FOOTY FRIENDS: The 1976 grand final-wimming team, wearing their 40-year medals for their win against Woombye. Front row, from left, Chris Dunk, Terry Toe, Jeff Blunt John Way and club president Jamie Frawley. Back row, from left, club secretary Jean Peteman, Tony Lowndes, John Lesslie, Graham Stevenson, Dave Maybury, Terry Minard, Peter Orkild and life member John Tague.
FOOTY FRIENDS: The 1976 grand final-wimming team, wearing their 40-year medals for their win against Woombye. Front row, from left, Chris Dunk, Terry Toe, Jeff Blunt John Way and club president Jamie Frawley. Back row, from left, club secretary Jean Peteman, Tony Lowndes, John Lesslie, Graham Stevenson, Dave Maybury, Terry Minard, Peter Orkild and life member John Tague. Greg Miller

Football reunion 40 years after grand final win

FORTY years after the men from Maroochydore claimed local football glory against Woombye and the veterans of the 1976 grand final-winning team were together again.

Once again it was a familiar foe they united against.

John Tague, a Maroochydore Football Club member since 1979 and lifelong soccer fan organised the reunion at Maroochydore last night, giving the chance for old teammates to catch up and watch the new guard do battle in the McDonald’s Premier League.

Fittingly, the Swans were taking on the Woombye Snakes in what was set to be a wet but willing encounter.

The dismal weather may have dampened the surface but speaking with Mr Tague ahead of last night’s reunion, there was little that could rain on the parade.

“Worst-case scenario is there’s a whole heap of food down there and the bar’s open,” he said with a laugh.

“We’ll be telling a few stories.”

MEMORIES, RIGHT: The Maroochydore 1976 grand final-winning team back in the glory days.
MEMORIES, RIGHT: The Maroochydore 1976 grand final-winning team back in the glory days. Contributed

He said about nine of the 1976 winning team had made the journey to Maroochydore for the reunion, some from as far as Rockhampton and even Melbourne.

“They were bloody good players in their day,” Mr Tague recalled.

The Swans are one of the more established clubs in the Coast competition.

From humble beginnings in the late-1960s at Cotton Tree, the club has relocated twice since, settled now at their Martins Creek complex.

“The club has just grown unbelievably,” he said.

He said the club was thriving thanks to a consistently successful senior system and plenty of juniors now starting to play their way through the grades.

He remembered the days when registration fees were a mere $2 and players were recruited from the nearby Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club when numbers were a bit short and said it was vital the club held onto those memories.

“If you ain’t got no history you’ve got no future,” Mr Tague said.


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