Two rugby league fans had their days brightened up when former Paramatta Eels legend Neville Glover dropped in to see them at Nazareth House.
For die hard Eels fan Owen Jerry it was the perfect surprise as Glover was met with a huge grin, while fellow resident and former Group 4 referee Vic Duncan might have preferred a Balmain Tiger but was still over the moon to have a chat and a cuppa with the man he used to watch grace the wing of one of the greatest club backlines to take the field.
The impromptu meet and greet was the idea of the Tamworth Men of League, one of the best organisations of it’s kind, with president Kevin Robinson and Dennis Shanahan on hand for the day.
“It was an unbelievable reaction when Neville walked in – They were tickled pink,” Robinson said.
“We heard they needed a lift and Neville is always happy to help.”
For Glover it is seeing joy like this and helping people out that makes the rugby league community so special.
“It’s something easy to do to give two blokes that aren’t doing so well a lift,” Glover said.
“Vic might have a tiger tattooed on his arm but they were both chuffed to meet me and have a chat.”
The man that claims to have been “doing the goose step before David Campese” said that operations such as Men of League were vital to keep the ever changing and growing game and community in a healthy state.
“It is not just about former players but everyone – women and children are all involved now as well, it’s great.”