After the sensational previous season, 1967 promised so much for
A twenty-year-old Ken Best was thrust into the coaching position and was to do a tremendous job during the year steering the club through the controversy to a Grand Final loss to Surfers Paradise. A four-point victory over
A Gold Coast team with Southport representatives Best, Manuel, Rowe, Eldridge and Murrell convincingly beat a
The season was unfortunately marred by administrative mix-ups by the league resulting in forfeits and gaps in the scheduling of matches. The Surfers/Broadbeach team did not make it through the season and Southport United often struggled to field a team. The publicity of the code dwindled as the year progressed. Long time GCAFL Secretary, George Stephen summed up the season in this way.
This has been a very trying year for the Executive of this league, and particularly to our new President, Mr. Ron Todd, who has become a permanent resident on the Gold Coast just prior to his election to this important office, as Australian Football is suffering from growing pains here on the Coast and its operation is totally different to what he has been accustomed to in Victoria.
(QAFL Annual Report 1967, p.37.)
Southport commenced a strong and fruitful relationship with the
The strong administration of the club was demonstrated by the candidature of both the President (Nev Magin) and Vice President (Bill Rickhard) for local government that year (Click here to read article). Positive relationships with strong local politicians were a great strength of the Southport AFC and the GCAFL (Click here to see an example).
Nev Magin, in his season summary in the GCAFL Annual Report was to have these far-sighted words to say about the future of Gold Coast football.
It is hoped that next year will see a Gold Coast team playing in the
1. It will give an incentive to local players and improve their standards;
2. Players playing in the
(Gold Coast Australian Football League Annual Report – 1967, p.7)
Leo Busch also became more involved and continued to coach the under 13s. Ken McDonald was once again at the helm of the under 16s with Carl Tasker in the background. McDonald also played a mentoring role to young senior coach Best.
Training at Owen Park was extended during the middle of winter by the placement of two large portable floodlights in the gutter of the roof of the change rooms before each session.
The Show Society “Green Tin Shed” at Owen Park became the Magpie’s first “clubhouse” with 44 gallon drums surrounded by players and supporters burning well into Sunday nights during that winter. Then it was home at 11pm to watch the ABC and the VFL match of the day on “The Winners” which commenced on local television around that time.
The club travelled to Lismore during the season to play a promotional match against a local team. This effort was to lead to the entry of Lismore into the competition in 1968.
|Date||Venue||Home||Away||Southport Goalkickers and|
|(Brown 3, K.Best 3, Murrell 3, Manuel 3, Blake 2, R.Best, Gibbon, Burns)|
|Rep game||15/05/1967||Salk Oval||Gold Coast||18.19.127||Brisbane (reserves)||11.5.71||(Best: Best, Anthony, Murrell)|
|(Franks 5, Best 3, Garton 3, Anthony 3, Murrell 2, Walsh 2)|
|4/06/1967||Isle of Capri||Surfers||7.10.52||Southport||5.16.46|
|Owen Park||Southport United||7.7.49||Coolangatta||6.21.57|
|9/07/1967||Salk Oval||PBC||10.12.72||Southport United||9.5.59|
|23/07/1967||Owen Park||Southport||19.18.142||PBC||6.4.40||(Best: Rowe, K.Best, Stutchbury, Elrdridge, Murrell, Martin)|
|(K.Best 4, Winchester 4, Gibbons 3, Murrell 2, R.Manuel 2, C.Manuel, Martin, Blake, Burns)|
|6/08/1967||Owen Park||Southport||24.27.171||Coolangatta||4.12.36||(Best; K.Best, Gibbons, Rowe, Eldridge, C.Manuel, Winchester, Burns)|
|(Winchester 4, C.Manuel 4, Best 3, Burns 3, Gibbons 2, Monks 2, R.Manuel, O'Rourke)|
|First Semi||20/08/1967||Owen Park||PBC||17.17.119||Coolangatta||14.14.98|
|Second Semi||28/08/1966||Salk Oval||Surfers||17.11.113||Southport||11.9.75||(Best: Elrdridge, Rowe, K.Best, Murrell, Monks)|
|(Best 2, Winchester 2, Burns 2, Fildes, Murrell, Monks, Blake, Martin)|
|Prelim||3/09/1967||Owen Park||Southport||11.6.72||PBC||10.8.68||(Best: Murrell, Rowe, Sharp, K.Best, R.Best)|
|(Murrell 4, Jones 2, O'Rourke 2, Burns, K.Best)|
|Grand Final||10/09/1967||Salk Oval||Surfers||13.19.97||Southport||8.10.58|