Maroon Life for Golding
- Monday, 05 May 2014
Wayne Golding’s legacy at the Subiaco Football club is one that continues to grow long after he hung up his boots and on Friday night he was honoured with life membership.
Golding managed 84 games for the Lions after being recruited from Kalgoorlie in 1986 and was the Lions leading goal kicker in 1990.
“I never played the 150 games need to automatically qualify so I was spewing that I would never get there so it’s a big thrill to be honest and when I first got told about this I thought they were taking the piss!.” Golding said.
Reflecting on his playing days Golding jokes that being a part of Subiaco’s own ‘Rat Pack’ probably didn’t help his football in the early days of his career.
“Ahh (laughs) the rat pack, when if first came down five of us were put into a house on Salvado road.
“There was myself, Karl Langdon, Rod Willet , Steve and Bill Monaghan and Brad McDougall and to be quite honest we had such a great time but I must admit if I look back at it now it was probably the worst thing I could have done for my WAFL career.” Golding said.
In recent years Golding has worked tirelessly in nurturing Subiaco’s next generation of stars by assisting the club’s colts program for 7 seasons and counting.
It was in this role that Golding says he achieved one of the highlights of his football life.
“When I first started with Steve Armstrong as coach, it was about round 6 and I could see some potential in young Woody (Michael Wood) so sort of took him under my wing at a stage when he was really struggling.
“For the rest of the year I helped him a long and I reckon one of my personal highlight was when he got drafted… it was sensational it was like my own son being drafted it was just great.” Golding said
One of two new life members in 2014, Golding is looking forward to guiding this season’s crop of youngsters to another finals campaign and says his passion for the Subiaco Football Club is as strong as it’s ever been.
“Out side of family this footy club is just the ducks nuts to me.
“When I returned here so long after playing, the fact that you can walk back through the doors and there’s guys still here from when I was playing!
“Guys like Alby Hawkins, Mickey Bailey and Barry Strack it’s like I never left. I just love being back involved and it doesn’t mater what role it is I just love the club” Golding said.