The Glenferrie Gold 10th Annual Function

The Glenferrie Gold 10th Annual Function – a day to remember as former Club President Ian Dicker donates his personal collection of Hawthorn Memorabilia to the Club Collection

The Glenferrie Gold Life Patrons of the Hawks Museum that gathered at the home of former Club President were privileged to witness this remarkable occasion of Ian Dicker handing onto the Club his collection of prized Hawthorn Memorabilia.

The occasion kicked off with Ian welcoming the Glenferrie Gold, former players Mark Graham, Peter Hudson, Richard Loveridge, David Parkin, Rayden Tallis and Richie Vandenberg plus special guest, John Sylvester and Club representatives, Kerrie Brewer and Tim Silvers. He indicated in which rooms that his collection of memorabilia could be seen. At the end of the day he would present each guest a copy of his book that told the stories behind each piece of memorabilia in his collection.

Glenferrie Gold Life Patrons of the Hawks Museum & Guests line up for their team photo with former President, Ian Dicker

Ian spoke at length on one of his more important tasks as Club President - putting his hand up at Club Auctions.The auctions were a valuable source of income for the Club and his strategy was a simple one although the execution left a lot to be desired. He remarked, ‘I would keep bidding to help get the prices up, with the key being to time my withdrawal so the item could go to the rival bidder. Much to my wife Barbara’s frustration, my timing wasn’t always on the mark and I seemed to end up taking a lot more items than originally planned. But the Club needed the money and I was more than happy to help out in any way. The bonus was that I ended up with some amazing memorabilia that in many ways showcases my time as President of our wonderful Club.’

Ian also introduced Gordon Bennett who, apart from starting out as a camera man for channel HSV7, later became the producer of the famed football show on a Sunday, World of Sport. He related many a fascinating story of televising VFL matches as a 16 year-old with one camera.

Gordon Bennett & Ian Dicker entertain the guests with their personal stories.

The Glenferrie Gold and guests enjoyed a barbecue lunch on the lawns of Ian’s expansive garden, catching up with fellow Life Patrons. At the conclusion of this wonderful occasion and after posing for the annual photo of the Life Patrons, presentations of certificates and badges were made to new patrons, Brenda Cheers, James Gadsden, James Henderson, David Mortimer, Olivea and Stuart Sutton. Our MC for the day, John Sylvester closed proceedings with a delightful speech thanking Ian for hosting the day and recognising Ian’s remarkable contribution to the Club.

James Gadsden, Olivea Sutton, James Henderson, Brenda Cheers & David Mortimer receive their Glenferrie Gold certificates & badges

Ian’s collection is very large and forms a time capsule of his time as Club President 1996 – 2005. Below are a number of the stand out items:

  • Framed guernseys worn by Don Scott, Leigh Matthews and Peter Knights.
  • The Team of the Century Mural painted in 2000 by Jamie Cooper.
  • The official portrait of the first Club Legends, John Kennedy Snr and Leigh Matthews presented at the Inaugural Hall of Fame 2003 by Jamie Cooper.
  • The framed Hawks Forever poster personally signed by Chris Langford with the photo of him holding up his guernsey to the Hawthorn faithful after the final siren when Hawthorn defeated Melbourne by a solitary point. That image of him holding up his guernsey meant so much to Hawthorn and I still believe it was a key motivating factor for many to vote down the merge.
  • The Boardroom Table that resides at Waverley today. Made from very old Tasmanian Huon Pine the table was presented to Ian for services to the HFC by former Tasmanian Premier Paul Lennon and Chicago Lawyer, Bob Wilczek.
  • The stunning 2008 Premiership book, with a photo of each team member and personal messages to Ian, presented by Alastair Clarkson.
  • Harry’s Hawk, the magnificent Hawk and scarf left to Ian by Harry Pill, who was the man responsible for getting Ian to support Hawthorn.

Established in 2007 to raise funds for the new Hawks Museum at Waverley, the Glenferrie Gold now number 145 with 15 new patrons welcomed during 2018.

Glenferrie Gold Life Patron membership is offered to Hawk supporters who would like a closer affiliation with the museum. Membership can be obtained by the way of a $1,000 contribution, which is tax deductible when made to the Hawthorn Football Club Foundation.

Glenferrie Gold members are invited to two functions, receive a limited edition numbered badge, certificate of appreciation and their names are recorded on the Glenferrie Gold Honour Board.

For enquiries contact the Hawks Museum 03 9535 3075 or by email hawksmuseum@hawthornfc.com.au


Author: Peter Haby, Hawks Museum

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