It’s not often that a family and extended family have great success in one given sport.
For the Stringer family, who were previously heavily tied up with football clubs throughout the Mid North and Clare, it was almost ‘the norm’ to be a great footballer.
A family member, Leon Stringer, after some research, decided to write a book about the Stringers and their ‘family of footballers’.
It took about 18 months for Mr Stringer to complete the book and he enjoyed the journey along the way – he also found out many interesting facts from research.
Mr Stringer said there had been about 180 Stringers, since the 1900s, who played for 100 clubs throughout South Australia.
“They played from Ceduna to Mount Gambier,” Mr Stringer said.
The Stringer families who are scattered throughout the state most likely are descendants from Stephen and Elizabeth Stringer.
They settled here in 1872 on a farm near the town, what would later become known as, Mundoora.
Leon Stringer with his book ‘The Stringers, A Family of Footballers’
An extract from his book shows:
Eleven (Stringers) have played in the SANFL for a total of 979 games, of which five contributed 912.
Four were selected in state teams.
Brothers Barry, Wayne and Alan Stringer hold the record for the most games (661) played by siblings in the SANFL.
Eleven Stringers, all descendants of one early settler family, and the total number of games played by them, puts the family among the leading families of players in the SANFL. A twelfth has played for Geelong in the VFL and the AFL.
Seventy-five Stringers have played for the homeland clubs of Mundoora, Port Broughton, Wokurna, Mundoora-Wokurna and Broughtn Mundoora.
One or more played A Grade and/or B Grade for the Mundoora and Mundoora-Wokurna clubs every year over the period 1908-1983; and for nearly all of the 31 seasons since the Broughton Mundoora club was formed in 1984.
One or more were in all but two of the 40 A and B Grade premierships won by Mundoora, Mundoora-Wokurna and Broughton Mundoora over the period 1908-2014. A further 95 have played for over 100 country clubs elsewhere in South Australia.
Mr Stringer said he had met many a person that he wouldn’t have got to know without writing this book.
Locally, Alan Stringer played and coached for North Clare Football Club for four years and took the club to win four premierships.
“It is quite a substantial history, I was quite surprised when I pieced it all together,” Mr Stringer said.
The history continues with 13 having won mail-medals in their clubs along with three generations all winning mail medals in their respective clubs.
The book details history and puts all the pieces of the puzzle together.
If you would like a copy:
The Stringers – A Family of Footballers, it is available from:
The Central Deli in Port Broughton for $20.
Leon Stringer, PO Box 543, Woodville SA 5011, phone: 0409 196 990 or email [email protected]老域名 for $30 which includes postage.
The proceeds from sales are for the benefit of the Broughton Mundoora Football Club Colts committee.
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