Hall of Fame - Legend Inductee 2019 - Reg Ford
Sandhurst / Golden Square
By Richard Jones
Reg Ford holds the BFNL record as the greatest premiership-winning player, playing coach or coach in the league’s history.
He either played in or coached 13 flag-winning sides: an outstanding record which will probably never be equalled, let alone surpassed.
Recruited from the Goulburn Valley area by Sandhurst Reg played in all six of Bob McCaskill’s premiership winning sides from 1929 to 1934.
And although the Hurst lost the 1935 and 1936 big dances respectively to Eaglehawk and Kyneton Reg was coach during the Thirties of five flag-winning Sandhurst Reserves sides.
He’d played in the Hurst’s victorious 1937 senior side but by 1938, and still in his 20s, Reg switched to Golden Square as senior coach.
In just their fourth season Ford took the Square to their foundation flag, toasting success over Ford’s old mentor McCaskill who was still in charge at Sandhurst.
The Square won again in 1939, making it a double, but with World War 2 on the horizon Reg signed up and was away on military service from Bendigo football for four-and-a-half year.
However, by 1945 he was stationed at Murchison as an Army guard at a foreign internment camp.
Golden Square sent a car up to Murchison each Saturday to collect Ford and he played in the club’s 1945 premiership-winning side under then coach Bonnie Hargreaves.
Discharged from the Army by 1946 Reg had returned to Sandhurst and took the Maroons to a trio of senior flags: 1947-48-49.
A utility key position player Reg could play at full-back, in the centre or at full-forward with his one-on-one contests with Eaglehawk star Eddie ‘Moots’ Esposito a feature of every season in which they played.
Reg’s playing days came to a halt in 1949 when he was 39. Three sets of broken ribs during his playing days had led to serious asthma problems.