Victor Samuel Ludwig presided over the Northern Territory’s most successful football club, St Mary’s for over forty years and is considered to be the godfather of the famous ‘green and gold’.
Vic Ludwig was born in Bundaberg Queensland 1928. At the outbreak of the war Mrs. Ludwig moved the family in 1942 to Mt Isa. Vic, and a few of his mates jumped on their bikes and set off looking for work in the gold and copper mines at Tennant Creek but eventually found their way to Darwin in February 1948.
As an employee of department Works & Housing Vic joined that club having previously played with Waratah Football Club. Vic took up umpiring Junior and Reserve Grade in the NTFL from 1958-59 to 1960-61. When St Marys , the club that he would dedicate his life to ,was formed in 1952 Vic transferred to the green and gold and played reserve grade the following season.
Vic commenced his lifetime of administering the Green and Gold machine in 1962, and took over the role of president in 1963-64. Vic became St Mary’s Northern Territory Football League delegate that same year. He held both positions until 2004-05, an astonishing total of forty one years, believed to be a record in Australian Rules football administration. Vic broke the long standing football administration record of LA Adamson, who served as VFA president for 37 years from 1896 to 1932.
Awarded NTFL Life Membership in 1969, Vic also became an NTFL delegate to National Australian Football Council In 1982; he received a National Football League Certificate of Merit 1983 and was awarded the order of Australia Medal from Queens Birthday Honors List in 1997.
Vic presided over each of the Saints most successful and famous eras with the green and gold winning 18 premierships and 15 reserve grade flags.
Nobody in Saint Mary’s storied history is more deserving of the Life Membership bestowed upon them by their club than Victor Samuel Ludwig who to this day continues to attend games played by his beloved St Mary’s along with his wife Sadie.
We honor a truly astounding contribution to Territory Football by inducting the Godfather of the Green and Gold, Vic Ludwig, into the AFLNT Hall of Fame.