A 40-YEAR reunion for the famed Murwillumbah United and Murwillumbah Saints soccer grand final took place at the Murwillumbah Golf Club on Saturday, August 20.
Former players of the match travelled back to Murwillumbah from Melbourne and all over NSW and QLD and in total more than 90 people attended what was described as a “brilliant night”.
The night marked exactly 40 years to the day of the
game that stopped a town and saw United take the victory in one of the biggest upsets of the season.
Past players, officials, volunteers and supporters made up those who attended this extraordinary event. MC Jim Devine Jnr, ensured the evening ran smoothly with some very interesting stories and facts relived, including one of a very rare autographed ball of the 1969 touring Manchester United team boasting greats such as Bobby Charlton and George Best.
“That was eventually used as a backyard kick- around ball by one of the former Saints players,” event organiser David Devine said.
“The famous ‘Victory Salute’ picture from the front page of the Daily News dated Monday, August 23 1976 was recreated, this time Brian Breckenridge and Geoff Smith weren’t so keen to hoist stand in Captain, Tony Morris, on their shoulders, preferring a more comfortable position.” A commemorative cake marking the 40 years was cut by captains Tony Morris and Brian Thatcher (United) with Saints Captain Barry Powell and Vice-Captain Wayne Powell.