Vale Colin Joseph Reidy

29 January 2016

Col Reidy appeared, unannounced, at St Bernard's FC for training, without shoes, in 1965. At that stage he had just arrived from WA where he had been educated at the Christian Brothers Orphanage in Perth. He had been born in England and it was all a bit mysterious how he had arrived in Australia in the first place. But he quickly endeared himself to all at the Club for his enthusiasm, fearless attack on the football, or man if he felt it necessary, partying and remaining shoeless for years. He played many great games, in his total of 65 senior games, mainly across half back, and staged many a legendary "Sunday Session" at the home of his landlady Marg, in Violet Street - the famous White House. Col also become a very competent fast bowler and attacking batsman for the Old Collegians for many seasons. As a youth he had also been a very good boxer and won junior titles in WA. He eventually married and had two children. He passed away peacefully, from emphysema, on 22 January at the age of 72. RIP Colin Joseph Reidy, mystery man. Vale No 16.

thanks to Michael Perrett and Peter Pearson for this background on Col.

 

 

Patrick Crabb