Towns set to mark 70th anniversary against Railways

Lachlan AllenGeraldton Guardian
Former coach and president of Towns, Reg Hall pictured in front of the Trevor Monger Wall of Honour.
Camera IconFormer coach and president of Towns, Reg Hall pictured in front of the Trevor Monger Wall of Honour. Credit: Warren Kalajzich

Towns Football Club will celebrate their 70th anniversary this week when they take on Railways in round five of the GNFL at WA Country Builders Stadium.

The club was originally founded in 1952 and played its first game in the GNFL against Railways.

They will commemorate the occasion with a function at the club rooms on Saturday night, bringing together past players, supporters, volunteers and members.

Former captain Rohan Fariss said the committee had been hard at work organising the event.

While red and white is synonymous with Towns, Fariss said the club wore black and gold in their inaugural year.

“We were going to wear commemorative jumpers for the day, but unfortunately, despite putting an order in February, they haven’t arrived because they’re stuck in China with all things COVID,” he said.

“So we won’t be wearing those but we’re sort of acknowledging, paying homage to it and we are going to auction them off on the night and online as well.”

They will however announce their 70-year all star team on the night.

“A special group of selectors have gone back through the records, picked a team of 22 players, a coach and a few other people that have helped out from the last seventy years as well,” Fariss said.

“I think we’ll actually have a lot of members from that team there. So we’re excited to to announce that on the night.”

Coinciding with the club’s 70th anniversary, they will also celebrate the 10 and 20 year anniversary’s of the 2002 and 2012 premiership’s.

Fariss encourages those interested to contact the club and buy a ticket for what will be a special night.

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