Thursday, April 22, 2010

Vale Tommy Strickland

Tommy Strickland, one of northern Tasmania’s foremost football identities, passed away suddenly in Launceston yesterday.

He was in his late 60s and was coaching director of the Northern Tasmanian Junior Soccer Association Academy.

Strickland came to Tasmania from Scotland with his parents when he was a youngster and began his senior career with George Town.

He then transferred to Launceston Juventus in 1963, where he became an institution.

He played with Launceston Juventus for the rest of his long and distinguished career.

A half-back, he also represented Northern Tasmania for many years in the regular intrastate series against the North-West and South.

He had been a prime mover in junior coaching and development circles in the north since his retirement as a player.


Michelle Castle said...

Coach of The Big Issue's Community Street Soccer Program - his enthusiasm and expertise will be sorely missed. My condolences to his family.

Tony Rossi said...

On behalf of Launceston City SC our sympathy goes to Monica and his children Neil and Heather.
Tom was a Life member of Launceston Juventus/City and had a profound impact on 3 generations of football players and supporters. His vision, passion and enthusiam for the game will be sorely missed. Vale Tommy.

Brian Young said...

A sad loss; commiserations to his family & relatives.

Tommy was always such a great competitor, hard, but always fair. I have the bruises to prove it!

An asset to any side, & one whom opponents feared as he could always "make something happen." A great servant to Juventus / Launceston City.

COLIN G said...

Tommy Strickland........abig big name at Juventus/city.
I had the great plesure of meeting him again at the 50 year reunion two years ago. Our Condolences to his family.
Colin,Maxine & Imogen Guest.