KEITH BENEDICT BUTLER – “FOSS”
1922 – 2008
A Country boy at heart, Keith’s formative years were spent on a farm at Namban, just north of Moora. His entire working life was with the Western Australian Government Railways as a Fireman, then Driver in the Geraldton region, the South West and finally to Midland in the mid 1950’s.
As a young bloke living in the country, he loved his sport. Football, Cricket and Tennis and he was a passionate Swan Districts supporter. His story is directly related to the formation of the Swan Valley Football Club. In the early 1960’s he was goal umpire for Midland YCW football team in a metropolitan competition and when YCW joined the Hills Football Association in 1965 he had progressed to water boy. Home ground then became Middle Swan Oval (Jack Mann Oval). Keith helped mark the “Paddock” every home ground.
The attraction of a grassed oval, new jumpers and a generous Swan Valley management saw the formation of the Swan Valley Football Club in 1970. He loved the interaction and camaraderie with the young blokes and soon developed a talent as 1st Aid man, finally taking on the title of “Trainer”, a role he filled with pride until he lost his mobility and independence in 1997.
A confirmed bachelor, he loved the sense of family and belonging at “The Valley”, and had a huge pride in any success the club enjoyed, particularly the premierships. Having been around the club so long, he became affectionately known as “FOSSIL”, “FOSS” for short. With his laid back nature and wicked sense of humour, he spent many hours bantering with everyone while strapping ankles and massaging sore muscles.
Swan Valley Football Club became his second family and a major part of his life. He was extremely honoured to have the Fairest and Best medal named in his honour and to be awarded Life Membership. Even after entering a nursing home he always took an interest as to what was happening at “The Valley”. His passion for the club was so strong that his dying wish was to have “Glory to the Valley” sung at his funeral.
The Boys did him proud.
YEAR LEAGUE POSITION COACH FAIREST
PRESIDENT ASSOC F&B
1965 HILLS F/A PREMIERS M HELLMRICH R McKIBBIN A BUTLER 1966 HILLS F/A THIRD F ANDRICH R McKIBBIN A BUTLER 1967 HILLS F/A SECOND T McLAUGHLIN
R ANDRICH A BUTLER 1968 HILLS F/A PREMIERS R LEONARD
T WOODHAMS A BUTLER 1969 HILLS F/A SECOND F ANDRICH R ANDRICH A BUTLER 1970 HILLS F/A THIRD R PARKS T LANDERS A BUTLER 1971 HILLS F/A PREMIERS B DAWSON K WHITE A BUTLER 1972 HILLS F/A PREMIERS B DAWSON B DAWSON A BUTLER 1973 HILLS F/A SECOND W LUCKMAN L McPHERSON A BUTLER 1974 WAAFL PREMIERS W LUCKMAN P HAYES A BUTLER 1975 WAAFL PREMIERS W LUCKMAN L McPHERSON T PLEWS 1976 WAAFL PREMIERS P HAYES I WILLIAMS T PLEWS 1977 WAAFL PREMIERS P HAYES M RICHARDSON T PLEWS 1978 WAAFL PREMIERS L JOHNSON I WILLIAMS R SCOTT 1979 WAFA THIRD D PERICH L McPHERSON P PERICH 1980 WAFA THIRD W LUCKMAN P HAYES P PERICH 1981 WAFA SECOND D PENDLEBURY G WATSON P PERICH 1982 WAFA SECOND D PENDLEBURY G WATSON T BARTER 1983 WAFA SECOND P HARPER G RACKICH B McKIBBIN 1984 WAFA EIGHTH M PREIATO N SUMICH B McKIBBIN 1985 WAFA SIXTH M GEORGE R SANGALLI M SWITCH 1986 WAFA THIRD G RAKICH M FULLER P TURNER 1987 WAFA PREMIERS D PENDLEBURY T PISANO P TURNER 1988 WAFA PREMIERS D PENDLEBURY G RAKICH P TURNER 1989 WAFA PREMIERS D PENDLEBURY L HAMPSON P TURNER 1990 WAFA FOURTH G RAKICH T PISANO P TURNER 1991 HILLS F/A PREMIERS N SUMICH I WILLIAMS G JOHNSON 1992 HILLS F/A PREMIERS N SUMICH I WILLIAMS G JOHNSON 1993 HILLS F/A PREMIERS I WILLIAMS S BARROW G JOHNSON 1994 HILLS F/A PREMIERS I WILLIAMS A THOMAS G JOHNSON 1995 HILLS F/A PREMIERS I WILLIAMS C WATSON G JOHNSON 1996 HILLS F/A SECOND R ELLARD R ELLARD G JOHNSON 1997 HILLS F/A PREMIERS R ELLARD R ELLARD G JOHNSON 1998 HILLS F/A SECOND R ELLARD R ELLARD G JOHNSON R ELLARD
1999 HILLS F/A PREMIERS R ELLARD A HAGNHOFER G JOHNSON R ELLARD
2000 HILLS F/A PREMIERS (UNDEFEATED) R ELLARD L McKAY J HEWITT 2001 HILLS F/A PREMIERS R ELLARD S TIE M SWITCH P HANSEN
2002 SUNDAY F/L NINTH R ELLARD D ZLOICH M SWITCH 2003 SUNDAY F/L SEVENTH R ELLARD L JOHNSON D STEPHENS 2004 HILLS F/A PREMIERS G COYLE D PARK D STEPHENS D PARK
2005 HILLS F/A PREMIERS G COYLE M PRINCEN D STEPHENS 2006 WAAFL (D) FOURTH G COYLE D KERNAGHAN D STEPHENS 2007 WAAFL (D) NINTH C MILLS D PARK D STEPHENS 2008 WAAFL (D) SEVENTH D PARK S BAKER D STEPHENS 2009 WAAFL (D) FOURTH S BAKER D PARK G JOHNSON 2010 WAAFL (D) FOURTH S BAKER D POTTS G JOHNSON D POTTS
2011 WAAFL (C3) FIFTH S HART
C VERCO A CRANENBURGH 2012 WAAFL (C2) SEVENTH B ROBERTS R MABBS R ELLIS 2013 WAAFL (C2) EIGHTH B ROBERTS G CROSS R ELLIS 2014 WAAFL (C2) TENTH B ROBERTS R MABBS R ELLIS 2015 WAAFL (C3) EIGHTH S BERGIN B ROBERTS 2016 WAAFL (C3) FIRST (Runners- Up) B LLOYD K TANNER B ROBERTS 2017 WAAFL (C2) NINTH B LLOYD R MABBS B ROBERTS