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At the recent annual general meeting of the Redcliffe Dolphins, the members voted unanimously to award life membership to Trevor Day or Charlie as he is better known to everybody around the Club.
Trevor joined the Dolphins as a player in 1966 from Caboolture, and was a member of the Tosser Turner coached reserve grade premiership winning side that year. A team-mate of Trevor?s that year was Dolphins Chairman Des Webb.
Trevor made his first grade debut for the Dolphins in 1967 against Valleys at the Redcliffe Showgrounds ironically the player who made way for Trevor was his brother Angie. Trevor played 78 first grade games for the Dolphins until the end of the 1974 season including a spot in the 1973 grand final squad.
In 1975 Trevor packed his bags and moved his young family to Babinda in North Queensland where he was captain-coach of the local side. He was also a member of the victorious Innisfail Foley shield side in 1975 and represented Queensland Country against City that same year.
Trevor also had stints coaching in Gympie and Caboolture before returning to the Dolphins as reserve grade in 1980 when Australian coach Frank Stanton was the first grade coach. The following year Trevor?s reserve grade side swept all before them as they won the premiership losing just one game during the year. To show it was no fluke Trevor led a new player group to the reserve grade premiership again the following year.
In 1983 Trevor missed out the first grade job with the Dolphins to John Barber and moved over to Wests to take control of their first grade side. In 1991 Trevor finally realised his ambition and coached the Redcliffe Dolphins first grade side some twenty years after his brother former international Ken held the same position.
Losing the first six games, Trevor turned things around with the side winning the next twelve games in a row to make to make the semi finals. The following year wasn?t so successful with Club?s resources fully stretched they couldn?t attract the players or have the depth to help Trevor deliver a first grade premiership to the Club.
In 1994 Trevor became involved with administration of the Club by being voted onto the board of directors of the Dolphins Football Club, a position he still holds today. In 2005 Trevor became Chairman of the steering committee of the newly formed Narangba Rangers Rugby League Club helping them get established and grow from no teams to seven teams in just two years. As they say behind every good man is a great woman and that is the case with Trevor. His wife Gwen has been with him supporting him every step of the way. Gwen herself was also of great value to the Club she spent many, many years working in the canteen at the football.
Trevor?s contribution to the Dolphins over a 40 year period has been priceless and he rightfully takes his place alongside the other life members.