80’s Players George Burnell and Greg Thompson
One of the longest footballing rivalries on the Gold Coast will begin a new tradition this year, with a legends match scheduled to take place between Palm Beach Soccer Club and Broadbeach United Soccer Club on the cards.
The match is scheduled to take play on Saturday the 26thof May at Nikiforides Park in between the Reserve Grade and First Grade games of the regular GCPL season fixture.
The match will involve players who played for either club, some potentially both, from 1980-1999. The game has taken a lot of planning and organising on both sides, with Palm Beach President Duncan McKenna and Broadbeach Head Coach Lee Vernon heading the preparations.
“There were a lot of great players who played during this error and it is important to keep traditions alive. Both clubs are very proud and have had their ups and downs,” said Lee Vernon.
The rivalry is something that Duncan McKenna said he remembers from years ago as being the biggest game of the year.
“The answer to why this is a rivalry is the 52 years of battles beforehand. We are both proud footballing clubs and I know that both the older players from each side love the opportunity to play in this match.”
Both sides will feature familiar names to Gold Coast natives, with Broadbeach fielding the likes of Gary French, Colin Phelan, Frank Cole, Dennis Dodd to name a few. For Palm Beach the likes of George Burnell, Greg Thompson, Chris Hilton, Kev Bradley, Grant Lazzaro, Dean Milosevic and Cameron Watson are some of many that will feature.
It was a tough task to pick the squads for the games, but a mutual decision between both parties that a player must be over 40 to qualify was reached.
1980 Grand Final Winners Broadbeach United
The main purpose for both parties is to get together and reflect on the battles and bitter rivalry once upon a time.
“It is a great opportunity to tell a few stories and we are hoping for it to be a home and away fixture. We would be open for other clubs, maybe a Southport to jump on board and be part of it also,” said Vernon.
“Although many would understand that Braodbeach isn’t my favourite club on the Coast, I have a lot of respect for the club and all those involved. However, there is n greater victory than one against Broadbeach!” said McKenna.
Kick off is set for 5:45pm on Saturday the 26thof May, 2018 at Nikiforides Park.