It is with great sadness that the Committee, Staff and Members of WSBA mourn the loss of our great friend and supporter, Alby Speed. Alby was a much loved member of WSBA and FWDBA as we were known prior to the opening of the Stadium.

Alby was a player, an Official Victorian Umpire and a wonderful volunteer, alongside his beloved wife Bobbie.

We send our love and sympathy to Bobbie and members of their extended family.

Alby and Bobbie played in the Footscray & Williamstown District Badminton Association Pennant Competition for Mt Lyell and Yarraville Methodists for many years, prior to the building of the Altona Badminton Centre.

Alby served on WSBA Committee (1993)

Recipient of WSBA Service Award (1986)

Recipient of Badminton Victoria Service Award

Member of Badminton Victoria Court Officials

Umpire at 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games

The attached photo shows the Victorians selected to Officiate at the 1992 Commonwealth Games.

Victorian Umpires selected for the 1992 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.

Back Row:- Ian Malcolm, Bill Lees, Philip Long, Bill Long & Noel Jennings

Front Row:- Alby Speed, Ian McDowell (Asst Ref), Evelyn Douglas, Roy Ward (Tournament Director)

Footscray Hockey Club has published an amazing tribute to Alby, who has been a Member of the Club since he was 15.

You can find this tribute by copying and pasting this link:-