Vale: Ron Eade

The Club was deeply saddened to hear about the recent passing of former player, coach, Life Member and long-time volunteer, Ron Eade.

The following is an extract from club historian James Nicholas.

Dear Cobra family,

I bring very sad news with the passing yesterday of former player and life member Ron Eade. Ron lost his battle with cancer and his loss makes our club much the poorer. Ron starting playing for the club around the early 1970s and married Lorraine Bogan whose father was a loyal servant and president Reg Bogan ( The man who wrote our club song). Ron showed his commitment to our club by coaching the Under 13s and it is there I first met Ron as a 12 year old. Ron’s stepson Dane was our star ruckman!

Ron had the John Kennedy ‘Dont think do’ booming voice but was a very kind coach. The sight of all us kids dressed into our Canterbury gear piled in to the back of the late Kevin Woodfords ute to get to away games forged life long friendships. On the way back to Canterbury after a win we would sing the club song over and over again to the amusement of motorists. In front Ron smoked one ciggie after the other with the smoke blowing back to us. He always addressed the team at the breaks with lit smoke in hand.

His love of his players resulted in about half the team remaining Canterbury players for their whole careers. Ron worked in the air force and that saw him transferred to Townsville for years. When he left he was back in Melbourne a loyal supporter at our games and he was on Snake pit whenever anything was said supporting the club and was a loyal attender at Past Players Day.

Rons loyalty to me personally has never wavered and he always has been one of the people I was most close with at the club. A loyal Saints man outside of Canterbury, we have lost a father figure to many of us.

Love you Ron and thanks for all your support over almost a lifetime. Vale Ron Eade Canterbury FC through and through…’

AGM 2022

The 2022 AGM will be held on Wednesday 26th October, taking place down at the club in the Jean Green room from 7.00pm. All players, members and supporters of the club are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you’re interested in helping out the club in any role next season, please keep the date free and come along to the meeting.

Come along and help make 2022 a great year on and off the field.

Vale: John “JB” Bennett

We’re deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of club life member John “JB” Bennett.

JB started playing for us in the early 60s and stayed on as a volunteer and committee member after he finished playing.

A familiar face around the club attending games home and away, as well as many social events, until recent years when his health declined. JB was always a regular at the annual past players day where his sense of humour was on show, it was great to see him there just a couple of months ago in June.

After our seniors made the 2015 grand final we needed to nominate someone to present the medallions in the event we won. JB was a popular choice and appreciated the opportunity.

Our deepest condolences go out to Julie and family at this incredibly difficult time.

A service to celebrate JB’s life will be held at 10am on Friday 2nd September at Le Pine Funerals, 339 Warrigal Road, Burwood.

The club won’t be the same without you, JB.


TAC Road Safety Round

Black armbands have been worn on the field to honour a death in the community for decades. This year, for TAC and AFL Victoria’s Road Safety Round, everyone in the community will wear a new kind of armband. One that will help us band together to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on the road.

Across the 15-17th of July, every AFL Victoria club will run out onto the field for the TAC & AFL Victoria Road Safety Round. But this year, it’s not just the players who will be participating. It’s the entire community. To commemorate their commitment to eliminating deaths and serious injuries on the roads, captains, coaches, players and the surrounding community will wear their support in the form of a blue armband.

These bands will be available at the club, and handed out to anyone who wants to get behind the cause. On every armband lies a QR code containing stories from an ever-growing number of Victorians on why road safety matters to them. Everyone has a reason for wanting safer roads. Wear the band next weekend to show your support. Let’s band together for safer roads.

You can also help by watching the safety presentation below, visit and also encourage others to do so.

$1M committed to CSG rebuild

On Wednesday 27th April a press conference was held at Canterbury Sports Ground where Opposition Leader, Matthew Guy, and candidate for Hawthorn, John Pesutto, announced a commitment of $1M in funding to the rebuild of the CSG facilities. President BJ Lashbrook and representatives from the other tenant clubs were in attendance and welcome the commitment. The Canterbury Football Club, Canterbury Junior Football Club and Canterbury Cricket Club thank Matthew and John for their support in such an important community project.

Read on for the full press release.

Families in Melbourne’s inner east are set to benefit from a much-needed upgrade to Canterbury Sports Ground, with the Victorian Liberals and Nationals today committing $1 million in funding to contribute to the construction of a new pavilion.

Continue reading “$1M committed to CSG rebuild”

John Kennedy MP launches petition to fund redevelopment

As many would know, Boroondara Council have committed to redeveloping the facilities at the Snake Pit which we welcome. While we’re certainly appreciative of the funds Council have put forward, based on initial plans there are still some needs of the tenant clubs that are not met and unfortunately don’t fit within the allocated budget. It’s for this reason we’re seeking to increase the overall budget of the project and get all works completed together.

Additional works we’d like to add to the current plans are:

? Elevating the social rooms to improve spectator viewing and to prevent flooding
? Increasing the size of the social rooms to ensure all members can attend functions
? Ensuring CSG is a welcoming space for everyone in the community

An opportunity like this doesn’t happen very often, so please sign the petition and share with friends and family!

To sign the petition please head to


Lotto launched!

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new Cobra Lotto draw which could see you walk away with $1000!

The draws will be held roughly monthly either after Thursday night trainings or Saturday night home games. Tickets can be purchased online in the lead up to the event or in person in the last few hours, and are $25 each. There are only 100 tickets on offer, so get in quick to ensure you get the number you’re after.

Each draw will be live streamed on our Facebook page, though it will also be worth seeing in person.

The first draw is happening on Thursday 31st March, to get your ticket/s head to

Good luck!

Vale: Keith James

The club was deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of one of our all time great players, Keith James, aged 81.

Keith was playing coach in our first division premiership of 1969 (first images) and played in our 1972 premiership team (second images). James, after being at North Melbourne, became a star forward at Williamstown under his brother in law, Williamstown legend Gerry “The Monster” Callaghan. Recruited to Canterbury as playing coach he made a name as a star forward and was known for his strong dominating play. Until his health declined he was a regular attendee to our annual Past Players Day.

Our thoughts are with the entire James family during this difficult time.

The funeral will be held at 10am on Friday 4th March at Tobin Brothers Funerals, 147 Park Road, Cheltenham. The service will also be streamed online via the Tobin Brothers website.