • Receipts from “Tatts Junior”       Pounds  430-00     (in today’s money dollars $860.00)
  • Proceeds from raffle                     Pounds    83-15
  • Receipts Subscriptions                  Pounds    27-10
  • Sale of used footballs                    Pounds    26-10
  • Total Income                                 Pounds  993-00
  • Payment Affiliation Fees VAFA  Pounds  186-00
  • Fines                                              Pounds      5-15
  • Rental of Ground                          Pounds    56-15
  • Purchase of Guernseys                  Pounds   130-18
  • Purchase of Footballs                    Pounds    65-10
  • Refreshments                                Pounds    26-10
  • Honoraria Coach (A Thynne)       Pounds    50-00
  • Honoraria Trainer (H Dixon)        Pounds    25-00
  • Bank Balance                                Pounds  259-03
  • Total Expenses                              Pounds  986-00

 

 

1963 Section “D”

Finished 8th of 10 Teams, winning 6 and losing 12 games

Reserves were runners up to St.Bernards 8.16 to 3.11

This year saw our home ground transfer from Middle Park to Flinders Park Batman Avenue. It was a very central location, with dual changing facilities, which also serviced old Scotch Collegians at their adjacent oval. Despite some shortcomings in the facilities such as coldness generated from open mesh windows and door etc this was a very convenient location which served us well until 1978 when there were plans to completely re develop this quarter of Melbourne. We would therefore ultimately give way to the building of the Rod Laver Tennis Arena, which is now situated on this hallowed turf, and move back to Albert Park, which would prove to be a long term tenancy for The Club.

Whilst at Flinders Park The Club prospered, due largely to the efforts of long term Treasurer Keith Findlay and a string of very capable long serving Presidents such as Geoff Ridgway and Bruce Robertson. Training Lights (a luxury in this era) were erected, at what seemed like an enormous cost, and we were the envy of other sporting bodies at Flinders Park.

We were fortunate to gain the services of two very competent first aid professionals Noel Adams (first aid) and Rex McNamarra (masseur). Noel and Rex were to give many years of excellent service to the club and Noel’s forays onto the ground on some freezing cold days with a bottle of Green Ginger wine to warm the players was a welcome contribution.

I feel that Noel’s contribution to The Club, was possibly greater than The Club’s contribution to Noel’s career. Noel worked for Vic Rail and was able to arrange a couple of end of season trips which ended up in The Club almost being banned from the Railways.

Although precise information on number of games played is not available for individual players during these early times to the end of their careers it has been confirmed that the following players achieved significant milestones:

Geoff Ridgway played his 150th game during 1962

Brian Christensen  played his 150th game during 1963

John Bloom played his 100th game during 1963

Peter Treleaven played his 150th game during 1964

1964 Section “D”

Finished 7th of 10 Teams, winning 6 and losing 12 games

Win Hambly was third in Section “D” Best and Fairest voting

Reserves were runners up to North Melbourne CBC, winning 18 matches but following a draw (3.9 each) they lost the replay 7.7 to 6.6

Les Addison was second and Geoff Ridgway third in Section “D” Reserves Best and Fairest voting

There were some wonderful social groups such as the Red Bluff boys and the Allambee Avenue crew that provided great support on and off the field during the 1960/70’s. Groups such as these typified the wonderful spirit that the club always held so dear during the early years and endeared itself well into the future.

There were many memorable times such as Peter Treleaven’s renditions of “Satchmo”, Birdie Pearson’s of Tommy Steel’s “Where’s the Birdie” (hence the nickname) and countless others, Rod Halcombe turning up to play in a dinner suit  after the ball. Players threw open their houses to accommodate the after game parties and Allambee Avenue became a focal point for The Club during these years. Allambee Avenue was home to around 10 fun loving supporters and players such as Peter Ward, Rod Andrews, Peter Anstee, ‘Podge’ Bryant, to name a few.

 

From time to time Club’s require good legal counsel. We were most fortunate to have the services, both on and off the field, of David Miles. David was not only a very serviceable backman but a very astute and successful lawyer. David was instrumental in rewriting our constitution and willingly donated his legal expertise when called upon for many years, during and after his retirement from playing. David went on to be the president of the Law Institute.

