The 50's and 60's
After reaching the 1949 Grand Final there were big expectations amongst the Fremantle CBC players for the start of the 1950 season. These expectations were just that and the club were to experience some our darkest days during the first three years of the decade managing a mere 7 wins from 51 games between 1950 and 1952, 5 of which were recorded in 1950. This was a club in crisis.
Things began to turn around in 1953, winning the final 6 games of the regular season the club was back in the finals for the first time in 4 seasons and despite a big loss in the 1st semi final things were starting to look up for the boys in green and gold. Jim McLinden became our first 100 game player in 1953 and by the start of the ‘54 season a fine committee had been assembled to guide the club. The off field success didn’t translate to on field results with a solitary win from 13 starts.
1955 saw the emergence of a young man by the name of Jack Cattalini, little did they know that at the time the Cattalini name would become part of our rich history for the next 50 plus years, with Jack’s and his two brother ‘s (Peter & Mario)combining for a total of over 900 games between them .
The beginning of the 56 season also coincided with another name richly entwined in the fabric of our great club, Des Reed started a long and distinguished family history at Fremantle CBC that still lives on to this day, Des would join the club as Captain / Coach and lead the team to a Grand Final in his first two seasons in charge, only to fall short of both occasions.
After 3 lean seasons, Des returned to the coaching ranks in 1961 to lead the club to it’s first premiership, 29 years and 4 Grand Final appearance since it’s inception this was a momentous occasion for all involved. As a result the club was promoted to “A” division in 1962, which coincided with the first ever Fremantle CBC “colts” side being introduced to the competition.
The club was on the rise and a reserves side “C” division was added in 1963 with both the A & C division sides making the finals: in his 30th year as part of Fremantle CBC Tom Naylor was rewarded for his consistent hard work with the “Best Clubman” award, the Rees Trophy.
1965 saw the passing of foundation member and the club’s very first Life Member Jack Andinach, as a mark of respect the Fairest & best award was so named in his honour.
The highlight of the 50’s and 60’s was by far the 1967 season, the club enlisted the services of Frank Treasure to coach the “A” grade side, who despite scraping into the finals won three on the trot to take out the Premiership in style. This was a moment to savour.