Friday, December 31, 2010

George Town United's past, and a few snippets from the present


Photo: George Town United circa 1984 [From the Ralph Dymond collection]

A recent flick through my photographic files uncovered the above photo of the George Town United side of 1984.

George Town United won the Northern top-flight title that season, their first since 1970.

The photo was taken at George Town before the State premiership match against southern champions Juventus Pioneeer, which was contested over two legs.

Juventus won 2-0 to win the State title 4-0 on aggregate.

This was a fine era for George Town United, who had won the Cadbury Trophy a couple of seasons earlier.

New Zealander Peter Davidson is second from the left in the back row, while Liam Monagle is second from the right in the back row and Peter Sawdon is to his left.

Gary Pennicott, father of South Hobart’s Jim Pennicott, is second from the left in the front row, while leading scorer Andy Scheibl is fourth from the left in the front row.

That was quite a team and its demise within a few years was a huge set-back for Tasmanian football.

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South Hobart utility player David Cooper is joining Kingborough Lions United, where his brother, Phil, is a coach.

Green Gully’s Tasmanian striker Mathew Sanders is home for Christmas and has trained with his former club Glenorchy Knights.

Sanders is looking extremely fit and is keeping up his fitness work while back home.

Apparently, his Melbourne club fines players $100 for every kilogram they are over weight.

Darren Frost has been re-elected president of New Town Eagles after the club's AGM.

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Some famous names from the past have passed away in Europe this week.

Ralph Coates, one of Tottenham Hotspur’s greats of the late 1960s and early 1970s died aged 64.

Coates also played for Burnley and Leyton Orient and won four England caps.

He is best known for his winning goal in Tottenham’s 1973 League Cup Final victory over Norwich City, and he was also a member of the Spurs team that won the Uefa Cup the year before.

Two former Liverpool players also passed away this week.

Avi Cohen, the Israeli whose goal earned Bob Paisley’s Liverpool the 1980 league championship, died from head injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on 20 December. He was 54 years old.

Cohen also played for Glasgow Rangers.

His son, Tamir, plays in midfield for Bolton Wanderers.

Bill Jones, another former Liverpool player, passed away aged 89.

A moment of respect for both former players was held before Liverpool’s game on Wednesday night at Anfield against Wolverhampton Wanderers, a game that Liverpool lost 1-0.

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English Premier League results from Wednesday night:

Liverpool 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wigan Athletic 2-2 Arsenal

Chelsea 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

International friendly

South Korea 1-0 Syria

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sanders classic....

David said...

Ahh those were the days! Look at the quality of that Georgetown United team: Monagle, Sawdon, Peter Davidson (Brian had some time there as well). Andy Schiebl - what an instinctive and explosive goalscorer he was!
A tough place to visit and get a result but always a GREAT bus trip home to Ulverstone!

archie said...

good luck to Coops at Kingborough -great bloke - Sth will miss him.

Anonymous said...

Kingborough's stocks are improving greatly. Beachside are going to find it very difficult to get out of the relagation zone. anyone want to throw up some early predictions for the 2011 ladder?

South
Zebras
Knights
Clarence
Olympia
New Town
Kingborough
Beachside

Anonymous said...

placings 2011
south
zebras
knights
warriors
clarence /maybe
kingborough
new town
beachside

Anonymous said...

south
zebras
knights
kingborough
clarence
newtown
olympia
beachside

Anonymous said...

South
Zebras
Eagles
Knights
Kingborough
Clarence
Olympia
Beachside

Anonymous said...

South
Zebras
Kingborough
Knights
Clarence
Beachside
Eagles
Olympic

Anonymous said...

Predicting the SPL is ridiculously hard. That is, for those taking it seriously. Clearly putting Eagles 3rd and Kingborough 4th is optimistic. I'd say Anon 11.31 has the most likely prediction.

South for the title and Zebras in the top 4. Other than that I wouldn't be confident in any other prediction.

Anonymous said...

One could suggest that South, Zebras and Knights will finish in the 4 as they always do. But the rest, remains extremely unpredictable.