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Monday, February 11, 2013

Postal Institute Football Club Photo 1966 and 1967

In 1966 I joined the Postal Institute Football Club which was entering the South Australian Amateur League at The A3 level.
I had left the West Adelaide Football Club earlier in the year at the encouragement of some workmates who played for "Postals".
Players were mainly workers from the original Postmaster General's Department although outsiders were encouraged to join.
In this year 1966 we won the A3 premiership which elevated us to A2 the following year.
We played off in the A2 grand final but were beaten.
We did then get elevated to A1 the next year where we won our share of matches.
I believe the calibre of players we had in those 3 years was very good and many could have played League Footy in the SANFL.
Some had already and one of these guys in particular Darryl Webb who was a 17 year old Centre Half Forward in this photograph went on to play for North Adelaide and South Australia.
I have another photo taken a couple of years after this so will add that when I find it.
I would love to hear from any Postal's players who come across this.
I am aware sadly that some have passed on.
Postal Institute A3 football team 1966. Premiers. Photographer unknown.

The 1967 Postals Team
Ian Goed has kindly sent some statistics from the 1970 year of Postals.




16 comments:

  1. Hi Geoff . My Name is Ian Goed and I played With Postals from 1968 to 1976 and again from 1984 till 1986. I lived in the same block of flats as you in Brooklyn Park.

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    1. Thanks Ian,
      Good to hear from you. I remember your name but not to good on what you looked like.I think I remember you at the flats too but getting old.

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  2. Good to see those old Postals pictures and the pictures from Darwin . I lived in Darwin from 1980 to 1984 and played football for Waratahs.

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    1. I have great memories from my only season in Darwin.

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  3. Hi Geoff . A picture of West Torrens C grade Premiers 1966/67. Front row far right is that Roger Sweet whom I played cricket against in Darwin.

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    1. Hi unknown. Yes it is Roger Sweet. When I was in Darwin Sweetie was working in the bank. We played cricket together in the DAC Cricket Club(Darwin Aviation Club) as a group of guys who created the club from scratch so we could play A grade.We played in the grand final in A grade that year but lost. Roger and I were the two opening bowlers.

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  4. Hi Geoff . I Ian Goed posted the comments about Darwin and Roger Sweet . In a Henley High School pictures I noticed Brian Prettyjohn who I played cricket with at Postals and I recently saw a picture of the Nightcliff Football team with Frank Brimson (Postals Player ).

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    1. Thanks for this Ian. Yes I know Brian Prettyjohn and last saw him a couple of years ago. I played about half a season of cricket with Postals when Brian was playing there.I remember Frank also but didn't remember him playing for Nightcliff. Perhaps it wasn't the one season I played with Wanderers. There were quite a number of guys I knew from Adelaide who were playing footy and cricket when I was in Darwin.You might remember the late Bob Keynes. He was up there then.

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  5. Yes Geoff I remember Bob Keynes from cricket band football . I remember he didn't mind a beer or two either. I remember you playing for West Adelaide as I have supported the Bloods all my life as still go to most of their games . I trained with the colts in 1967 but started work with the PMG in March 1967 and had work saturday mornings with stopped me from playing. A good friend of mine is on the History committee at West Adelaide and has been interviewing past players in line with producing a book on the West Adelaide Football club.

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    1. Hi Ian thanks for this. In my profile below "about me" on right hand side on web version of this blog you will find an email contact address.If you drop a line there we could exchange phone numbers and have a chat. the email is geoff.g.thompson@gmail.com cheers.

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  6. My dad played footy for postals in the 70s & possibly early 80s . Norman james. He had afew mates that played there Morris Mitchell & toni meekins

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    1. Hi Nathan. I don't really remember those names but that could be due to getting older. I effectively stopped playing about 1973. Good to hear from you and tanks for your comments.

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  7. Whatever happened to the Postal Institute football club?When I was working and playing in the country I would try to find them in the Sunday Mail.I played with them in 1969 for a season..I can remember you Geoff..played a few games in the same team as you.I last played in 1982. best wishes Geoff...Brenton Fjeseth

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  8. An extra memory -I remember the coach was Johnny Page...ex North Adelaide? Very good footballer!

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  9. Whatever happened to the Postal Institute football club?When I was working and playing in the country I would try to find them in the Sunday Mail.I played with them in 1969 for a season..I can remember you Geoff..played a few games in the same team as you.I last played in 1982. best wishes Geoff...Brenton Fjeseth

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    1. Hi Brenton. Good to hear from you. That's you in the middle row with Brian Hodge on your left isn't it?Yes I remember we played in the same team. The club eventually just disbanded or amalgamated into some other competition. I am not sure. I still talk to Dean wood on the phone occasionally and a couple of other giys have been on touch here as well.Yes Johnny Page was a very good player. I think he had another stint with North Adelaide after he left Postels.We had a lot of good players and manyb could have played in the SANFL in my opinion. They were good days.All the best to you too and I hope you are well considering the current situation we find ourselves in. Geoff

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