It was back in September 1957, when like minded rugby league enthusiasts gathered a meeting together and set on the path of purchasing a property to develop a licensed Leagues Club. From small beginnings, the club was started in what was one of the oldest homes in Griffith on the same site the Southside club stands today. Slowly the old house underwent changes to accommodate the club style required and became a drinking hole of choice for the 242 inaugural members and guests.
14th September 1957
1st meeting of the Leaugues Club held at Griffith Ex-Servicement’s Club. 177 applications for inaugural membership accepted.
16th September 1957
Mr Ted Swadling appointed first steward. Weekly wage 18 pounds.
First Friday night raffle. 1st prize 1 dozen bottles of beer.
1st poker machine installed. Me must wear ties to social nights as a rule.
Committee decide to support the Waratahs.
Price of middy rises to 16c.
Minimum age for club membership has been reduced from 21 years to 18 years old.
The club becomes an incorporated company.
Land next door to the club purchased from Collier and Miller at a cost of $90 000.
Disco comes to the Leagues Club Wednesday and Saturday nights.
Letter of reference required with new members’ application.
Members subs increased to $5 per year.
Women’s Club make initial approach to merge.
Northside Leagues Club opens on the former Women’s Club site.
No smoking at bar was implemented.
Negotiations were completed with Alan Tan to establish a Chinese restaurant at the Northside venue.
Griffith Leagues Club sponsor Yoogali Soccer Club.
Billy Thorpe appears at the Southside to a packed crowd.
New courtesy bus purchased.
Jimmy Barnes performs to a packed house.
Grandstand at the EW Moore Rugby Oval completed which can hold up to 500 spectators
50% of the club now smoke free
Commencement of “Alpen Terrace” as well as upgrades to existing Sports Bar and TAB
Completion and official opening of the Stage 1 Development at Southside involving new members bar, new TAB and new outdoor family area. Ken Alpen opened the Alpen terrace along with 3 generations of Alpens at the Grand opening
A major upgrade has been planned to update the Noel Gale Lounge area as well as a new alfresco gaming area, which will be constructed in the current office location.
Bistro and Function renovations completed. Additional booth seating and speedier ordering services introduced.
Life Membership. was awarded to Graeme Trevett. Very few members ever receive this status with only 8 honorary life memberships being awarded in the clubs 61-year history.
Griffith Leagues Club becomes major sponsor of Griffith Relay for Life. The event was a success with 43 teams and 468 passionate participants taking to the track in the fight against cancer.
Record profit net of $1 360 526
For a more comprehensive look at our history take a look at Griffith Leagues Club History Through Time.