Tony Wilson Tribute to Dick Guy
With so many of the tributes to our Club Legend Dick (Roley) Guy naturally concentrating on his enormous contribution as an outstanding cricketer and skipper, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about perhaps his even bigger attribute. That was his off-field ability to mobilise friendship and being a vital part of creating the everlasting culture that the Stags are renowned for - and still are, thank goodness.
The 1961 Tony Wilson
On arrival at Gordon for the 1960-61 season, I am not ashamed to say that I was your typical pampered private school brat, whom Roley delighted in having for brekkie. I had just joined the Wool Industry and then followed my cricket dream at the Stags. Roley and the Wool Industry, without doubt taught me the toughness that I was so lacking. I did not look back and are in debt to both. Roley had an enormous influence on pushing the ‘off-field’ culture that all of us who have played for Gordon (plus our opponents) will never ever forget.
He was influential in helping establish the creation of the ‘12.30 Friday Club’ in the mid to late 60’s, which was hosted by the sadly passed solicitor Ken Niblett. Nibbo shouted the luncheons at the RAC Club in town and initially were 6-10 1st graders, where the only allowed drink was Mateus Rose. When these luncheons developed and grew in numbers, it was decided we needed our own tie. It was Bobby Thomas who initially purchased in the UK the now famous W with an Anchor ties. He deemed these appropriate (no style, that lad) and thus the Wanchors (or Wankers) luncheon group was formed. Roley fully supported this, with Graham Drake and Marshall Rosen later updating the ties. The now famous Gordon song was then penned by Gerry Elkan to be always sung after a win and of course every party. How good was it to see Dick lead our winning 1st graders (skippered by James Packman) into song at Chattie in October 2012 after one of our Wankers reunion luncheons.
Playing for Gordon under Roley meant that you had to perform on and off the field. We had the most memorable parties in the home dressing room after many a Chattie game. There were the Roman Toga and Hawaiian nights, dancing to the blaring 60/70’s music supplied by Ian Packman as the DJ. The wives and girlfriends loved them - details we shall not go into. Roley also had a wonderful rapport with our opponents and they were always invited to the Rugby Union Club over the road, with many everlasting friendships made. The main mid-week and Saturday night rule was every shout had to be a new ‘Colour’. These memorable Coloured nights were always presided over by Roley and you dare not disagree with him.
Three legendary leggies...Tony Wilson, Dick Guy and Mason Crane
Thus Dick, you taught us how to really enjoy our cricket on and off the field and I am proud to say that your legacy on Culture, continues to flow throughout the Club. I believe you saw that in the many recent visits you made to watch the teams play.
Thank you, my friend, for beautiful memories and please save an icy beer for me when I join you.
Cheers mate -Tiddles Wilson.