Welcome to the 60s, SANFL Style

As my 56th Christmas looms like the Glen Osmond toll gate used to do after a downhill run around Devil’s Elbow, I thought I’d once more delve into the SANFL Football Budget archives, this time around the time of my birth.

When I excavated the 1967 Budget from the first match I ever went to here, I was surprised at how primitive it was, especially when compared with the official SANFL organ of the 70s/80s.

But if I was asked to date this edition according to its cover, I would have gone for 1930 rather than 1960. When I saw this on-line to purchase,  I had no idea of its content, or, as it turned out, lack of content.


1960 p1

As I’ve already suggested, the masthead and the headline both scream of the era of Model T Fords and Squizzy Taylor, not the opening to the decade of Monaros and Issy Dye. (To ramp up my quota of cultural touch points, I’ll also mention Mr T, Iggy Pop, Lenny & Squiggy, Ziggy Stardust, Ice-T and T-Bone Burnette, none of whom are relevant at all to this discourse and all of whom were imported. Which, if you were to dig deeply enough, may be my point.)

I’d never heard the back story of “ruck shepherding” until it was exposed in James Coventry’s groundbreaking Time and Space, but it appears to have remained a SANFL concern at the time The Beatles were assembling in Hamburg, developing their Reeperbahn repertoire. With bonus Wally May thrown for good measure (Fitzgerald went OK too, as his selection in the Almanac’s SA Wool Team would suggest.)

WD and HO were responsible for the premature reading of many Wills.


1960 p2


More May-Fitzgerald ball up skullduggery is followed by a suggested change in playing numbers. The observed increase in mid-sized ruck-rovers turned out to be the game’s evolutionary response, G Cornes being a prime example in the years to follow.

There isn’t a single South Australian that hasn’t been to a picnic at Main Oval, Belair. The Torrens picnic was oddly scheduled for the day after the final minor round game, which the Eagles lost, their season over after a third loss in a row. Perhaps they knew all along that finals weren’t a consideration.

Even in 1960, no one wanted to fly from Adelaide to Canberra, but the sunny northern state was a popular holiday spot.


1960 p3


The curious typesetting remains a feature here; they’re talking a lot, but they’re not saying anything, apart from predicting (accurately) a “terrific finish to the minor round”. And please, no more arguments about how SA premiership tables (points and percentage) work.

Next week’s round reminds me that Kensington Oval was still used as a SANFL venue well into the 60s.

I think that Caltex may have shared an advertising agency with the German People’s Car Motorwerks, judging from their extravagant mpg claims.


1960 p4


Is there a more evocative phrase than “Adelaide Oval, 2:20pm” for Croweaters of a certain age?

The biggest name to emerge from the home team is Ron Kitchen, later the perennial second string NWS9 caller. Des Panizza was Captain, B&F and top goalkicker with 22 that year. Hope he took a ute to trophy night.

Fos Williams was the Panthers’ coach in 1960, his first and last year with South.

The Roosters featured Almanac SA Wool Team Captain/Coach Don Lindner and brother Hank (Theo) plus the 1960 Magarey Medallist Barrie Barbary.

Bob Hammond was in his first season in league ranks. On a personal note, I worked with Billy ‘Cheeky Charlie’ Thomas’ daughter at the Highways Department, without knowing that he was one of the blokes that I used to hang around with at Morphettville during the Spring Carnivals in my Uni days.

The Roosters, coached by Jack McCarthy, were the 1960 premiers, but South were on their ginger for most of the day.

South Adelaide 
2.4 4.7 7.13 9.16 70 
North Adelaide 
3.2 9.6 9.9 12.14 86

At a guess, the player in the cartoon for The Advertiser could be Jerome Taylor’s grandfather.


1960 p5


Is there a less desirable phrase than “Alberton Oval, 2:20pm” for Croweaters of a certain age? I was nestled in a humid crib at the nearby QEH when JT Sheedy arched his back and thumped the Ross Faulkner Native Brand into the middle.

The last time I was there was 1994 to see Mrs Swish’s cousin play his only ever game for Port. But I did see Centrals win there at least once and I went there to see ETSA workmate David Frost play for Sturt in his 100th SANFL game. But unlike many visiting teams, I’ve got a soft spot for the Cheltenham Cemetery and surrounds.

Prominent Portonians here include the Trevor “Bubbles” Obst, who recently passed away, and his brother Peter. I’m not sure whether Dave Boyd had his car yard yet, nor JV Cahill. Geof Motley (Captain/Coach), Chicken Hayes, Jeff Potter, Wool Team member Ian Hannaford and John McBain (another Wool Team nominee) all walked taller when playing at the mud heap behind the Alberton Pub.

