Fallen Heroes

Semaphore Central SAAFL Premiers Div 1 1914

"Probably no other football club in the state has contributed such a large proportion of its members to the front as Semaphore Central - last year’s premier of the Amateur League"

The Register - May 1915

Anniversary Celebrations

In 2014 the Port District Football Club celebrates the 100th Anniversary of its first ever premiership in the South Australian Amateur Football League. The club which was originally known as the LeFevre Peninsula Football Club can trace its roots back to the 1870’s to some of the earliest recorded games of football in South Australia. They were based at Bucks Flat (Glanville Estate) and shared the ground along with Port Adelaide. When the Semaphore Municipal Council formed in 1883 the club made the move to their current location at Largs Reserve and took on the name of Semaphore Central - but still acted as Port Adelaide’s Reserves team up until 1910. In 1912 they joined the South Australian Amateur Football League.

The MV Surprise ferrying troops to the mother ship off Outer Harbor C.1915. Picture courtesy of the SA Maritime Museum.

The MV Surprise ferrying troops to the mother ship off Outer Harbor C.1915. Picture courtesy of the SA Maritime Museum.

A Landmark Year

The 1914 year would prove to be a landmark year for the club winning their inaugural premiership in Amateur League - the first of 18 premierships that would follow in Division 1. Semaphore Central went through the entire season losing only a single game as well as receiving the first ever SAAFL Medal awarded to Harry McEwen for the Best & Fairest in the Association.

However premiership celebrations were short-lived with the onset of war late in 1914. By season's end players had already begun to enlist to join the war in Europe. By early 1915 some 11 players had already embarked for the front and by the middle of the year the number of enlistees had risen to 26 and among the players that enlisted many were from the 1914 Premiership side - some of which made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Percy Channon

Lance Corporal
Died Mouquet Farm - 22 years
Princess St, Alberton

 

Arthur Wilcox – Semaphore Central Football Club 1910 – 1914. Photo: Taken from the Tour of the South East – August 1910 (team photograph).

Arthur Wilcox

Lance Corporal
Died Armentieres - 26 years
Harris St, Exeter

 

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Harry Birt

Lance Corporal
Died Pozieres - 26 years
Anthony St, Largs Bay

 

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Perrin Blackham

Sergeant
Died Butte de Warlencourt - 26 years
Cavindish St, Semaphore

 

Stewart Donnell played for Semaphore Central between 1911 and 1914 - including the 1914 Premiership side. He died of pneumonia whilst on active service in France in October of 1918.

Stewart Donnell

Corporal
Died France - 27 years
Martin St, Birkenhead

 

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Roy Stanley Moore

Lance Corporal
Died Pozieres - 24 years
Devon St, Largs Bay

 

War Service - 1914 Semaphore Central Side

Semaphore Central Premiers 1914 Back Row: R. Drummond, R.S. Moore, B. Jeanes, J. Dunstone, H.G. McEwen, E.D. Oldfield, S. Cobley (Trainer), H.B. Tobin, S. Donnell.  Second Row: Kellett (Trainer), W.J. Quinn, A.E. Wilcox, M. Cooper, H. Green, M. Johnson, A. Limb, A Coleman, A Barreau (Trainer & Committee).  Middle Row: A. Motley, P.O’Grady, J.J. Quinn (Hon Sec & Treas), A. Donnell (V.C) R. Shearer (Pres), H. Duthie (Capt), J. Mulcahy (Committee), A. Channon, C. Drever.  Front Row: P.A. Channon, E. Bauer, A.R. Yeo, W. Forbes, H.E. Stone.

Semaphore Central Premiers 1914
Back Row: R. Drummond, R.S. Moore, B. Jeanes, J. Dunstone, H.G. McEwen, E.D. Oldfield, S. Cobley (Trainer), H.B. Tobin, S. Donnell.
Second Row: Kellett (Trainer), W.J. Quinn, A.E. Wilcox, M. Cooper, H. Green, M. Johnson, A. Limb, A Coleman, A Barreau (Trainer & Committee).
Middle Row: A. Motley, P.O’Grady, J.J. Quinn (Hon Sec & Treas), A. Donnell (V.C) R. Shearer (Pres), H. Duthie (Capt), J. Mulcahy (Committee), A. Channon, C. Drever.
Front Row: P.A. Channon, E. Bauer, A.R. Yeo, W. Forbes, H.E. Stone.

1914 Side Anzacs

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