1965 Section “D”

Finished 8th winning 7 and losing 11 games

Reserves finished 3rd winning 12 and losing 6 games

 

 

1966 Section “D”

Finished 10th, winning 1 and losing 17 games

Reserves finished 3rd, winning 13 and losing 5 games

John Parkes was 2nd (29gls) and John Bloom 3rd (24gls) in Section “D” Reserves Goal Kicking

 

1967 Relegated to Section “E”

Finished 6th winning 9 and losing 7 games

Reserves finished on top winning 16 and losing 2 games but lost to Old Trinity in the Grand Final 7.11 to 14.9

John Penhale was 2nd and Neville Rattray 5th in “D” Reserve grade Best and Fairest voting

1968 Section “E”

Finished 4th winning 11 and losing 7 games

Reserves finished 5th winning 10 and losing 6 games

1967 and 1968 arguably saw the fittest ANZ teams in the history of the club take the field under the commando style training and prohibition rules imposed by Coach Neville Elvish. During 1967 to 1969 the Club enjoyed reasonable success without clinching that elusive premiership flag.

1969 Section “E”

Finished 2nd winning 14 and losing 4 games

Peter O’Sullivan was 2nd in Section “E” Best and Fairest voting and with 79goals was 2nd in Section “E” Goal Kicking, with John Bloom 3rd (45goals) and W (Jet) Jackson 10th (39goals)

Reserves finally won that elusive PREMIERSHIP for The Club after finishing the Home and Away games in 3rd position winning 13 and losing 3 games. The Grand Final Flag was achieved with a 10.6 to 6.12 win over Brunswick

The report in the ANZ Bank social magazine “SC.R.A.P.” summed up the win as follows:

“ A magnificent team effort last Saturday enabled the Reserves to win The Club’s first Premiership flag after 16 years since inauguration. With a strong breeze blowing across the ground, we began only fairly, and our only goals for the quarter came from two fine angle shots by Des Shady and Bill Neumann. The second quarter was similar to the first and only two more goals were added by Alan Lawrence and Nev Rattray to make our score four goals one behind to three goals nine behinds at half time. When play resumed the bank side showed a lot more fire and determination and added five goals three behinds to Brunswick’s two goals. From half way through the last quarter the result was never in doubt and we maintained our lead to win handsomely to the extreme delight of our supporters. Best Players Dave King, Bill Stevens, Alan Lawrence, Col Lyons, Mirco Debelak, Ivan Wild and 14 others”.

This was probably the most successful year to date for The Club on the field and unfortunately a cruel blow was dealt around the final home and away game when Peter O’Sullivan came down with a serious knee injury. This injury saw the end to a spectacular, but short, career with The Club. Peter had played football in the South Australian Interstate Amateur team and was a champion ‘bloke’ and footballer. Peter was sorely missed from the finals team. ANZ had been early favourites, but could not cover Peter’s loss and went down in both finals matches played.

The Reserves Grand Final against traditional rivals Brunswick was a hard fought affair and it was a great team effort that saw us home on the day. The celebrations went on for many years.

At the completion of the season The ES&A Bank Football Club merged with the ANZ Bank Football Club. As with the merger of both bank businesses the name ANZ Bank prevailed.

ANZ and the E.S.&A. both played  in “E” Grade this year and details of their on field encounter during the year is incorporated in the E.S.&A. History section of this document.

 

1970 Section “E”

Finished 7th winning 8 and losing 10 games

Reserves finished 9th winning 7 and losing 11 matches

Murray Knight finished 3rd in the Section “E” Reserves Grade Best and Fairest voting

Jack Pitts retired after playing 132 very gutsy games. An excerpt from the  10 Sept 1969 ANZ Bank staff magazine typifies Jack Pitts contribution to The Club: ”Jack Pitts suffered a nasty knock racing towards the sticks to save a certain goal, he collided with the goal post. He got up to take his kick before being taken to the Alfred Hospital to have his wounds stitched”.

1971 Section “E”

Finished 5th winning 9 and losing 8 games

Reserves finished 5th winning 9 and losing 9 matches

1972 Section “E”

Finished 7th winning 4 and losing 13 games

Reserves finished 6th winning 6 and losing 11 matches

Football Clubs, by their nature, often possess “quiet achievers” who with great modestly go about the club achieving football success and/or assisting in the running of The Club without seeking any fanfare or fuss. Quite often choosing not to seek a committee position, or executive position, for various personal reasons. The Life Members are all such people, however sometimes someone such as Ian (Sam) Laird slips through the Life Member net. Sam was the Seniors Best and Fairest player in 1968 and gave several valuable years as a player on the wing before retiring and becoming the regular boundary umpire for several seasons until stricken down with cancer. He passed away at far too young an age (in his late 30’s). A perpetual trophy was named in his honour and was awarded for many years until The Club changed its name in 1999. We make mention and thank all Clubmen, such as Sam, without whom, clubs such as ours could not survive

