There were a few special guests this year at the reunion.
Phil Jackson who story appears below was one of them.
Special guest Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson (born c. 1932) is a former Great Britain Rugby League World Cup winning footballer, and captain playing at Centre, or Stand-off/Five-eighth, as well as a Barrow club legend. Jackson won 27 Great Britain caps, played in the 1954 and 1957 Rugby League World Cups and twice toured Australasia with the Lions.
Jackson was born in Canada but moved to Barrow-in-Furness, England, with his parents at the age of three. He played rugby league at school but his first senior rugby experience came in union after he took up an apprenticeship at a shipyard. He switched to league when he was offered professional terms by Barrow in 1950 at the age of 18.
With Barrow, where he was known as the 'Prince Among Centres', he played in three Challenge Cup finals in the 1950s. Injury forced him to retire in 1959 but he later moved to Australia and was tempted back into playing by the Goulburn Workers Club in New South Wales. He took up coaching after retiring and eventually settled in Wagga Wagga.
Ben Fisher and Phil Jackson
Nev Charlton and Phil Jackson
Kurt Fearnley who was unable to attend last year due to illness also made a appearance.
Kurt Fearnley and Peter Hardgrove
A little info on Kurt
Jon Clarke and Ken Stonestreet
Les Hanigan and Jack Dansey.
A story about Les playing for Country 1966
Two old Magpie supporters Alan Mair and Rick Wayde.
Flying winger Mick Alchin
Mick checking for a pulse the year 1968
Barry Glasgow, Ted McCabe and Steve Winter
Another flying winger John Fisher, Peter Ford and much older brother Tony.
The year was 1964.The school Homebush Boys
Ex English international Charlie Renilson and Keith Deacon Wests player from the '50s
Paul Dixon,Barry Pierce and Gordon Kennedy
Two great Wests coaches Noel Kelly and Tim Sheens.
Bill Hansen, Ned, Ron Costello and John Graves.
Jack "Nipper" Leary
Jim Leis, Wayne Smith,Trevor Clarke and Big Bob Cooper.
Looks like Bobs in trouble.
Wayne in his playing days.
Tom Donnelly and Peter Ford
Steve played with Wests between 1972 and 1975. During his time at Wests Steve played 74 First grade games and scored 24 tries.
Steve came from Manly Rugby Union and had played 6 Tests with the Wallabies before he joined the Magpies.
Steve also played for Balmain (37games) and Manly (31games)
Steve in 1969.
Steve in full flight playing for West 1970's
Steve Knight and Ivan Jones
Ivan was the halfback for the mighty South Sydney side that won the 1967 GF.
They beat the Berries 12-10.
Wests won the Third Grade Comp that year beating Balmain 7-2
Jim Cody trying to get the team together 50 years later.
Well done Jim.
L to R Carl Ross, George Downie, Ray Bernasconi,Norm Dhu, John Rochester, Jim Cody,
Ian Russell and Barry Ferney
Wests beat Souths 12-7 in the GF and were coached by Eddie Hooper.
Shane Day, Steve Blyth and Jim Myers living in the 70's
MC for the day the one and only Bruce Sacre
Sadly a number of explayers past away this year below is the list.
On a happier note Life Member Bruce "Bruiser" Clark
Bruce always has a smile.
Well almost always. Bruce, Arthur Mountier and Dallas 1982.
A Wests scrum a few years early. 1968
Don Parish and Colin Lewis
Doug Page and Jim Cody
Doug played for Wests between 1964 and 1966 plus 1970. 29 First grade games.
Mainly at lock or second row.
The photos below were taken by Colin Lewis who has kindly allowed me to show them .
Col Lewis and Pat Regan
Colin Bell and John Wiles
Mike Bailey and Mick Alchin
Allan Fallah Wests hooker between 1984-90 102 games in first grade
Allan fires out a pass
(note white shorts and jumper)
Two proud Magpies Bill Owens and Bruce Sacre
Hilton played for Balmain 1945-48 and Manly 1951.
Hilton played in the 1946 grand final win over St George
Balmain 13 Saints 12
Darcy Russell and Col Ratcliff
Darcy played for Easts 1948-51 then Wests 1957-60.
Darcy was the leading point-scorer in the Sydney comp for three years 1957,59,1960.
By my records Darcy is over 80?
Col played in the 1952 winning premiership side for Wests.
Wests won 22 to Souths 12.
George Baldacchino and John Fisher
John playing on the wing in a pretty good Wests side.
Wests lost that day but have a look at the South Sydney side 11 of the 13 played for Australia
The score thanks to a great website www.rugbyleagueproject.org
|Western Suburbs Magpies||South Sydney Rabbitohs|
|Western Suburbs Magpies||South Sydney Rabbitohs|
|Goals||B. Glasgow (3)||E. Simms (5)|
|Field Goals||B. Glasgow (2)||B. Grant|
Neale Mc Innes, Bruce Clarke and Tony Armstrong
Tony played for Newtown 1956-64 (121 games)
Penrith 1967 (3 games)
Tony joined Penrith in 1965 from Newtown as Penrith started to prepare for their move to play in the main Sydney Rugby League compertion in 1967.
Paul Dillon, Mick Alchin and Chow Hayes
The two Teds having a great day together.
Sid and Garry Walsh
L to R Terry Lamb,Herb Smales, Michael Duke and Peter Lamb
No not taken at the 2011 Reunion.
This photo was taken at the Wests Rugby League Club Annual Ball and Players Night 1966
Can you name the 4 first grade players??
Noel Kellys Kids, a website by Tony Lewis, Greg Willis and Steve Lothian honouring Rugby League Legend Noel Kelly and the Western Suburbs Magpies from 1966 to 1969. Noel Kelly,Captain Coach of the Western Suburbs Rugby League Club. The site involves statistics, photos, with interviews from West greats.