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Touching tribute as eight life members inducted


Fitzroy has inducted eight new honorary life members at the annual general meeting.

The eight represent just about all aspects of life at a community football club from players, to volunteers, family members, timekeepers and members of the Board.

Mother and son, Joan Eddy (Fitzroy President) and Tom Cheshire (current Fitzroy player) were inducted together and the afternoons presentation was highlighted by the thank you speech from Director Tom Sargant on behalf of the new inductees.

Tom provided some touching moments about his love of Fitzroy, going back to the VFL days when Fitzroy defeated the highly fancied North Melbourne in the 1978 night grand final and listing Bob Beecroft and Paul Roos as his heroes.

He said his interest in footy had waned after 1996, but sometime later he saw the Reds playing near his home and thought the jumper is back

Tom, who is the custodian of the club song and makes sure it plays at every home game, said he was very thankful to the current day Fitzroy players who put the jumper on and put their bodies on the line every week.

I love hearing the song every week; it makes my hair stand on end./p>

   Our new life members are:

  • Jack Beech: 12 seasons as a player, joined in 2005, and equals Paul Diacogiorgis' record of 12 consecutive seasons as a player at the club.Jack has been Captain of the Reserves and is an outstanding leader in the playing group and contributor to the Club.
  • Tom Cheshire: 10 seasons as a player; 2007 was his first year at the club and he played in the Under 19 Premiership that year; has been Vice-Captain of the Seniors and long-time member of the Leadership Group.
  • Joan Eddy: 10 years as an official of the Club commencing in 2007 as Team Manager of the Under 19s, Vice President in 2009 and President since 2010.
  • Janet Graham: approximately 12 years as a volunteer, assisting Wendy Symonds on the merchandise stall, also in the Fitzroy Shop in the mid 2000s and other duties.
  • Jamie Mackay (Jimbob): 10 seasons as a player in 2016; joined the club as a player in 2003 played a few games in 06, 07, 08, missed 2009 with injuries and work taking their toll but has been back as a player since 2010. Jimbob, who plays in the Thirds, is one of the best loved players at the club.
  • Suzanne Madeley: approximately 15 years as the Fitzroy senior timekeeper, also taking on the role for the Reserves this year too, post-match helper extraordinaire and Club Person of the Year in 2013.
  • Wendy Symonds: approximately 15 years as a volunteer, including a couple in the Fitzroy AFL days, returning to assist with the Fitzroy Reds in the 2000s, merchandise stall, Fitzroy Shop, now milestones monitor, and so much more. Club Person of the Year 2015.
  • Tom Sargant: 13 years as a Club Director, enormous contributor behind the scenes, and guardian of our club song at home games.

Main picture: Seven of the new life members; Jack Beech sent his apologies as he was away.


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