Sjel "Mike" De Bruyckere

Sjel "Mike" De Bruyckere was born in Kaatsheuvel in Holland on 6 February 1928.

He played football for his local club as a junior but in 1950 was chosen by Willem II in Tilburg, where he helped the club to win two  First Division titles, playing 167 games for the club and scorinf 80 goals.

He was a regular for the Dutch national team and just four days after his last international appearance for the Netherlands, he migrated to Australia to play for Wilhelmina. 

Mike went on to captain and coach Victoria as well as play for Australia, however he was not eligible to play for the team at the 1956 Olympic Games. 

Mike helped Wilhelmina reach the top level of the state league in Victoria, winning the Dockerty Cup in 1958, and then going on to win the top division the following year. 

In June 1964 while De Bruyckere was player-coach at Melbourne Hungaria, he formed one of the early football players’ associations, a predecessor of the current Professional Footballers Australia. 

De Bruyckere coached a number of clubs including Wilhelmina (later called Ringwood City), Ringwood United, Lions, Polonia, George Cross and Green Gully. 

The best and fairest award at Ringwood City is named in honour of Mike. 

Hall of Fame 1999 Inductees

Johnny Warren, MBE, OAM

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Julie Dolan AM

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Rale Rasic OAM

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Joe Marston, MBE

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Charlie Yankos

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Harry Williams

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Connie Selby

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Cliff Sander

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Ray Baartz

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John Perin

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Harry Dockerty

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Frank Parsons

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Jeff Olver

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Sjel "Mike" De Bruyckere

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Gordon "Bunny" Nunn

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Attila Abonyi

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Sergio Melta

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Gary Marocchi

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Tom Jack

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Allan Johns

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Jimmy Mackay

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Manfred Schaefer

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William "Bill" Henderson

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John Kosmina

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Jack 'Digger' Evans

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William "Bill" Coolahan

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Jim Armstrong

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Peter Wilson

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Jimmy Rooney

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Ron Adair

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John Watkiss

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Zoran Matic

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Ray Richards

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Graham Jennings

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Col Curran

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John Nyskohus

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James McNabb

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William Maunder

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Frank Loughran

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Bob Lawrie

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Alf Quill

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James "Judy" Masters

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Ron Lord

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Bob Bignell

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Reg Date

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Sir Arthur George AO

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Ron Wright

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Sir William Walkley

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Frank McIver

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Graham McMillan

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John "Martin" Royal

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Peter Nikolich

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Des Miles

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Ron Smith

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William Thomas

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Joe Vlasits

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Fred Barlow

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Donald Campbell OAM

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Harry Croft

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Pamela Gilbert

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Keith Gilmour

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Tom Grimson

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Tony Kovac OAM

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Brian Le Fevre

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Jack Logan

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Eric Worthington

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Laurie Schwab

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Julius Re

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Sam Papasavas OAM

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Dieter Klose

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Brian Corrigan AM

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Ian Brusasco

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Giacomo "Jim" Bayutti OAM

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Michael Weinstein AM, BEM

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Elaine Watson OAM

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Vic Tuting MBE

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Robert Telfer

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Theo Marmaris MBE

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Arthur Gibbs

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John Walter Fletcher

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Tony Boscovic

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