STAWELL legend Terry Carr was recognised for his footballing achievements with a Wimmera Football League life membership on Saturday.
The accolade adds to Carr’s lengthy list of achievements after he was inducted as the Stawell Football Club’s inaugural legend in May.
He played 297 Wimmera league games for the Warriors and represented the league on 12 occasions in a career spanning almost two decades, from 1962 to 1979.
The ruckman enjoyed many individual accomplishments in his playing days.
Carr was six times the club’s best and fairest winner – in 1963, 1968, 1969, 1975, 1976 and 1977 – and four times runners-up.
He was inducted as a club life member in 1972, before coaching the club for the next two seasons and captaining the Red Legs to a premiership in 1978.
Carr said receiving the award came as a surprise.
“I went along to a sponsors and life members function and three blokes from Horsham turned up,” he said.
“The next thing there was a bit of an announcement – I got a hell of a shock.”
Carr said it was a huge honour.
“You play football for the love of it – I’ve never had more enjoyable days,” he said.
“You look back on football and that’s what it’s all about. I’m greatly honoured to be joining some of those guys.”
Wimmera Football League chairman Greg Schultz said Carr’s award had come in slightly unusual circumstances.
“Everyone assumed he already had life membership,” he said.
“It was only when Terry got legend status at the club they said something about his life membership and he said he never actually got it.
“Life memberships are usually done at the Toohey medal night, but I reckon it’s great – it was a little bit unique and it was really good that way.”
Wimmera league legend Peter Morrison did some digging into Carr’s history after discovering he was not a league life member.
“You can tell by the amount of best and fairests and how often he was runner-up as to how long his career went for at the top of his game,” he said.
“This bloke has been an icon of the Wimmera league.”