Life Members

Lewis Atkinson
Martin Bennett*
Richard Bennett
John Capper
David Chettle
Brian Cox
Peter Cranna
Andrew Crooke*
Kevan Dacey
David Eeles
Shane Elkin
Ray Foy
Steven Gale*
Shawn Godwin
Keith Grantley
Darren Harvey
Tom Keay
John King
Anthony Lee
Tom Lonergan
Jack Mather*
Shaun Munday
Brian Murray
Bruce Prosser
Ross Stewart
Travis Warren
Barry Watkins
Jim Wilkins

* = deceased

Martin Bennett

Submitted by Ray Foy:

A few words on some Life Members that I can remember! All Life members were stalwarts of the club , assisting pre games with the setting up the tent ( to sell grog when we had no clubhouse ) . When I joined the club in 1973 , the club was an amateur club playing in a partly Professional competition . the club had a great social life , however emphasis was on playing hard , training hard ( if possible ) and drinking / socialising hard ! All members put in 100% for the club on the field , most achieving Best & Fairest award some year(s) and Loved their Footy!!

A stalwart of the club , around for many years . A great team player .

Played like a British bulldog , straight through form the backline.

Richard Bennett

Submitted by Anthony Lee:

Richard Bennett has had an active involvement at the club since he came to the club in the mid ‘80’s. He played in the backline in the 1987 reserves premiership but then spent more time getting easy kicks on the wing during the 1990’s.

Part of what made the club a great social environment during his playing days was Richards ability to gel people together and make the environment inclusive rather than exclusive. He would make sure that no player or supporter would feel left out, including even Craig Dingle, and would take the younger players under his wing, teaching them all sorts of life skills.

Richard played footy with the Red Lions till the late 1990’s, coaching the reserves in 1996 and part of 1997. In 2004, noticing that there was a need for the club to attract younger players, he formed and coached an U/18’s team and won flags in 2005 & 2006.

Players that Richard plucked from obscurity that have gone on to bigger and better things includes John Williams now with Essendon and ex Brisbane Lion Scott Clouston. Many of the young kids that Richard coached in his U/18’s went on to give great service to the Red Lions.

Brian Cox

Submitted by Brian Cox:

My only premiership appearance was in the 1961 B Grade grand final. In fact I played only a few years with the club, since I was overseas 1957 to 1960.

I guess my only “claim to fame” occurred in 1956 when I was President, won B&F for the Club and B&F for the Brisbane competition. Ted Duhs, our captain came 2nd in the Bris competition… quite an achievement for the Club to have 1st & 2nd. I also managed a Uni 1/2 Blue & subsequently Life Membership of the Club.

Andrew Crooke

Submitted by son, Gary Crooke:

Andrew Crooke was the father of club stalwarts Gary and Ken Crooke. For many years he was Senior Vice President of the Club and was a regular attendee at all matches and the keenest of supporters.

As production manager of Castlemaine Perkins he was able to make a substantial amber fluid contribution to the club and was instrumental in arranging for the Club to have a meeting room at the Transcontinental Hotel.

Andrew and wife, Lyn, took a great interest in interstate students away from their families and provided substantial hospitality and support to them.

Many memorable (some would hope, forgettable) club functions were held at their home at Virginia Avenue, Hawthorne.

Andrew passed away in September 1989 and Lyn passed away in December 2009.

Kevan Dacey

Submitted by Ray Foy:

A few words on some Life Members that I can remember! All Life members were stalwarts of the club , assisting pre games with the setting up the tent ( to sell grog when we had no clubhouse ) . When I joined the club in 1973 , the club was an amateur club playing in a partly Professional competition . the club had a great social life , however emphasis was on playing hard , training hard ( if possible ) and drinking / socialising hard ! All members put in 100% for the club on the field , most achieving Best & Fairest award some year(s) and Loved their Footy!!

Dace was playing when I commenced in 1973, Full Forward in the Reserves.

Another great team player and organiser for the club.

Played well over 200 games for the club, mainly Reserves ( like myself ) but backed up many times for the A grade.

Dace was Captain of the Reserves and a great example for new players.

Steven Gale

Submitted by Ray Foy:

A few words on some Life Members that I can remember! All Life members were stalwarts of the club , assisting pre games with the setting up the tent ( to sell grog when we had no clubhouse ) . When I joined the club in 1973 , the club was an amateur club playing in a partly Professional competition . the club had a great social life , however emphasis was on playing hard , training hard ( if possible ) and drinking / socialising hard ! All members put in 100% for the club on the field , most achieving Best & Fairest award some year(s) and Loved their Footy!!

I actually introduced “Crystal” to UQAFC ( work associates ) . Crystal played many games for Uni and went on to become the President of the club .

He was another stalwart of the club and a great Socialite and party goer ! He hated a beer on a cold day or anytime , Not ! He was a comedian and loved to have fun and treated footy the same way. He put a lot of effort in to the club , and I believe saved it from collapse after my time ! Crystal was Captain of the Reserves and always put the club first.

Keith Grantley

  • Joined Club 1966 from Coorparoo Football Club
  • Played in 1966 Premiership side
  • Played in losing Grand Final sides 1968, 1970, 1974, 1975
  • Played 228 Senior games
  • Captain 1970, 1971
  • Best and Fairest 1971 and 1972
  • Best and Fairest Runner-Up 1970, 1976
  • Coaches Award 1974
  • SQAFA Best and Fairest 1st Division 1970, 1971
  • UQ Half Blue 1970
  • Final year 1976
  • Treasurer 1973, 1974
  • Life Membership 1977

Submitted by Ray Foy:

A few words on some Life Members that I can remember! All Life members were stalwarts of the club , assisting pre games with the setting up the tent ( to sell grog when we had no clubhouse ) . When I joined the club in 1973 , the club was an amateur club playing in a partly Professional competition . the club had a great social life , however emphasis was on playing hard , training hard ( if possible ) and drinking / socialising hard ! All members put in 100% for the club on the field , most achieving Best & Fairest award some year(s) and Loved their Footy!!

