An old mate and Wests supporter has given me a truckload of old newspaper clippings and programs from the 1960s and 70s.
I have just spent the last 9 hours scanning most of the stories (some games we lost) and pics so I can share this wonderful blast from the past with you.
Thanks Magpie Mal for not chucking out this piece of Wests History.
If only you had spent as much time on your schoolwork as you did on sticking old newspaper stories into Ancol scrape books you could of have been a brain surgeon
Also thanks to Shawn and Andrew whos website helped me fill in the dates and scores. Their web address is www.rugbyleagueproject.org its a must for all Rugby League fans. Mal unfortunately did not date any of the newspaper stories so with the help of the boys website I was able to date the pics and stories.
Of course if I have made any stuff ups please let me know.
Please remember if you have any Old Wests stuff at home filling up space please let me know or email Wests Archives on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 97971933 and talk to the lovely people there.
Heres one I found in an old program. Doug Walkaden playing for Sydney in 1963. The game was played the day after the 1963 Grand Final. Doug was playing for Manly in those days.
Doug played for Manly between 1963 and 66.
54 first grade games and 4 tries.
Doug passed away on the 2nd September 2010.
Is that R.FULTON playing fullback for Balmain Bozo???
Thats Doug scoring a try against Parramatta @ LidcombeOval in1968
Doug in the right colors 1968
Whos Ray Pickard I hear you ask...Ray played for the Blue Bags between 1961 and 1969.
Wal Hinkley Hooker for Wests 1963.
Looks like Chow prop this side and Dennis Meaney far side.
With ball coach Jack Fitzgerald.
The late Gil Mc Dougall Wests v Newtown Bluebags @ SSG in 1966
Same game 1966
Could be the same game???
Jim Cody way back in March 1963
THE YEAR 1966
After this upset win Wests have to play Newtown in a play - off to make semis
THE YEAR 1967
My money is on Peter Dimond
The 1967 team
Nice side-levers Barry
Barry on the rampage against Saints
Ken Bray in full flight 1966
Ken played for Wests between 1960 and 1966. Playing in35 first grade games scored 6 tries andkicked 112 goals (242pts)
Wests v Balmain 1966
Who can remember the old Belmore Oval?
Dave Barsley SSG 1966
Dave Barsley at the SCG 1960's
Dave in color
Darcy Lawler running onto the SCG 1961 Grand Final
That's Kel O'Shea with the Wests ball.
The late Gil McDougall running past "Chicka" Moore SSG 1966
Ned Kelly and Ken Stonestreet tackling a Easts player SCG
(I think Neds making a wish)
Mick Alchin 1968
It looks like Mick has applied the famous Sleeper Hold
Tommy passing the ball at the SSG in1969
Good story about Kellys Kids 1969
One of my favorite players from the Kellys Kids era
A BIG story in its day Hornery v Cleary on the wing.
Looks like Nev won.
The late Bruce Beer tackling Bruce Stewart with the help of
John Elford and the late Doug Walkaden
Bruce feeding the scrum at training 1969.
This great old school photo has been supplied by Lachlan Wilson.
Ashfield Boys High School.
Bruce Beer top right and Lachie is 3rd from the right bottom row.
(love those rolled up sleeves Lachie)
Jim Cody meets Mick Falla
Mick went on to become an NSW and Australian selector in the 1990's
Jim Cody playing Sydney Seconds
This was the night that Doug Walkaden kicked a field goal.
Some say the first kicked by a front row forward.
This game was played on ANZAC eve night at Liddy Oval
After the match same night 1968
More good news
Wests were very unlucky on this night.
1968 was a great year to be a young Magpie fan.
Another win another year 1967
The late Bob Batty Bob played with Manly from 1959 until 1971.In total 196 First grade games scoring 40 tries ,509 goals and 20 field goals total points 1174.
A few photos of Snoozer Elford
Nebo and Carl Ross at the 2010 Pratten Park Reunion
John Armstrong playing in the centers 1966
STAYED TUNED MUCH MORE TO COME
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.