Fifty years of Sale City

SALE City Football-Netball Club will celebrate 50 years in 2020 with a reunion in May.

The club played its first match on April 4, 1970, 50 years to the day from the beginning of the 2020 North Gippsland Football-Netball League season.

The Sale City players for the first match were coach Max Craig, Tony Banik, David Wilson, Jim Grant, Phillip Cartledge, Graeme Lucey, Stan Cobby, Don Tatnell, Graeme Goodwin, Ron Lubke, Bill Reid, Terry Monds, Tony Brand, Alan McMillan, Leon Woods, Geoff Wake, Graeme Bird, Darcy Dugan, Bill Kingwell and Sonny Cunningham.

Things did not go City’s way on that day as it was defeated by Glengarry 9.12 (60) to 6.14 (50).

Reid topped the goal kicking for City with two goals, with one each from Dugan, Lubke, Cunningham and Brand. Best players were Banik, Reid, McMillan, Tatnell, Lucey, Kingwell and Grant.

The game was played on the Sale Oval on the condition no more than nine games were played there in that season and no training or other activity took place there. In addition to the number of games allowed, City was told it they could not play there the following year.

The visitor’s rooms were the change rooms for both Sale City and Glengarry.

The nine clubs which played against City in the North Gippsland Football League in 1970 were Nambrok, Cowwarr, Gormandale, Newry, Boisdale, Maffra Rovers, Rosedale, RAAF and Glengarry.

Only Nambrok, Gormandale, Boisdale, Rosedale, Maffra Rovers, Newry and Glengarry fielded reserves teams.

In round two, City went down to Nambrok at home by 25 goals, 30.17 (197) to 5.5 (35). The gate figure of $140 was a record for the NGFL, surpassing the $90 from City’s first game against Glengarry.

In City’s first away game, Newry won 9.20 (74) to City 4.12 (36).

Sale City’s 50-year reunion will be held on Saturday, May 16, when the Bulldogs host Yarram at Stephenson Park.

Current and former players, officials, sponsors and supporters have been encouraged to register interest by phoning Laurie on 0419 132 824 or emailing

Anyone with information, photographs or records which could be used in the production of a booklet to be launched at the reunion has been asked to contact Laurie.