Kev Spokes pictured above with son’s Glen and Terry Spokes
VALE KEVIN SPOKES
Redcliffe Tigers Australian Rules Football Club President from the 1995 and 1996 seasons, Kev Spokes, has sadly passed away after courageously fighting illness for more than 2 years.
After a highly decorated playing career with Somerville and Hazelwood in Victoria where he created a well-known reputation as a tough and uncompromising player, Kev arrived at the Tigers in 1991 intending only to come along as a supporter to watch his two sons playing senior football for the Tigers. It didn’t take long for his love of the game to get the better of him and he became heavily involved to help our football club in any way he could.
Kev’s involvement within the football department saw his ruthless manner towards football became infectious and it was taken on by the playing group to the point where other teams always feared playing the Tigers. At the same time his humour, generosity and love of a good time also encouraged an atmosphere that lead to some of the most enjoyable and successful social functions ever held at our club, particularly those held during the time of his presidency. It was also during this time that the competitive beast in him was revived and he pulled the boots back on to help out the reserve grade side. This allowed those of us there to gain just a bit of an idea of how determined and committed he was as a player. Kev’s decision to again play football, lead to what was the personal highlight of his time at the Tigers. Playing senior football alongside his sons, Terry and Glen, was an occasion Kev always remembered with great pride and joy, particularly because at the time it put great fear into the opposition having to play against a Tigers team that included three players with the last name being Spokes. This is one of many great memories the Spokes family have from their time at the Redcliffe Tigers Football club.
Those who knew Kev will have many great memories and will miss his mateship, loyalty and his humour, which stayed with him right until the end.
Kev is survived by his wife Barbara, children Terry, Kim and Glen, granddaughters Jade and Karly and great grandson William.
The Redcliffe Tigers Australian Rules Football Club and its members would like to pass on our deepest condolences to Kev’s family and friends.