Everyday Heroes We're Proud to Support: Peter "Army" Armstrong
This lovely essay about Peter 'Army' Armstrong is a poignant reminder of the value of clubmen to their communities. The Box Hill North Football Club sent us these inspirational words as a tribute to Army, while entering our Honour Board Competition. We'd like to share them with you...
On behalf of the BHNFC Executive and General Committee, players, supporters and members we would like to be considered for an Honour Board in the name of Peter Armstrong.
Peter Armstrong, or “Army” as he is affectionately known, passed away earlier this month. Army has been a long time servant of our club and first arrived at Box Hill North in 1989. Although our club is relatively young (only 33 years of age), Army is considered to be a long time servant of our club.
Army was senior coach a number of times and after his first stint he returned in 1995 and became senior coach for two successive seasons. Army obviously couldn't get enough of BHNFC and returned again in 2002 and coached through to the end of the 2008 season. If that wasn’t enough, Army then went on to coach our veteran sides Box Hill North Supers /Masters from 2009 till the end of the 2012 Season. In his final year of coaching he coached the guys to a Grand Final, only to fall short at the last hurdle. Having won his last game as coach would have been a fairytale ending, but it wasn’t to be.
Outside of coaching, Army served on the committee on a number of occasions, became a life member in 2008 and instigated the clubs Team of the Century Award. Army was awarded Coach of the decade (2000 – 2009). Army was always in search of innovative ways to improve the club and was always first to organise reunions, and keep past players united with the club.
Army as a person had an amazing connection with all his players regardless of their age, provided sound advice whether it be football related or not, and was an affable personality. Army as a coach was considered a master tactician on match day and always found a way to bring out the best in his players regardless of ability.
Peter's love of football and development of AFL will continue across the world in Japan where he has developed the game and, in lieu of flowers, his request by his surviving family was that people donated to the charity Footys4all.
BHNFC is a much better place from having Army & his wife Kerry involved at our club and we cant think of a more fitting way to have his legacy remembered at the club through an honour board in his name. He will be sadly missed by many people involved at sporting clubs located at Elgar Park over the years.
What a fantastic man Peter was to the BHNFC and to the sport of AFL. We are sorry for your loss, and thank you for taking the time to put together this tribute, which honours Army in the sincerest possible way.
The Awards and Trophies Team