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Mighty Magpies together again

Friday, 7th September, 2018

Magpie greats Tony Casey (left) and John ‘Noccy’ Campbell at the Civic Centre where the Central Football Club reunion will be held later this month. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan Magpie greats Tony Casey (left) and John ‘Noccy’ Campbell at the Civic Centre where the Central Football Club reunion will be held later this month. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

By Tyler Hannigan

The last weekend of September will see past greats of the Central Football Club converge on Broken Hill to celebrate the reunion of the 1979-1985 teams.

Those teams - known as ‘The History Makers’ - won six A Grade premierships in seven years including five in a row from 1981 to 85.

“In essence, it’s to celebrate before any of us aren’t around. It’s been over 40 years since we all got together in ‘77,” one of the organisers John Hywood said.

“We’ve lost a few stalwarts of the club over the years, none bigger in a playing sense than John Ede who passed away about four years ago and so before any more of us go we want to get together.

“And we’ve had about a 75 per cent success rate in getting those past players and officials to commit.” 

The function will honour different individuals from that period including players such as Ross Vickers, Ross Bailey, Wayne Walker and Visko Sulicich who played in seven premierships and Don Price who coached Central for their five premierships in a row.

Hywood, who was a part of four premiership teams in that period, said that he hopes the current Central players come along.

“At the moment, from my perspective, it hasn’t been as well received by the current players as it should,” he said.

“We hope that’ll pick up as the event gets closer. It’s important to remember your history as a club and we’ll have a Friday night get together with the past players and current players before the event on the Saturday night.”

“It is really a get together of older players to recognise the level of skills we had, the premierships we won, the professionalism we had in the day,” Hywood added.

While the event will involve a lot of reminiscing about past glories as all reunions should, Hywood said that there will be an eye to the future of the Central Football Club.

“The club has struggled over the past few years due to the strength of the South and North football clubs, as have the Westies,” Hywood said.

“But if we lean on a bit of nostalgia, and those players that are coming back we want them to become an outside supporter base financially for the club.

“(As part of this reunion) we’re going to introduce the Old Player’s Association that will become members of the Central Football Club and will start a fund that will help the juniors.

“We’re no different to the Northies, who do it very well, as do South and West and we need to come forward.”

The function will focus on Central’s history but also their opponents during that time with which they had some fearsome contests and is open to anyone wishing to attend.

Tickets cost $75 per person and those wishing to attend are asked to buy them by September 14 for catering purposes. For more information contact John Hywood on 0499 995 561 or Marnie Sulicich on 0408 968 086.

 

Schedule:

Friday September 28
6pm - Meet and Greet at Tydvil Hotel

Saturday September 29
6pm till late - Reunion Dinner, Civic Centre (semi-formal dress)

Sunday September 30
12pm - Recovery Day at Central clubrooms

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