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Three Wallace Brothers Player line up of the 1951 Chatham Cup final The Eastern Suburbs squad before the Chatham Cup Final 2006. The Lilywhite team included Andy’s grandson, Mathew
Eastern Suburbs v Northern, 1951 Chatham Cup Final programme cover & inside.
Reg King was Eastern Suburbs first-ever All White, however, he achieved his selection in 1933 while he was a member of the Glen Innes FC club, a year before the merger of Tamaki United and Glen Innes FC to form Eastern Suburbs AFC. In 1947, Andy Wallace became the first member of our club to gain All White selection while playing in the Eastern Suburbs white kit.
Andy was one of three Wallace brothers who were key members of the Eastern Suburbs squad in what was regarded as our first ‘golden era’. The three Wallace brothers were: Dave (coach & eldest of the siblings), Andy and Tommy. The brothers enjoyed being part of the outstanding 1951 Eastern Suburbs team which only lost once through-out the whole season. The Lilywhites dominated the football landscape and collected the silverware for the Chatham Cup, Falcon Cup, Champions of Champions tile along with the Senior Champions title.
The Lilywhite - Wallace family association continued into the modern era, with Andy’s grandson, Mathew Wallace playing through our youth grades and into our Premier team (2004 – 2010), the period where we re-emerged as a power club. Matt was part of the Eastern Suburbs team who were beaten in the final of the 2006 Chatham Cup.
Andy accumulated 129 Lilywhite caps between 1946 – 1953.
Andy’s son, Steve, recalled his father’s connection with our club was so strong and enduring, that Andy requested to be buried in an Eastern Suburbs AFC playing kit. We obviously obliged by providing the Lilywhite strip to the Wallace family.