THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE FITZROY FOOTBALL CLUB AND SOCIAL CLUB

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Start of Season Edition 2003
        22nd May 2003

IT'S OFFICIAL FITZROY IS BACK AT THE MCG

FITZROY REDS Vs WEST BRUNSWICK MAGPIES AFL Round 19 August 9th BE THERE

THE VAFA MAIN GAME STARTS AT 10.45 am
(For Live coverage to US Footy League!)

After the lunch break, the AFL teams play the after match C'wood Vs Bris.Lions

Thanks to the imagination of Fitzroy Reds President Benjy Lee and the support and co-operation of the AFL, the VAFA, the Collingwood Football Club and the Brisbane Lions, our Round 15 game against West Brunswick will now be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday the 9th August. The Fitzroy jumper will make it's first appearance at the ground since the Round 21 game against Richmond on Sunday afternoon 25th August 1996. It was our last game in Melbourne but the reappearance of the jumper on the ground that saw so many famous games played by our Club, will bring a tear to many a Fitzroy eye. Just as we represented the suburb of Fitzroy in the VFA, VFL and AFL so do the Fitzroy Reds also represent our famous suburb in the VAFA. What makes it so special is that our Club is one of the major sponsors of the Fitzroy Reds.

One of the reasons for getting the game on, was that this AFL round will be dedicated to the Foundation of the clubs and it is expected that they will be wearing a jumper from their early foundation days. We believe that Collingwood will be wearing a round neck jumper with thin black and white stripes from their early days. No word yet on the Brisbane Lions jumper, but I would imagine that it will be similar to our centenary jumper worn against Carlton in 1996.

The Reds have had a great start to the season, currently on four wins two losses and third place on the ladder. It was a great start to the season when we had Clen Denning, Leon Harris and Jimmy Wynd at the Jumper Presentation at the ground on the Thursday before the first game. It was a great thrill to see the new Under 19 Team members presented with their new jumpers by these Fitzroy champions. Many of the boys had graduated from the Fitzroy Junior U.17 Colts team and four of the boys had played together since their under 10 days. This is what it is all about. The support of "FITZROY" back at our original ground, so that the boys who play for the Fitzroy Juniors can graduate to the Fitzroy Reds VAFA team, and keep the FITZROY name alive in our great game. There will be a Fitzroy team in the top grade of the VAFA in the not too distant future, made up of local Fitzroy lads just like the great Fitzroy teams of the 40s and 50s.

HAVE YOU RENEWED YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR 2003?

2003 SUBSCRIPTIONS NOW DUE

If a membership renewal form is enclosed with this mail out, then it means that we have not yet received your membership renewal for the 2003 Season. Please give this your urgent attention because we can only continue to exist and keep the FITZROY name alive in football if our members continue to support us.

So far we have received 2003 membership renewals from over half of our members. So if you are one of the, " I've been meaning to do it brigade", DO IT NOW, please.

SEND THE FORM BACK TO THE CLUB SECRETARY ASAP.

OUR THANKS TO ALL OF OUR MEMBERS WHO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE FITZROY FOOTBALL CLUB

HAVE YOU RENEWED YOUR
MEMBERSHIP FOR 2003?

2003 SUBSCRIPTIONS NOW DUE

FITZROY WINS BLOCKBUSTER AT THE OLD GROUND

What a big day we had at the old ground last Saturday. A big crowd, the VAFA President Richard Evans and Executive member Bruce Ivey and Registration Secretary Cliff Bastow in attendance to see a really great game of football. Billy Byrne's goal 45 out from the boundary line in the "boggy" pocket and Dacca's screamer at the Brunswick Street end in the last quarter brought the house down. What a great day for Kev Court and his Fitzroy mates to celebrate his birthday. The Reds even went over to sing the song at the end of the game. What a fitting touch. The game was highlighted with Steve Drury's 150th game for the Reds. Steve's Dad, Bernie who played for Fitzroy with Col Hobbs and Ray Slocum in the mid sixties was there to see his talented son play another great leaders game for the Fitzroy Reds on his old footy ground. Secretary of the Past Players, Ivan Smith and his lovely wife Barbara were also there to witness a really great game. Who won the football? Fitzroy, of course. Star attraction and mine host of the Ladies Luncheon, was none other than Ms Peta Hille, resplendent in a blonde wig, luscious red lippie and gorgeous rayon hip hugging dress. The success of the day was measured in the number of membership enquiries that we have had from Fitzroy supporters that went passed the ground and couldn't work out who Fitzroy were playing! The after match celebrations were a sell out. Special thanks to Colin Eade for volunteering to be our official timekeeper and Sharon Torney for helping with the Luncheon and selling merchandise during the game.

AROUND & ABOUT

Great to hear that Bill Stephen is on the road to recovery after his major hip surgery last March. Bill was wrapped to hear that the Reds will be playing on the MCG in August. One of the Red's proposals is to play that game for the Bill Stephen, Bob Rose Cup. And let's hope that Bobby Rose is also on the road to recovery from his cancer treatment.

Darren "Doc" Wheildon (1989 - 1994 70 games & 160 goals) has finally hung up his boots after playing every footy season since he was 6. Doc is one of many Fitzroy players who keeps up his membership of the Club which finances our website and our sponsorship of the Reds & Juniors. He starred in our last premiership at the G in 1989.Well done Doc on a great career and thanks from all of us at Fitzroy, for the loyal service that you gave us. It was sad to hear of the passing of Club legends Alan Ruthvan and Mick Sharp in March. "Inside Football" published a marvellous story on Alan's career, and it is reproduced here with their kind permission. It is recommended that you buy the weekly paper as it quite often has a Fitzroy story in it, the most recent ones being the famous game at South in 1960 when we won by a point after being 39 points down at three quarter time, the big win over C'wood in 1968 and a write up on Doc Wheildon's career. Mick Sharp was our oldest living player after the loss of Titch Edwards last October. He played 104 games for the Club between 1932 and 1941. His father Alf also played for the Club in 1903-04.

The Club's AGM in March was a great night and thanks to Tim Renwick for his marvellous and hilarious incite into the Club's football department in 1994 to the final days in 1996. Members heard for the first time of the nonsense and hijinks that are often hidden from the supporters eyes. Club legend Norm Johnstone came out with me and ran the Bar.It was also great to see Frank Dear there. Frank has been following the Club since 1925!

As we go to press we have just learned of the sad passing of Peter Bell. Peter and Ken Mansell wrote the Haydn Bunton song and have recorded it on CD for general release. Peter and Ken sang it a Social Club meeting and at a Foundation Dinner some years ago. The Club will have copies of the CD when it is released. Our deepest sympathies to Peter's family and friends.

Whilst on the subject of Club Merchandise, we now have FITZROY baseball caps in stock. They only cost $20 plus $5 P&P. A definite hit when you go to the G! We also have "FITZROY for the love of the jumper" in stock.