PAST PLAYERS & OFFICIALS
In 1949 at a meeting held at the Trades Hall building, Grote Street Adelaide, The Past Players & Officials group was established. Mr. Jim Russell, chairman, & Mr Jack Hamilton, committee man of the West Adelaide Football Club at the time, appointed Mr Gordon Cahill to lead the WAFC Past Players & Official Social Club.
They formed this off shoot of the West Adelaide Football Club to entice former Past Players & Officials back to the club.
Unfortunately shortly after Mr Gordon Cahill was appointed he past away, and Mr Ken Eglinton stepped in to take his place along with Jim Wright. Since there retirement Ken & Jim have worked tireless to ensure the group continually grew and has fostered the traditions of it’s origin. Namely the annual dinner held at the end of the season & marquee days’ which are held early in the season.
They converted the old players change rooms into the social rooms. It’s located smack bang in the centre of the Football Club car park where it still remains today.
The room contains pictures, memorabilia & even the goal post from Adelaide oval which was chopped down after the club’s loss to Port Adelaide by one straight kick in 1958 Grand final.
The rooms are open every match day with half time of the league game full of members enjoying a social drink & nibbles, looking over the old photos and reminiscing the good old days.
Our Past Players & Official Club is known throughout South Australia, the SANFL and among all other clubs’ Past Player from all clubs around, as one of the strongest. In 1949 we started serving West End beer in Long Neck bottles and were pleased to say that tradition continues today.
In the summer of 2009 former players & members renovated the rooms giving it a well deserved paint job and started to categorise the photos & other memorabilia.
Our principle purpose as a Social Club is to:
1. Entice as many Past Players & Officials back to the West Adelaide Football Club.
2. Provide an area for those members to feel comfortable to socialise.
3. At our home games, Half Time & after match, we host our Past Players & Official as well as the opposition Past Players & Officials.
4. To preserve & keep safe historic memorabilia.
5. During the year on selected match days we run a Marquee area overlooking the game providing drinks & food.
6. In September ever year on completion of the Home & away season we hold our annual end of season dinner.
As from season 2012, The “West Adelaide Past Players & Official” will have a new location which will be located in the “Mound Bar Area”.
The area that is currently known as the “Stadium Room” has been offered to us by the, West Adelaide Football Club, and we have accepted their most generous offer.
As you know for some time now the West Torrens Council has had the proposal to demolish our current club rooms located in the middle of the car park area. We appreciate the time we have been allowed to occupy these rooms but we feel the time is right to move forward.
In the interim operations will be a little different & strange from the way we’ve been used to but we feel that there are some exciting times ahead for all Past Players & Officials & our supporters.
Also the WAFC has created a new category of membership for Past Players & Officials. We urge all Past Players & Officials to seriously consider this fantastic offer. Click here for details.
The Past Players & Officials have raised funds which help funds in:
• Providing trophies for the U18 Knott Mitchell Scholarship.
• League players sponsorship
• Cash donations to the WAFC