It is with tremendous sadness that we inform our Trober community of the passing of Russell Badham on Monday morning 3rd January, 2022 after a short illness.
Coach Emeritus and great friend Tony Sheehan captured the essence of Russ in a piece he wrote for No Ordinary Football Club, the history book published in 2017 to commemorate the Club’s 50th anniversary:
“Russell Badham arrived at LTUFC in 1969. A human tsunami of profanity, wit, energy and initiative, Russell was to become a key figure in the history of the club. A capable senior player whose social habits tended to conflict with that level of endeavor, Russell played some 150 games, served as Reserves captain and coach, and often acted as chief runner and/or advisor to the senior coach, Tony Sheehan”.
“Russell was to become [a 1976 premiership winning] club President, a winner of the Bob Segrave Award, a LTUFC Life Member and a President of the Decade (1976 – 1987)”.
“A prodigy of the political left, Russell completed an Honours Degree in Politics, and worked as a teacher, teacher union activist and Trades Hall Council Representative, Twice Mayor of the City of Northcote, he also worked as an advisor to a Labor Federal MP, a ministerial advisor in the Cain and Kirner Labor Governments and as a chair of the Victorian Local Government Commission. All by the age of thirty”.
“[More recently] … he established a boutique wine export company, a vocation for which he was well prepared by his university experience”.
Current LTUFC President Andrew Sutherland contributed the following thoughts:
“Russell was the energy behind our 50th anniversary celebrations and the publication of the Club’s history No Ordinary Football Club in 2017. He rarely missed a reunion or a major gathering. So many of us who met Russ as young men were the better for his insightful, articulate and often entertaining perspectives on so many subjects”.
“Thank you Russ for all you did for us. Rest In Peace, a great ‘Trober!”
On behalf of the wider La Trobe family, we extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to Russell’s wife Marg and family members. We will publish funeral/memorial service details once planning has been finalised.
Russell B Badham (11/2/1951 – 3/1/2022)