It is with a very heavy heart we report that last night we lost one of our very finest.
Born 29 November 1926, 94 year old Granville Kewpie Junior, ALAN GARSIDE passed away peacefully surrounded by his children.
Alan started playing in 1937 as an 11 year old striker for the Kewpies under 14’s team. Later as a 15 year old he joined their under 16’s team and played there for 2 years. For these 6 years as a Kewpie he was undefeated having never lost a match and won 6 consecutive Grand Championships!
He then joined the powerhouse NSW State League club, Granville Magpies Reserves team and won the Grand Championship as a 17 year old. During the height of the War years his team was weakened as players left to serve in the war effort. For the next 2 years he won knock out competitions but not the Premierships.
In 1946 his Magpie team was strengthened with the return of players from military service and he won consecutive Grand Championships for the next 3 years. He joined the Magpie Firsts team in 1949 but had to wait to win the back to back Grand Champions in 1951 and 1952, undefeated!
In 1952 he played 24 matches and scored a remarkable 53 goals and forced his way into the state and national teams as national selectors could no longer ignore his prolific scoring. In 1953 he was selected to be a Socceroo (cap number 148) against China. He scored 3 goals in the 5 matches that he played for the Socceroos including matches against South Africa in 1955, before a constant leg injury and married life shortened his career. He is arguably Granville & Districts Soccer Football Associations greatest ever player…and the much loved local neighbourhood Milkman!
The GDSFA want to express our deepest heartfelt condolences to our Champion.