Bill Northam dedicated nearly 30 years of his life to Football on the Central Coast. In 1976 Bill became Secretary of the East Gosford Club for the year. In 1976 and 1977 Bill took over the CCSA Registrars position. This led him to have an involvement in the affairs of the CCSA and Representative football for the next 20 years until 1999. The positions he held were: President (4 years – 1979-1982), U15 National Titles committee 1978, Senior Competition committee 1978, Delegate to the Senior Rep teams 1982, Senior Rep Chairperson (5 years – 1983, 1984, 1989, 1990, 1992), Senior Reps Secretary 1984, Director of Representative Teams (4 years – 1987, 1990, 1991, 1992), Pluim Park Land committee (11 years – 1986-1996), Director of Affiliated Bodies 1989, Delegate to NNSW (3 years – 1982-1984) and Delegate to NSWSF (2 years – 1992 – 1993).
Bill was honoured with Life Membership of CCSA 1984.
The major events, to which he showed great passion were the introduction of a CCSA supported Senior side in the newly formed Northern NSW State League (1982) and the development of Pluim Park, in which he had a hands on involvement. Those both events came together with the opening of Pluim Park (1987). The “Coasties” finally had their own home ground. Success in the Seniors came in the second year (1983), when the team won the League Championship and were beaten by Weston in the Grand Final.. Bill was involved in the transfer to NSWSF (approved by the Australian Soccer Federation), which enabled our Senior teams to join the NSW State Leagues(1989). Bill finished his football involvement undertaking the manager’s role in 2000/2001 and 2002/2003 season with the 1st and U21 teams.
The overall effort, which Bill has endured with the object to provide the better skilled players of the game a pathway to the top, cannot be measured. His commitment and his casual manner made everyone around feel comfortable and provided a great platform for others to work together as a unit.
Bill’s family will be holding a private ceremony, however Family friend and Former Coasties captain Dale Eggleton has organised a gathering of former colleagues and football friends this Sunday October 1st in the function room at Pluim Park Lisarow at 2pm. All invited.