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Tuesday, 23rd September, 2014

Marshall McMahon (left), Alan Tucker and Vince Keenan in their Couldabeens attire. Marshall McMahon (left), Alan Tucker and Vince Keenan in their Couldabeens attire.

By Andrew Robertson

Long-time Musicians' Club members will experience a blast from the past when the "Couldabeens" hold their reunion there next month.

The Couldabeens ran for over a decade from 1986 and at its peak boasted some 75 members who followed the club's ethos of mixing sport with pleasure.

As well as fielding teams in local darts and indoor cricket competitions, the club ran social events at the Musos and raised thousands of dollars for Silverlea through the meat market it ran each week.

Now a reunion is planned which former members hope will also help out the Musos which went into voluntary administration in February.

"We're hoping that people who come back to club (for the reunion) rejoin the club," founding member Alan Tucker said.

The reunion will be on Sunday October 5 and the Couldabeens have been invited to run the meat market on the day.

Mr Tucker said the Couldabeens were the unofficial sporting club of the Musos and also organised weekly entertainment.

The late local entertainer Ray O'Reilly was a Couldabeen and his shows brought in many people to the club.

"We had so much fun in this joint," said Mr Tucker when the BDT caught up with him and other original members at the Musos recently.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the death of the Couldabeens founding president, Kevin Gray, and Mr Tucker said he has since discovered more than 12 other members had passed away.

"We want to have a bit of a service for them as well," he said.

Fellow founding member Marshall McMahon said the Couldabeens were once a big part of the Musicians' Club and they wanted to help again.

"We've come back to help the club."

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