Respected local football identity mourned

Greg Pinkerton at Innaloo Football Club.
Greg Pinkerton at Innaloo Football Club.

Mr Pinkerton was involved at Quinns District Amateur and Innaloo football clubs but died on February 23, with a funeral service at Pinnaroo on March 6.

Innaloo club president Rowan Carson said Mr Pinkerton, or ‘Pinky’, was integral in reforming the Innaloo Junior Football Club in 2009, running it until he developed cancer in 2011.

‘He reformed the junior club so his grandson, Deacon, could play for his old Bulldogs,’ Mr Carson said.

‘The reason there is still an Innaloo Football Club is solely because of Greg Pinkerton; he had the capability to make people want to be around him and the club, and most of the recent recruiting from barmen and women to players and coaches is all due to Pinky,’ he said.

Mr Pinkerton joined the club in 1966, played until 1983 and coached until 1986, and was its longest serving member.

Originally from Boulder in the Goldfields, Pinky lived in Quinns Rocks and was on the Innaloo club’s committee for more than 40 years.

The former backman’s involvement with the Ridgewood-based Quinns club extends to his son who still plays there.

Innaloo named its Birralee Reserve clubrooms after Mr Pinkerton last year. His wife Robyn is also a club life member.