Community and family are two words that are used quite a lot around the Wynnum Wolves Football Club. It’s been that way for 100 years. In 2021, the club’s Centenary Year, the concept of looking out for your mates and members of your community is being put front and centre courtesy of a new partnership.

Wynnum Wolves FC has just signed up to join the Outside the Locker Room program which supports connections through conversations and education around mental health and other social issues.

Wynnum Wolves FC First team player, Josh Murphy – who has joined the Wolves family as both a player and coach this year – is a Queensland program facilitator for Outside the Locker Room and has also put his hand up to be an ongoing Mental Health and Wellbeing Ambassador for the club. Josh has already formed a strong connection with the groups he has been involved with at Wolves this season and extended that influence club-wide this month (September) when he led a whole-of-club session on mental health awareness at the Carmichael Park clubrooms on 1 September.

Josh – who has been involved in numerous different sports at a high level, including football, cricket and Australian football – is a true believer in one of the core pillars of the Outside the Locker Room program: the concept that sport is much more than just a game. Rather, involvement in sporting clubs is the perfect platform for people to make important connections, find mateship and a ready-built support network both on and off the field of play.

 

Eddie Wilkins Wynnum Wolves
Eddie Wilkins (centre), pictured with (L-R) Paul Wilkins, Nick Wilkins, Mark Wilkins and Rabieh Krayem.

Two significant dedications, made during the course of what was a rolling feast of special Centenary events for Wynnum Wolves Football Club during 2021, well and truly lifted a pair of celebrated favourite sons – Eddie Wilkins and Wayne Gracey – to Legend Status at Wynnum.

Both Gracey and Wikins have spent the better part of their lives tethered to their beloved Wynnum Wolves across a myriad of roles – those of player, coach, administrator, club president and at times – even saviour.

For Gracey, the 2021 Centenary year was his 50th year of continuous involvement at Wynnum as coach of the Under 20 Men’s Divisional team. He also served as somewhat of a savant in helping current club officials recall, record and share the rich history of the 100-year club.

Wayne Gracey Wynnum Wolves

Eddie Wilkins Wynnum Wolves

Wayne Gracey

Eddie Wilkins

Wynnum Wolves centenary book

100 special ‘Collector’s Editions’ of the 100 Years of Football at Wynnum book are being produced by Fairplay Publishing.

The hard-cover editions will be numbers and personalised by the publisher and are now on sale HERE.

A soft cover version will also be available in November 2021 at a cost of around $50.

Those interested in purchasing can use this QR code to access the Fairplay Publishing sales website.

Proceeds from the sale of the book will go back to the club.