Bombers on the hunt for history

BOISDALE-Briagolong Football-Netball Club is piecing together the details of its long and proud history in preparation for a significant milestone.

As the Bombers approach the 40th anniversary of the Boisdale and Briagolong clubs forming under one banner in 1982, work is underway on a history book.

Club historian Brett Lanigan said while both clubs dated back to the late 1800s, Briagolong’s standalone team finished in 1951 and records relating to the early years of both clubs were scarce.

“Unfortunately our honour boards in the club rooms only go back to 1975, and there’s no documented history prior to this,” Lanigan said.

“We’ve got some bits and pieces of information, but there’s a lot of gaps and we’re very keen to fill them so we have a comprehensive history.”

Lanigan said he had a personal interest in ensuring the Bombers’ past was recorded, as his grandparents Ray and Mona Brideson and father Kevin Lanigan were life members of the club.

“I’ve been involved in the club my whole life and it’s evolved so much even in my lifetime,” he said.

“I think it’s so important that these historical details and the stories and characters that go along with them are captured now before they’re lost forever.”

Lanigan urged people to come forward with any records or information they might have from any period in the club’s history, including recent years.

“There’s a lot of people spending extra time at home at the moment, so it’s the perfect opportunity to dust off those old trophies or open the archive boxes to see what’s hiding in there,” he said.

“We’re looking for any details for football and netball, club and league award winners, coaches in all grades, committee leadership roles, interleague representatives, yearly scores and ladder positions.

“We’re also on the hunt for photos, copies of Leader, Tagger or Gameday programs and secretary or minutes books. “Anything you’ve got, we’re keen to see it.”

Those who can assist should phone Brett Lanigan on 0427 517 577 or email brett@gremaffra.com.au.