Book captures the spirit of the Valley Magpies
A NEW book aims to capture the highs and lows of the Montmorency Football and Netball Club over the last 50 years. The Wild Men of Montmorency...and other tales (see cover below) profiles several of the club's toughest and most talented champions. It also looks at some of our more celebrated off-field characters. Writer Andrew Brasier says the book, in part, is a tribute to Mont legend Grant Wilmot, who passed away last year.
"I had been formulating a history of the club in my mind but Grant's death in July last year really sparked me into action,'' Brasier says. "Grant's passing at the age of 59 made me realise that I had to capture as much as I could of the memories of our celebrated players and administrators while they were still alive. And, yes, I wanted to pay tribute to Grant, who was a great Mont person and a committed community person. He helped out others less fortunate than himself through his work with Youth Transitions. Fortunately, I had interviewed Grant in 2013 for the Mont website, so much of his chapter is based on this.''
Brasier, a former secretary and current committee member at Montmorency FNC, says the title of the book the Wild Men of Montmorency ...and other tales is a reflection of an era of football in the Diamond Valley that has largely gone.
"To survive as a footballer in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s in the valley you had to be resilient and be able to withstand a physical and verbal onslaught,'' he said. "There was no room for the faint-hearted. Grant and all of the players chosen in this book were hard, skilled competitors who did not take a backward step. The administrators selected were hard-working characters who gave their all to tbe black and white cause. They are mainly people I had come to know over the journey. They are all icons of our club. The book doesn't pretend to be a straight history of the club. It is rather a series of reflections on players and administrators plus a smattering of historical facts.
The book can be bought for $25 a copy by contacting Ian Stillman on 0407688775. It will also be available at the club this week for the Legends game, which is being held after the Mont- Northcote Park clash.