Our club is saddened once again to lose one of our well respected and popular life members.
Alan “Muncher” O’Neill passed away on Friday February 3rd following a brief illness and we send our condolences to his wife Pam, sons Scott and Aaron and their extended families.
Alan joined Drysdale as a player following a stint with the Leopold U18s, but it was not his playing prowess that endeared him to the people who met him for he would willingly admit that he had somewhat limited ability. However, he was as loyal and reliable clubman as you could hope for. After he gave the game away he spent some time as a gatekeeper before finding his niche in the club as a trainer – a role he went on to fill for decades. He also served on committee for some time.
As a trainer Alan would rarely miss a session, no matter the day, time or weather; and relished his match day role which he carried out with aplomb; “sticking fat” through the lean years and enjoying the rewards of premiership success.
Alan and his wife Pam, the daughter of club stalwart Geoff and Marj Wisbey, had three sons; Scott, Aaron and Bradley. Bradley sadly passed away as a young teenager, his memory perpetuated by the naming of the club’s Most Courageous Award.
Alan was awarded Life Membership in 1980 and continued his service for many years that followed. He was a frequent attendee at the club, relishing the opportunity to catch up with old teammates and enjoying the camaraderie at events such as the annual Life Members luncheon. Farewell our friend.