A Trip Down Memory Lane
Any visit to the Heroes and Legends Museum,Rugby League Central,Moore Park is always enjoyable but a recent visit by Fred Jackson and Ken Vessey, Northern Sydney Welfare Officers with Tim Pickup OAM was even better. As always Terry Williams,Museum Historian was a perfect host as he welcomed Tim,as a first time visitor to this marvellous Museum.
Tim was most impressed with the extensive range of excellent exhibits that effectively traces the history of rugby league in Australia from 1908 until present .In the numerous types of exhibits he saw many of his old team mates and opponents from his playing days as a 1st grade player firstly with the North Sydney Bears and then the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs during the 1970’s and his inclusion in the NSW and Australian teams from 1972 till 1975.
It was a pleasure to hear about his playing days in England with Blackpool Borough RLF Club in the 1970’s,his travels in Europe and the USA, before transferring to play for the North Sydney Bears alongside many excellent players including the best halfback he played with Keith “Chicka” Outten and see him watch film clips of his best mate the late Ken Irvine and his 1973 Australian Kangaroos Touring Team to England team mates including Arthur Beetson,Tommy Raudonikis, Changa Langlands,Bobby McCarthy,Mick Cronin,Ray Branighan,Gary Stevens and Bob O’Reilly.
Tim was most complimentary regarding the high standard of the Museum’s high quality exhibits and layout,commenting he was so pleased he had made the visit, thanking Terry Williams and us for arranging the visit.
By Ken Vessey
L to R – Terry Williams,Fred Jackson,Tim Pickup and Ken Vessey