A lad from Mount Pleasant – who ventured down to Central District as a teenager in 1969 and became the club’s first 300-game SANFL footballer – Peter “Milky” Vivian was last week inducted to the SA Football Hall of Fame.
Vivian was honoured in front of his supportive wife Roxanne, sons, Kym and Anthony, their wives Kylie and Mandy, daughter Sallyann and partner Andy Kalleske at a special event at Adelaide Oval.
“Milky was a popular figure amongst the playing group,” Central Districts ceo and servant of the Bulldogs for over 50 years Kris Grant said.
“He had pace that set the game alight and for more than a decade and a half he excited the Bulldogs faithful with his dash down the grandstand wing.
“Milky was a team orientated footballer who was hard working and had a strong work ethic that permeated through the times where he coached after his playing days.
“He was reserves coach in an important era and league assistant to Alan Stewart in 1996.
“On the coaching side, he had a real passion to help young talents develop their skills and make the most of their footy acumen,” Grant said.
Skillful, lively and possessing exceptional pace, Vivian played a Bulldogs record 308 games from ’69 to ’85, winning the club best and fairest (now called the Norm Russell medal) in 1978. He also played two state games in 1974, including the first at Football Park against WA and against Victoria at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
He was a member of the Bulldogs first ever finals victory ‘71 against Sturt at Adelaide Oval and was a member of that first team against North Adelaide in the inaugural SANFL league match at Football Park.
Vivian also coached the Angaston Panthers from 1988 and ‘91 from ‘99 to 2006 was the senior coach at Gawler Central Tigers.
Coming from the first semi-final he took the Tigers to their third of four premierships since World War II in 2001.
He was BLG association representative coach for three years from 2002 as well.
“This honour was a nice way to complete my football life,” Vivian told Barossa Herald.
“The thing that you remember, the great friends you make and experiences across a long journey. I played in both the ‘67 and ‘68 flags as a teenager at Pleasant Valley under David French.
“Ian Kroehn was influential in getting me the Central Districts Football Club and it was nice he was at the event to share the night,” he said.
Before heading to Adelaide, Vivian played in two Pleasant Valley A grade premierships in 1967 and 1968, winning the club best and fairest as a 17-year-old in the second of those seasons.