1973 Section “E”

Finished 6th winning 6 and losing 10 games

Reserves finished 4th winning 10 and losing 6 matches

1974 Section “E”

Finished 4th winning 11 and losing 7 games

Reserves gained The Club’s second PREMIERSHIP finishing 1st winning 15 and losing 3 matches. Grand final Scores ANZ 11.11 to Old Geelong 9.14

The following players/committee were a vital part of this team throughout the year:

Martin Parker, Harry Birkenfelds, Paul McVeigh, Neville (Birdie) Pearson, Bill Pearson, Bob Walsh, Pat Harper, Peter Orchard, John Vigus, Hedley Ham, Paul Orchard, Don Pryor, John Carazza, John Bibby, Jim Kelly (Capt and Reserves Coach), Bill Thompson, Alan Gale, Kevin McDonald, Laurie Fehring, Dick Thomas, Dave King, Alan Jones, Peter Daykin, Peter Clements, Mick Schimizzi, Seniors Coach was Colin Bourke, Brian McGannon was Vice President and Bruce Robertson President

Great Committees make great Club’s and the administrative and financial achievements made by Bruce Robertson and Keith Findlay (who ran a Little Tatts competition throughout the ANZ Bank network) set The Club throughout the 1960/1970’s.

The excellent results achieved on the field and off in 1974 in particular were also a culmination of several years of dedicated hard work from a very solid, stable and popular coaching panel in Colin Bourke in the Seniors and Jim Kelly in the Reserves. Jim was an Ex ES&A footballer who joined ANZ after the two banks merged.

On top of all this The Club was able to boast having the most professional Trainer teams in the VAFA in Noel Adams (First Aid/Medical) and Rex McNamara (Masseur).

 

1975 Section “E”

Finished 6th winning 8 and losing 10 games

Trevor Dancer won the “E” Grade Goal Kicking award with 70 goals

Reserves finished 3rd winning 13 and losing 4 matches

1976 Section “E”

Finished 4th winning 10 and losing 7 games

Trevor Dancer again won the “E” Grade Goal Kicking award with 81 goals

Reserves finished 4th winning 12 and losing 6 matches

Steve May finished 4th in the “E” Reserves goal kicking with 33 goals

Trevor Dancer was a tower of strength on the forward line during seasons 1973 to 1976. Trevor was an excellent mark and kick who was consistent and unruffled on and off the field.

 

1977 Section “E”

Finished 7th winning 6 and losing 10 games

Gordon Towan finished 1st in the Section “E” Best and Fairest voting

Reserves finished 6th winning 7 and losing 9 matches

Gordon Towan was a stand out champion in section “E” and furthered his career playing several seasons at Coburg in the VFA and playing some games with Collingwood seniors.

 

1978 Section “E”

Finished 9th winning 3 and losing 15 games

Reserves finished 7th winning 7 and losing 11 matches

This season would see The Club return to Albert Park (oval 15)

1978 Marked the 25th season of the ANZ Bank Football Club and it is a good time to reflect back on the Honour Roll of Presidents, Secretaries, Coaches, Captains, Best and Fairest players and in Particular the Life Members listing. Each and every one of these dedicated stalwarts played an important role in seeing The Club through to such an important milestone and positioning The Club as it moved towards and into the 21st Century.

The next few years were to be extremely tough for the club and it took a dedicated band of long term members such as W (Jet) Jackson (President) and Kevin Wescott (Secretary) to see the club through.

Saw the club return to Albert Park, firstly to oval 15. Again the club rooms were fairly basic, but this was to be the forerunner of a long association with the Albert Park Trust, with steadily improved facilities and, in later years, other ANZ sporting activities coming to join our identity there.

