1961 saw a general review of the Club’s activities. Laurie Chynoweth, continuing as coach, set out his thoughts on what the Club had to do to gain promotion to D Section. Included in these thoughts were to establish a strong administration, encourage active support from the school, embark on early season training, hold practice nights and publicise the aims of the Club. A further plank in achieving elevation to D Section in Laurie’s opinion was to create a sense of tradition in the Club by awarding life memberships to those who had provided outstanding service and to present certificates to players who had played 100 games or more or had 5 years service.
The cost of running the Club had also increased in the years between 1954 and 1960 with the turnover in 1960 reaching the dizzy heights of £320/-/2. At the beginning of 1961, the Club had £28/12/- in the bank.
Despite the optimism flowing from the successes of 1960, the team could only manage three wins for the year, and finished bottom of the ladder. The main reason for this backwards step was the unexpected loss of many players from the 1960 season. Thus, 1961 became a team building year. The Club was held together by a core of “veterans” and the likes of Jim Bellair and John Weatherson who bore the brunt of match day organisation and Club administration generally.
1961 also saw the emergence of Graham Humphreys and Peter Cohen who would play an important role in seeing the Club through a series of difficult years. Warner Veale was captain in 1961.
Awards for 1961
Best and Fairest: Bruce Hotton
Runner-up: Graeme Cock
Most Consistent: Bruce Wardrop
Best Clubman: Peter Kagan
Best First Year Player: Ian Henderson
Most Improved: Ian Armstrong