WHEN former Tamworth City Lions player Don “Dodge” Green was told Kevin Robinson and Ken Thompson were coming to visit he thought the two old footballers were just coming over for a beer.
But he was wrong.
Kevin and Ken are both on the committee of the Tamworth branch of the North West chapter of the Men of League Foundation and they had a little Christmas present for Don, who has been battling illness recently.
They presented Don with a Christmas hamper care of the Men of League, while another will go to the Horne family whose house burnt down two weeks ago.
“Men of League was given 100-odd hampers from Chrisco to donate around NSW and Queensland,” Kevin said.
“We were lucky enough to get one for Donny and our (North West) president Don Pascoe, over at Gunnedah, was able to get one for the Horne family at Colly Blue who lost their house in a fire.
“It’s nothing spectacular but it’s just something to help them have a better Christmas.”
Don was more than grateful for the hamper.
And not only because he was getting something back from his old mates.
“It’s great,” he said.
“I didn’t know anything about it.
“When Robbo comes around it’s usually to borrow money or because he wants me to buy him a beer.”
Don’s sense of humour is certainly intact.
Ken Thompson was a NSW representative backrower in the days when the game was far tougher than it is today.
He played alongside some of the greats in those NSW teams.
He is happy to work for the Men of League these days, but could probably do with some charity of his own at the moment.
Ken is sporting a broken bone in his foot after falling from a painting scaffold.