ARTHUR ‘COOP’ COOPER
1917 – 1990
Arthur Cooper known to all as “Coop” was The Basin Football Clubs foundation, President and Treasurer. After moving here in 1946, Arthur undoubtedly compiled the best record of meeting attendances among his contemporaries. Always a direct but fair man, he made his opinion well known on many local matters. To quote his own words “I always call a spade a shovel” It was this forthrightness that stood him in good stead in the community.
The club’s inaugural meeting was held at the home of Mr. Jack Martin late in 1946. Arthur Cooper was elected President. On game day Coop would be the first person to arrive and the last person to leave and was always in charge of erecting and pulling down the dressing shed which was an army tent that he provided. Coop’s Presidency was from 1947 – 52, He was then club Treasurer from 1957 – 67. was also the volunteer goal umpire until the early 1980’s.
Coop was the guardian of The Basin Football Club’s interests for many years, as delegate to the Eastern Suburban League around the time when the Right Honorable Gib Chandler was its president. Football President and then Treasurer for 8 and 10 years respectively, Progress Association Treasurer 10 years and Progress Association Life Member. Before council management of Batterham he was secretary and treasurer of the ground committee for 43 years
These and many other posts surely qualify Arthur Cooper for a place in The Basin Hall of Fame.
In 1990, as a tribute to Arthur’s unselfish contribution to the club “The Arthur Cooper Scoreboard” was erected by the Batterham Park Committee, the Football Club with assistance by Knox Council. Arthur was present when the board was unveiled, as were many older residents from local, country and interstate.
After a long illness, Arthur died on 11 November 1990.