Sandringham Football Club Player Encyclopedia
How To Use
1. Click on the link below to open
2. There is a seperate page for each player. Click on any tab at the bottom of the spredsheet to view players surnames beginning with that letter.
Sandringham Football Club Player Encyclopedia (CLICK HERE) - Every player to play for the Sandringham Football Club (Most recently updated after the 2014 VFL Season)
I would like to pay tribute to the late John Carroll for the amount of work put into setting up this encyclopedia. His work researching the various records, particularly in the early years has been painstaking and invaluable.
The figures contained in the following document have been compiled from various documents in my possession and also through the local press. Unfortunately records of the club are incomplete (especially reserves & thirds) and therefore the figures contained below are incomplete. Any amendments are welcomed, as are any press cuttings or documents in support of the proposed amendment. Please contact Wal Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or (03) 5971 0179.
I would like to acknowledge the resources of the Sandringham Football and Social Club Inc, the city of Bayside Library, and the Sandringham & District Historical Society. I would also like to acknowledge those people who have read earlier drafts and gave useful suggestions; also those who have contacted me with additions and corrections.
Information concerning reserves players pre-World War 2 comes mainly from the Sandringham News. The foresight of the late Jim Bisset in collecting and preserving a lot of the Club's history in press cuttings, photographs, minutes books etc is greatly appreciated. Information on players who played in the AFL/VFL (games, goals etc) from The Encyclopedia of League Footballers - every AFL/VFL player since 1897 by Jim Main and Russell Holmesby.
Other Club History
Zebras History - A look year by year at the Sandringham Football Club (1920 - 2001)
Highs & Lows - Sandringham's highest and lowest scores against every team in the VFL.
Sandringham Draftees - Sandringham players that have been drafted to AFL teams.
Sandringham Stats Records - Premiers, Runners up, Club Champions, Norm Goss Medallists, Frosty Miller Medallists
How our name began
The phrase "The Zebras" brings to the mind of most people `one of the top senior football clubs in the state' - Sandringham Football Club.
How and when did this colourful club name first become associated with us?
On the Monday following the opening match of the 1934 season, when Sandringham easily defeated Brighton, the Melbourne Sun News Pictorial read:- "Richmond as tigers now have a rival in the animal kingdom, for Sandringham, in the new yellow and black striped Guernsey, resembled zebras.
"The way they galloped away from Brighton to win
showed they could emulate that animal."
"The team will be known in the future as the Zebras".
The journalist responsible for that article was none other than Melbourne top liner - Jim Blake who wrote about VFA football for many years.
Blake's other memories of Sandringham include captain-coach Len Toyne to be the most inspiring speaker he has heard in football. "Len could lift the club with his own actions."
"I consider Neil Bencraft the most loyal player and coach I've seen. He was absolutely fanatical for his club"