A book celebrating 90 years of Cairns Brothers reveals the story of how the rugby league club earned its stripes both on and off the field.
Brothers Leagues Club Group Executive Manager John McCallum said Earning Our Stripes was an entertaining read about the many characters who had shaped the Brothers football and social clubs since 1926 when the club was founded.
“It contains a few secrets that current members did not know, for example the first Brothers players took to the field in green and gold before adopting the much-loved blue and white butcher’s stripes,” he said.
“There is plenty of on-field action as players and coaches recall premiership wins and losses, ‘Mad Monday’ capers, and some rather dubious outfits for themed social occasions,” he said.
“Off the field there were just as many trials and tribulations as Brothers led the way to become the first football club in Cairns to have its own clubhouse and one of the first clubs in Queensland to operate poker machines after they were introduced by the State Government in 1992.
“From mothers armed with umbrellas on the sidelines, to the naming of Stan Williams Park, there are stories that reveal not only the history of Brothers but a slice of Cairns history as the football club and its popular entertainment venue have touched the lives of so many in our community over the past 90 years.
“These stories are brought to life by Cairns media consultant Liz Inglis and illustrated by local artist Caroline Mudge.
“Their work is based on years of research by Cairns Brothers historian Col Gordon who was concerned that the club’s records were slowly disappearing.”
Parramatta Eels Head Coach Brad Arthur and Rabbitohs General Manager Shane Richardson, who are both past A-grade coaches of Cairns Brothers, will be at Brothers World of Entertainment on January 14, 2017 to sign copies of the book. They will also be guests of honour at the 90th Year Celebrations Reunion and Book Launch on January 13.
Earning Our Stripes is for sale at $50 and will be available from mid-December at Brothers World of Entertainment. Pre-purchase at www.brotherscairns.com.au. Tickets for the reunion can be purchased online or from Brothers reception and cost $50 per person.