North Launceston honours four as legends

 North Launceston Football Club life members Tony Young and Yvonne Morton were elevated to legend status at the club at a special function at Aurora Stadium yesterday.  Picture: Peter Sanders

North Launceston Football Club life members Tony Young and Yvonne Morton were elevated to legend status at the club at a special function at Aurora Stadium yesterday. Picture: Peter Sanders

THE North Launceston Football Club is much more than just a sporting club according to two of the club's four official legends who were acknowledged yesterday.

The Bombers held their inaugural Legends Luncheon at Aurora Stadium in the lead-up to the State League clash between North Launceston and Lauderdale, with life members Yvonne Morton, Tony Young, Lilah Fitzallen and former player, president and chairman of selectors Jack Hill, who died in 1991, inducted to legend status.

Only two of the three living legends were at Aurora yesterday, with poor health keeping Mrs Fitzallen, who began volunteering for the club before World War II, from attending.

Mrs Morton, the longest- serving member of the club's board who started her involvement with the organisation in 1954 working in the kiosk, said the club meant "everything" to her.

"This club is one of the greatest, but it is all really about the friendships that you make," she said.

Young, currently on the board of the club, described it as a "family club", with his parents, wife, brother-in-law and sons all having connections to the club.

He made his senior debut as a 15-year-old in 1954 and played more than 400 games for the club and coached the club to the 1984 senior premiership and 10 reserves premierships between 1960 and 1982. "I've been very privileged to be involved in those reserves grand finals and to be able to coach an NTFA premiership," Mr Young said.

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