Honour board competition winner - Mr. Jim Sampson Snr.
Andre de Wet
I am submitting this letter to honor Mr. Jim Sampson Snr.
The Rosanna Soccer Club was formed in 1969. (Now Banyule City Soccer Club)
Jim Sampson joined the club in 1970 after coming to Australia with his wife Patricia and only son Jim Jnr. from Portsmouth, England.
Jim took up coaching one of the junior teams that year, whilst training for his referee’s license and opting onto the Victorian Soccer Federation committee.
All this whilst starting work at 4 am every day delivering Four N Twenty pies.
Over the next 47 years, Jim has held almost every position on our executive committee including President.
For the past 15 years while still being one of the main and most knowledgeable voices at the Banyule City Soccer Club Jim has been in charge of purchasing all the food and beverages for
our senior and junior venues, washed the senior/reserve and veteran’s kits and held the position as club general manager.
He is the first to be at every home game, opening up the club rooms and prepping food, and always last to leave , after helping to clean up.
He has been the Reserve Team Manager for the past 10 years.
Was given Life Membership at our club as well as the Football Federation of Victoria.
Was awarded the Community Achiever Award only last year.
Has been selling R.S.L. badges for 20 odd years etc. etc.
His son Jim Jnr. and grandsons Paul, Stephen, Michael and Aiden are all players or retired players at the club .
Sadly Jim lost his childhood sweetheart Patricia to cancer approximately 3 years ago.
They had been inseparable for 60 years.
Approximately 3 months ago, at the ripe old age of 82 , Jim embarked on a trip back to his home town of Portsmouth to attend a family wedding.
Coming to the end of Jim’s stay, as he was saying his goodbyes, Jim collapsed and was rushed to hospital and placed on life support.
Jim has suffered a massive stroke due to a blood clot to the brain.
This has incapacitated him to the point where he has lost all movement except for one hand.
There are a few of us that have been at the club for 45 years ourselves, and we are completely devastated at not having our Jim here.
We have been informed by Jim Jnr. that his father may never return to Australia , due to his age and condition.
Our club will be honoring Jim Sampson Snr for his outstanding contribution , in some form or another .
Nothing would be more fitting than to have the Jim Sampson Snr. Honor Board proudly displayed in the most prominent position I can find at our club.
Thanking you in advance for the opportunity to share Jim’s story.