John Dallas Donnelly 1955-1986

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Re: John Dallas Donnelly 1955-1986

Unread post by Curaeus » Mon 11 Sep, 2017 1:02 pm

Saw Dallas playing for Country as a big raw boned kid just before he signed for the Magpies. Very whole hearted player and great club man. Left us much too soon.


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Unread post by Byron Bay Fan » Mon 11 Sep, 2017 1:18 pm

Cultured Bogan wrote:
Mon 11 Sep, 2017 9:02 am
With Gallagher on this, not sure how you could call yourself a Maggies fan and not know about his death?

Especially if you were living in Byron around the time he died.

Agree with everyone else, from the highlights I've seen he was tougher than a coffin nail and all the stories I have heard about him he seemed like a total legend.
It may have been that I was also rotating between Byron Bay and Lidcombe where I was helping nurse my extremely sick mother who suffered terribly before dying a few years later. I left my good job in Lismore due to this - and good jobs were very hard to come by in those days.
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Unread post by Byron Bay Fan » Mon 11 Sep, 2017 1:21 pm

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Mon 11 Sep, 2017 12:51 pm
Dallas was a legend, he actually kicked a field goal one day, many great stories about Dallas, like when Masters use to walk around the sheds and ask what are you going to do to your opposite number.
Terry Lamb was next to Dallas and heard Dallas tell Roy about belting his opposite, ripping his head off and a few more colourful phrases, turned to Lamb and said, " And what are you going to do to your opposite number".
Lamb looked Roy in the eye and said " Give him to Dallas."
A classic
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Unread post by Byron Bay Fan » Mon 11 Sep, 2017 1:38 pm

https://www.northernstar.com.au/news/fa ... m/1347685/

I am just catching up on the unfortunate circumstances of Neil Pringle son's death.

http://www.tenterfieldstar.com.au/story ... lice-pain/
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Unread post by Cultured Bogan » Mon 11 Sep, 2017 2:51 pm

Byron Bay Fan wrote:
Mon 11 Sep, 2017 1:18 pm
Cultured Bogan wrote:
Mon 11 Sep, 2017 9:02 am
With Gallagher on this, not sure how you could call yourself a Maggies fan and not know about his death?

Especially if you were living in Byron around the time he died.

Agree with everyone else, from the highlights I've seen he was tougher than a coffin nail and all the stories I have heard about him he seemed like a total legend.
It may have been that I was also rotating between Byron Bay and Lidcombe where I was helping nurse my extremely sick mother who suffered terribly before dying a few years later. I left my good job in Lismore due to this - and good jobs were very hard to come by in those days.
Yeah I'd wager would have been enough to put you out of touch with Rugby League events.
Cause there's no time for fussing or fighting my friend, but baby I'm amazed at the hate that you can send;
And you... Painted my entire world, and I don't have the turpentine to clean what you have soiled, and I won't forget it.

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Unread post by Magpie Magic » Wed 13 Sep, 2017 12:58 pm

Lidcombe Magpie wrote:
Sun 10 Sep, 2017 7:46 pm
Dallas was the ultimate team man, loved by all but hated by Manly.

I was at Lidcombe Oval in 1986 for the first home game of the year against Penrith and they had his jersey on a chair near the sideline. I think the whole crowd was crying when the Magpies ran past his jersey and touched it.

Still lost the bloody game though.
Was leading Penrith till Alexander scored late. They actually had his jersey on the hill side and Burns who I believe was meant to play in No. 11 played in No. 40.

Also remember when they awarded Dallas life membership in 1984 in our last home game against Canterbury. Everyone thought we would be booted out again in a few weeks as we were before coming back through the courts and Canterbury probably fielded their best ever side that year and Dallas was way overweight and finished languishing in reserves but they picked him in firsts that day and at HT they had him paraded on the back of a ute with a life size painting of himself. Bittersweet memories.
The 78 to 81 period was his best. That partnership he formed with Bruce Gibbs was awesome. They feud with Manly's Randall lasted for years.

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Unread post by gallagher » Wed 13 Sep, 2017 4:15 pm

Magpie Magic wrote:
Wed 13 Sep, 2017 12:58 pm
Lidcombe Magpie wrote:
Sun 10 Sep, 2017 7:46 pm
Dallas was the ultimate team man, loved by all but hated by Manly.

I was at Lidcombe Oval in 1986 for the first home game of the year against Penrith and they had his jersey on a chair near the sideline. I think the whole crowd was crying when the Magpies ran past his jersey and touched it.

Still lost the bloody game though.
Was leading Penrith till Alexander scored late. They actually had his jersey on the hill side and Burns who I believe was meant to play in No. 11 played in No. 40.

Also remember when they awarded Dallas life membership in 1984 in our last home game against Canterbury. Everyone thought we would be booted out again in a few weeks as we were before coming back through the courts and Canterbury probably fielded their best ever side that year and Dallas was way overweight and finished languishing in reserves but they picked him in firsts that day and at HT they had him paraded on the back of a ute with a life size painting of himself. Bittersweet memories.
The 78 to 81 period was his best. That partnership he formed with Bruce Gibbs was awesome. They feud with Manly's Randall lasted for years.
I think it was bruiser who was supposed to wear the 11 that day.

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Unread post by Lidcombe Magpie » Sat 16 Sep, 2017 10:39 pm

gallagher wrote:
Wed 13 Sep, 2017 4:15 pm
Magpie Magic wrote:
Wed 13 Sep, 2017 12:58 pm
Lidcombe Magpie wrote:
Sun 10 Sep, 2017 7:46 pm
Dallas was the ultimate team man, loved by all but hated by Manly.

I was at Lidcombe Oval in 1986 for the first home game of the year against Penrith and they had his jersey on a chair near the sideline. I think the whole crowd was crying when the Magpies ran past his jersey and touched it.

Still lost the bloody game though.
Was leading Penrith till Alexander scored late. They actually had his jersey on the hill side and Burns who I believe was meant to play in No. 11 played in No. 40.

Also remember when they awarded Dallas life membership in 1984 in our last home game against Canterbury. Everyone thought we would be booted out again in a few weeks as we were before coming back through the courts and Canterbury probably fielded their best ever side that year and Dallas was way overweight and finished languishing in reserves but they picked him in firsts that day and at HT they had him paraded on the back of a ute with a life size painting of himself. Bittersweet memories.
The 78 to 81 period was his best. That partnership he formed with Bruce Gibbs was awesome. They feud with Manly's Randall lasted for years.
I think it was bruiser who was supposed to wear the 11 that day.
Yep it was Bruce Clarke - see page 245 of the first edition of Clouds of dust, buckets of Blood, there is a picture of Brusier running past Dallas's jumper. The jumper was placed in front of the Members area. I'm sure it was Alexanders first grade debut as well.

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Unread post by Byron Bay Fan » Sun 17 Sep, 2017 7:04 am

tiger_one wrote:
Sun 10 Sep, 2017 3:49 pm
Dallas won a trifecta once, using his lucky numbers, 1, 10 and 11.

A true character of the game.
Do you mean he knocked out three players of the opposing team - numbers 1, 10 and 11?
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