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Title: ... p43 - Memories of Les Boyd and his days at the Magpies - by Paul Butler

In the 70s I was playing grade soccer for Auburn and getting paid to do so.

Some of my mates played footy so I always followed the game even though I loved Souths as a kid.Even copped a back hander once for wearing my souths jersey to Lidcombe Oval once .
 
 It didnt take me too long after watching Boyd, Donnelly and Ridonikis before I was playing the game and trialed for jersey flegg the next year, met Les and Tommy at training sessions even loaned Tom my runners at some stage.

But I once got a trial for grade and had a Wests first grade jersey (#9 Les Boyds from previous year), handed to me. Needless to say that did not go back in the bag after the game and is pride of place to be passed on to my (kids/grand kids).

As most have said Les was what he was on the field and an absolute gentleman off it, no show pony or antics to talk about just your rugard country boy having a go in the big smoke, and made many friends I'll bet from it and respect along the way.

What a game when you think what memories just watching can bring to peoples lives, and charectures such as Les are what has made the game popular, not the PRIMO DONNAS that grace the field in some teams today just to watch themselves on the big screen or read about themselves the next day.

Would love to track Les down some day soon to get him to autograph that Jersey.

p43 - Memories of Les Boyd and his days at the Magpies - by Paul Butler, Ettalong Beach, AU


Appears in the following pages ....P43_Les BOYD
Date of posting ... 08-Jan-2010
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