Men of Football: Anniversary lunch one for the ages

GUEST: Lawrie McKinna.
GUEST: Lawrie McKinna.

IT was a lunch for the ages.

The Newcastle chapter of the Men of Football on Friday celebrated the 40th anniversary of the city’s participation in National League and 10 years since the only championship.

KB United originals David Jones, Phil Dando, Graham Heys and Craig Mason joined players from the Newcastle Breakers, Newcastle Rosebuds and the Jets in a crowd of a 150 at Merewether Surfhouse.

The lunch, which was hosted by former Breakers striker Andy Harper and former Socceroo David Lowe, raised nearly $20,000 for the cause.

“The concept was to celebrate the history of football in the region,” Men of Football secretary Brad Robb said.

Jets chief executive Lawrie McKinna and coach Ernie Merrick were among a host of special guests.

“It was great catching up with boys I used to play with and against,” said McKinna who played a season at the Breakers in 1993.

“We (Jets) as a club want to embrace the region’s football history. There is so much to be proud of. ”

About 70 “old boys” will be at the Jets home clash against Sydney on Saturday.