PAFC Newsletter 23, 2022 Vale Barry Pearson









PRAHRAN Football Club lost one of its greatest and most popular players this week with news of the passing of Barry Pearson.

A member of the 1959 (Metropolitan League) and 1966 (VFA) premiership team kicking 41 goals in the season, Barry Pearson was forward pocket in the Team Of The Century.

A life member, he played 180 games and kicked 256 goals over 13 seasons, retired in 1969 but stayed at the club as Reserves captain coach.

Marc Fiddian's excellent book 'The Blue Boys' said of Pearson: "it would be hard to find a truer clubman.''

Just as sadly his wife Shirley also died about four weeks ago to end a wonderful family association with the Two Blues.

The Pearsons remained close friends with two of his 1966 premiership teammates Essendon’s triple premiership coach Kevin Sheedy and Graeme McMahon who was Essendon president in the same era.

Barry was a regular attendee at our Jack Morgans Luncheon’s and he will be remembered at next Friday’s Luncheon.


Games: 180. Goals 256.

Premierships 1959, 1966.

Captain 1961, 62, 65.

Leading goal kicker: 1960, 63, 64, 66.

A Service to celebrate Barry's life will be held in the Federation Chapel,

Lilydale Crematorium, 126-128 Victoria Road, Lilydale

on MONDAY September 12, 2022 commencing at 2.00pm.


Kevin Sheedy, Graeme McMahon, Barry and Shirley Pearson and Jack Morgans at Sheedy’s tribute luncheon September 2007.



To book your ticket, click on the following link ( refer flyer below for full details)



ONE South Metro Junior Football League premierships has already been notched up by Prahran juniors with more silverware possible this Sunday when the Under 14 girls division, Under 15 boys in division 2 and Under 16 girls in Division 1 play in grand finals.

Congratulations to the Under 11 division 1 mixed team on winning the premiership.