Photos (Top to Bottom): 1-10 are pages from the program; Eric Young (left), once of Manchester United, and Peter Brine, once of Middlesbrough, were the joint coaches at Juventus; Bruce Pears (left) and Sergio Pace; Bruce Ward, the ace marksman of the time [Program courtesy of Rodney Tattam; Photos by PlessPix]
It’s time to look at the past again.
“Oh, no!” I can hear some of you saying.
But, I just cannot help it. I'm a history buff.
Football was of a high standard, indeed. One could argue that teams today are fitter. But, in terms of skill and team-work, the teams of the 1980s were , I think, superior to those of today.
There is an element of nostalgia about these pieces, of course, but there is more to it than that. Some of you play for Tilford Zebras and Olympia Warriors now, so it’s a little history lesson for you, designed to show you what great clubs you represent.
I also hope to show readers that the game was well organised in the 1980s. The Juventus-Pioneer program shown above is dated Saturday, 8 May 1982, and was produced for the game against Olympia.
This was one of the biggest games in the football calendar as Juventus and Olympia had a traditional rivalry stretching back to the early 1960s.
It’s perplexing that in this day of the computer, clubs rarely produce a match program for spectators.
It was much harder to do this in the 1980s, and earlier, than it is today. So, why aren’t spectators given this courtesy today?
South Hobart, to their credit (and because of the work of Moreeta Pennicott and others) produced a program for Sunday’s game against South Melbourne Hellas. It can be done, and it is very handy for spectators and, particularly for the media.
Nick Lapolla gets a mention in this Juventus program of almost 30 years ago, as does Luciano Fabrizio, one of our best football exports.
Women’s soccer also gets a mention, as does some Serie A news.
The advertisements are worth a look, too. How many of these businesses still exist?
A look at the line-ups for this match is a real lesson in Tasmanian football history.
Just look at the Juventus line-up: Craig Jones, Sean Collins, Leon Darko, Eric Young, Nick Di Martino, Peter Brine, Darren Bacon, bruce Ward, Sergio Pace, Steve Brown, Robert Kent, Steve Parodi, John Genovesi, Martin Harrison, Bruce Pears and Malcolm Minty.
And, the Olympia team was: Robert Harrison, John Paplos, Peter Vafakos, Darby Conlan, Peter Linnell, Brian McKay, Tom Wright, Ron Bolton, Peter Sherman, Perry Forster, Craig Nicholls, Roger Munro, Marco Genaris, Mike Edwards and Tony Tarros.
Some of these people are still about today and active in the game as coaches or administrators. A few have sons playing the game at the top level.
I cannot emphasise enough the quality of these two teams. I think they would beat any side today in Tasmania.
Some readers may dispute this, while some won’t care.
One must not dwell too much on the past. One should, instead, look to the future. There are more opportunities today, but we must seize them.
I trust that this piece engenders some discussion in the comments section of this blog, and rekindles some pleasant memories for those who were there.