Club News

Extraordinary era to finish at season end

Roy Laird has advised Management and the Players that he will step down as Senior Coach at the completion of this season.

In what has been an extraordinary and exceptional 17 years at the helm, Roy has decided it is time.

Roy’s association with the Club since he joined as a player at Under 19 level in 1988 has spanned over 32 consecutive years.

During that period he played 87 League games and 83 Reserves games whilst sustaining knee and shoulder injuries during that period.

Upon his retirement in 1998, he became involved as League Runner in 1999 and Assistant League Coach in 2000.

His knowledge of the game and tactical ability became quite evident and was appointed Reserves Coach in 2001.

That year the Reserves were Runner-Up and in 2002, he steered them to a Premiership.

In 2003 he was appointed to the senior role and his record speaks for itself:-


2003 – 2019   

  • 9 consecutive grand final appearances
  • 7 Premierships
  • Twice Runner Up
  • Missed playing finals on only 2 occasions


This unbelievable record places Roy in the top echelon of coaches in the history of the SANFL.

Roy’s passion for the Central District Football Club is unquestionable, and the amount of personal effort he has committed has been unbelievable.

Roy has committed to give his all in the best interests of the Club for the remainder of season 2019.

The Roy Laird journey has been phenomenal and all members, players and supporters are indebted.


Kris Grant
Chief Executive
Central District Football Club