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MCC 175th Anniversary Gala - November 15, 2013

MCC 175th Anniversary - Members' Memories

To celebrate the MCC's 175th anniversary, the club is asking members to share with us their favourite memories, anecdotes and experiences as an MCC member.

Below is a sample of some great stories. For the full list, click here.

Have your own memory you wish to share? Send us an email here.

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“This is the MCG to me – a sporting venue that brings together cultures and life and lifetime memories.”
Mark Johnston

“We have many memories of the MCG...numerous Anzac Days and that incredible feeling of being part of something so big and so silent and so moving - if you haven't experienced it you won't understand...”
Robin and John Nettleton and Family

“The MCC will always be a very special place for me as one of my best friend’s wake was held there. It was an emotional day but it consoled me to think of all the great times I'd had at the place I love.”
James Murphy

“My great, great grandfather, William Haines, was one of the original Trustees of the MCC. He was also the first Premier of Victoria. My other great,great grandfather, Charles Lawrence, was in the Stephenson's XI in 1862 - the first English team to play at the MCG . This seems a very extraordinary connection with the club’s history.”
Ian Friend

“My biggest thrill was when Max Walker was walking up towards us having just been out and I was on the end of the aisle and everyone was telling me to say something. So I stepped forward and said 'gidday Tangles' and he gave me the biggest smile. I was so embarrassed, but so excited.”
Katie Dopheide

“Being a member has been most enjoyable.  My membership allowed me to go to the Members’ Dinner at which David Gower spoke and John Landy was so hospitable. I am also a Bulldogs member and can now see both cricket and football at the 'G. I enjoy the feeling of belonging and I intend to continue both memberships as long as I am able.”
Caroline Piesse

“My father, Ken McKenzie, was invited into the Committee Room in 2011 when he was the third-oldest living member of the MCC. He is now the number one oldest member – something he is very proud of.”
Mary Harry

“I was born in 1966 and I had been watching the football on television as a young kid. When I went to my first match at the MCG I took one look at the ground and the players and said ‘look it's in colour!’”
Anne Chiodo

“My wife Jane is the great grand niece of H.C.A Harrison "the father of Australian Rules Football" and who was the cousin of Tom Wills, who was an early secretary of the MCC.”
Bill Dubsky

"I entered the Reserve under my own membership for the first time and walked into the old pavilion. The sight that greeted me was a full house - the massive Great Southern Stand lit, camera flashes going off... That wondrous scene has stayed with me forever. The incredible change to the ground impressed upon my memory."
Jon Kerr

“When the rules were changed to admit female members my father gave up his Ladies' ticket so that I could become a Full member. I was a Full member at 19 and the guys my age only became Restricted at 19 and Full members at 27 and 29 years. I love the MCC and wish it a very happy 175th birthday!”
Jema Arnold

“My best memory is having the opportunity to take my mother (in her seventies and confined to a wheelchair) into the Members Reserve just before the old members stand was demolished.  It was only the second time she had been to the MCG and never really had any connection with the ground. However, she was absolutely thrilled to go and said it was one of the best times she'd had in years.”
Donald Firth

“I especially savour the 1977 Centenary Test between Australia and England with the heroics of Lillee, the gymnastics of Randall and the atmosphere provided by the greatest sporting stadium in the world.”
Peter Pritchard

“We now live in Richmond and love to hear the roars from the ground and the siren... We love the good-natured comments and camaraderie of fellow supporters and the opposition on the walks to and from the Peoples' Ground...the great MCG. Thank you to all concerned and all the best for the 175th celebrations.”
Robin and John Nettleton and Family

“I can still remember the wild excitement of the Members Reserve in the final stages of that amazing draw between Essendon and Melbourne - the first draw in a Grand Final... I am now a 50-Year member living in Sydney, so I don't get the same opportunities to get to the MCC, but each visit I manage is just as great as ever. Congratulations to the MCC on its 175 years.”
Charles Peters

“I recall the time I won the sweep as a North supporting guest in the MCC Committee Room... Everyone else had picked the Demons to win. North won by 127 points. As the (late) Dr Don Cordner, MCC president, handed me a sizable sum of money, he said: ‘I do hope you enjoyed yourself today, because it just might be some time before we invite you back again!’”
Thomas Hogg

“Rowing was just about the only sport in which our MCC did not have representation. Paul Sheahan may recall an incident in 1979, where he spoke about cricket being a superior sport to rowing and me taking the opportunity to tell him that he was quite wrong. It was the only time in my life that I would ever have had the audacity to contradict my school's headmaster. He forgave me.”
Alan Moore

“Some 26 years ago my grandfather, Maurice Cass, committed what would be one of his first selfless acts for me in my life: he put pen to paper and signed my MCC nomination. Maurie has now passed and I feel that stories from members like him truly define what this club represents. To those members past and present we celebrate the MCC and all it has offered Australians and their families.”
Wade Edwards

“I clearly remember the Bradman century (his fourth in a row) which came after Colin McCool dropped him on 97. The sigh of relief exhaled by the crowd when the catch was dropped was an extraordinary sound, and I mean extraordinary! Best wishes for the 175th anniversary celebrations.”
Andrew Farran

“There have been many great occasions and memories since 1946 of cricket, football and the Olympics... but, looking back, the memory of my first day at the 'G is a hard one to beat.”
Peter Le Get

“Like countless fathers before and after him, my father enrolled me with the MCC almost before I had taken my first breath. I became a member in 1940 and, maintaining the family tradition, enrolled our son Adam soon after he was born. He is a third generation MCC member.”
Peter Game

“Today, sitting in the section thoughtfully provided by the MCC for 50-year members, I can’t help a nostalgic recollection of the days when a visit to the footy at the MCG on a Saturday afternoon was a picnic outing.”
Peter Game


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