League club gets memories all in order before Legends day

Geoff Richardson, room co-ordinator Peter Coote and Wayne Bennett in the Cowboys memorabilia room.
Geoff Richardson, room co-ordinator Peter Coote and Wayne Bennett in the Cowboys memorabilia room. Gerard Walsh

THE work by Warwick Cowboys memorabilia room co-ordinator Peter Coote before the Legends day on Saturday will be there for all to see in years to come.

Less than two years after the clubhouse at Father Ranger Oval was devastated by two floods, Coote has the memorabilia room at the clubhouse the equal of any in the state.

He has folders on history of the Eastern Suburbs and Collegians clubs, which played in the Warwick and District Rugby League competition before the Warwick Cowboys club was formed to play in Toowoomba in 1986.

Coote said he was grateful for the donations of memorabilia and more was always welcome.

The club now has a plaque to recognise the work of Fr Hal Ranger who was the Warwick and District president when the sport moved from Warwick Showgrounds to Queens Park in 1966.

Fr Ranger said it was a great privilege to be a little part of the history of league.

"We were playing on the showgrounds with manure, rusty nails, the odd horse shoe and holes in the fence. \

The field was pretty rough so it was a whole new start at a new oval. That is not forgetting the years of games at the showgrounds."

"A lot of people make little contributions. I remember joining with Jake Maroon, Eddie Brosnan, Cliff Farrell and Kev Collins to approach the council.

"The memorabilia room is a lovely record of history and families which have been involved generation after generation."

Topics:  community, memorabilia, rugby league, sport, warwick cowboys



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