Westies had Knuckles, Stan Costello, Jeff Bray and Don “Mr 70s SANFL” Roach, but were never in the hunt. They recovered to win their way into the final four in the next two weeks, with Jack Oatey coaching his final year at Milner Road.

Port kept winning and finished on top after Round 18.

Port Adelaide
5.2 11.4 13.6 17.15 117
West Adelaide
3.0  4.1  7.3 10.3   63

Ansett-ANA had jets too. No mention of Canberra either.


1960 p6


Third v Fourth at The Barton (or at least that’s what the nearby Town Hall has been called on countless band t-shirts since Adam Ant was a lad).

Torrens were decidedly white-bread in 1960, the children of “New Australians” wouldn’t filter through for a few more years. Jim Slaven and Mick Clingly found a home on the 5AN radio calls a few years later (Mick played a handful of Sheffield Shield games for SA too).

Freddie Bills and Geoff Kingston were good enough to warrant a place in Mobil Footy Albums in future years and Captain/Coach Lindsay Head was SA’s answer to Bobby Skilton. I’ll eke out the personal connection by remarking that Rod Payze was an Assistant Commissioner at the Highways Department when I was looking after the accounts for the MV Troubridge (which was technically a highway in the eyes of the government).

For the visiting ‘Legs, their captain sired two fairly good footballers (and a state level softballer). Gerry Harrison was a smooth talking member of the ADS7 footy team and the name HA Bunton seems familiar too. Wally Miller was later the league’s best club level administrator, Bob Farnham was handy with the plunger and Bill Wedding was the premier ruckman of the era (shepherding or no shepherding). Ron Kneebone was another back pocket playing Magarey winner of the 60s.

An eight goal third quarter made all the difference to help Norwood secure a September berth, probably inspired by a half-time rev-up from coach Alan Killigrew.

West Torrens
1.6 3.7  3.8   6.9  45
4.4 6.6 14.10 14.15 99

Lock Motors went into Volvo later on; they must have liked the letter “V”


1960 p7


The deadest of dead rubbers at Unley. Fos Williams’ brother Glynn was Captain/Coach of the Double Blues, who fielded future premiership players Roger Rigney (no relation to AUFC Blacks 80s journeyman Woger Wigney ), Bruce Jarrett, John Halbert, Rick Schoff and Candles Thompson. Bill “I built Football Park single-handed” Kutcher was there too, but famed cranio-facial surgeon David ‘Squared’ David didn’t get a run that day.

The Bays recorded half of their 1960 wins on this day. The only names that I recall were Kevin Abley, Colin Richens, Des Staite and Harry ‘Horse’ Kernahan. Their poor season meant that 1960 would be Marcus Boyle’s only season as coach.

4.9 9.11 13.14 14.18 102
1.4 7.5  13.10 20.13 133

The tortured grammar used to explain to the readers how to interpret the race results on the scoreboard (see, it has messed mine up too) seemed to have stood the test of time as it was still there in 1967. Hurdlers with one word names – bring ’em back. SA was at the forefront of equine erotic equality, if the number of Gay horses going around was a guide. And a steeplechase in August.


1960 p8

This page stands out for two reasons.

Firstly, it is the last page. Yep, that’s it. Eight pages, sixpence. Perhaps newsprint was still being rationed.

Secondly, it is clear that the poor old magoos didn’t warrant a mention anywhere. I have no idea what the Colt’s (sic) League represents, as there are only eight teams shown, when the premiership tables for Seconds, Senior Colts and Junior Colts all have the new teams Centrals and Woodville. So somewhere in this comp was a match between Glenelg and Centrals, anybody got any clues?

But lovers of SA trivia will already have noted the names Causby, Nygaard, Oatey, Woodcock, Eustice, Blewett, Gilbourne, Wesley-Smith, Sanders, Basheer and Schmidt.

I haven’t checked, but it looks like Norwood won the Stanley H Lewis Memorial Trophy for the best performed club across all grades that year

And Centrals were only forty years away from a flag.

About Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt

Saw my first SANFL game in 1967 - Dogs v Peckers. Have only ever seen the Dogs win 1 final in the flesh (1972 1st Semi) Mediocre forward pocket for the AUFC Blacks (1982-89) Life member - Ormond Netball Club -That's me on the right


  1. On my penultimate working day for the year this has opened my eight hours’ labour well Swish.

    I agree that it seems older than it is. As always the information in addition to the footy teams captures my interest. The Victoria Park (how I miss it) race fields are interesting. The names of the conveyances (as HG would call them) possess an innocence and a simplicity, possibly in keeping with the age. There’s not a Waikikamukau among them.