1979 Section “E”

Finished 10th winning 5 and losing 13 games

Reserves finished 7th winning 8 and losing 10 matches

1980 Section “E”

Finished 10th winning 6 and losing 12 games

Reserves finished 10th winning 5 and losing 13 matches

1981 Section “E”

Finished 10th winning 5 and losing 13 games

Reserves finished 12th winning 0 and losing 16 matches

1982 Section “E”

Finished 10th winning 0 and losing 16 games

Reserves finished 10th winning 0 and losing 16 matches

1983 The Club was relegated to Section “F”

Finished 9th winning 3 and losing 14 games

Harry Birkenfelds finished 4th in Section “F” goal kicking (63goals)

Reserves finished 8th winning 5 and losing 13 matches

After some tough years for the ANZ teams on the field, it was great to see some success in Harry Birkenfelds goal kicking prowess. Harry would go on, with his wife Karen, to be a tower of strength with The Club for years to come.

 

1984 Section “F”

Finished 10th winning 2 and losing 16 games

Reserves finished 10th winning 3 and losing 15 matches

ANZ continued to be the “kicking board” of the competition although the excellent team spirit never faltered and great comradeship was evident on and off the field.

It was always a battle to find Timekeepers, Boundary Umpires and Goal Keepers. The efforts of the likes of the ever reliable and flamboyant (though occasionally controversial) Archie Ellis behind the sticks were critical to the running of The Club. Boundary umpire positions often fell to the players children such Rodney Jackson (son of Jet) and Michael Pearson (son of Birdie).

 

 

1985 Section “F”

Finished 8th winning 4 and losing 14 games

Reserves finished 7th winning 6 and losing 12 matches

1986 Section “F”

Finished 9th winning 3 and losing 15 games

Reserves finished 8th winning 5 and losing 13 matches

Harry Birkenfelds finished 1st in “F” Reserve Best and Fairest

For all the hard work the Players and Committee put into the club, the 1980’s proved to be an extremely disappointing era as far as on field success was concerned. It was difficult to recruit new players and there was a constant battle to field two sides.

Long term players such as W (Jet) Jackson retired after amassing a mammoth club record total of 340 games and 285 goals. Neville (Birdie) Pearson retired after playing his 252nd game (108 goals).

Harry Birkenfelds reached the 200 game mark (292 goals) as did Warren Tuckey 203 games (96 Goals).

The spirit at the club remained strong and it was a time where a dedicated band of workers on the committee held the club together. Tom Brain and his wife Linda, Harry Birkenfelds and wife Karen, W (Jet) Jackson and wife Bev, Kevin Wescott, Neil Franklin, John Fyffe, Chris Riley to name a few.

 

1987 Section “F”

Finished 11th winning 2 and losing 16 games

Reserves finished 8th winning 5 and losing 13 matches

The facilities for the players and supporters had always been very primitive up to this stage. Kevin Mitchell (ANZ Bank Staff Club Secretary/Manager) a great supporter of The Club put forward a very ambitious suggestion that involved seeking sole control of the building housing the change rooms etc from the Albert Park Trust and renovating the facilities to better cater for the players and spectators. Kevin’s vision also included transferring the ANZ Bank Cricket Club from Fawkner Park to utilise the oval and facilities during the Summer Cricket Season. With the assistance of Harry Birkenfelds, who was at the time working in the ANZ Bank Property Department, Kevin and Harry drew up plans in an endeavour to put this dream! into reality. Harry made sure The Club received great deals on construction and Kevin successfully lobbied the Staff Club committee to provide the necessary funding of $80,000 (which was an enormous sum of money in those days and would have purchased a substantial home in a suburb such as Glen Waverley). The finished project provided excellent player (and umpire) facilities, as well as under cover viewing and seating for supporters, timekeepers and catering volunteers. This was of great benefit for the likes of our long term supporter/life member Alan Heany, who never missed a game for so many years and was always a welcome sight rugged up in his traditional hat and gaberdine overcoat.

The ANZ Bank Soccer Club who played on a nearby soccer ground also utilised the facilities which became somewhat of an ANZ sporting complex. The Football Club recruited several fine players from the cricket club as did the Cricket Club from the football club to their mutual benefit.

The impressive improvements made The Club popular with opposing teams for food and after match drinks, which in turn, generated extra funds from sales and raffles.

Due to the Grand Prix starting in 1996 we would be later forced to relinquish this most popular site and move to the Beaurepaire Pavilion to make way for the Grand Prix Pit area.

1988 Section “F”

Finished 9th winning 4 and losing 14 games

Reserves finished 9th winning 5 and losing 13 matches

A (Tony) Trimboli resigned as President for personal reasons during the year and Harry Birkenfelds assumed the role for the remainder of the season

1989 Section “F”

Finished 8th winning 9 and losing 9 games

Michael Szeitz finished 4th in the Section “F” goal kicking

Reserves finished 6th winning 10 and losing 8 matches

Harry Birkenfelds continued as President and was ably supported by Secretary Tom Brain and Committee.

