Greg ‘Ducky’ Gordon’s Special Day

 

   Hundreds of past teammates, opponents and members of the building industry joined family and friends at Cygnet last Saturday to honour “football legend” Greg ‘Ducky’ Gordon.

   The day commenced with a guard of honour of Cygnet, Sorell, Superules and Masterules players and Umpires as Greg’s son Aaron (with daughter Lily) and Greg’s brothers Graham and Phillip tossed the coin before the start of the Cygnet and Sorell Senior Game.

   A little while later Greg arrived to a great cheer from the large crowd present and formalities then moved into the Clubrooms which were packed to the brim.

   Brian Dillon spoke first about Greg’s illustrious career of 450 games for the Cygnet Football Club over the 29 years from 1972 to 2000, his involvement in 8 Premiership teams, numerous Best and Fairest awards and other achievements. Brian also spoke about the Club and Cygnet community’s high regard for Greg. He said “Every Club has a larrikin, every Club has a villain, every Club has a legend and every Club has a hero. But here at the Cygnet Football Club we are honoured to have these all rolled into the one person, Greg Gordon.” He thanked Greg for his wit, wisdom, sense of humour, practical jokes and sense of fair play both on and off the field, which earned him the respect of both team mates and opposition players.

   Andrew (Caveman) Scott then talked about Greg’s involvement in the building industry, his “finger on the pulse” business approach, and of the respect and high regard held by colleagues and other contractors in the industry. He then spoke light-heartedly of Greg’s Superules career and some of the antics, tricks and pranks that Greg had played over the years. But Andrew noted that there was always present a generous side of Greg, whether it be offering sought after advice or financial assistance to meet someone’s travel costs to a Superules Carnival or just being a true and loyal friend.

   Ian Townsend then responded on Greg’s behalf by saying a few words that Greg had prepared for him. Greg wanted to thank everyone for turning up and making it a great day, to all his family for their great support over the past two and a half years, to all his friends and footy mates and to the Cygnet Football Club and Kingborough Superules boys for organising the day.

   Personal messages of support from Carlton greats, Chris Judd and Mitch Robinson were shown before Greg was asked to unveil a photo display covering his 40 year career from school football to Masterules teams.

   Greg’s day concluded with the victorious Cygnet Senior team joining him in the Clubrooms after their game. They encircled him and with Greg proudly leading and conducting the chorus they sang a rousing rendition of the Cygnet Club song.

   This was a special and inspiring moment for a very special, inspiring, and unique person.

 

 

 

Greg's Thank you speech

 

Hi everyone, Greg has asked to me to say a few words on his behalf as most of you are aware he has trouble with his voice. Someone actually said way back when he lost his voice “that it would be the first Gordon that anyone has been able to shut up!”

 

Firstly he would like to thank everyone for turning up and making it a great day. It is very humbling seeing so many people here.

 

A big thank you to my son Aaron his wife Rochana and their little ray of sunshine, Lily, my daughter Nadia and her partner Cameron, my stepson Bart and his partner Alicia, my Mum, brothers, brother in-laws, sister, sister in-laws, Di’s mum & Tim, nephews, nieces, aunties and uncles for their support over the past two and a half years.

 

Then there are the friends I have made over the last 55 years. It is a good feeling knowing you have made a lot of friends, but more importantly that they care about you. And that is shown in different ways. I have come to learn over the period of my illness that some people need to see me one on one and then there are others who cannot build up the courage to see me face to face and that is fine, I know you still care and days like today help bridge that gap.

 

Looking around the room at all my footy mates makes me realize how important it was to socialize with not only them, but probably more importantly with the opposition because you end up meeting hundreds of beautiful people. And that doesn’t limit the friendships to just players but opposition committee members and supporters as well. Mind you some of the opposition supporters wanted you dead some times especially if they were getting beat.

 

And thanks also to Bruce Coles, Ian Townsend and the Kingborough Superules boy and David Brereton, Trent Cowen and Dave Townsend and the Cygnet Footy Club for organizing the day. This is absolutely incredible.

 

Also, last but not least, a massive thank you to my partner, Di, who has been my rock throughout all of this.

