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80 years - what a night!

What a Night! Old Scotch at its very best!

'It was probably the greatest lineup of Scotch football talent ever gathered at any one time.' That's how Old Scotch Football Club Joint President, Geoff Speed, summed up the club's gala 80th Anniversary celebration on 5 August. 'And it laid a foundation for the club's future at Camberwell', added his co-president Tim Shearer.

Team of the century

Four hundred and eighty players, officials and supporters, from the 1940s to the present day, had gathered at the Albert By The Lake Function Centre to celebrate the club's great role in the Scotch community. John 'Dr Turf' Rothfield was in fine form as MC and made sure that the night was chock-full of highlights and humour, despite the fact that the A Section team had missed the final four earlier in the day.

Special guest, the legendary Hawthorn coach, John Kennedy, provided an informative and amusing insight into football over the last fifty years, as well as reflecting on the great Scotch involvement in the 1961 Premiership, through John Winneke, Ian Law, Colin Youren and Malcolm Hill. The four greats were elated at their warm reception.

Team of the century

Another highlight of the evening was the announcement of the club's Team of the Century, although the paucity of pre-war records meant that the team was effectively drawn from the post-war era.

To the delight of those present, Judi Anderson and Nell Eggleston were present to acknowledge their late husbands' selection in the team. But there was more to come!

Club icon Bryan 'Gibbles' Gibbs had the honour to announce the award of Life Memberships to David Hughes and John Montgomery for their services to the club over many years. The genuine pride which 'Hughesy' and 'Monty' displayed at their recognition by the club, reflected the deep attachment to the Old Scotch Football Club, held by so many members of the Scotch family.

Finally it was time for Lachie Fraser-Smith to take centre stage in his role as the club's auctioneer. His entertaining auction of sporting memorabilia, in conjunction with several items presented for silent auction, helped to ensure a healthy result for the club's coffers and its long-term future at Camberwell.

So, as the curtain came down on a wonderful occasion, the club could now turn its attention to its next big challenge - to help the Reserves and Under 19s in their 2000 finals campaigns and, dare we say, lay the foundation for the next Team of the Century!

Mr Bruce Brown

Updated: Monday 24 June 2013