Michael Szeitz gave the team a target to kick to up forward and The Club started to win a share of matches. There was a feeling of optimism that The Club had turned the corner.

 

1990 Section “F”

Finished 3rd winning 15 and losing 3 games

Michael Szeitz finished 2nd in the Section “F” goal kicking with 88 goals

Reserves finished 5th winning 10 and losing 8 matches

Michael Xuereb finished 2nd in the Section “F” Reserves grade goal kicking with 36 goals

Harry Birkenfelds and his wife Karen had been tireless workers for the club for many years and the results of Harry’s efforts as President since 1988 were starting to bear fruit. A band of quality players were recruited through the 1990’s to add to the regular stalwarts. Names that readily spring to mind were Jack McDonald, Michael Szeitz, Paul Boyle, Peter Marshall, Manny Nicolosi, Peter Smith, Jim Sutton, Tony Kennedy

 

1991 Section “F”

Finished 1st after Home and Away games winning 17 and losing 1 game

Jack McDonald finished first in the Section “F” Best and Fairest voting

Manny Nicolosi finished 2nd in the Section “F” goal kicking with 67 goals

Reserves finished 1st after Home and Away games winning 14 and losing 4 matches

This was the most successful season ever for the ANZ Bank Football Club and after absolutely thrashing Elsternwick in the seasons previous encounters high hope were held for a premiership. It is too painful to recount the incredible run of misfortunes that plagued us during the Grand Final game and the incredible run of good luck that went Elsternwick’s way. It was a tearful end, when at the final siren, the scoreboard read ANZ 13 goals 16 behinds to Elsternwick 15 goals 14 behinds. And although the Reserves failed to make the Grand Final and therefore no Premierships were achieved from a season that promised so much, we must never forget  what a magnificent achievement it was for a club, that was down and almost out during all of the 1980’s, to finish runners-up and achieve promotion from “F” grade to “E” grade.

 

1992 Section “E”

Finished 6th winning 8 and losing 10 games

Reserves finished 10th winning 2 and losing 16 matches

A reasonable result considering the promotion to “E” grade.

 

1993 Section “E”

Finished 10th winning 2 and losing 16 games

Reserves finished 10th winning 1 and losing 17 matches

Steve Duke long term player and committeeman played his 150th game.

Team relegated to “F” grade for season 1994.

 

1994 Section “F”

Finished 6th winning 10 and losing 8 games

M. Weatherill finished 2nd in “E” grade seniors goal kicking with 73 goals

Reserves finished 8th winning 4 and losing 14 matches

A better performance on returning to “F” grade.

1995 Section “E South”

The VAFA introduced three “E” sections this season in lieu of an “F” section. The new structure being “E South”, “E Central” and “E East”. ANZ Bank was in the “E South” section

Finished 8th winning 3 and losing 15 games

M. Weatherill finished 5th in “E South” seniors goal kicking with 49 goals

Reserves finished 9th winning 4 and losing 14 matches

1996 Section “E South”

Finished 6th winning 8 and losing 10 games

Reserves finished 6th winning 7 and losing 11 matches

Defreece finished 3rd in “E South” reserves goal kicking with 46 goals

1997 Section “E South”

Finished 10th winning 1 and losing 17 games

Reserves finished 10th winning 1, drawing 1 and losing 16 matches

1998 Section “F”

The VAFA scrapped the three sections in “E” grade and The Club returned to “F” Grade

Finished 8th winning 4 and losing 14 games

Reserves finished 7th winning 4 and losing 14 matches

1999 Section “F”

Finished 2nd winning 12 and losing 5 games

Reserves finished 3rd winning 12 and losing 6 matches

2000 Section “D 3”

A further VAFA revamp of the lower sections saw The Club playing section “D3”

Finished 10th winning 3 and losing 15 games

Reserves finished 10th winning 3 and losing 15 matches

2001 Section “D 3”

Finished 10th winning 5, drawing 1 and losing 12 games

Sean Allan finished 2nd in Section “D 3” Goal kicking with 90goals

Reserves finished 10th winning 3 and losing 15 matches

Nick Patras finished 5th in Section “D 3”reserves goal kicking with 24 goals

 

 

HISTORY OF THE E.S.&A. BANK FOOTBALL CLUB FROM INAUGURATION TO MERGER WITH THE ANZ BANK FOOTBALL CLUB

1932-1935

E.S.&A. Bank Football Club was first formed in the VAFA in 1932 playing in “D” Grade and over four years progressed to the “A” Grade in 1935

During these years The Club had a number of very good players such as Roy Scott, Ted Turner and Fenton Law (who managed to kick over 100 goals in a season on a number of occasions)

 

1936-1937

During this period “The Club” played in “B” Grade under the joint names of National Bank – E.S.&A.

