Angaston Football Club stalwart, Anthony “Shooby” Schubert has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to Football in South Australia.
The Panthers’ secretary since November 1987, Anthony was presented with an SANFL Merit Award at the SANFL Community Football Awards lunch held at Port Club, Alberton and is one of only five recipients granted the honour for 2019.
“I found out on the day of the chimney painting,” said Anthony, describing how he heard the news following this year’s Grand Final which resulted in a Reserves win for the Panthers but a loss for their A-Grade side who were defeated by Tanunda.
Anthony said a “whole bus load” went down to see him accept the SANFL Merit Award, including the Barossa, Light and Gawler Association President, Mick Brien; Vice-President, Simon Carpenter and Rick Pearson, Director as well as former Association president, Robin “Nobby” Symes.
Angaston Football Club Life Members, Keith Jamieson, Wilf Kubisch, Kym Schmidt, Peter Sibley and Richard Miles were also there to witness the moment their mate created history as the fourth Merit Award recipient for the B.L.&G Football Association, joining Ian Carmichael, John Falland and the late Brian Hurn on the list.
Humbled by the honour, Anthony said there were plenty of worthy recipients contributing to their clubs and although he knew an award like this “could” eventuate one day in his future, he never thought it would happen now.
“It is an honour, a real privilege,” he said.
For Anthony, who was born and raised in Angaston, football has become a passion and a way of life that reflects a long line of family loyalty to the club.
His late father, Brian played for the Panthers, helped in the canteen and worked in the Club’s vineyard; whilst his mother, Jenny has rarely missed a game.
Anthony’s brother, Grant also played, was on the committee and served as volunteer on game days and behind the barbecue.
Now the third generation, nephews Harrison and Corbin, are starting to make an impact in the club as players, making uncle Anthony extra proud.
At just five foot tall, “Shooby” admits he wasn’t built to be a player, but that didn’t stop him from becoming an integral part of Australia’s national sport off-field.
“I couldn’t play for nuts, I couldn’t even run but I ended up being the runner for the 17s in 1979 onwards,” he laughed.
Where Anthony does stand tall is as resident historian and it’s this role that has made him the “go-to” person for the B.L & G and neighbouring Associations when it comes to data and accurate information on all things footy.
He has written two books, including “Angaston Football Club, the strange but true facts of the Blue and Whites” published to commemorate the Panthers’ 125th anniversary back in 2004.
Anthony’s contributions include only missing one season as Angaston’s A-Grade timekeeper since 1997; Association team timekeeper since 1988 and being an Association delegate since 1989.
It’s this dedication, loyalty and commitment that resulted in him being awarded Angaston Football Club Life Membership in 1997.
Angaston Football Club President, Keith Jamieson said Shooby was “a legend” within the BLG and was held in high regard at every other club in the Association.
“His knowledge of the club’s history is more than just names and dates and, thanks to him, we have a personal picture of many players and their families from the early days of the club,” Keith said.
“Although he isn’t one to seek the limelight, the speeches he makes when required are fearless, straight to the point and memorable. Last Saturday was no exception…and as a lifelong West Torrens supporter, he also can handle the tough times!”
Keith said the role of secretary had changed immensely since Anthony began more than three decades ago.
“The requirements that football clubs need to meet these days hasn’t fazed him either and he has continually adapted to the changes,” he said.
As secretary, Anthony spends countless hours in the office boardroom at Panthers’ headquarters, a room he calls his “second home” during football season.
The Panthers are his “extended family” and he said helping them out was something he has always enjoyed doing.
“You just do it. If you hated it, you wouldn’t do it would you?” he said.
But there is one mystery this 59 year old would love to solve and he’s beginning to get a mild complex about the situation.
“Thirty years before I got there, Angaston won seven Premierships. Since I’ve been there, we’ve only won one… I must have stuffed them up!”