Oakleigh Amateur Football Club president, Barry Alexander, has stepped down after an amazing 33 years at the helm. Way back in 1985, Barry took over as president of the then Oakleigh Sacred Heart Football Club before assuming the role at the new Oakleigh Amateurs Football Club which came about after the merger of Oakleigh Sacred Heart and Emmanuel Football Clubs in 1991.

In that time, Barry has overseen the transition of the Krushers from the former ESCFA, now the SFL, to the VAFA, five senior premiership, one reserves premiership, one U/19s premiership, two U18s premierships and the formation of the senior womens team. His tireless work ethic around the club has been an inspiration for all. His love of the club and the game has won him friends and admirers and respect from across the football community, particularly in the VAFA where his staunch defence of Oakleigh in particular and “district” clubs in general has won, in some cases, grudging respect.

Aside from his presidential duties, Barry is also the chief statistician and “vacuum operator” as he can usually be found in the change rooms cleaning up after the players have long since moved to the social rooms. Now that his tenure is up and he’ll be able to spend more time with understanding wife, Jenni, it’s unlikely the club will have seen the end of Barry. As long there are stats to be taken and floors to be vacuumed Barry will be there. 33 years as president! A record unlikely to be broken.

The club would like to extend it’s warmest regards and thanks to Barry for his years of service, his dedication, his inspiration, his good humour and his passion. It’s the end of an era but the start of a new chapter for the Krushers.

Cheers Barry.