Old Cats and modern stars celebrate 100 years

June 08, 2017

1950's club legends with current day stars.Geordie Chapman, Andrew Cochrane, Joe Wolfe, Jared Ireland, Norm Bacon and Roy Perks

LOCKINGTON will celebrate 100 years of football this weekend with past players, supporters and officals expected to flock back to the club.

The ‘100 Years of Football Reunion’ event is a chance to celebrate the history of the club.

Lockington-Bamawm United will play both its football and netball matches on Sunday, June 11, with a round nine game against great rivals Leitchville-Gunbower.

After the game, a reunion dinner function will be held at the Lockington Community Centre, celebrating the many years of fun and success at the football club.

Club president Colin Bacon made it clear the event was for the area, and not just Lockington.

‘‘This event is not just for Lockington, it is certainly for the whole district including Bamawm, ’’ he said.

The club has had various names and been in multiple leagues in its 100 years of existence.

Lockington itself was not named until 1921 when the football club was formed, but football was seen to be played at Lockington since 1917.

It merged with Tennyson after World War II, with the club known as Tennyson-Lockington from 1951.

Unable to join the Echuca league, the club disbanded and reformed as Union in 1958 before reverting back to the Lockington name.

And the LBU merger with Bamawm would occur in 1989, with the club carrying the name until the present day.

Bacon spoke of his own excitement for the event, with his long family history with the club.

‘‘Our family has been involved for quite a while; my father played for Tennyson-Lockington and Union, and my father-in-law was with the club too, ’’ he said.

‘‘Myself and my wife played with Lockington and she played with LBU too.

All our kids played there too so there’s three generations on both sides of the family.’’

The footballers have had a jumper designed specifically for the game — gold trim will surround the traditional blue and white hoops with the 100 years of Lockington football emblem in the middle of the jumper.

The jumper also lists the club’s 21 senior premiership years and numbers one to 65 will be auctioned at the reunion dinner, with the club encouraging patrons to purchase the jumper numbers worn in the past by their family members.

Special dinner guests will reminisce about their time with the club, sharing stories from throughout the years.

The Saturday will see the clubrooms opened up to the public for a casual get together with old teammates and friends.

Event merchandise is available, with photos, reunion books, DVDs, stubby holders and caps.

Tickets to the reunion dinner cost $80 and include drink tickets.

For more information, people can contact Chrissy Weller on 0427 016 161, or Colin Bacon on 0428 370 813.

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