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50 and fabulous – Woolgoolga primed to party

July 21st, 2021

Woolgoolga United are having a shindig for the ages, and the ‘Rona’ ain’t invited.
The proud club will celebrate their 50th year with on-field activities on August 21, before a gala dinner at the Seaview Tavern that night.
A very special guest speaker will be former Liverpool player Craig Johnstone.
Australian Johnston, nicknamed ‘Skippy’, was a midfielder who collected a staggering five league titles and an FA Cup with Liverpool.
The South African-born legend will also be at the Woolgoolga fields in the afternoon, involved with activities there.
Club president Peter Knott said while the spectre of COVID was ever-present, Woopi was proceeding with well-advanced plans to hold the celebration.
“We expect to have former players coming from Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland,” Peter said.
“There will be ex-presidents, committee members and of course, players.”
Under the current COVID regulations numbers for the dinner will be capped at around 100 given the one person per four square metre rule – but should that be lifted, the club could look at welcoming as many as 180-190 guests.
“We’re just playing it by ear at the moment,” Peter said.
Club volunteers have been particularly active gathering history and memorabilia to showcase at the event.
“Dave and Kim have been really good getting things together,” Peter said, and a special production of the club’s history has featured this month in the Woopi News.
And if it makes you feel old … here’s some of the things which happened five decades back in 1971:
The first ever One Day International cricket match – between Australia and England – was played at the MCG; Evel Knievel set a world record and jumped 19 cars on a motorbike; a Led Zeppelin show at Belfast included the first public performance of ‘Stairway to Heaven’, the Australian of the Year was Evonne Goolagong; and Arsenal defeated Liverpool 2-1 to win the English FA Cup (just don’t tell Skippy).
Image: The hunt for Woolgoolga United history has seen a number of gatherings in the community.

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