I visited York twice in 2018. First in March when the cricket team was preparing for a final and then in August to see Railways from Northam play Kellerberrin-Tammin in the second semi final of the Avon Football Association.
York is one of WA’s best looking towns and has a footy history dating back to 1883 when it was decided to form a team playing by the Victorian Association rules.
At one stage there were three teams in York – Medinas, Centrals and Wanderers. This was reduced to two – Australs and Warriors – when the Northam-York-Toodyay Association was formed in 1934. York was a foundation club of the Avon Football Association in 1959, the Roos last won the premiership in 2002.
In 1934 three “born and bred” York players were named in the WA state team. They were stars. Speedy rovers Wyburn Shakespeare Taylor (left) and Roy McGlinn were premiership players with East Fremantle in 1931, 1933 and 1937. Taylor spent the 1936 season as captain coach of Mines Rovers in the Goldfields Football League, took the Diorites to the premiership and won the GFL fairest and best award. He played 1936 games for East Fremantle. McGlinn played 191 games for East Fremantle.
The third player Wyborn Herbert (Herbie) Screagh became one of the greats of East Perth after coaching Centrals in York in 1931 as a 19-year-old. He played 206 games for the Royals and kicked 359 goals as a rover-forward. He was East Perth fairest and best winner in 1932, 1933, 1934 and 1937 and was a premiership player in 1936.
Chance Bateman won the AFA’s Byfield-Stacey Medal as a 16-year-old in 1998 before embarking on his stellar career with Perth and Hawthorn. Current Carlton speedster Zac Fisher also made the move from York via Perth into the AFL.
Bruce Duperouzel started his sporting career in York before making a name for himself as a footballer with Claremont, St Kilda and Footscray and a cricketer – he scored a Sheffield Shield century for WA.
The Royals by Alan East
Following the Bouncing Burley by Derek Mott