 

1938

The VAFA records show no reference to E.S.&A. and National Bank continuing in the competition

 

1939-1945

The team did not play during the war years

 

1945-1952

After the war a directive was issued from the Bank’s Administration to reform the sporting clubs.

The then Social Secretary, Alan Mierisch, in conjunction with Roy Gumley and Staff Department contacted pre war players and interested parties in Melbourne Office (388 Collins Street) and Royal Bank Branch (293 Collins Street) and arranged training and practice games at Princess Park Carlton. Eventually a team was formed in 1952 to play in “D” Grade VAFA

Captain Alan Tepper and Coach Bob MacAsey fielded a team of young and older players and one or two from NSW who had played only Rugby. An adventurous season, that slowly improved, winning a few and losing a lot.

 

1953

By 1953 the team had gained more exposure and recruited genuine footballers who took the team into the Grand Final finishing Runners up and progressing to “C” Grade in 1954.

 

1954-1955

Team remained in “C” Grade

 

1956

Recruited Bill Deans, ex Melbourne Football Club Premiership player as coach

Don Hoffman won the VAFA Best and Fairest for “C” Grade

 

1957

Runners up in Grand Final after finishing 4th in the Home and Away matches and promoted to “B” Grade. Grand Final scores were E.S.&A. 8 goals 9 behinds 57 points defeated by Old Geelong Grammarians 11 goals 10 behinds 76 points.

Best E.S.&A. players were: Melling, Poore, Page, Whitting, Faull (2 goals), McCluskey.

A Faull finished 3rd in  Section “C” Goal Kicking (51 goals).

D Hoffman finished 4th in Section “C” grade Best & Fairest.

Grand Final Team was:

D Hoffman (Capt), M Tuohy, A Tepper, N McFarlane, D Page, B Melling, J Hogan, E Willis, A Faull, T Cookson, R Whitting, G James, L Donohue, R Allsop, M Potter (VC), J Kelly (Jim became an ANZ player and coach following merger of ANZ and E.S.&A.Banks), K Whitty, R Eccleston, J Keaney, F Clark, R McCluskey, R Auhl, A Poore, N Hamilton

1958

Competition a bit too good and relegated to “C” Grade

 

1959

Bill Deans final year as coach

 

1960

“C” Grade brought with it a complete change of personnel on and off the field. Trevor Cookson as Captain Coach and relegated to “D” Grade

 

1961

“D” Grade saw an interest in the club waning from all sources – Administration and players

 

1962

“D” Grade

New Coach Brian Carter appointed. Brian was a friend of Merv Potter at St Kilda Football Club

 

1963

“E” Grade. Reserves fielded a side

 

1964

George Varlamos Captain and Bob McAsey coach again, but transferred in Bank to Lang Lang

 

1965

Don Hoffman Coach of seniors and reserves. Reserves side Premiers.

Trevor Cookson was VAFA “E” Reserves Grade Best and Fairest

1966

Dick Auhl Captain and Geoff Soulsby Coach

 

1967-1968

Details sketchy little known re these years

 

1969

E.S.&A. finished 11th on ladder.

The ANZ Bank and the E.S.&A. Bank football clubs both played in section “E” in 1969 and on 21 June 1969 the ANZ Bank Team 7 goals 16 behinds 58 points defeated the E.S.&A. Bank Team 8 goals two behinds 50 points. ANZ Bank Best Players: Cooke, Rattray, Gilroy-Scott, Williams, Penhale, Whiteman. E.S.&A. Best Players: Walsh, Gray, Ford (4 goals) Joyce, Martin.

 

Following completion of this season the two teams merged into ANZ Bank Football Club.

A very small number of E.S.&A. players continued with the merged teams, one of whom, Jim Kelly went on to play with and coach the merged organisation Football Team.

