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FEATURE: Generations of Dedication the Addicoat Way

The name Addicoat is synonymous with the Port Melbourne Football Club. For many decades and through multiple generations the family have played an integral role behind the scenes at the Borough. Today, club stalwart, Margaret Addicoat, her son Simon, and his wife Leanne continue the passionate love affair between club and family. To the Addicoat’s Port Melbourne is a place of worship; the people, the club’s history and the Borough culture is an essential part of their lives.

“The Borough is very much our religion, and similar to a church-based one, you go every week, you have times when you sit and stand, you pray we win every week, and Gary Ayres is our God”, jokes Simon. The love of the institution that is the Borough even formed the foundation of Simon and Leanne’s wedding celebration in 2014. After three and a half years together, the two wed in front of an intimate group of family and friends, with both the blushing bride and groom proudly wearing their Port Melbourne guernseys while reciting their vows.

The proudest member of that wedding event five years ago was undoubtedly Mother of the Groom, Margaret, with the theme of the day inspired by her long and dedicated service to the Football club she considers an extension of her own family. Next year Margaret will celebrate 70 consecutive years as a Port Melbourne Football Club volunteer, a life long association that began as a young child escorting her beloved grandfather to early VFA games.

“My grandfather who passed away in 1973 had been on the Port Melbourne committee for 55 years”, said Margaret. “My parents, my sister and myself moved in with my grandparents in 1946. In 1947 my grandmother wanted me out from under her feet as I was a precocious six year old, and my grandfather said he would take me to the footy with him to give her a break. I loved my grandfather and if he said to me to jump off the Sydney Harbour Bridge I would have asked what side, I loved going to the football with him”.

Margaret’s eagerness to spend time with her grandfather, helping him with little chores around the ground on match days evolved into a lifetime of commitment to the club. Over the years, she has held many roles, and performed a variety of duties. In her younger days she would assist in the canteen and at 12 she manned the club’s modest lolly stall, before transitioning back to help the older ladies in the kiosk.

Over the many years that followed she would go on to be a essential member of the now defunct Ladies Committee, she would organise football clinics for the children in the area, and for a time, when Simon was young she would also run the regular bingo nights, with her son in tow playing with the club members in his pyjamas. Throughout her Port Melbourne journey Margaret was instrumental in assisting past club President’s in their administrative duties particularly during the player contract periods, and she used her resources from her professional position as Office Manager at a local GP practice to lure her work superiors to act as club doctors when they the club was unable to fill the role.

As is the policy of the Port Melbourne Football Club, a life membership is awarded after 10 years of active service, and Margaret was a recipient of that prestigious honour when she was only 26, and she has continued to dedicate her life to the club ever since. Having met her husband through the club, and going through her subsequent marriage breakdown when Simon was a teenager, Margaret believes the club has supported her as much over the years and she has them.

“I didn’t cope very well for two years when my marriage broke up”, she recalls. “At the time I thought I was the only woman in the world who had been cheated on, I was the only woman in the world who had been hurt, and then I started to blame myself, but the football club was my saviour. You hear that saying that people put their arms around you in times of need and that is exactly what the football club did for me; and it is just such an enormous part of my life, it always has been and it always will be”.

Margaret has experienced many highs and lows with the club, and she has accumulated an abundance of colourful stories and tales along the way. One that illustrates her intense protectiveness of the Borough, her friends and her volunteer colleagues is the day she caused ex-ABC football commentator Phil Cleary to be forced to apologise on air during one of his broadcasts. With no love lost between Margaret and the former Coburg player, it is one of Margaret’s proudest accomplishments.

“One day my cousin rang me after a home game back when the ABC were still broadcasting, and she told me that Ross Booth has been praising the ladies in the Port Melbourne canteen for their food and hospitality, and Phil Cleary had turned around and suggested that there were no ladies in the canteen at Port Melbourne”, she said. “I stewed on it for a few days, and then I thought ‘dam this’, and I wrote a letter to the Director of Sport at the ABC and I expressed my disgust that he could say that, he doesn’t know us, and we were all wives and grandmothers and volunteers. I didn’t know at the time that the Director of Sport was a woman, and the next week my letter was read out on air and Phil Cleary was forced to admit how derogatory his comments were.”

Following in his mothers’ love and dedication of the club, Simon also holds many memories that are dear to him as a young boy growing up. Having been a regular at games since the age of five he too is part of the fabric that is the Borough. During his teenage years he fondly remembers taking the left overs from the canteen and selling them at the after match functions.

“I used to flog the leftover food after the game and I introduced a sliding scale, if our boys won they got a discount, if they had a hot missus that also qualified”, Simon said. “Some of the opposition players would get a bit upset about that at times, and say to me, you only charged that person $3 for a hamburger and you are charging me $8, and I would say yep that’s right, you probably should have sent your missus up to buy yours, funnily enough no one ever argued with a 16 year old with that logic”.

These days Simon has his own beautiful wife who was quickly transformed into a fanatical Borough fan, dedicated Player Sponsor and volunteer in her own right. Simon who has been an active and supportive member of the Women’s team since it’s inception last year, and with Leanne providing her free time to assisting the club photographer with the weekly editing and formatting of the club’s official photographs, the family as a collective continues to volunteer in any way they can.

While many may have been intimidated by the significant role that Port Melbourne Football Club played in the life of her future family, Leanne embraced the connection right from the very beginning and instantaneously fell in love with the Borough.

“I did know about the club, because my grandfather grew up in Ross Street and he would watch the Borough on the TV and we couldn’t talk during those times, but I never really followed them”, said Leanne. “It wasn’t until I started to come with Simon that I realised what it really was like to be a part of this club. It was wonderful and magical to meet all the people and see how they respond to Simon and them later how they responded to Margaret. It was fantastic how they all welcomed me, literally embraced me, and when they realised Simon and I were serious, well that was it”.

The Addicoat’s are true VFA/VFL traditionalists. During the years that the club were AFL affiliated Simon refused to attend Port Melbourne games, and Margaret was initially opposed to the development of the women’s team, but in such a short space of time, she has embraced the girls and will be a passionate and proud supporter at their away games this season.

“I am one of those old fashioned women who believe girls should not play football, it’s too physical and my initial thoughts were I don’t want anything to do with the women’s team”, explained Margaret. “But then I found out Paige Holt was going to be captain, and I have known Paige all her life, and when I saw them put on that jumper I was gone. This year I have decided not to go to any of the boys’ away games as I am going to the girls instead, because I think they need the support more. There are still some of the more traditional people at the club who are against the girls, but I say to them if you say you love Port Melbourne, then you love those girls, because they wear that jumper with as much pride as the boys and they are just as much a part of the club as anyone”.

The Port Melbourne Football Club has produced many champions on the field, propelled many players into legends, and has supported many illustrious careers over the years, but it is those off the field that make all of that possible. If there was a Hall of Fame or volunteering Team of the Century highlighting those who have dedicated their life to the Borough, Margaret Addicoat, and her family would most certainly be named. As a proud and independent 78 year old, and with her 70 years of service approaching, Margaret is confident that she will continue to be a fixture at the Borough along with her son and daughter-in-law for many years to come.

“The only thing that will stop me is if I drop dead”, jests Margaret. “But as long as I can do my job and I can contribute to the club and not feel like I get in the way then I will continue to be here. I have a lot of regular customers here at the club in the kiosk and as long as I am able I will be here for them, the players and the team as a whole, and I will be here for some time to come, and when I’m gone Simon and Leanne will continue our legacy”.

Article / Image: Sarah Manton.

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