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In the 7st 7lb team:

Clarke Scott*,

He’s a skilled footballer.

And more …

A singer, TV appearances,

Talent shows, live performances.

He’s well-known locally,

Sings at many venues

And locally at

Penrith Rugby League Club.

The ad is a reflection of the times.** This show was November 1966. The 7-7 football team photo was taken about 18 months later. Clarke certainly had local celebrity.

He’s serious, distant, willing.

From tough area, tough background.

Teammate talented.

With notoriety, local celebrity.

Intimidating.

 Note:
* Clarke is sitting in the front row, 2nd from the right of the team photo in Short Memory #154.
** Ted Quigg’s show featured many entertainers who reached considerable heights. On notable appeared in Ted Quigg’s Show at the club in June 1966 – it was the late Jimmy Little. Of course Jimmy was very well known by 1966. His big hit recorded in 1964.

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Menu & prices cater

To families.

Comfortable, affordable meal.

A little bit “posh”, mmmm!

The club bistro at Panthers*.

Snack Bar Decor, Murals circa 1967. Love the “Chicken Dinners” mural. Phil’s demand was a bit later than this.

Most tables occupied – plenty of patrons.

Phil** – 6 or 7  – brazen, mischievous.

Announces loudly:

“Hey Rodge! I want a beer
and a go at the pokies!

Your the boss, aren’t you?”

Heads turn.

Crack up!

Note:

* At this stage the name hadn’t changed … it was still Penrith Rugby League Club.

** Youngest brother Phillip aka The Fat Man.

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Social centre,

Penrith Rugby League Club –

Broke, players unpaid.

Single room clubhouse with multiple functions –

Single room multi-function club - transforms, mutates.

Roger takes over,

Green, driven,

Enthusiastic, open,

Ambitious, visionary.

Results in …

* Financial recovery
* New multi-story club built,
* Elevated RL team – now elite.

Elevated Roger  – locally notable (or notorious?).

Blood of the Panthers mutates family DNA.

 


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Conveniently located –

Directly behind the thriving, expanding RL Club –

Our new home was behind this 1967 version of the Club.

Our new home.

Weatherboard, dark interiors, dark fittings – Edwardian?

Hardwood picture & ornament rails lapped the lounge room.

Musty dark carpets, antiquated kitchen, long narrow yard … and

NO TELEVISION!

The final blow to failing focus.

Knockout for distraction.

Schoolwork is the winner!!

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