Keith commenced years before me and was probably the only player who did play all his 200+ games in the A grade . Keith was Captain of the A grade , Best & Fairest at least once maybe twice , and a true clubman . Most Life members went the extra distance to perform for the club on and off the field . I would personally rate Keith as one of the best A grade players to play for UQAFC . He was consistent and strong , started his career at Full Forward and went all the way down the centre line to play permanently at Full Back , in the A grade , which is a great achievement in itself.

As Full Back , Keith would tell all , or anyone who would listen ( new players ) about his Famous Goal he kicked ! Ask him and he will tell you!

Tom Lonergan

Submitted by Ray Foy:

A few words on some Life Members that I can remember! All Life members were stalwarts of the club, assisting pre games with the setting up the tent ( to sell grog when we had no clubhouse ). When I joined the club in 1973, the club was an amateur club playing in a partly Professional competition. the club had a great social life, however emphasis was on playing hard, training hard ( if possible ) and drinking / socialising hard ! All members put in 100% for the club on the field, most achieving Best & Fairest award some year(s) and Loved their Footy!!

Tom was Captain Coach of the A grade when I commenced. A great team player and an excellent coach. He lead by example.

He was a non drinker, but still socialised with the all players and made the famous Bus trips to Armidale Uni for the annual matches, as did Dace, Keith, etc.

Tommy lead the club, A Grade, to Grand Finals in 1973 and 1974 I think from memory. We lost the first GF to Mt Gravatt by 5 points at Mt Gravatt. The 2nd GF we lost to Sherwood by 6 goals at the Gabba.

A great contributor to the club on and off the field. He and wife Shirley were attended almost all functions.

Shaun Munday

Submitted by Lewis Atkinson:

The thrifty survivor. The young bloke from somewhere else – almost urchin-like. His early formative years were spent under the insightful guidance of the likes of Ogier, Hyland (RIP), et al. Always fit and possessing a zest for the challenge of the contest which often seemed to boarder on the irrationally exuberant. He played most of his 20 odd-year red lion career as a stingy defender. A specialist on the half back flank and also as a sometimes eager-to-please utility/follower when presented with the opportunity by the coach.

He too was a coach and later a vintage alfa-romeo enthusiast. He nurtured both the alfa and the uni seconds for a couple of years whist still holding down a half-back-flank position in the seniors. Often sighted during the later stages of the reserves game half dressed and half strapped. A clip-board in hand, passionately conveying his parting words to his charges during the 3Q time address, before heading back over to the pre-game warm-up with the seniors. Maybe it was this pre-game juggling act that hastened his retirement from full time footy at 36 years of age with one of the clubs longest playing records.

Shaun is now happily retired having fully squeezed all the juice from his footballing lemon. Now his wife Alison, kids Charlie & Harvey and the navy blues are now the sole recipients of his enthusiastic urgings.

Bruce Prosser

Submitted by Ray Foy:

A few words on some Life Members that I can remember! All Life members were stalwarts of the club , assisting pre games with the setting up the tent ( to sell grog when we had no clubhouse ) . When I joined the club in 1973 , the club was an amateur club playing in a partly Professional competition . the club had a great social life , however emphasis was on playing hard , training hard ( if possible ) and drinking / socialising hard ! All members put in 100% for the club on the field , most achieving Best & Fairest award some year(s) and Loved their Footy!!

“Porky” as Bruce was affectionately known was playing when I commenced in 1973. He was a towering figure at Full Forward in the Reserves and also a great leader for the new guys joining the club. In those early 70’s many a party was held at Bruce’s parents house at Clayfield, and it was for a time an unofficial clubhouse for UQAFC. Porky had agreat sense of humour, and if it was not for the help of his parents, working tirelessly, as did Bruce for the club, Uni may have been in trouble a lot earlier than it was in the mid 80’s.

A great contributor to the club once again, on and off the field.

Travis Warren

Submitted by Anthony Lee:

Grew up playing junior footy in Victoria and Adelaide, if you ask him, he pretty much dominated.
Arrived in Brisbane in 1986 and played Junior footy U15 at Kenmore Bears.
Played for West Brisbane U17 and U19s
Did 2 x preseasons with the Bears early 1990s –
Then played seniors for West Brisbane in 1996 winning a QAFL flag
West to Springvale and played Senior footy in the VFA – in the back line believe it or not!
Played in Northern eagles grand final (lost) around 2000 – Played on Nick Reiwoldt when he was playing for Southport –Travis tells his own story about how that day went.
Started at UQAFC in early 2000s
Played in a number of preliminary finals at division 2 (level under QAFL)
Notables:

  • Kicked over 150 helicopters in one season
  • Never made it out of the forward 50 but managed to get a role with the U18s as the on-ball coach (work that out)
  • Notorious for his training capacity – car had no headlights so had to leave early.
  • Spent more time on the rub down table than anyone else and always seemed to get tight Hammies when 400m sprints were in demand.
  • Put his life on the line having his wife run the canteen at 8 months pregnant with Baz comparing his tightness in his calves to childbirth.
  • Only player to ever have more hair on his shoulders than on his head.
  • Coached 1st division 3 years in a row, has been coaching coordinator for 4 or 5 years.