 

 

 

 

E.S.&A. BANK FOOTBALL CLUB SONG

(Sang to the tune of the Melbourne Football Club “Demons” song)

WE ARE THE RED AND GREEN FOR EVER

 

THE TEAM OF THE E.S.&A.

 

WE’RE OUT JUST FOR RECREATION

 

TO PASS THE TIME AWAY

 

WE’LL FIGHT FOR HONOUR AND FOR GLORY

 

AND TO VICTORY FOR OUR TEAM

 

SHOULD OLD AQUAINTANCE BE FORGOTTEN

 

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE RED AND THE GREEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

 

‘The Club’ would like to express its appreciation to Brian Christensen, Neville (Birdie) Pearson, W (Jet) Jackson, Michael Farrell, Brian (Feet) Curthoys, Bruce Robertson, Kevin Mitchell and Trevor Cookson (E.S.& A. segment) for their efforts in compiling this documentary on the History of the Albert Park (Formerly ANZ Bank) Football Club and for the valued input by Frank Lyons, Geoff Ridgway, Peter Treleaven, Jack Pitts and the many former supporters and players who willingly gave their time and support to this project

Compilation of this document would not have been possible without the assistance of the staff of the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) who provided access to their bound copies of “The Amateur Footballer” magazines dating back to when the ANZ Bank and E.S.&A. Football Clubs were inaugurated.

In addition, The Club, would also like to acknowledge the generous contributions to The Club Trophy Cabinet etc by the following supporters:

Brian Christenson:                            Donation of Trophy Cabinet and memorabilia

Bruce Robertson:                               Memorabilia including photographs and Mounted Football signed by players of the 1969 Reserve Grade Premiership Team

Brian Day:                                          ANZ Bank Football Club Reefer Jacket

Neville “Birdie” Pearson:               Framed photographs etc

Kevin Mitchell:                                  P R Sound System/memorabilia etc

Peter Marriott July lunch report

GUEST SPEAKER

Peter Marriott Chief Financial Officer of ANZ Group told members of the issues ANZ faced immediately after the global financial crisis and how the Australian Banks were better able to manage the crisis than the US, UK and European banks. The effects on the Australian banking system trying to manage  the complexities of the massive deficit financing going on in USA and Europe while having to source large wholesale borrowings  from offshore was outlined. The ongoing rating agency downgrades also had an upward impact on interest rates from offshore sources as well as local deposits and the fall out through the unfavourable public reaction to the passing on of the higher costs was discussed.

Another issue that Peter raised was the forthcoming increased capital requirements under the Basel 3 rulings in an attempt to reduce the chance of a repeat of the financial disasters after the GFC. This is being hotly debated as there will be increased costs for funding and capital that will inevitably have to be passed on to customers.

The ANZ strategy of expansion into Asia and the comparisons between the other Australian banks was dealt with by Peter.

This comprehensive coverage of ANZ’s position in Australia and across Asia amplified by a summary of what’s happening in the world with the current funding crises in Europe and USA was well worth hearing and members left the meeting wiser about ANZ’s role in banking worldwide.

Gary Mason who has known and worked with Peter for many years was able to thank Peter on our behalf with an adroit summing-up in his vote of thanks,

Photo from Frank Edwards

I came across this old photo of a group of Scottie bods at a training course I attended back in the dim and distant past.  I think it was possibly an Accountant's Course.  Maybe you think it worth using on the Web, as some of the participants are still alive and soldiering on.
 
Back Row.   John Hines.  Ron Putt.  Bruce Seamons.  Peter Oxley.
 
Front Row.   Bryden Davies.  Len Willey.  Myself.  Jack Hickey.
 

John and Len left the Bank for greener pastures and Ron, Bruce Len and Jack are sadly no longer with us.  Happy to say that John, Peter, Bryden and myself are still around.

Contributions to web site welcomed

OLD PHOTOS

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Lunch at ANZHQ 833 June 2011

We had a full complement of 80 for lunch at the ANZ HQ in Docklands. A bit of a logistic nightmare getting everyone seated and fed before the first group of 40 went on a tour of the building at 12 30 but with some lateral thinking we got all the food out in time. We saw the great staff facilites on the Upper Ground floor such as Airline type lounge for international travellers and the wellbeing centre with massage/pilates and other relaxing therapies for the staff. We were then taken to the third floor to see the open plan offices and lounge areas which again show some great working facilities for the Bank staff. We then went back to the conference suites for a few drinks which was a good end to an entertaining lunch.