Jun 16 2016

1964 Irymple FC Photo Update

Well here it is folks, an undamaged copy of dad’s runners up Under 18’s team from 1964 (see original post here).  With thanks to the power of social media, some of dad’s old team mates and their family members contacted me and we now have this copy.

Irymple Football Club - Under 18's Runners Up - 1964

Very special thanks to Michael Allen and his wife Patti for taking the time to scan this image from their collection.  Also thanks to Marg Young who also took time out of her day to track down a copy from the Bottoms & Morris families.

Jun 8 2016

Lost Mildura

Recently I posted a copy of this photo of dad’s Under 18’s AFL team photo from 1964 on the Facebook community page for Lost Mildura.  Through that post I was contacted by a few people that either played in the same team with dad or with the club about the same time.  One of which was Stan Middleton.  Stan a returned Vietnam veteran is a lovely man only 3 weeks older than my dad.  He shared the following memories with me as well as a new photo we have never seen before of dad during his time with Irymple Football Club.

“I knew both Sam & your Dad.  Both I think through the Irymple Footy Club & Mildura Tech.  Also they used to catch the Cardross bus to school I am sure.  I came from Cardross but played footy at Irymple.

Always liked your Dad.  A good man!  Also sad to see that Sam passed away about 5 years ago.  If I remember correctly he ran the service garage station at Irymple!  I knew Terry Bottams very well.  Terry caught our bus as well and also played footy at Irymple.

Will attach a few photos from the footy club which you may recognise many!  Your father in at least two.  One was when we unfurled the 1962 Flag in the first game of 1963.  So we definitely played together in the same team.  Often your dad was a year behind me as his birthday was January & mine December resulting in me going to the next age group a year earlier than Dad.

Here are some Mildura Tech days photos which will feature some of your Dad’s mates.  I was a year ahead so I don’t think he is in any of the photos.  Mostly my year!


Anyway Sharon will close now but be rest assured your Dad hasn’t been forgotten by many that knew him.  I am one!”

– Stan Middleton.


Unfurling of the 1962 flag for the first game of 1963.  Dad is 4th player from left.

Aug 1 2010

Irymple Football Club – 1964

Well I have a sporting photo of dad to post, and if you knew dad, you know he loved his sports.  This photo is from when dad played in the Under 18’s team for the Irymple Football Club (Swallows), and the team were season Runners Up in 1964.  Unfortunately this photo was damaged by elements & bugs when it went undiscovered that the frame glass had broken.  It upsets me that one of the faces obscured by the damage is that of dad’s close friend Terry Bottams.  I am endeavouring to see if I can get a clean copy of it.

Notice dad’s surname is spelt incorrectly as “Dischiera”.  🙂


I just wanted to add that dad was a huge fan of the Irymple Football Club for many years to come and his brothers Vince & Sam Dichiera played for the club also.  Uncle Vince was a very good player in his day and I remember watching him play many games.  We spent many a weekend down at the field and the old clubhouse with dad, family and friends.  They were special times and I remember them fondly, tooting on the horn when the team scored a goal.  Soft drink & chips for us kids, rolling down the hill, running around on the field between quarters.  I do have some video footage from a grand final game in the 1970’s, there’s not much, but it does show the team lining up for the after game photo.  I will make sure I post it to the website.

Updated – Thanks to Michael Allen (a player in this team), we now have an undamaged scan of the photo.  New post is here or photo is below.

Irymple Football Club - Under 18's Runners Up - 1964