Family Ties: The Gubbins
Keen supporters of the Old Geelong Football Club will have noticed that it is far easier these days to get hold of a copy of The Amateur Footballer magazine at away games than at Como, where they are rarer than platypus teeth on match days. Last Saturday was no exception, and we were easily able to obtain a copy at Whitefriars.
On later perusal we noticed the following item in the Looking Back section, under 40 Years Ago – 1976: “AJAX consolidated their top spot in D Section with a strong performance over Old Geelong, 19.21 to 12.9. Best for Old Geelong were Hunter, Thompson, Steve and Stuart Anderson, Hood and Ross. Bradshaw’s five goals were not enough to include him in OGs’ best!”
Whilst clearly a travesty as far as Bradshaw was concerned, it does however lead neatly into this week’s edition of Family Ties, with Don Bradshaw being the grandfather of current player and Under 19s co-Captain Ed Gubbins. (And if you think you may have seen most of this before, you could well have, as we used much of this item in a similar publication last year.)
Current player Ed Gubbins with his mum Lucy and his grandfather Don Bradshaw are in the photo above after the game last year on Saturday 4 July.
“Braddy” played 127 games for the Club from 1967 to 1979; he was on the Committee for a couple of years; he was the Seniors’ Most Consistent in 1970; he was co-Captain of the Seniors in 1971, and Runner-Up to the Senior Best and Fairest in 1976.
Don amidst a young bunch of Oggers in 1969 (middle-back)
Don in good spirits and out of focus in 1973