South Melbourne Districts is celebrating its centenary in 2012. Although the Club had only one senior football team for almost 50 years, it is now a multi-sports club that caters for more than 1,000 junior and 100 senior participants, supported by many helpers across junior and senior football, junior and Milo cricket, senior and little athletics.
Whilst the Club ostensibly began in 1912, its origins probably go back to the mid 1890s when it was known as Pembroke Juniors. A common set of officials and players then moved from suburb to suburb in search of a ground. It did not in fact have a regular home ground until the mid 1930’s when it was granted use of an oval in Albert Park.
From its beginnings it had a close association with the South Melbourne Football Club. It was an important feeder club until the Swans relocated to Sydney. South Melbourne reciprocated by assisting with the appointment of playing coaches and providing young players not yet mature enough for League football.
There are many famous ex-players such as Keith Forbes (Essendon Team of the Century), Danny Jacobs, Alan Miller (coach of South Melbourne), Jack “Basher” Williams, and the best known of all, Roy Cazaly.
SMD will hold its centenary season launch on 31 March, with joint Number One ticketholder Fr Bob Maguire and Richmond dynamo Dustin Martin present. Details of this event and other centenary celebrations can be found at http://smdsc.com.au/senior-football