Southport appoints twenty-year-old Ken Best as coach.
Southport initially appointed premiership hero Darrell Hodgetts as senior coach. He and the 1966 premiership coach Terry Larkins were however, soon linked with Palm Beach- Currumbin, in a controversy that rocked Gold Coast football. Rumours abounded of large inducements being offered to the pair. 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 4-point victory over Palm Beach – Currumbin in the Preliminary Final was sweet revenge for the skullduggery of the preseason. Surfers Paradise was to take out the premiership defeating the Magpies by 6 goals.
Green Tin Shed
The Show Society “Green Tin Shed” at Owen Park became Southport’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.