Almanac Footy – SAPSASA Football Team 1973: Robert Simpson

The Almanac fields the occasional query from the world at large and we are often able to help with an answer ‘behind the scenes.’



We received this recent enquiry from Robert Simpson:



Hi, I played in the 1973 SA State School boys team, and would like to know if possible the names of the guys I played with? I can’t remember their names? We flew over to Sydney to play in the national carnival. South Australia won the competition. I’m sure some of the guys went onto AFL and league teams?

Thanks Robert Simpson




SAPSASA footy 1973



Our investigations so far have come up with possible candidates including Michael Aish, Mark Weideman, Stephen Williams and Mike Haysman, but we haven’t been able to confirm any of this. (Robert is third from the left in the middle row).



If anyone out there can help track down more about this team on Robert’s behalf, please let us know in the comments below.



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  1. Daryl Schramm says

    Has the SANFL been asked if they could assist?

  2. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Thanks DS, I’ve enlisted Rulebook’s help, so I’ve taken it to the highest reaches of SA footydom. Also sent it on to School Sport SA.

  3. Rulebook says

    Making headway thru Facebook – Chris Wright who is 3rd from left back row is going to look for the photo.

    Peter Semmens is there I have rung him he is going to look for the photo.

    Bruce Lindsay is in the side as is John Fitzgerald of tennis fame.

  4. Rulebook says

    Front row second from left I think its Craig Clohessy Mike Lunniss is first player front row forth player John Fitzgerald Doug Kidd seventh on the front row and Gilbert (can’t remember his last name ) is the last in the front row a great left foot full forward ( from Chris Wright )

  5. Rulebook says

    Pretty sure the guy in shirt and tie on the left is Mr Tabe. He was a teacher/footy coach at Para Hills.
    ( from David Haynes and ex redleg Mark Whittington confirmed also sadly Mr Tabe has passed away )

  6. Rulebook says

    Michael Aish confirmed he’s not there,Michael Lunnis as above is the only player he was definitely sure of

  7. Rulebook says

    John Fitzgerald 4th from left front row from Facebook

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