THE Waikerie Football Club (WFC) is celebrating its 110th birthday this year and is in the process of compiling an album with photos of all junior and senior premiership teams.
In conjunction with the birthday celebrations, the club is also compiling the album as part of Waikerie’s SA History Month to put on display in the Waikerie Institute on Friday, May 25 until Sunday, May 27.
WFC spokesperson Jacki Venning said the club album is almost complete, except for two missing photos.
“We are searching for a photo of Waikerie Football Club’s premiership team of 1926 and the 1983 under 14 C grade photo, when Waikerie Black defeated Waikerie White,” she said.
“In 1926, WFC was part of the Mid Murray Football Association and the Waikerie A grade defeated Morgan 11.10.76 to 1.2.8 in the grand final.”
Mrs Venning said since receiving an invitation from the Waikerie District Historical Society to compile a WFC display at this month’s SA History Month event in the Waikerie Institute, the club has uncovered 11 junior premiership photos.
“The photos are from the days when the club had junior A, B and C grades, and these photos are not currently on display in our clubrooms,” she said.
“Personally, for me and my family it is nice to have Dad’s (Ian ‘Doc’ Miller) face on the wall and in the album, pictured in his premiership photo for my children Indy and Tas to see.
“The extended family we all share being a part of the WFC is something special and unique, and we feel strongly about it continuing on in generations to come.
“Now other families can share a special moment, while looking at the new photos that we have found.”
Meanwhile, on Saturday, July 21, WFC will celebrate its 110 years with a past players and officials day in conjunction with other premiership team milestones.
The A grade players will also wear a commemorative WFC guernsey for the day to be auctioned off that evening.
Some of the other club milestones include: the 10-year anniversary of the 2008 A grade premiership,, the 20-year anniversary of WFC first-ever B grade premiership in 1998; the 30-year anniversary of the 1988 under 18s premiership; the 40-year anniversary of the 1978 (junior colts) premiership, and the 30-year anniversary of the 1988 under 13s premiership.
Mrs Venning said the many milestones the club has reached are worthy reasons for all former players and families to get back to the WFC and celebrate.
“It is a great way to foster and maintain friendships, the mateship and keep alive the tradition, spirit and culture of the mighty Waikerie Magpies,” she said.
“Saturday, July 21 is an opportunity to re-live those memories from yesteryear, while watching today’s Magpies take on all-time rivals the Renmark Rovers at the Magpies’ nest.”
WFC is also in the process of setting up a past players club and in coming weeks more details will be released through the club’s Facebook page.