Charlie Washington is a jewel of the Willunga Football Club

LOVED: Charlie Washington holds the A grade premiership cup after Willunga's victory on Saturday.
LOVED: Charlie Washington holds the A grade premiership cup after Willunga's victory on Saturday.

Charlie Washington is calling an end to his glittering career at the Willunga Football Club.

It is not the career that club champions such as Chris and David Hams, Ben Thompson, Lloyd Binney, Terrry Fitzpatrick, Wayne Potter, Kevin Poulter, Barry Pilmore, Chum Reed, Chris, Steve and Simon Roberts, Richard Croser, Adam Carnevale, Mitch Portlock, Brad Haskett, Todd Steele and Ben Baxter enjoyed, to name a few.

But to all of them, Charlie was the one constant. He was there.

Charlie has been the go to man at the club to get all the stars on the field fit and healthy so the club could achieve the success it has over the years.

He has been the trainer at the Willunga Football Club for 60 years and now it is time to call it quits.

Saturday's grand final was his last time and the A grade and junior colts both won premierships.

Charlie came to the Willunga Football Club in 1953 and played for two years, starting in 1954 and played until 1961, for a total of 48 senior games.

He was A Grade boundary umpire for several years, Reserves team manager for one year and was on the fund raising committee during the late 1950s.

It was 1960 when Charlie started helping out with the training duties, as well as boot sprigging and by 1962, was an official trainer after completing all the courses required. Charlie was the head trainer for several years for the club.

Charlie is an absolute treasure of the Willunga Football Club and his humour and attitude to the game has made him highly respected by all the other clubs in the league.

Willunga appreciated the selfless efforts of Charlie, as in 1977, he was inducted as a Life Member of the club and in 2016 was bestowed the huge honour of being in the Willunga Football Club Hall of Fame.

DEMON TREASURE: Charlie Washington is Willunga through and through and is hanging up his training duties after 60 years.

DEMON TREASURE: Charlie Washington is Willunga through and through and is hanging up his training duties after 60 years.

"It all started by me wanting to help out around the club, as I loved the game of football and Willunga," Charlie said.

"Chum's (Gary Reed) dad, Len Reed, was a trainer at Willunga for 52 years and I thought it would be great to equal that and now I have gone past that and hit 60 years."

When talking about footballers at the Willunga Football Club, Charlie turns back the clock.

"A few of my favourite players were Dean Machel and Dennis Ratigan and the McDonald boys.

"I got on very well with them and we had some great success. Matty Thomas has just retired and Daniel Bass are a couple of my favourites," he said.

"I also get on well with other club trainers, in particular Allan Crispin from Encounter Bay, who recently passed away and Strathalbyn's Paul Holdsworth."

It is people like Charlie who help build a culture in football clubs and although he may not be seen running out onto the oval to help a player in trouble or strap an ankle before the game, he will still be there each week to cheer on his mighty Demons.

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