‘Club man’ celebrates 50 years

Brian Forsyth celebrated 50 years at the Redlands United Football Club last Friday and took home the Queensland Achievement Award. 
 Photo by Chris McCormack

Brian Forsyth celebrated 50 years at the Redlands United Football Club last Friday and took home the Queensland Achievement Award. Photo by Chris McCormack

REDLANDS United Football Club life member Brian Forsyth celebrated 50 years with the club last Friday.

In Forsyth 's honour the club held a testimonial game featuring the Redlands United Men's Legends against the current Women's Legends Masters side.

Forsyth shared the field with men and women whom he has played with for many years at the club.

After the game a representative of Football Queensland presented Forsyth with its inaugural Football Queensland Achievement Award.

Forsyth, who was born and bred in the Redlands, said he was humbled to receive the prestigious award.

"I am very proud, but there are a lot of people out there doing a lot more than I am," he said.

Forsyth began playing for Redlands United FC when he was 11 years old and stayed because he loved the camaraderie at the club.

"I grew up through the club. I have seen it develop and a lot of my long-time friends are still members of the club," he said.

Forsyth said he was hanging up his boots this year, but reflected on his time at the club.

"A highlight was being a part of the club's First Division Championship winning team of 1977," he said.

"This was the first time the club had won the title in Brisbane's top league."

Redlands United FC general manager Martin Hampson said it was incredible to have someone so dedicated and involved in the club for 50 consecutive years.

"Most clubs celebrate 10 or occasionally 20 years' service but 50 years is an astounding feat and to the best of my knowledge it's not be replicated anywhere else in Queensland," he said.

"It's something that the club can be incredibly proud of to have someone who's been willing to come back year after year.

"It's a credit to Brian and the guys he's played with that his passion for the game is still so strong and we all hope to see him continue for as long as he can, maybe even playing in the club's centenary celebrations in 2018."

Club life member Ray Gardner said Forsyth was a part of the fibre of Redlands United and the personification of a club man.

"Not only has he played at the club for 50 consecutive years, he has served as treasurer on the management committee for a number of years and coached and managed various teams," he said.

"He has coached a number of young teams for over 10 years and mentored some of the club's finest local players all at one club.

"In this day and age Brian's commitment and dedication to one club is inspirational."

The evening culminated with a PlayStation 4 National Premier League game featuring Redlands United and Western Pride.

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