About the Author
I was born in Adelaide in 1947 and at a young age took a liking to our great game following Glenelg. At Seventeen I joined
the Royal Australian Navy in January 1965 and because of Glenelg’s colours I followed my beloved Richmond. After 20
years and many postings around Australia and 20 months in Papua New Guinea I settled in Perth in 1985 after one wet season
in 1984/85 here in Darwin.
My reason I did not stay longer back then was because I could only get a temporary job after my discharge from the Navy,
but I vowed back then that I would one day return to Darwin to live. Normally I would have followed the Tigers, but due to
a chance meeting because of me having a video copy of the underfeated champions of the 1984/85 season and quick thinking by
Allan Breed asking me would I like to become a member, that the rest is now history that I support such a great club with
a great past history.
Having a fascination for records to do with our great game it has given me great pleasure to put together this web site
with the help of Anthony Shewell, and has kept both of us very busy over the last year or so.
I think everyone would agree that Australian Rules Football has made a very considerable impact on the development of the
social and community life of Darwin especially since the telecasts of the V.F.L./A.F.L.
It is amazing that only one small publication exist on the most successful club in Australia the St Marys Football Club
in Darwin or fondly known to their loyal band of supporters as "The Green Machine".
I like many fully realise that through my own football experiences of some forty Five years through rain, mud, slush and
fine weather that times, attitudes, standards and so on have changed markedly and will continue to change. Never the less
the St Marys Football Club is and has always been the "Family Club" and I must say how much I admire those who give so freely
and generously of their time without any of the accolades.
I like many condemn, in the strongest possible terms, any of those clubs that do under the counter deals as no club in
Darwin can support this and it is with great pleasure that the St Marys Football Club has shown how you can succeed for the
love of the club by strongly supporting these ideals.
Doing this web site has been a monumental task and I would like to acknowledge all those who contributed to it, but one
person I must acknowledge is Mike Barfoot from the NTFL for all the help and all the information that he has supplied to me
because without his help very little would have been possible. Acknowledgment must go to Mrs Sheila Clarke and Terry Lew Fatt
also in helping to identify the players in the old photographs and supplying information to me.
Hopefully all the readers of this web site get tremendous enjoyment out of it as I did in compiling it and the St Marys
Australian Rules Club now has on file a history that can if maintained make it a lot easier for who ever continues on with
it when the day comes that I no longer can maintain it.