Sid Robins

SID ROBINS

Born: Feb 1945          Died: Dec 2016

Came from: Beelbangera-Yenda United     Went to: Retired

First game: 14 April 1963     Last game: 29 June 1980

Appearances: 317     Goals: 3

Premierships: 1968

The Griffith born defender enjoyed a prolific and successful time with the Swans from 1963 to 1980 clocking up a club record 317 first team appearances, and is widely regarded as one of the club's best ever players. He started his early football days playing with Griffith schoolboys. Crossed to Beelbangera-Yenda United in 1962 and under Bobby Spears  made his senior debut but after one season returned to Griffith before eventually finishing his career back were it all began eighteen seasons later. In subsequence season's 1969-1972 he won the club's best and fairest, South West League's Gammage Medallist in 1972 and was a member of the Swans 1968 premiership side. In 2014 he was selected as centre half-back in Griffith Swans 'Team of the Century'.

What They Said About Him

After a early season team effort that gained a close victory at home over Turvey Park (May 5, 1963) Club Notes commented on Robins' performance: "Sid Robins pleased with some noticeable improvement last Sunday and has only to maintain the same rate of progress to be a regular in the first grade."

Club Notes reports that with only seven of last year's twenty available, the Red and Whites turn on an astounding team effort to down Leeton (April 11, 1965): "The team had no passengers and the way players such as Sid Robins, Kevin Luhrs and Lachie O'Dwyer lifted their game was a revelation. After much cogitation the selectors awarded Ron Dalla's Whitmont shirt to Sid Robins."

In Club Notes (Sept. 4, 1966), scribe Neil Griggs had no doubts about his selection for the end of season club award after Sid Robins won the Col Longobardi Point score award .... 1st 18, Sid Robins; runner-up, Mal Russell .:.. "Bones is not a spectacular player and gained only two votes in the Gammage Medal, but it's 'London to a brick' this won't be the only Griffith trophy (with different judging panels) that he will win this season."

Club notes on the Turvey Park game (April 30, 1967) citation: "After a game that was close and interesting throughout, we just managed to outclass the Bulldogs last Sunday. Sid Robins, once again, was our star, and his sparkling effort won him his second successive major vote in the Co-op - Ernest Hillier suit award."

Club notes after his performance at Grong Grong on April 21, 1968: "Turvey Park has a 'secret weapon' in the black mud of Gissing Oval but teams visiting Grongie will find the deep sand just as hard to counter. .... One Griffith player, Sid Robins, also proved a beach sprinter. In fact he rated as best afield and as one Griffith player remarked after the game, 'They didn't beat Griffith, they beat Sid Robins. He was the only one playing in our team'."

From a  Swans Club notes report: "An unfaltering Griffith defence, spearheaded by ever reliable Sid Robins, was the cornerstone of Griffith's good win over Ganmain (May 3, 1970) at the Griffith Ex-Serviceman's Oval. .... Sid Robins played a tremendous game, taking mark after mark, and was ably assisted by Frank Conlan, and Bob Little."

Club notes report in Grand Final programme on Sept. 17, 1971: "The Swans came through last Sunday's tough game free of serious injury ..... and three training sessions during the week should have them at their top today. Our players, set a brilliant example by Sid Robins, really hit their straps against Grong Grong-Matong and if we can find the same form we will really challenge the Redlegs for the major portion of Amoco's generous prize money."

Club notes (August 27, 1972) on Sid's SWDFL best & fairest award: The popular Gammage Medal win by Sid Robins called for quite a bit of celebrating which wound up when his First XVIII team mates on the Friday joined in a niner (plus) after training."

 

Club notes scribe 'Chow' Carroll got a bit excited over two big wins over Whitton Tigers (May 27, 1973) with 60 goals being scored by us on the day: "But the one goal that captured the imagination of the crowd was that of Sid Robins. Running 50 yards against a 30 knot breeze and with seven players hanging off him, he kicked the ball 100 yards for a goal - well done Sid."

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