Redlegs made a mark in history

THE proud history of the City-South football club will be celebrated at a special reunion to be held next month.

The Redlegs boasted one of the most successful records of any Tasmanian football club, playing in 50 grand finals from the club's inception in 1880 until its last NTFA grand final appearance in 1980 _ winning 30 premierships in the 100-year period.

They included the 1966, 1972 and 1974 NTFA and state premierships before the club merged with East Launceston in 1986 to form the South Launceston Football Club.

The reunion will be held on Saturday, June 14, at the South Launceston versus Deloraine NTFA game at Youngtown Oval.

It will also mark the 40th annniversary of City's 1974 state premiership victory over Burnie at York Park under captain-coach Stuart Barclay who joined  the club from Essendon, and its under-19 state premiership victory over Longford.

Barclay will be returning from Queensland's Sunshine Coast for the reunion, and most of the 1974 team will be present including well-known names of the day such as vice-captain Darrel Green, Stephen Hortle, Wayne Chugg, Derek Peardon, Bill Hodgson, Craig Coombes and Kim Saltmarsh.

City-South defeated Scottsdale by 21 points to win the 1974 NTFA flag and went on to beat a Burnie side coached by former St Kilda player John Bonney by 36 points in the Northern state premiership.

Southern TFL premier North Hobart did not take part in the intrastate series that year.

``It's a general City-South reunion for all former players and supporters and even former Scottsdale or Burnie players from that era are welcome to attend,'' former Redlegs premiership player Stephen Hortle said.

Hortle said teammate Peter Brookes played in all three City-South state premierships teams of the era and Allan Pearson two of the three after he refused to play in the 1974 game against Burnie for religious reasons because it was held on a Sunday.

Inquiries about the reunion can be directed to Hortle on 0419573104.

REUNION FACTS

WHAT: City-South reunion.

WHEN: Saturday, June 14.

WHERE: Youngtown Oval.

WHO: All former players and supporters.

Former City-South player Stephen Hortle looks at a photo of City-South's 1974 state premiership-winning team, of which Hortle was a member. Picture: PETER SANDERS

Former City-South player Stephen Hortle looks at a photo of City-South's 1974 state premiership-winning team, of which Hortle was a member. Picture: PETER SANDERS

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