Max and Brian Phelan in front of some of the memorabilia at the Allora Sports Museum.
Max and Brian Phelan in front of some of the memorabilia at the Allora Sports Museum. Gerard Walsh

Allora's sporting legends immortalised in Hall of Fame

MAX Phelan came up with the name Ken Telford when asked about one top Allora sporting star down the generations.

The Phelan brothers, Brian and Max, are in a group of 18 Allora sports stars to be inducted into the Allora Sporting Hall of Fame in the past decade.

Now, the tributes to all 18 have a new home in the Allora Sports Museum which now occupies part of the former Allora Shire Council office.

One of the inductees, State of Origin rugby league star Shane Webcke, and current Queensland Firebirds netball captain Laura Geitz will officially open the museum on Saturday.

Max said Ken Telford was as good as any.

"He played polo for Australia, was a good cricketer, tennis player and top rodeo rider.

"Murray Robin was a great boxer. Allora has performed about its weight in sport."

Brian will always be remembered as a tough rugby league forward but more than that, the Allora goal kicker who landed a penalty from half-way after full-time to secure a one-point grand final win against Pittsworth on September 17, 1961.

Brian said the museum was a beauty.

"Organiser Perry Cronin has done a great job," he said.

Brian recalled with great pride when his brother Max played rugby union on a Saturday in Toowoomba and rugby league for Allora on a Sunday.

"He played rugby union for Queensland against New South Wales at the Brisbane Exhibition Grounds and did us proud," Brian said.

Cronin said his wife Lyn had been his greatest supporter in his museum dream.

"It started off as a bit of a giggle to get Brian's boots framed and hang them in the pub," Cronin said.

The $35,000 raised for a purpose-built museum has partly been spent furnishing the old council offices.

The museum will mainly be open on Sundays. A mobile phone number on the door can be called for possible access at other times.

All welcome to official opening at 1pm Saturday followed by afternoon tea at the Commercial Hotel.



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