Southport AFC achieved the rare feat of an undefeated premiership in absolutely dominant style in 1966. The on field success was matched by a consolidation of the club’s administration as it began to put down firm roots in the community. A large committee, headed by Councilor Nev Magin, ensured that the Magpies were the leaders on and off the field. The Annual General Meeting held in January was attended by 60 members (Click here to read article).
Quality new recruits from
Reliable defender Ken Rodger oversaw the first training run before Terry Larkins took the reins as Captain Coach. The most significant recruit of 1966 was the then 19-year-old Ken Best. Born and bred in
Another young player in 17-year-old Terry Doyle (Photo) from the Ovens and Murray League took the GCAFL by storm, averaging eight goals a game in the first seven rounds. He went on to be the first player GCAFL player to kick 100 goals in a season. He achieved this in the first quarter of the Grand Final and finished the season with a tally of 104 (Photo). He kicked 14 goals against Coolangatta in round 14 and 12 against
The start to the 1966 season was truly awesome with 12, 21, 40, 25, and 7 goal victories in the first five rounds. The Magpies finished the season with a percentage of 396 (Ladder), with a 21-point victory over Surfers Paradise the closest a rival came during the home and away series.
Labrador were to struggle through the season but were bolstered when
Coach Larkins was felled heavily in the round ten clash with Beenleigh and suffered a broken jaw. The Magpies went on their winning way however with no opponent really threatening in the last five home and away games. Larkins returned for the finals series where Surfers Paradise was defeated by 20 points in a fiery Second Semi Final in the closest game of the year (Click here to read article). Tough Sandgate recruit Col Luhrs and former Tasmanian Ron Tonks were reported. Luhrs played the following week and continued to assert his physical presence.
The Grand Final was virtually over at quarter time with
In a truly great day for the club, the under 16s downed the previously undefeated Surfers Paradise. Ken McDonald had returned to the club and led the under 16s to a shock victory. Tireless Magpies worker Carl Tasker was instrumental in the success of this team. It was an amazing turn around by McDonald’s group who were beaten by 100 points in the Second Semi Final.
The under 13s had been eliminated in the Preliminary Final but they too were an unqualified success story (Photo). After starting the year with almost no players, coach Leo Busch undertook a determined recruiting drive.
This year Mr. Busch went round the schools and found that many lads who were wanting to play football could not get a game in
(QAFL Annual Report 1966, p.41)
After a mid season visit from cheer girls from
A great year for Southport and a credit to the committee, players, coaches and of course, the
(Gold Coast Bulletin September 30, 1966, p.44.) (Click here to read article)
|Date||Venue||Home||Away||Southport Goalkickers and|
|Round 1||17/04/1966||Isle of Capri||Surfers||5.4.34||Southport||14.25.109||(Best: Best, Doyle, Manuel, Larkins)|
|Round 2||24/04/1966||Owen Park||Southport||20.20.140||PBC||1.5.11||(Best: Hodgetts, Tonks, Larkins, Martin, Doyle)|
|(Doyle 8, Larkins 5)|
|Round 3||1/05/1966||Owen Park||Southport||38.21.249||Labrador||1.2.8||(Best: Larkins, Doyle, Blake, Pearce, Wark)|
|(Doyle 12, Larkins 11)|
|Round 4||8/05/1966||Labrador Sports Ground||Southport||21.29.155||Coolangatta||0.4.4||(Best: Manuel, Martin, Rodger, Pearce, I.Radcliffe, Buffington)|
|(Doyle 4, Larkins 4, Manuel 2)|
|Round 5||15/05/1966||Beenleigh Show Ground||Beenleigh||8.9.57||Southport||14.15.99||(Best: Rodger, Martin, Hodgetts, Doyle, S.Napper, L.Napper)|
|Round 6||29/05/66||Owen Park||Southport||19.11.125||Surfers||16.8.104|
|(Doyle 6, Radcliffe 5, Sherring 3, Larkins 2)|
|Round 7||5/06/1966||Salk Oval||PBC||8.8.56||Southport||17.24.126||(Best: Larkins, Campbell, Hodgetts, Doyle)|
|(Doyle 9, Larkins 4, Manuel 2, Campbell, Napper)|
|Round 8||12/06/1966||Owen Park||Southport||13.13.91||Labrador||3.6.24||(Best: Hodgetts, Manuel, Campbell, L.Napper, Larkins, I.Radcliffe, Fox)|
|(Doyle 5, Manuel 3, Larkins 2)|
|Round 9||19/06/1966||Len Peak Oval||Coolangatta||3.6.24||Southport||21.21.147||(Best: Larkins, Burns, Pearce, Campbell, Martin, Hodgetts)|
|Owen Park||Southport||20.20.140||Beenleigh||9.4.58||(Best: Tonks, B.Napper, Campbell, Larkins, I.Radcliffe)|
|Round 11||10/07/1966||Isle of Capri||Surfers||4.5.29||Southport||8.15.63|
|Owen Park||Southport||16.21.117||PBC||7.8.50||(Best: Rodger, Hodgetts, Doyle, Martin, Sherring, Luhrs)|
|(Doyle 9, I.Radcliffe 2, Buffington, L.Napper, Peacock, Tonks)|
|Owen Park||Southport||23.10.148||Labrador||5.3.33||(Best:Best, L.Napper, Blake, Hodgetts, Campbell)|
|Owen Park||Southport||n/a||Coolangatta||n/a||(Best: Burns, Best, Manuel, Martin, Blake)|
|Beenleigh Show Ground||Beenleigh||n/a||Southport||n/a|
|Owen Park||Southport||15.6.96||Surfers||10.16.76||(Best: Campbell, Martin, Best, Rodger, Larkins, Hodgetts, Luhrs)|
|(Larkins 5, Doyle 4, L.Napper 2, Burns, Radcliffe, Tonks, Black)|
|Salk Oval||Southport||14.24.108||Surfers||7.16.58||(Best: Larkins, Hodgetts, Burns, Campbell, Best, Martin)|