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ALAN STEWART - OVER HALF A CENTURY IN THE GAME

 

 

OVER HALF A CENTURY IN THE GAME 
By Peter Argent
Today Alan Stewart retires after a full and intriguing life in football. 
For over half a century he touched the lives of hundreds of footballers. 
Starting as a junior at Salisbury North, his career included stints at Central District, the Power, the Adelaide Crows and a short tenure with Willaston, in the Gawler & District competition. 
He is intrinsically connected to the Central District Football Club.  His SANFL association started over 50 years ago with a Under 17's Premiership at the Club, back in 1966. 
Stewart was Vice Captain of the 1971 SANFL Reserves flag and right-hand man to Gary Window.  He was the Central District Football Club's first Senior success with two SANFL League games to his credit at the end of the 1969 season.
He coached the Central District Under 17s to back-to-back titles in 1977 and 1978. 
Stewart went on to coach the Club at Under 19s, Reserves and League levels.  His involvement included being part of the Club's Inaugural Grand Final appearance at the SANFL top level in 1995.
“There have been some great highs and then a number of low points as well, including the sad passing of workmates, both Phil Walsh and Dean Bailey,” Stewart mused. 
“The 1995 Grand Final was a bit of a ‘catch 22’, it was great to get there, but you play in Grand Final's to win them." 
Bulldogs Chief Executive Kris Grant, also a half century veteran of the SANFL, suggested Stewart is among the iconic leaders at the Bulldogs, and took that Club to its very first League Grand Final.   
"'Stewie's' philosophies brought in about the character of any person involved at the Club, and are still used by Central District today," Grant said 
"He is held in high esteem and has coached each level of our Club.  
"A highly respected person in all football circles, Alan has given a huge amount to the game in this to this State.."
He coached the cream of SA talent at Teal Cup level and also coached the Senior State Team on one occasion.
The SANFL Under 18's Best on Ground Award, the Alan Stewart Medal, acknowledges his service to the development of the game in SA.
Life Membership of the Central District Football Club was bestowed upon him in 2002.  
Along with his football career as a player, coach, recruiter and administrator Stewart was also a talented cricketer in his youth.  He played his first SACA  A-Grade (now called First Grade) cricket match as a 16-year-old for Salisbury against East Torrens. 
With his accurate medium place, Stewart collected four wickets on debut, including the prize scalps of Les Favell and Alan Shiell. 
Stewart has been a true servant of SA football for half a century now. 
OVER HALF A CENTURY IN THE GAME 

 

By Peter Argent

 

Alan Stewart retires after a full and intriguing life in football. 

For over half a century he touched the lives of hundreds of footballers. 

Starting as a junior at Salisbury North, his career included stints at Central District, the Power, the Adelaide Crows and a short tenure with Willaston, in the Gawler & District competition. 

He is intrinsically connected to the Central District Football Club.  His SANFL association started over 50 years ago with a Under 17's Premiership at the Club, back in 1966. 

Stewart was Vice Captain of the 1971 SANFL Reserves flag and right-hand man to Gary Window.  He was the Central District Football Club's first Senior success with two SANFL League games to his credit at the end of the 1969 season.

He coached the Central District Under 17s to back-to-back titles in 1977 and 1978. 

Stewart went on to coach the Club at Under 19s, Reserves and League levels.  His involvement included being part of the Club's Inaugural Grand Final appearance at the SANFL top level in 1995.

“There have been some great highs and then a number of low points as well, including the sad passing of workmates, both Phil Walsh and Dean Bailey,” Stewart mused. 

“The 1995 Grand Final was a bit of a ‘catch 22’, it was great to get there, but you play in Grand Final's to win them." 

Bulldogs Chief Executive Kris Grant, also a half century veteran of the SANFL, suggested Stewart is among the iconic leaders at the Bulldogs, and took that Club to its very first League Grand Final.   

"'Stewie's' philosophies brought in about the character of any person involved at the Club, and are still used by Central District today," Grant said 

"He is held in high esteem and has coached each level of our Club.  

"A highly respected person in all football circles, Alan has given a huge amount to the game in this to this State.."

He coached the cream of SA talent at Teal Cup level and also coached the Senior State Team on one occasion.

The SANFL Under 18's Best on Ground Award, the Alan Stewart Medal, acknowledges his service to the development of the game in SA.

Life Membership of the Central District Football Club was bestowed upon him in 2002.  

Along with his football career as a player, coach, recruiter and administrator Stewart was also a talented cricketer in his youth.  He played his first SACA  A-Grade (now called First Grade) cricket match as a 16-year-old for Salisbury against East Torrens. 

With his accurate medium place, Stewart collected four wickets on debut, including the prize scalps of Les Favell and Alan Shiell. 

Stewart has been a true servant of SA football for half a century now. 

 

   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   

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