Category Archives: De Grey Football Association

De Grey Football Association Reunion


All former players, officials, sponsors and partners of the De Grey Football Association

(pre-1969 to 1982)

Rovers, Panthers, Finucane Island, Goldsworthy, Marble Bar, Shay Gap and Swans

Gather your former team mates together for an afternoon of fun, laughter and tall stories.  Enjoy views of Perth’s iconic Swan River on a trip down memory lane.

DATE: Sunday 19 May 2019       TIME: 12 noon

VENUE: Swan Yacht Club, Riverside Drive, EAST FREMANTLE

ATTIRE: Smart casual (show your team colours)

MEMORIES: Please bring your written stories, medals, trophies, flags, photos and any club memorabilia for scanning to be placed on this website for time immemorial.

PROGRAMME: includes a buffet lunch by the Swan River, Surprise Guest Speaker, Almost footy legends – Captain and Coaches Pick, De Grey Team of the Century Presentation, Silent Auction – Hall of Fame, Slide Show from Colin Matheson estate collection and others.

TABLES OF 10: $490

INDIVIDUALS: $55 per person

Please pay via online banking with your name in the description:

Bankwest BSB:  303-092     Account: 7512 475

BOOKINGS CONFIRMATION TO: Adrian Marshall on 0459 249 999 or email: click here>>>




De Grey Football League 1969 – 2019


20190128 ad for 50 year reunion 1969
The West Australian Advert, 28 January 2019

If you were a trail blazer for the De Grey Football League, now known as the North Pilbara Football League, this one’s for you.

Mark your diary to be in Perth in May 2019 to celebrate 50 years of football in the Pilbara.

You know what it means to play footy in the Pilbara, be a committee member, an umpire, and an curator of football history.

Please join us.

  • Pier Panthers.
  • Rovers (Port Hedland Towns)
  • Finucane Island.
  • Marble Bar
  • Goldsworthy.
  • Shay Gap.
  • Swans (South Hedland)



Barefoot footy in the Pilbara

In the 1960s, footy games were played on a sandy patch cleared of rocks and stones.

According to Pat Love, legendary goal scorer for Panthers and Rovers, playing footy games in bare feet was easier on these sandy Pilbara ovals.

Colin Matheson‘s football collection has lots of photos capturing the tough breed of footballer in the Pilbara.

This photo collection is a draft.  Please excuse the amateur attempt and publishing software notation across the screen.  A better version will be updated shortly.