 

 

Coaches Report

 

 

A Fitting Result

Last Saturday will go down as one of most memorable days I have ever been a part of in my football coaching career, as the Cygnet Football Club, the Cygnet community and hundreds of friends and former team mates from all over Tasmania and the mainland came together to pay tribute to a true champion; Greg “Ducky” Gordon.

For the players of all three Cygnet teams there was just one mission “win the game for Ducky”.  The colts started the day and fought bravely against a very strong Sorell colt’s team, to eventually be defeated, but certainly not disgraced.

For the seniors and reserves, the tensions were high and there were certainly a lot of nerves in the change rooms prior to both games.  The reserves put on a very polished performance and after a fairly even start pulled away at every break to run out winners by an impressive 60 points.

Looking at the faces of the senior players prior to our game I knew they were switched on and determined to do well; and that is exactly what they did.  We jumped out of the blocks, lead from the outset and were never challenged.  We eventually won by 65 points in what I think was probably our most impressive performance for the past two years.

A special moment occurred after the game; Ducky wanted all of the boys to join him in the clubrooms, and so we did exactly that.  Covered in mud, soaking wet and with beers in hand we embraced him, toasted him and sang the club song with him.  It was a magic moment and one that brought tears to many players’ eyes.  I for one will never forget it.

I would like to finish off by congratulating everyone at the Cygnet Football Club for their tireless work and efforts in making the day so perfect; it was truly a fitting testimonial to a great Port champion.  A day to remember!!!

Support the Port

 

 

Nifty's Notes

 

“Ducky’s Day a great success”

 

    Last Saturday the Port played the Sorell Eagles in three very good games of football.

 

The Colt’s were up against the top side but spurred on by “Ducky’s Day” took to the oval in cold conditions ready to give a good account of themselves. They were tremendously committed and determined for the first half of the match, with their tackling and desperation outstanding from both Chop & Dill’s perspective as coaches. However, they had trouble getting past the young Eagles defence and wall across the centre of the ground, but when they did, Sammy Reinmuth and Joe Direen provided good contests near goal.

    The second half witnessed the Sorell sides fitness and superior skills kick in and they pulled away to record a comfortable and impressive 97 victory.

    Better players for the Port included our ever consistent Colt’s captain Sammy Pritchard and he received good support from Jordan Direen in the ruck. Sammy Reinmuth was strong around the ball, presented well in the forward line, and kicked the Port’s only 2 goals.

    Big strapping Joe Direen made an impression in his first game while Jakeb Dean and Gerard Warren played their usual reliable games. The boy’s are not giving up and are getting better as a team each game. If they stick together, a win will come in the near future. Well done to the Sorell Football club. They have worked hard to get a Colt’s side back on the park and they have a talented bunch of boy’s who can progress to senior ranks if they keep them together.

 

    Our Reserves side with six or seven good players returning were determined to get the first win on the board for “Ducky”. However, the Sorell side were never going to be easy and after a relatively even first term where both sides went goal for goal, the Port held a 12 point lead at the first break.       The Port were able to kick 4 goals to Sorell’s 2 in the second term, largely due to the ruckwork of Nathan “Noise” Rollins to his on-ballers, and the presence of Jamie “Big Daddy” Direen who was dangerous at full-forward with the Port holding a good 25 point lead at the long break. An 8 goal to 4 second half allowed the Cygnet side to run out comfortable an impressive winners by 48 points in what was a very even team performance with every player doing ‘his bit’ in the win.

    A loud rendition of the Cygnet song followed as the win was dedicated in honour of “Ducky”.

 

 

    The Senior coaching staff were well aware of the raw emotion of the day, and had to make sure the players remained focussed on the ‘task at hand’ in getting a very important win and four premiership points against an improving Sorell outfit. With the weather deteriorating and rain falling, everybody present made way to the covered areas. With the Port regaining six very good players, they started well and never looked back really. A 4 goal to 1 first term set the foundations for the game.

