Celebrations kick off Innaloo Football Club’s 50th year

Past and present players, coaches and captains of Innaloo Football Club. Photo: Martin Kennealey. d491612
Past and present players, coaches and captains of Innaloo Football Club. Photo: Martin Kennealey. d491612

INNALOO Football Club is reaching out to past players to help mark its 50th year.

Celebrations kick off on April 7 at the first match of the Metro Football League division one competition when Innaloo face Warwick/Greenwood.

President Rowan Carson is encouraging the community to head to Birralee Reserve to support the club on the day and enjoy children’s activities including a bouncy castle and face painting.

Past players will create a guard of honour for the current team as they run through the match day banner.

Ahead of the game, members of the 1969 premiership team and other former players will be part of a jumper presentation, with this year’s guernsey incorporating part of the club uniform won from 1975 to 1999.

“We have had over 5000 footballers play over the 50 years for our club,” Mr Carson said.

“We still have our oldest life member Jack Hunter, 98 years old, still active and living in Innaloo, who will attend.”

The club has won 13 premierships in its 50-year history and notable players include former West Coast Eagles ruckman Laurie Keene and Fremantle Docket Matthew ‘Spider’ Burton.

Its main anniversary celebration will be a gala night at The Saint Hotel in Innaloo on June 8, where the club will award its team of the half-century, share memorabilia and feature past legends talking about the club history.

Head to Birralee Reserve on April 7 for the reserves match from noon and league at 2.30pm.

For details on the gala, call Mr Carson on 0417 934 065.