Monday, April 22, 2019

'Jacko' plays his 1000th, Billy Kirkpatrick revisits old stomping grounds, and farewells

Photo:  Les Jackson before playing his 1000th game for Uni [Photo courtesy of University SC]

University’s Les Jackson played his 1000th game for the club last week and it ended in victory.

Jackson, playing for Uni Laterals beat New Town Eagles 2-1 at Olinda Grove.

The Uni stalwart apparently also ran the line in the earlier game that afternoon.

Enjoy your overseas trip, Les, because you deserve it.

Photo:  Les Jackson with other former University players [Photo courtesy of University SC] 
Photo:  At the end of the Uni Laterals versus New Town Eagles game [Photo courtesy of University SC]


Billy Kirkpatrick, son of inaugural Rothmans Gold Medal winner, John Kirkpatrick, recently returned to Scotland and visited the home ground of his father’s former club, Queen of the South, in Dumfries.

Photo:  Billy Kirkpatrick stands in the spot at Queen of the South's Palmerstone Park where his grandfather took him to watch games [Photo courtesy of Billy Kirkpatrick]

Billy was allowed to stand in the exact spot at Palmerstone Park where his grandfather used to take him to watch games when he was just 5 or so years old.

The stadium is being renovated, but Billy received special permission to stand in the spot where he stood so many years ago.

Billy played for Caledonians and Croatia-Glenorchy in Tasmania, while his dad, John, won the inaugural Rothmans Gold Medal in 1971 while playing for South Hobart.

He also coached and played for Croatia-Glenorchy.

John was a pro with the Doonhamers before migrating to Australia.

Photo:  Queen of the South's Palmerstone Park ground [Photo courtesy of Billy Kirkpatrick]
Photo:  Billy Kirkpatrick watched a game at Palmerstone Park, the home of Queen of the South FC [Photo courtesy of Billy Kirkpatrick]
Photo:  Billy Kirkpatrick at Palmerstone Park in the very spot where he sued to stand with his grandfather [Photo courtesy of Billy Kirkpatrick]

Two local stalwarts of the game have passed away in Hobart recently.

The late Mike Barter was a founder of the Phoenix club, while Bogdan Dora was a founding member, life member and player of White Eagle, now New Town Eagles.

Condolences to both families.

1 comment:

The Phoenix said...

RIP Mike,
He was a great steward of the game.