    Another 3 goals in the second term whilst keeping the Eagles to 2 points had the game in the Port’s keeping at the long break with a 41 point lead in difficult conditions to score. Coach Tyrell kept his charges motivated in the changerooms and they did not leave it behind, lifting a gear with the Ports forwards working hard to kick 6 goals to 1 in a great quarter with the Sorell side kicking their second goal very late in the third term. To the Eagles credit, they fought the game out and out-scored the Port in the final term, but the early damage resulted in a very good 65 point victory for the Port in front of a big home crowd.

    Better players for the Port included Luke Swards who has been outstanding since joining the Port, and he used his strength and size to create scoring opportunities and kick two important goals himself from centre half forward. He was well supported by Grant Clark who is also having a great season, while the greasy conditions enabled Jules Direen to play a great defensive game for the Port and proved right up his ally. Mark Alberry was also very good in the backline with Mitch Direen as all the back six played their roles to perfection, while Andrew Palmer was tireless with his work-rate around the ground. Jonathon Tyrell was damaging up forward with 3 goals while Dillon Davie and Ben Halton also contributed 2 goals each. A fantastic team effort with not one passenger!

 

    A highlight after the game was when the Senior side made their way into the Clubrooms to shake “Ducky’s” hand, then surround him to sing a loud rendition of the Club song with “Ducky” acting as the conductor. This was a touching moment in what was a truly memorable day for the Club.

 

    This week we play the Central Hawks at Cygnet Oval. All supporters are encouraged to get along and support the Port as we look for three victories on home soil for the first time this season.

 

Thank You

    There are so many people to thank for helping bring “Ducky’s Day” to fruition, and making it the success it was. Special mentions should be made to Dave Brereton for being MC on the day, and to the Past Players for assisting with the bar and other duties. We also thank Ross Direen for assisting with broadcasting and sound to overflow areas, and the Slab Road Cricket Club for making their practice nets available to house the large crowd.

    It was a difficult day to talk on stage and we thank Brian Dillon, Andrew “Caveman” Scott and Ian Townsend who all made speeches with humour, laughter and compassion rolled into one. 

    While it is impossible to thank everybody else individually, we really appreciate the organising committees time and dedication and a special mention to the Masterules and Superules boy’s, especially Bruce Coles, Andrew “Caveman” Scott and Ian Townsend for their input.

    We also thank Jules Direen who put together a ‘brilliant’ slide-show dedicated to “Ducky”, his career and his family and friends. We also acknowledge Vickie Brown who arranged the personal video messages for “Ducky” from Chris Judd and Mitch Robinson’s – a lovely touch on top of a personal letter from Ian Coutts from the Carlton Football Club acknowledging "'Ducky's" contribution to football and being a great one-eyed Carlton man!

    To everybody who assisted in any way, be it catering, working in the bars, shop or generally assisted with the function, we pass our heartfelt appreciation to every one of you. Everybody who was asked to assist went way beyond the call of duty. We also thank Tony Williams, Scott Allen and the Sorell Football Club who in a great show of sportsmanship willingly worked in with us on what was a special day, especially with the ‘guard of honour’.

    It would also be remiss of me not to thank SFL President Kyron Johnson who has been fantastic with his assistance and cooperation, and we thank both Kyron and Dan Garlick for representing the SFL board on the day. As Kyron stated to me personally “this is what grass-roots football is all about, the football fraternity and friends coming together en masse to honour one of the greats and characters of our game”.

    We also thank Snap Printing and its employees who worked till 7.30pm on the Friday night to complete the ‘testimonial’ Football Records. Also, Ken, John and Melanie and the team from Priority Promotions for the great work with the set out of the Record itself. Finally we thank you, “Ducky’s” friends, team mates and workmates, family and various Club representatives who turned up in force as a  tremendous mark of respect for a wonderful person.

    Please be assured everyone’s attendance and contribution is gratefully appreciated by both the Club, “Ducky”, partner Di, his children and all of “Ducky’s” family.

