Support the Club (& Get a Free Double Movie Pass)
To help show the club’s reach to our valued sponsor at Telstra Store Cat & Fiddle (upstairs near the old food court) we need as many supporters to go and visit the store mentioning you’re from the Hobart Football Club.
There’s no obligation to buy anything, it helps the footy club out and gets you two free movie tickets. Please head in before September 30th.
Just look how excited our Sponsorship and Marketing Director Rendell Emmett was to receive his two movies passes.
As Russell recalls he joined Hobart in 1967 and was asked to join the newly formed HFC Old Players and Official’s Assoc in 1969 while still playing and served on that committee for a number of years. He won the Reserves B&F and Reserves Goal kicking award during his playing career
Russell and his lovely wife Wendy took on the lease of a Sandy Bay Deli in 1972 and he retired from playing, instead becoming the club’s senior runner in 1972 (I think I was the first runner the club had) and continued for a number of years, highlights included the 1973 Premiership, representing the TFL four times and the State once.
In 1978 Russell moved to Launceston and was asked to joined the East Launceston FC Board in 1979, first as the licensee, then as President in 1982.
In 1985 he moved back to Hobart, Russell finally joined the HFC Board as Football Director in 1989 and became President after the departure of Geoff George in 1992.
Russell was asked to join to the Board of the HFC Sports Club (the financial arm of the Football Club) as Chairman in 1994 and continued in that role until early in 2018)
In 1998 Russell was awarded with a Life Membership of the Hobart Football Club. Following this given his extensive experience, Russell was approached to join the Tasmanian Devils Football Club in 2000 to help form the Devils and acted as their football Director until 2005.
Following the club’s exit from the TSL, Russell became the HFC President again for his second tilt at the role in 2014, Russell will at the end of 2018 finish up in the role and will leave a big hole. We’re sure he’ll still be around supporting the club, but his experience will be missed.
Russell lists his highlights as including
- The 1973 and 1990 Premierships
- The players and coaches that helped us field two sides in 2014 without those guys it would have been all over
- Being part of bring Carlton and Essendon to Hobart for pre-season games in 1993/1994 many commentators believed we could not achieve it but we did, I think we had 11,500 at the first game and 13,000 at the second both teams came back to the TCA afterwards. The Hobart Football Club financed both games and they were very profitable for the Club.
- I’ll never forget the exhausted but happy looks on all the Volunteers after the games, some were too tired to come and meet the players afterwards.
- Hobart’s ability to survive against all odds over the years is second to none, hopefully that is now behind the Club
- I have been associated with the Club for over 50 years and the good-hearted and quality people the Club attracts always amazes me
- The work that is now going on to improve the TCA ground and facilities
- Our inability to play finals football over many years to pay back our loyal supporters
- Not being able to hold on to players
- Always expected to buy the beers when some of my mates are at the Club