Greenock Football Club considering a comeback

Greenock Football & Netball Club spokesperson David Coombs with the 1927 premiership. Photo: Peter Argent
Greenock Football & Netball Club spokesperson David Coombs with the 1927 premiership. Photo: Peter Argent

The Greenock Football Club last played back in 1950s according to Norton Schluter, an icon of Barossa and Light football from yesteryear.

Current Greenock Football and Netball Club spokesman David Coombs and his committee are looking to resurrect the club, in a town that hasn't had a football team for upwards of six decades.

"We have an important day on May 26, where people can come to an event at the Oval, starting at 11am and show their interests in resurrecting the 'Schlungers," Coombs explained.

"The concept has got plenty of traction already and if the Facebook interest is any indication, there's every chance we can have the club up and running for the 2020 season.

Greenock FC - 1955 premiership shield and photo. Photo: Peter Argent

Greenock FC - 1955 premiership shield and photo. Photo: Peter Argent

"We've spoken to Matthew Duldig at the (SANFL) Community Football Board and have also looked to completing a constitution.

"Our intention is the play at Greenock Oval and incorporate both a football and netball club; bringing winter community sport back to the township.

"There is work underway to add another turf cricket wicket at the oval, and we will get an opportunity do some ground maintenance at this time.

"We have spoken about making the ground surface more suitable for football and there is already a grant available to improve our netball facilities.

"The Committee has spoken to three leagues and the Adelaide Plains Association has shown the most interest.

"At this stage the new colours of the club will be green and gold.

"It's an exciting time for the township and the community, but we still have a lot of hard work to do."

The Greenock Football Club's history is an interesting and diverse one.

The club played in the original Barossa and Light Association back in 1894 wearing red white and blue and won the premiership that year.

The club entered a B Grade team in the Barossa and Light between 1922 and '30 and won a premiership in the last of those years. They were promoted to the A grade for single season but disbanded before the competition commenced.

They again entered the competition in 1937 but dropped out just before the start of World War II.

After a premiership in 1947 in the Barossa and Murray Valley Association they again disbanded in '49.

When the Barossa and Murray Valley association with resurrected in '55, Greenock won the flag in the undefeated season and again in 56.

They joined the Gawler and Districts B grade competition in '57 and disbanded following the 1958 season.

"Historical Information courtesy of Peter Lines - South Australian Country Football Digest - Volume II"