1968 - DOC WHITE HANDS OVER TO CURLY ELLIS
The King is dead—long live the king! ‘Doc’ had retired and it was time to entrust the leadership of this great team to a new man, Kevin ‘Curley’ Ellis. The departure of ‘Doc’ White also prompted several other warriors to hang up their boots. Tommy Gray, after a seemingly endless time as a key player in the Chelsea line-up elected to retire as did wingman Laurie McGuigan after playing in four premiership teams.
Bobby Hough had moved to Longwarry, Tony Wearne was testing himself at a higher level and several others were missing. But, on the positive side, the defence was still very solid. The team still had the services of veterans Winston McLeod, Les Minotti, Ray Sill, Alan Moulden and Ted Webster and it continued to reap the benefits of an outstanding junior coaching program. With a group of quality young players coming through, the signs were good as the side maintained a winning tradition when suddenly, mid-season, a new arrival appeared. It was the man of the sixties ‘Doc’ White. Unable to control the urge, he suddenly re-entered the fray at Hastings.
With a teaching coach who was also an outstanding player at the helm, and a past player and still great player in the fold, things were looking pretty promising.