 

 

Posted by Trent Cowen on
Another day with Ducky, the whistle, stink bombs and brown cows. Won't there be some stories told! We've got a few things planned. Hope you have a great day Ducky - you're an inspiration and a true legend.
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Posted by Greg Watson

Greg Gordon. People say great footballer, won this, won that, played so many games, very funny, life of the party, football champion for his beloved Cygnet Football Club, Tasmania, Australian Super Rules, but I just call him my friend. What a life teacher, bloody good friend and bloody good bloke. Just another little battle to fight mate. Want to see you at another Home Game friend.
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Posted by Brett "'Nifty"' Direen on
Very fond memories of the Gordon family when they lived in Brushy & Shirley Halton's current house. Great times at Lona & Freddy strongs shop on the corner diagnally opposite the RSL, and Bluey in his overalls (flick of the hair & king-pin of the pin-ball machines) and the great days spent in Cygnet with Abner. Although quite young, I vividly remember Ducky's first senior game. From the moment he stepped foot on the ground he looked liked he belonged; I was in awe of his evasive and skilful ability and how he made other players look silly with that great turn into space of his. After the footy, if you wanted to party on after the pub's shut, it was pretty easy, just go to Ducky's house usually.Otherwise just follow him! I will never forget him and Sark Synnott in the old middle pub, stink bombs much to welsman's disgust and the cries of Sark.......me off! A true legend of the Club, and a top & very funny bloke who never ever lost the heart, soul & spirit of where he was raised and his footy career bloomed - Cygnet & The Mighty Port!! You are a true inspiration to us all Ducky!
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Posted by Justin Smith on
Ducky. Although its been many years since I have been at the club. I remember as a young colts player your ability for an ole fella on the paddock and the training track and the respect you had and still have at this great club. 

