Jamie Helyar and Ian 'Eddy' Johnson made life members of Dudley United

CLUB LEGENDS: Ian "Eddy" Johnson and Jamie Helyar received Life Membership for their outstanding and selfless contribution to the Dudley United Football Club over many years, a large crowd of family and friends enjoyed lunch and refreshments to honour these two club legends. Photo: Lenny Robinson
CLUB LEGENDS: Ian "Eddy" Johnson and Jamie Helyar received Life Membership for their outstanding and selfless contribution to the Dudley United Football Club over many years, a large crowd of family and friends enjoyed lunch and refreshments to honour these two club legends. Photo: Lenny Robinson

Jamie Helyar and Ian "Eddy" Johnson were honoured for their selfless and tireless contribution to Dudley United Football Club on Sunday, August 11.

Family, friends and other life members were invited to enjoy a wonderful lunch made by the best cooks east of the Kohinoor - thank you Dudley netball ladies.

Jamie and Eddy have been involved with all aspects of football at Penneshaw and also Kangaroo Island Association teams.

Brad Willson described his memories of Jamie and level of commitment he bought to trainings, game days and working bees.

Moving to Dudley from Kingscote Football Club after numerous colts premierships and coaching a colts flag in '89 Jamie was drawn to the club due to his friendship with Nugget, Tub, Floggers, Neil, Starry and Chillas.

He went on to play 360 A grade games in total and 14 Association games to earn an original KI Football League life membership, the criteria having changed in recent years.

After earning three A grade Best and Fairests for KFC Jamie was named B&F in 1993 at the Eagles Nest and persevered with his relentless work rate to achieve all footballers' major goal.

Playing in nine losing premierships in total (two for KFC, seven for DUFC) the goal was realised at 35 and years of age winning his first A Grade flag in 2000.

Repeated in 04, 06 and 07 being the first time DU went back to back. Jamie was coaching in both of those seasons taking on the job from 05-09, he also coached the KIFL Association team in 08.

His playing career finished in 2014 and he had been president of the club for a few years by then, holding the position from 2010-2016.

He oversaw the 2014,15 and 16 A grade premierships before retiring from the committee after 23 years.

Jamie and Eddy were pivotal in all club improvements including the 'new' visitors' change room, bar redevelopment, kitchen upgrade and concreting the outdoor area.

Jamie still utilises these areas Wednesday nights cooking tea since 2013 and only recently jacking the price up to $5!

Jamie Helyar celebrates Life Membership with his family. Photo Facebook

Jamie Helyar celebrates Life Membership with his family. Photo Facebook

David "Floggers" Florance spoke about his enduring friendship with Eddy where they shared a car to travel to training for around 20 years.

Floggers recounted a few stories about their travels and even named the kangaroo Eddy ever hit on the way home. "Sarge" didn't do a lot of damage but often Thursdays were a little less productive.

Eddy's record and level of commitment is just as imposing. After being dug out of the scrub at Haines by his mates Slater (Jamie), and Floggers, Ed commenced his playing career in 1991.

Being named Most Improved in 1992 Eddy was just hitting his straps before a very serious knee injury. Not wanting to miss out on the fun Eddy stayed involved taking on a role as trainer (aka strapping and first aid).

This has continued to until current days 26 years later he still commits to colts, reserves and A grade Wednesday nights and Saturdays for around 6-7 hours on game day.

Ed has always been available to strap the netball girls in between football duties and was also KIFL trainer for 19 years.

A dedicated and passionate committee member and league delegate for 18 years Ed has always been willing to offer his experience and knowledge.

The first port of call for any injured player Eddy has seen many broken bones and serious injuries.

He has been fortunate to also play a big role in many premierships, namely B Grade in 98,99,03,04,05,07,08 and 2014 and A Grade flags in 2000,04,06,07,14,15 and 16.

Always a keen participant in footy camps and premiership celebrations Eddy has many colourful stories that could keep you entertained for hours.

After the great men had their life membership pins by previous inductees Neil Stoeckel and Brett "Tub" Howard both fellas paid tribute to their families and loving partners and remarked at how welcome and loved they have felt within the club.

Jamie also spoke about how everyone's past and previous experiences are always put aside once you become a Dudley United Eagle.

An entertaining Q&A session led by Heath Gurney, who was MC for the day, wrapped up the formalities. Angus and Richard played some excellent tunes the crowd fully appreciated to top the day off.

DUFC paid tribute to all previous life members by presenting them with commemorative mugs and partners or family members received them on behalf of those who have sadly passed or couldn't attend

The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all and a fitting tribute to both DUFC all time greats. - Simon Wheaton

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