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Roy Porter Passed away 9 months 2 weeks ago #198909

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Full name
Kenneth Roy Porter

Known as
Roy Porter

Born
17 November 1935 (age 85)

Senior clubs
West Perth

ROY PORTER

Club
League
Career span
Games
Goals
Avg
Win %
AKI
AHB
AMK
BV
West Perth WANFL 1954-1964 179 146 0.82 — — — — —
Total 1954-1964 179 146 0.82 — — — — —
Roy Porter was a fresh-faced, lightweight 18-year-old when he made his WANFL debut with West Perth in 1954, and it was frequently opined that he needed to ‘bulk up’ if he was truly to make his mark in the game. In that year’s Preliminary Final he made his critics eat their words as he announced his arrival as a top class footballer with a near best afield performance as he out-rucked his much heavier and more experienced South Fremantle opponents, only to suffer the anguish of seeing his team mates squander opportunity after opportunity and go down by 24 points, despite managing 32 scoring shots to 26.

Winner of the Cardinals’ fairest and best award in 1956, Porter was always a significant threat to the opposition when resting in the forward lines, and indeed was sometimes called upon to play purely as a forward. His 179 league games between 1954 and 1964 included the winning Grand Final of 1960, when he booted three of the Cardinals’ 17 goals in a 32-point victory over arch rival East Perth. Porter represented Western Australia at the 1958 Melbourne carnival when he played in the matches against the VFA and VFL. After retiring as a player, he maintained his association with West Perth by serving the club in a number of off-field roles.

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Roy Porter Passed away 9 months 2 weeks ago #198949

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Roy Porter notched up a hundred and seventy nine league games for the West Perth Football Club, but should have played well over two hundred.
After representing Western Australia in the 1958 Carnival in Melbourne, kicking two goals against Victoria, Porter was the victim of a “youth policy.” Himself just twenty two, he played with the reserves for a season and a half before an approach to himself and Ron Bewick from South West club Boyanup-Capel brought the situation to a head.
West Perth refused clearances for the pair, and Roy was immediately reinstated in the league side, where he starred in a premiership year, kicking three goals in the grand final win over East Perth.
History was to repeat itself in 1964, when coach Clive Lewington cut him adrift at the age of just twenty eight. When Graham Farmer arrived at West Perth in 1968, he immediately enquired as to Porter’s availability. “It was a bit too late,” Roy recalled.
Nicknamed “lizard” by a school teacher because of his thin frame, Roy Porter followed his brother, Don “Mary” Porter(nicknamed after a character in the Dad and Dave radio show) into league football. Don was an accomplished half back for the Cardinals, playing a hundred and thirty three games and winning a Simpson Medal for his outstanding display in the 1951 grand final, but the pair never played together at West Perth.
“Don was ten years older than me, and retired the year before I played my first league game,”Roy recalled. “We did play a game together with Mails in the Sunday League.”
Roy Porter was playing with Mails as a fifteen year old, with North Perth’s Temperance League side having his services on Saturdays and the seniors in Sunday League on Sundays. At six foot four a very agile ruckman with rare pace for a ruckman, he was in demand from league clubs, both Ern Henfry(Perth) and Mick Cronin(East Perth) chasing a signature. “We were in unalotted territory, so I could have gone anywhere, but I was always going to play for West Perth,” he said.
After a game with the reserves, Porter made his league debut in round two of 1954 at centre half forward, but was soon transferred to the ruck. There were plenty of top ruckmen around in those days, but Porter’s light frame belied his ability and physical presence, and, despite the doubts expressed in the media about his chances against the best, he put egg on a lot of faces.
In that year’s preliminary final Porter made a statement against the strong ruck battery of eventual premiers, South Fremantle. His performance against Norm Smith, Don Byfield, and Des Kelly, with Peter Cobby on the bench, was instrumental in his selection the following season for a Western Australian second side.
When Roy did National Service in early 1956, one of his physical education instructors was Perth’s Ken Armstrong. “That was the best training I ever had,” he said. “Ken ran me everywhere. He was a good teacher.” Selected for the Melbourne Carnival side in 1958, Porter found himself an a half forward flank. With a ruck battery of Farmer, Clarke, Foley, and Percy Johnson, it was an achievement to be in the side. He lined up on Carlton champ, John James.
After departing from the Cardinals, Roy Porter began a three year stint as captain coach of Williams in 1965, before playing with Scarborough in the Sunday League.
Since retiring from the playing field, Roy has given West Perth Football Club many years of service. A committeeman for seventeen years, he was chairman of selectors under four coaches, and has been a regular at Joondalup.
A butcher, with retirement hastened by a stroke, he enjoyed retirement with wife Doreen. A son, Geoffrey, played State Schoolboys in 1978. Daughter Sandy is married to former Football Operations Manager with the West Australian Football Commission, Clint Roberts.
Perth’s Tom Davis got Roy’s nomination as toughest opponent, while Ray Schofield received his vote as best played with.
Roy Porter was a leading ruckman in an era of star big men, and served West Perth Football club well for over half a century. Together with brother Don, the Porter name is held in high regard by the club and it’s supporters.

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Roy Porter Passed away 9 months 2 weeks ago #198956

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Cheers Winger and Ooos, gee I wished you posted more Ooos, you are a fountain of WAFL history. Hope you are travelling well mate, next time I am in Melbourne , I will give you a byzz...I am eager to catch up for more WAFL history lessons from your good self...

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Roy Porter Passed away 9 months 2 weeks ago #198966

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Thanks for posting Bird, this site needs more history type stuff rather than shit banter. Banter is ok but its all to much.

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Roy Porter Passed away 9 months 2 weeks ago #198970

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Cheers Freezin and Winger, nice to see a couple of dyed in the wool WAFL scribes again.

Lets hope we do catch up again.

I did actually meet Roy Porter at his home and enjoyed his company for a cuppla hours one afternoon. Had a mate with me who is a mad Cardy supporter. Great bloke, as most of them are.

Stay safe, fellas....and hope to catch up.

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