1960 - 1969
AUFC 1960-1969 - THE GOLDEN YEARS
Although the Club had enjoyed a particularly successful era in the 'fifties in which it played in seven Al Grand Finals and won four Premierships, even greater success was to come in the 'sixties. Dr. R.T. Steele ended a six year term as President and a twenty year active association with the Club as a player and administrator when he stepped down as President at the beginning of the 1960 season. His place was taken by another stalwart of the Club in J.B. Day who was to remain as President throughout the 'Sixties.
Constitutional changes in the mid-'sixties saw Sir George Ligertwood become Patron in 1966 and another long serving stalwart R.L. Whittle take the position of Chairman in 1967.
An important appointment on the playing side was that of Alan Greer to the senior coaching position in 1960. His record as a player with Port Adelaide and the State side was very impressive and he had coached Riverside in Amateur League during the late ‘fifties. In his eight years with the Club he took the Al side into the Grand Final each year and won four Premierships. This record surpassed the performance of E.G. Tilley who took the Al side into six Grand Finals for four Premierships in his six years with the Club in the ‘fifties.
The sides of the early 'sixties were considered by many people to be the finest that the Club has fielded. Many of the players represented the State Amateur side and many progressed to League football where they played with distinction. A.R. Clarkson, D.C. Hill, W.R. Jackson, M.E. Jones and A.E. Byers are examples of players in this category.
The middle 'sixties continued the fine performances of earlier years. However Premierships eluded the Club with the exception of 1965. W.R. Haslam,J.F. Sangster(an All Australian captain), J.R. Blake, I.F. Edgely and C.H.A. Meyer were some of the brilliant players of this era.
The late 'sixties also saw the Club in a pre-eminent position in Amateur League as a new generation of University players carried the Club to Premierships in 1968 and 1969 under coaches D.F. Kimber and P. Vivian. This period saw outstanding players such as V.J. Bondar, B.R. Simmons, J.H.P. Disney, J.R. Goodhart, P.J.L. Rofe and J.S. Sandland wearing 'the Blacks' jumper.
Thus the Club played in every Al Grand Final in the 'sixties, winning six Premierships. This was an enviable record and a performance unsurpassed in Amateur League history.
As well as the outstanding record of the A1's during this period, the remainder of the Club also had its share of success. This can be attributed in part to Alan Greer who generated great Club spirit by insisting that all teams train together. G.O'H. Hyde led the A3 team to a Flag in 1965 (undefeated Premiers), the Al reserves were runners-up in 1964 with J.G. Olliver in charge, and won the Premiership in 1965 under the leadership of G. Kraehe. K. Allen led the A2 Reserves to a Flag in 1961. D.R. Harrison coached the A3 reserves to Grand Finals in 1964 and 1965, winning the 1964 Premiership.
The 'sixties saw the Club expand into the largest football club in Australia, a fact of which the Club is very proud. It is no wonder that this era is looked upon as the Golden Era of the Club's history.