Great clubs become that way because of people like you. 
All the best from WA.
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Posted by Taut Direen on
Greggy, haven't seen you in years mate but want to pass on my best wishes to you and hope you have a great day with your old teammates, family and friends.
You are a fighter and a great player as you displayed on the footy field for many years.
Good luck mate.
Cheers
Taut
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Posted by Reg and Sue Wilton on
What a great story in the paper today Ducky about one of Cygnet's favourite sons - told in true Cygnet style and so well deserved. We have many fond memories following the Port in the good old days of Huon/Channel Footy as our kids were growing up. You were a large part of that so thanks Ducky and we hope you enjoy your day.
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Posted by Brian Geard on
Ducky, I won't make your big day as work commitments in N.Terriorty but here's hoping that you and all your many your friends,and family have are fantastic day. Great memories of a great bloke and team mate. Would love you on my side in any battle.Lets hope you slip in a stink bomb or two!Your a Winner! 
Keep Smiling!
Geardy
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Posted by peter killick on
Greg, success is too often measured by financial wealth and material possessions (old Holden's excluded), when true success should be meausred by friendships, mates and most of all respect. The building and construction industry can be a shit of a game, but you have come through with the highest level of integrity and deserved the utmost respect from within the Industry. If I was ever whipped in a tender in those early days down here and was happy about it, it was by you! Enjoy your day Greg
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Posted by Jenny & John Wills on
Greg, you truly are a Cygnet legend and will be forever.
Congratulations on a wonderful football career and thanks for all you've done for the Cygnet community and players who were fortunate to play alongside you.
Have a great day
Jenny & John Wills
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Posted by Donny, Janine & Asha on
Sorry we can't be with you on Saturday. You are both in our thoughts every day.Have a great day and special thoughts to the greatest of all Miss Di. XOXOXO
Posted by Midnight on
Get well soon Ducky.
From the ACTAFLMAF
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Posted by Rickie Dolliver on
Greg,sorry I cant get down for the day, hope everything goes well on Saturday have a beer with your mates and there will be lots of them around.thinking of you.
Rickie Dolliver
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Posted by Michael Garth on
Greg
There are people who think they are legends & then there are actual legends like you. I will always be privileged to recall having been team mates for 20 years & friends as well. So many fond & happy memories of wins, losses, premierships & footy trips(Code of silence on them). Learnt a lot from you about how to prepare to get the best out of yourself. I will always remember leading up the ground, marking & then it would be you on one side & Hagsy on the other streaming past for the handball, with no voices from anyone, as we all knew that it would happen!!
Not sure I can make it down, but have a great day. 
Regards always
Michael Garth
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Posted by scrawn on
ay knackers just learnt how to use this thing recently thought i'd give it a burl,ran out of credit on the mobile so couldnt text ya anyway!Hope you know how to use one or we're wasting our time.Cant wait to see you on saturday Greggy for a very well deserved celebration not too many blokes continue to support a footy club like you have once their moment in the sun is over or none i can think of to the degree you have. you are the heart beat of that place & all of cygnet are undoubtedly extremely proud as we all are of their favourite son & this testimonial is long overdue.Everyone keeps banging on about your sense of humor its alright for them unless they have fallen victim to your antics like i have especially in the early hours of the morning in the words of shirley"YOU FLAMING MONGREL". scrawn
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Posted by Hugo and Judy Connor on
Have a great day back at your old footy ground Ducky - devastated we can't be there too as we will be in Sydney but we will certainly be thinking of you and imagining the wonderful day it is bound to be. We look forward to hearing all about it when we return. Hugo and Judy Connor.
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Posted by Pluto on
Ducky,I can only wish you al the best in your battles mate,you were always a gentleman to umpire in masters footy,in fact it was great to umpire you especially when you let some of those smart a---e comments fly,mostly at players I might add not us umpires very strange I thought,or maybe I just didn't hear them properly,but you were the life of many a carnival trip and if something went down bad,your name invariably along with towna and dutchy we're always mentioned, good luck and best wishes mate
Pluto
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Posted by Christine & Chris Baker (the 2c's) on
Unfortunately will be unable to attend as we are away in Sydney. We know the day will be a great day and one Greggy will love very much. Take care Greggy all the best. Christine and Chris Baker. (The 2Cs)
Posted by Sue & Rod Park on
Sorry Ducky we are unable to make it as we are touring Aussie, you great sense of humour will never be forgotten, and we will always remember your carnival antics (Fart Bombs) good luck hope you have a great day
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Posted by Sally Thomas on
Every time I think of the Cygnet Football Club I think of Ducky, Shirley, Therese and Flash and what great times we have had over the years. Shirley always with her thermos and hot toddies and all the people who gathered around to participate in the ritual. The Gordon family have always been such a big part of the club and I have so many great memories of our times together. Therese would always say “You are my hero Ducky” and that is how you are to many people. You have been an inspiration over the years to players and supporters alike and have a lot to celebrate on Saturday so I hope you have a great day and I wish you all the best. Sally x
