London Broncos supporters displayed a large variety of retro shirts on Sunday afternoon as the club celebrated 35 years in the capital with a Heritage Day.
Prior to the match Tony Rea was inducted into the London Broncos Supporters Association Hall of Fame and the all time list of club players was announced giving every player – since the club began 35 years ago – a heritage number, read more here. Past players were in attendance with Adam Sada, Conrad Scott, Neil Bibby, Tony gourley, Colin Fenn and Sami M’Barki (representing Hussein M’Barki) appearing in pre-match hospitality and on the pitch at half-time for a presentation.
Having played in the inaugural Fulham game at Craven Cottage Tony Gourley was given the honour of presenting the match ball to the referee at the centre circle. He is noted as player 10 in the all-time list and played from 1980-1985 making 132 appearances. As the current Broncos side took to the field, supporters dressed in a variety of retro shirts lined up for a guard of honour.
A heritage programme was produced for the game with the cover being a replica of the original programme from the first season as Fulham in 1980. The programme also includes the compete list of players of the club, from #1 John Risman to #586 William Barthau. Limited copies of the programme remain and can be purchased here.
On the field the team also delivered with a 34-12 win over Hunslet Hawks with 22 unanswered points in the second half. Wes Naiqama finishing the game with a hat-trick, four conversions and a penalty goal for a personal tally of 22 points. Watch highlights of the match here.
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