Patron of FHC

Club Patron – Rationale:

A Patron is defined as: …one who encourages or helps a person, or cause, or a work;
a furtherer, and a promoter; …a person who protects, supports, or countenances;
…a defender, advocate, …a person of distinction under whom a person [or club] places himself / itself …

Therefore the role of the Club Patron is part promoter and supporter (as in No1. supporter) and partly in recognition of the respect the Club has for the individual

2012 – 2016 ALBY SPEED

Alby Speed

Background:

  • Alby became a life member in 1962 after an extremely decorated and valued service to the club• COMMITTEE PERSON: 1953-55
    • MENS SECRETARY: 1956-60
    • VICE PRESIDENT: 1961
    • PRESIDENT: 1962-76, 78-81
    • GROUNDS/PAVILION: 2002-2011
    • 946 FHC GAMES
    • MENS CLUB CHAMP: 1973-74
    • FIRST XI P/SHIPS: 1955, 1977
    • MENS COACH: 1960, 62-71, 76
    • VIC/AUST VETS REP: 1980-2004

Character of the person: Alby is described by friends and former playing mates as a loyal and passionate FHC member through and through.  The last year since his retirement from the board of directors, you’d still find Alby at the club every Friday doing odd jobs and maintenance. Alby, now 80  has decided to hand back his keys he has held in his possession for over 60 years – some worn out keys on his key chain! So next time you see  Alby Speed around the club (often at home games and major tournaments) please introduce yourself and say hello…he is always ready for a chat.

2010 & 2011 STEVIE CAREW

Background:

  • Stevie began playing as a 12 year old – he played 1 game on the field and was then encouraged to put on the pads as a goal keeper. 1989
  • As a GK he won the U13’s Coaches Award in 1989
  • As a GK he won U15’s Runners Up Best and Fairest in 1990.
  • Stevie was awarded “Junior Club Person of the Year” in 1991
  • He later played a mixture of GK and on the field as a forward. He finished his playing career with a total of 150+ games in 2001
  • The past 18 years, 16 of those: Steve has team managed one of the senior Men’s sides. 1992 – 2010,
  • Highlight: Team Manager of the State League 1 Men’s Team 1999
  • Stevie has volunteered behind the canteen, bar and kitchen for numerous events, functions and club nights. 1994 – 2010
  • Volunteer Head Chef in the Kitchen at the Australian Men’s Country Week, Queens Birthday Weekend 2006 – 2010
  • Head Chef for 2 weeks in the Kitchen when FHC hosted the Australian Veteran’s Championships in 2009

Character of the person: Stevie is described by friends and former playing mates as a passionate, dedicated person who was always ready to lend a hand.  These days you’ll always find Stevie doing team managing duties or behind the grill at the famous “Stevies Kitchen” at FHC. Occasionally stopping to have a break, drink and chat while watching some hockey. He played mostly as a goal keeper in his junior days, but enjoyed a run on the field during his later career. So next time you see Stevie Carew around the club (often at home games and major tournaments) please introduce yourself and say hello…

2006 – 2009 Mr. RON GOVAN

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Background:

  • Ron was a Foundation member (1934) of the club and played in the inaugural team in 1935
  • He was a Committee person in 1937-1939
  • Was in the Victorian U/21s in 1938
  • Ron coached Footscray from 1939 to 1941
  • Was club Secretary from 1940 to 1942
  • He was in the first eleven Premiership teams of 1936 and 1940
  • Men’s Champion (best & fairest) in 1937, 1938 & 1940
  • Ron was made a life member in 1947
  • Was the club Vice President in 1953, 1966, 68-70
  • He was the Underage Secretary from 1965-1967
  • Ron’s uncle Stan Govan (never played hockey) was Vice President 1937-1947

Character of the person:  Ron is described by friends and former playing mates as a person who was always ready to lend a hand.  He played mostly at centre-half and late in his playing career was a goalie.  Ever since, Ron has had a keen interest in the game and his beloved Footscray Hockey Club.  So next time you see Ron Govan around the club (often at home games) please say hello, make him welcome, and have a chat about his hockey days …