Fish Creek legends inducted
THE Fish Creek Football Netball Club recently inducted two further Legends, Neville Buckland and Lindsay Williams into its history.
Some 80 guests and family members attended the special event on Sunday, May 18 at the Fish Creek social rooms.
The event was organised by the Past Players (Creekers), hosted by Cliff McGannon and included speakers Barry Standfield, Jack Charlton, Kelvin Flanders, Ashton Farrell, Andy Kerr, John Ryan, Rob Staley, Margaret Smith, Greg Buckland and Grant Williams.
The Legends were presented with portrait photographs by current FCFNC president Darren Staley and will be hung in the social room’s foyer alongside previous Legends.
The day was full of memories, yarns and humorous stories as the club celebrated the achievements of both club greats in football, coaching, administration and hard work around the club, often behind the scenes.
Neville Buckland: president nine years, played in nine premierships, 1958 AFL Reserves Best and Fairest, long serving committee member, life member.
Buckland played a game when they were short in the Firsts in 1954 but then played with the Seconds up till 1958.
In those years Buckland he in the ’56 Premiership and in 1958 won the League Best and Fairest and also the Club’s Best and Fairest.
From then on Buckland played in all grand finals including seven premierships to 1966 and the one with the seconds making eight premierships.
Buckland was best on ground in the 1960 final.
In 1961 he suffered a slight leg injury but this did not stop his style of play, especially when he came through the backline with a “whoosh” from his mouth scaring all opposition players who thought a train was roaring in.
Buckland retired after 1966 to concentrate more on his farm.
As a committee man there would be no one who did the work as well as Buckland did.
Some of his efforts included president of the club in 1972-76 then again 1986-88 and again a final time in 1994.
He was treasurer from 68-71 and also served on the selection committee for four years in the late 60s.
With Kel Flanders as secretary they had the job of organising work on the football rooms and also getting a liquor licence for the club which took a lot of time and they had some sorry hassles.
Buckland and Flanders were made Life Members of the social club.
John Terrill bequeathed the ground for recreational purposes to the Fish Creek people and a committee was formed of which Buckland remained president for 30 years.
His own work of laying the pipes for drainage with Col Smith and his tireless efforts of carting sand to the ground was a huge achievement by this hard-working club man.
Buckland was made a Life Member of the football club in 1990.
He was goal umpire for 20 years, a job his father used to do also.
During all of those years, his wife Dianne was a great backup helping with housework, milking cows, rearing children and watching their grandchildren playing football and netball.
Buckland still makes sure the facilities and surrounds of the grounds are in good shape before all matches.
Neville Buckland has also been honoured with a Creeker luncheon and club life membership.
Lindsay Williams played five premierships, was four time Junior premiership coach, Past Players secretary for 32 years, a
long serving committee member and Life Member.
Williams started at our club in ‘53 at the age of 15 in the Seconds (premiers in ‘56) and made the Firsts and won a Premiership in ‘58.
He then played in the grand finals until ‘63.
In all he had played in five premiership sides before he retired as a footballer.
When the football rooms were being built Williams was called upon at different times as a welder.
He claims this is why the rooms are still solid and standing.
Who can remember when it was not a race to see who would be the last to turn up for the game out of Lindsay Williams, Joe Talbot and Tony Adams?
For those of you who can remember, they were always late!
Williams took a strong interest in junior coaching and was very successful too.
In 1984 he coached the Fourths and for the next 11 years to nine finals and three premierships.
He then coached the Thirds for two years and one premiership.
In those times many of the boys went up to Seniors and won premierships.
Many of those premierships were against Foster which made them more special.
Barry Standfield won the Sun Kick when Williams was the coach.
Williams also coached interleague junior teams.
He was secretary of the Creekers when the group was founded for 32 years.
The Creekers have run a luncheon for a worthy person each year with very big crowds, as well as promoting the Legends.
Williams was influential in getting both these events started.
He has served at different times on the Football Club committee and has been vice president of the junior association for many years.
In his playing days Williams was a very tenacious back man and rarely beaten on the wing, half-back or back pocket.
The Creekers honoured Lindsay Williams for his work with Fish Creek at a big luncheon with more than 130 guests in July 2011 and he has also been awarded a Club Life Membership.
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