101 and still keen as

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

Mr O’Cal­laghan was born in Nar­ro­gin on July 20, 1916, to Ir­ish par­ents who had im­mi­grated to Aus­tralia.

He went to school in Kulin and com­pleted his ed­u­ca­tion as a board at St Ilde­phon­sus in New Nor­cia.

The Great De­pres­sion meant that he had to leave school and seek em­ploy­ment, but he was lucky to get a po­si­tion with the WA Gov­ern­ment Rail­ways.

He held the po­si­tions of sta­tion, mas­ter and se­nior of­fi­cer be­fore he re­tired.

He was the head trainer at Perth Football Club from 1960 un­til 1976. TED O’Cal­laghan might have turned 101 last month but his en­thu­si­asm for the Perth Football Club and the Vic­to­ria Park Probus Club has not di­min­ished.

He was the head trainer of the Demons dur­ing a golden era for the club when it claimed three pre­mier­ships in a row from 1966 to 1968.

Mr O’Cal­laghan was also a found­ing mem­ber of the Probus Club, which is based at the Demons head­quar­ters, when it formed 35 years ago.

“It was a very in­ter­est­ing time. I met a lot of foot­ballers, in­clud­ing Barry Ca­ble,” he said.

“There was a lot of great ac­tiv­ity and I re­mem­ber the at­ten­dance on match days be­ing huge.

“The high­light was the first premier­ship be­cause it was the club’s first since 1955.”

Mr O’Cal­laghan said the Probus Club was still an im­por­tant part of his life.

“I’ve had some very in­ter­est­ing times here and made some good friend­ships,” he said.

“The high­light was be­com­ing a life mem­ber in 2007.”

Vic­to­ria Park Probus Club pres­i­dent Ted Teas­dale said the club was one of the most suc­cess­ful in Perth.

“We meet once per month and we have about 90 mem­bers,” he said.

“Dur­ing the meet­ings we have 30 min­utes for the meet­ing, 30 min­utes for morn­ing tea and 30 min­utes for en­ter­tain­ment, usu­ally a guest speaker.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d472732

Ted O’Cal­laghan, who turned 101 re­cently, shared his mem­o­ries of the Perth Football Club.

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