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Darrol Foote – Central Whyalla

Darrol was born in Quorn but moved to Whyalla at an early age and has always regarded Whyalla as home.

After an outstanding schoolboy career he joined Central Whyalla in 1951 and came through the Whyalla Colts football system winning his Club’s Best & Fairest award in 1955.

At sixteen years of age Darrol made his debut with Central Whyalla “A” grade team in 1956 which was to be a premiership for the Roosters – the only time he would enjoy the ultimate team success.

The highly regarded book “The Mail Medal 1933 – 1996” states that “ for 12 seasons from 1956 to 1967 Darrol Foote was the measuring stick in Whyalla Football” and “over time  he still ranks as the City’s most decorated player.”

During this period perhaps the year 1960 would be regarded as a standout. In this sporting year Darrol won the first of his Whyalla News Medals but also won the Whyalla News Medal in basketball and the Whyalla tennis singles title. He signed with North Adelaide – rejecting offers from Norwood, Glenelg and Collingwood. He went on to win a further three Whyalla News Medals in 1961 (tied with Mick Vanvacas – North) 1962, and 1966 (tied with Barrie Robran – North) as well as two Sportsman of the Year Awards in 1960 and 1961. He won the first of his Club’s Best & Fairest Awards in 1957 and then a further seven between 1960 and 1966. He was Captain/Coach of Central Whyalla in 1965 and 1966 taking the Roosters from 8th in his first year to 3rd in the second whilst Whyalla was part of the strong Spencer Gulf League.

A posting to BHP’s London Office at the end of 1967 finished Darrol’s football career which spanned around 170 games with Central Whyalla, 20 for the Whyalla combined team and 3 with North Adelaide.

He was awarded Life Membership of both Central Whyalla and the Whyalla Football League in 1966. He was selected in the Whyalla Football League’s Team Of the Century in year 2000.

After football Darrol continued to play tennis at a high level in Adelaide and was part of a number of premiership teams at Metropolitan Lawn Division 1 level. He captained South Australia to a national title in 1986 at over 45’s level and won two South Australian Father and Son titles with son Warren in 1987 and 1988. They then led an Australasian Father/Son team to victory in the International Father/Son Kiam Cup in Spain in 1988.

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