Over time the Tasman FC Guernsey has changed. The Original 1946 guernsey was yellow with a black V, this guernsey didnt last long and the following season white guernseys with a red V, red collar and red numbers were worn by the A grade, the B grade continued to wear the yellow and black guernsey. Photos from 1950 confirm that Tasman FC had another change of guernsey, now wearing a white guernsey with a red TFC motif (similar to that of Carlton FC). Again sometime before the start of the 1961 season there was another guernsey change, this time to a red guernsey with a white V. The club continued to wear this guernsey until sometime in the mid early 80's when a red and white striped guernsey was adopted up until .... more to follow shortly.
We are searching for old guernseys that have been worn in games since 1946 for a Tasman FC through time display. If you have a guernsey that you would like to donate back to the club it would be greatly appreciated.
The history & formation of the Tasman Football Club
as recalled by Arch Patterson - for the 50 year booklet
FOUNDATION MEMBER, LIFE MEMBER, AND CLUB STALWART SINCE 1946
In February, 1946, the call was on to reform the Port Lincoln Football League. Durimng the war, all teams had been disbanded and only patriotic football was played by three teams, Freezers, Tasmans and Waybacks.
The Freezers was the most successful. It was after a league meeting that the various bodies got together and Waybacks reformed. Most of the Freezers, led by Fred Emms, formed the Souths and Max Harvey, Jim Kennedy and I formed Tasmans. I wanted the name to be Bostons but lost out on a vote.
However, Jim Kennedy, Max Harvey, Allen Smith, Ross Canty and I drew up a constitution and this was accepted by the League. There was great excitement as the season approached. The Centenary Oval was bought back to a good playing field by curator, Jack Taylor.
A programme was drawn up and Waybacks proved successful in the first year, then Tasmans came top in 1947. Tasmans had built up a formidable list of players and were successful again in 1949.
Leo Crowhurst was elected President in 1947 and was President for three years then Andy Anderson, who was a dry cleaner, took over. He had been a very keen supporter. It was hard trying to raise funds for the club and we would hold dances in the RSL Club. About this time, I had a tourist bus business, Boston Tours and I took players and officials on many trips to Whyalla, Port Augusta, Darke Peake and Lipson, where I played my one and only game for Tasmans, aged 47, and kicked one goal. I drove home but was very stiff and sore for three weeks so decided to stick to my job as trainer with Ros Canty and Leon Purvis. The players of Tasmans came from all walks, and good coaches were hard to come by.
We had get togethers in the unlined shed on the oval on Sunday mornings to play housie, run raffles, etc. When Waybacks bought an old building on Verran Terrace for a Club room, Tasmans decided it was time for us to make a move. So Jack Brooks and I looked at the present site. It was all thick scrub, but a good position so I approached Mr. Houston, a land agent, re purchase. He told me there were three blocks available for 600 pounds. I said I wanted one but had no money. He said, "Ok, I'll give you the money to go see the Bank of Adelaide." It was soon fixed up and I got Frank Quinn with his tractor to clear it up. It soon dried up and one evening, Ross Canty, Milt Woon, Dinger Bell, Allen Turvey and several more started a fire and burnt it up. After burning, we had a limestone block. After much hard work over several years, we erected a wood and iron 60 feet x 40 feet shed. We called it our Hall. Jack Brooks and I went guarantors to the bank for the club, but, after the Club was incorporated, our guarantee was not required. Suffice for me to say, it has proven its worth. With reconstruction and additions, we have a wonderful asset for which we can all be truely grateful to the various committees over the years.
I was President for many years as the Honour Board shows and when the reconstruction took place, Max Harvey and I combined to open the new Club rooms. It was a proud moment for both of us.
I still enjoy watching the players and often criticise their efforts but is all in good fun. Finally, it is a place for my wife and I on Sunday evenings to play bingo and have tea and lose more then we win. I am pleased to have seen 50 years of Tasman progress and many thanks to all.
- Arch Patterson
It's a Great Great Club
And the Club We Love
We're the Good old Red and Whites
The Mighty Roosters we're called
All for One, One for all
If we're down we Fight Fight Fight
We like to Play as a Team
And we Play it Clean
We're Never out of Sight
Be it Wet be it Dry
We Try Try Try
We're the Good old Red and Whites