Whitford Amateur Football Club was named after the area or district in which the club was to be located and formed.
Whitford (or Whitfords) is a metropolitan area north of Perth that loosely comprises four suburbs: Hillarys, Kallaroo, Craigie and Padbury. Whitford is not in itself a ‘suburb’, though Hillarys, Kallaroo, Craigie and Padbury share the same postcode of 6025.
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* The Whitford Amateur Football Club was formed to encourage and foster the game of Australian Rules Football within the Whitford and surrounding districts.
* The club was formed at a meeting in June 1975 at Mick Sully’s residence, 45 Groyder Way, Padbury
* Those present at the meeting were; Mick Sully, Bill Russell, Stan Kelly, Colin Sharman, Ron McLachlin, Gary West.
* The first oval allocated for use by Whitford was Otago Reserve, Craigie
* Other ovals also used were Koondoola Reserve and Penistone Reserve
* The club colours and design selected were blue and white vertical strips and blue socks
* The club was originally named “Gulls”
* A submission was sent to the Western Australian Amateur Football League dated xxxxx requesting admission to the WAAFL.
* Originally the club nominated two senior teams in F & G Grades and one Colts side.
* The Colts side coached by John Leighton played 4 matches but was then disbanded due to a shortage of players.
* The fees for the first year were set at $10.00 playing, $5.00 social and $2.00 match fees.
* First training session was held on 16 February 1976
* First players tea was held on 15 March 1976
* First scratch match was against Scarborough at Millington Reserve on 17 March 1976
* First playing permit was signed by Colin Sharman on 18 March 1976
* First person cleared to Whitford was Peter Willington from Northam Railways on 19 March 1976
* First club teams were in F Grade, coached by Bill Russell & G Grade, coached by Darryl Sorenson and played on 24 April 1976 against University at College Park and Innaloo at Otago Reserve, respectively.
* First win was recorded by G Grade on the first weekend (24 April 1976) defeating Innaloo 9.11:65 to 8.14:62
* First baby born to a playing member and his wife was Paul McIntosh born 29 May 1976 to Denis and Kathleen McIntosh
* The first season saw 68 players registered with the club
* F Grade – Runners Up coached by Bill Russell defeated by University 7.7: 49 to 13.15: 93
* F Grade only lost two games for the year. Round 1 and the Grand Final – both against University.
* Bill Russell was awarded Life Membership for services in establishing the club
* The club adds a third senior team nominating F, G & H Grades.
* John Leighton kicks the most inaccurate club score of 1 goal 11 points
* Pat Stewart wins the Association X Grade Best & Fairest
* F Grade won 17 games straight including 1 draw
* F Grade – Runners Up coached by Bill Russell defeated by Osborne Park 8.15 63 to 21.15: 141
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