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Posted by DAVID WALSH on
DUCKY, SORRY MATE I CAN'T BE THERE ON THE DAY BECAUSE OF WORK, BUT I HOPE YOU & ALL THE BOYS HAVE AN VERY ENJOYABLE DAY.IT WAS AN HONOUR TO PLAY WITH & COACH YOU OVER THE PAST FIFTEEN YEARS OF MASTERS FOOTY.EVERY TIME I PICKED A TEAM YOU WAS ALWAYS ONE OF THE FIRST NAMED,YOUR COURAGE &DEDICATION TO ME AND TEAM MATES WAS ALWAYS EXCEPTIONAL,THE AWARDS YOU WON ALONG THE WAY WHERE ALL WELL DESERVED, IN MY EYES YOU ARE A TRUE LEGEND OF MASTERS FOOTY IN TASMANIA.
THE TOUR DE-LAGER DAYS WILL BE SOMETHING I WILL EVER FORGET WETHER IT WAS FART BOMBS,JOKES ETC YOU WAS ALWAYS THE LIFE OF THE PARTY.MATE HAVE A GREAT DAY &BEST WISHES TO YOU &DI. DAVID WALSH
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Posted by Gerard Clark on
To Ducky from Gerard Clark on behalf of Mum & the Clark family. we hope you have a great day saturday & catch up with a lot of the all time greats from the port.
Ducky i was still taking sticky tape out of my hair for 10 years after one of your partys. Love you mate, Have a great day saturday.
Gerard & Family.
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Posted by Martin and Genevieve Eaton on
Greggy Gordon - a passsionate player, coach, supporter and sponsor of the Cygnet Football Club.
Your commitment- in various forms - to the Club over many years has been enormous and you epitomise the spirit of the Port. 
As to your antics through the teenage years the one that always comes to mind is of you letting chooks loose during "The Pictures" in the Cygnet Town Hall !!!! 
We hope you have a wonderful time with all the people who come to share this very special day with you. We are greatly disappointed that we are not able to attend but our thoughts are with you, Di and your family.
Our beest wishes
Martin and Genevieve Eaton
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Posted by Rick Halton on
Dear Ducky as you know I'm now living in Singapore so that means I really can't tell any story's cause your not allowed to swear or say Rude things on the net.But I must say most people are commenting about your 2,500 Footy games which has to a record but i'd like to mention a very underated skill Driving.You did some amazing Dukes of Hazard stunts in the old HK down at Randles and the Drip.But one of my fondest memories revolves around the Hilman Mink's we all got into our cars after a big night at the bottom pub and head off to somewhere out Nicholes Rivulet"Remember kiddies this was back when it was safe to drive drunk cause everyone was going in the same direction" Anyway I think i was Marchie,Hagsey, Clarkie and probably Fat we headed off and left Ducky and the crew for dust in my old HR.As I come up to Nicholes Rivulet cnr i look in the mirror and shit there's Ducky right up my arse in the Minc's then he darts left and I went up and around the corner only to see Duckie come flying out from the left and he's in front of me. He had gone straight through John Harveys cool store at 60klm.
The funny part was Kevin Brown was rolling around in the back seat still with Black Texter Eyes drawn on his head.
Well Ducky I wish I could Make it but lets have the next one up in Singapore All the best Mate 
Rick and Lily Halton
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Posted by Craig Hoyer on
Duck sorry we can't be there have a great day our thoughts are always with you and Di, Duck one of the things we've missed out on by living so far away is our friends you are a true friend and mate I have always enjoyed our friendship and your company as a mate and a team mate, I don't need to mention your football career as your achievements stand alone, your friendship is infectious people always want to be around you and I'm no different. Duck you have a great ability of making people feel important and special well mate today is your day, enjoy all your friends and mates you have a bloody lot of them.
Thinking of you.
Big Clag & Sereena
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Posted by Dianne Cook (Smith) on
Greggy.
I have great memories of growing up in Cygnet and attending the football games,as a young girl I didnt value the skills of the under 17 team as much as the cute guys in their football shorts,now 30 odd years have passed and I know that every town needs a LEGEND,every club a HERO,everyteam a LEADER,every guy a BEST MATE,every young follower a MENTOR,every family a FRIEND,every parents PRIDE AND JOY,and you GREGGY are all of these and much much more.YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION.....TODAY you will make every ones HEART SMILE.
Love to you and your family.....
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Posted by Darris Fahey on
To a true Champion in every sense of the word smart,clever,skill's like no footballer of today's game,with Passion and his never say die attitude,Ducky is in every sense of the word a"CHAMPION"....,Club,coach,player,spectator an club supporter...you really are champion Ducky....cheers mate..sorry we wont be there to honour you in person...so i left you "Bob" for the night...lol..
Cheers From The Fahey's
Darris an Kyleigh an Kids
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Posted by Jo Cooper on
Congratulations Ducky on your all wonderful achievements - still smile when I think of those 6am sessions on the spin bikes, Tyndall Road runs and those wall squats ! Enoy your special day xx Jo
Posted by David Brereton on
Hi Ducky, what a great day yesterday mate. You should have heard the cheer when we found out that you were going to make it down to Cygnet. The place literally lit up, and the whistle went off! Thanks for just being the person you are. Cheers Greggy and keep up the fight.
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Posted by John Wilkins on
Hey Greg ... that bloody whistle .. it was "Ball" .... "Yeah" well into the night ... my ears are still ringing.
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Posted by Jud Direen on
A fitting tribute to a true club and football legend in every sense. Well done cygnet fc for the day
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Posted by Sam Sinnitt on
A proud club honouring and celebrating one of its greatest men (who gave me my first football broken as a young fella). Your a legend Duck. Well done to the Cygnet FC in organising and conducting an emotional but great day for ducky and his many, many mates. Special mention to those who spoke on the day.

 

 

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