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Tigerm

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Pre season trial
The boys were out on the grog on the weekend
Public holiday would bring the crowds

Otherwise I don’t know hahahaha
Just googled it, while it doesn’t actually give a reason, it was a public holiday, so probably the reason?

The Balmain team were full of rugby players, who probably played on Saturday and Sunday was probably closed for everything.

I remember many years ago, (not 1908) you had to travel out of town just to get a drink on a Sunday? Lucky booze buses weren’t around hahaha
 
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Just googled it, while it doesn’t actually give a reason, it was a public holiday, so probably the reason?
Cool, I thought of easter and ANZAC days but the game sought of is in between.... mystery.
This is the part where one plays the X Files theme music.
 

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Gee there are some recognisable younger faces in this clip, Ray Warren for one.
I remember as a young fella, tuning into 2SM on my little transistor radio to hear Frank Hyde give his preview of the Balmain game as I walked the streets of Leichhardt on my way to the 8th wonder of the world.

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Frank Hyde MBE, OAM
b. 7 February 1916 d. 24 September 2007)

 
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Nutz

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Just googled it, while it doesn’t actually give a reason, it was a public holiday, so probably the reason?

The Balmain team were full of rugby players, who probably played on Saturday and Sunday was probably closed for everything.

I remember many years ago, (not 1908) you had to travel out of town just to get a drink on a Sunday? Lucky booze buses weren’t around hahaha
Don't tell me you were a victim of many a "Sunday Sesch" ;)
 

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These were great paintings weren’t they, I wonder who the artist was?
Noel Kelly, being tackled by (anyone want tell us who) the Rabbitohs players are hahaha
 

Tigerm

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These were great paintings weren’t they, I wonder who the artist was?
Noel Kelly, being tackled by (anyone want tell us who) the Rabbitohs players are hahaha
From memory, my first beer was a KB, don’t know why but then when those little hand granade bottles came out, just a good hand size, they had me hooked hahaha
 

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From memory, my first beer was a KB, don’t know why but then when those little hand granade bottles came out, just a good hand size, they had me hooked hahaha
I remember the kb crickly textured cans.
Those old rugby league window oaintings were awesome in many of the okd Sydney pubs, should be heritage listed if not already are.
 

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Their moto around that time was Reschs: The Drink a Man Remembers....in my case after a Reschs' session I couldn't remember anything :)
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The beer was the product of German brewing in nineteenth century Sydney. In 1863 Edmund Resch arrived in Victoria, heading to the mines before moving to Cobar NSW in 1871 [where I was born] where he and another were the first to mine copper. After moving about for 5 years, in 1877 he and his younger brother Richard, purchased a small cordial factory in the river port of Wilcannia in the states far west. They were soon joined by a third brother, Emil and opened the Lion Brewery, with branches in Silvertown, Cootamundra and Tibooburra.

In 1892 Edmund installed a manager and retired to Melbourne, before taking up the offer to manage Allt’s Brewery & Wine & Spirit Co, known as the Waverley Brewery in Sydney in 1895. Reviving the sagging business of Allt’s, Resch then purchased a second business, the New South Wales Lager Bier Co on South Dowling Street in Redfern. Closing Waverley, he shifted the equipment to Redfern and expanded the brewery, while keeping the Waverley name. In 1906 the business was renamed Resch’s Ltd and the lion emblem of the Wilcannia operation became the symbol of the new company.

He had arrived in Sydney at the time of a great transition and turmoil in the brewing industry. In 1900 there were 19 breweries in the city. By 1920 there were only three, as the giant firms of Tooth’s and Toohey’s bought out, shut down or amalgamated with their rivals. Only Resch’s withstood the onslaught.
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From 1904-1914 he proudly advertised as being brewer to the Governor General and his beers captured a large portion of the NSW market. Resch’s Dinner Ale and Pilsener were particularly popular. Edmund’s business was increasingly successful, enough for him to buy the harbourside mansion Swifts, built in the 1882 by his brewing rival Sir Robert Lucas Tooth and to expand his Waverley brewery, hold off his rivals and purchase hotels to sell his products. When war broke out in 1914, Resch, who had been naturalised in 1889, contributed generously to the effort and made up the difference in pay for around 60 workers who enlisted. Despite this, his German heritage was enough to see him arrested and interned at Liverpool Camp in 1917 until the wars end.

Resch died in 1923 and his sons took over the business. In 1929 the company was bought by Tooth & Co, who continued the Waverley brewery and maintained the name and range of Reschs products. In 1983 Tooth were taken over by Carlton United Breweries in Victoria, who also continued the Resch’s brand. In a quirk of history, CUB had been established by Edmunds brother Emil in 1907.

Although now much reduced, Resch’s is still available in NSW pubs. Its silver bullet Pilsener is about the only survivor. But as long as it is, Reschs still Refreshes.
He should hve been knighted.
I have heard that our CEO Richo loves a Resch's. My late father called it Monkey's piss! :)
 
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Willoughby Pub.
I've had many a schooner there after playing footy. As soon as we were ripped it was off to North Sydney Leagues Club till the wee hours.
I wonder where our forumers drank as a young fella?
 

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I used to drink down in Millers Pt at the Hero of Waterloo and many others hahaha
Awesome, I think I've been there. A lot of water [or beer] has flowed under the bridge since then :)
What was the pub that had the acorn tree in the beer garden at Mossman on the way to the spit.
 

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Awesome, I think I've been there. A lot of water [or beer] has flowed under the bridge since then :)
What was the pub that had the acorn tree in the beer garden at Mossman on the way to the spit.
Figtree Hotel?
 

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