    How slick does the Vauxhall look in the Lock motors advertisement?

    I note that pick up by bus for the West Torrens picnic was from Henley Beach’s Hope Inn. Did the Hope Inn disappear (ironically) or evolve into something else?

    Thanks Swish.

  2. A great read Swish. I’m inspired to pull out my Round 4 ’82 Budget and do the same. A few more pages to cover though.

  3. Richard Smith says

    Interesting read Swish. I read every word! I did not know Squared was a footballer also. I just knew him as a cricketer.

  4. Great stuff as always Swish. The Stanley H Lewis trophy was first awarded in 1962 so the Redlegs had to settle for smug satisfaction in 1960 – we do that well. That would be ‘Nipper’ Christie in the Woodville Colts too wouldn’t it?

  5. Cracking stuff Swish. I remember that the Footy Budget was in that format when I first went to games in 62. The paper looked and felt like the brown/grey single ply toilet paper of the day, from memory.
    B Gambling (North Adelaide #7) must regret being born 50 years too early. Ladbrokes or Crown Bet would pay him a fortune these days.
    More study tonight. Regards to you and yours (particularly the Pie Girl) for Christmas. Cracking to read her piece again in the book.
    Adelaide Oval in the 60’s had ice cream vendors with dry ice ‘steaming” out of their tray. “Choc ices and assorted sweets” still rings in my ears.

  6. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Mickey, just helping educate South Australians, just as you are also doing. I first went to Vic Park as a 10yo, with some blokes from Canada who were staying at my grandparents’ motel in Elizabeth. I backed Goggles in the last and lost my last dollar.

    Mike, thanks for giving me the idea. Good luck with yours.

    Smithy, I scored for the Blacks B Grade in 82/83, Squared was captain. It was clear that I was in the presence of a great man

    Dave, thanks for the fact checking on the TS Hill. Get Mike Coligan onto the proposal for a retrospective one.

    PB, ahh yes, the dry ice in the Amscol tray. Pie Girl also doing the Big Bash games, reckons the boys are cuter than at the footy. You are right about the paper texture, I need the white gloves and tweezers from now on. Hope you look after AE and that hungry canine of yours over the break.

  7. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Thanks to Dave’s eBay trawling, if the 1960 Grand Final Budget is a guide, the Senior Colts (U19?) were the curtain-raisers back then. Can’t wait for Trove to move into the 60s

  8. charlie brown says

    and I think I see Rex Leahy’s name (future Crows’ team manager?) on the Glenelg team sheet as well as Trevor Hughes (future proprietor of Hughes and Loveday) on the North team sheet (?)

  9. charlie brown says

    pps and John Lill SA cricketer, Australian team tourist and MCC secretary playing for Norwood.

  10. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Some good gets there Charlie, I’d forgotten that Hughes started off at Prospect.

    I’ve got enough raw material to one day chronicle the history of SANFL-playing sports store proprietors, 1960-1990, Hughes & Loveday one of the biggies.

    Lill kicked on, but probably regrets not waiting for the Adelaide Oval revamp instead of taking the MCC gig.

  11. Thanks CB and Swish – the memories keep coming. John Lill’s father Alick was the Branch Manager of the Savings Bank of SA branch at Henley Beach where my dad was senior clerk in 1963/64. Alick was the Magarey Medallist in 1925 as Norwood’s centreman. 1925 was one of the rare years where the same club provided the flag winner, best player and leading goalkicker.
    Dave Brown or Rulebook could no doubt fill us in on their memories of the season.
    I remember how much my dad looked up to him and what a distinguished gent he was. Being invited to the Lill’s to dinner was a greater honour than the Queen’s garden party at Government House (in dad’s eyes – but maybe mum didn’t need a new pair of white gloves for the Lill’s). Still definitely SA sporting royalty.
    My first adult cricket bat was a John Lill handmedown that was taped at the bottom where it had cracked. I remember it had “SACA” stamped on the back which I was told signified that he had used it to make a Shield hundred. No similar fate in my hands.
    John Lill was a fine sportsman who played in SA’s Shield winning side of 63/64 and went on a Second XI tour of New Zealand. Twice leading goalkicker for the Redlegs, and played in their losing GF to Neil Kerley’s blood n’tars in ’61. Dave and Rulebook’s memory may have blocked that one out.

  12. Rod George says

    Peter Nyggard 1964 A3 SAAFL Medallist for Broadview and 1963-64 A grade Premiership player.

    Peter lost the medal on a count back in 1964 but was awarded it retrospectively at the clubs 2004 Premiership presentation night in front of a packed house.

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