One of the founders of the Club passed away this week at Redcliffe at the age of 86. Clive Lewis was a WW2 veteran and former jockey and football umpire from Hobart who came to Brisbane and became involved in football in the early 1970s.
He and a work colleague at SGIO, Lindsay Fitzgerald, of Margate were involved in the now defunct Woodridge Woodpeckers Football Club and then Lindsay called a public meeting at the old Redcliffe Council Chambers to form the Redcliffe Club on 22 November 1974 at which the Mayor of Redcliffe, Cecil Kroll attended.
Club minutes prepared by the then Secretary the late Guy West recorded a meeting on 16 January 1975 at the then Redcliffe Businessmen's Club above the then Queensland Permanent Building Society office in Redcliffe Parade with SQAFA representatives Ron McLennan of Mount Gravatt Club and John Corless of the now defunct Teachers Club (now of the South Brisbane Yeronga Club) present. Clive Lewis moved and Ray White seconded the colours black with a gold sash be used for the first season.
Clive was fond of the Hobart Tigers and Ray White followed the Richmond Tigers and the Richmond colours were the only VFL colours not used already by other SQAFA Clubs and it was thought those colours could be obtained easily from Melbourne.
Clive appeared in the first Committee photo and also was the umpire for the first practice match of the Club in February 1975 against Windsor Zillmere at Zillmere arranged by the then Coach Ken Williams. Clive as umpire appeared in the first team photo of Redcliffe players wearing Deagon Club jerseys supplied by Alan Parkinson of Deagon. The new Redcliffe jerseys had not arrived at the time. Clive looked a young 50 years old at the time. Three of those first game players Alan Parkinson, Wayne Cannon and Ray White later were elected life members of the Club.
The March 1975 minutes recorded Clive was thanked sincerely for his efforts and donation towards the Club in its early days and acclamation demonstrated the member's thoughts on this matter.
Being a local resident Clive was often the official umpire at games Redcliffe played and Redcliffe copped the odd 15 metre penalty for backchat. Those days there was one umpire on the field and they found it difficult to keep up with play and many infringements went unnoticed. Clive was also appointed as Goal Umpire in Sunday competitions.
Clive eventually gave up umpiring but always had a keen interest in the Club and football in general. Clive regularly went to Hobart for family and business visits. Ray White often spoke to Clive on buses when he visited and performed for RSL veterans and residents at hospitals and aged care facilities. A Memorial service for Clive was held on Wednesday.
1st Committee 1975
Back Row - L-R. Peter Symons (Committee), Roy Sharrock ( Treasurer), Hedley White ( Secretary), Allan Schinkfield (S.Q.A.F.A)
Front Row L-R. Ray White (Committee and Player), Don Barber (Player), Lindsay Fitzgerald (Founder, President), Clive Lewis (Umpire)