THE BIG 100: Kenny Lee, who played for the Mitchell Magpies in the 1950s, returned on the weekend with his wife and family to celebrate.
THE BIG 100: Kenny Lee, who played for the Mitchell Magpies in the 1950s, returned on the weekend with his wife and family to celebrate. Molly Hancock

Magpies' 100th year

RUGBY LEAGUE: It was a day worth celebrating this weekend with the town of Mitchell commemorating a special milestone - 100 years of the mighty Magpies.

More than 400 people descended on the town for the jam-packed weekend of history, fellowship and for the love of the great game, even more fitting celebrating the big 100 on the same weekend of the NRL Grand Final.

Festivities kicked off on Friday with the official opening of the memorabilia display, followed by a street march honouring the century of footy on Saturday morning.

Kenny Lee, who played for the Magpies in the 1950s, returned to Mitchell with his wife Rosie and family to help celebrate.

"It is like coming home and when I played in the 1950s the game was a lot different,” Lee said.

"The game was a lot tougher and we could get away with a lot more back then compared to today, but it is still a great game and it is a great occasion to celebrate the milestone.”

Mitchell Magpies club president John Birkett said the club had always wanted to host a reunion but had never been able to confirm a date the Magpies swooped in.

"We come across this medallion that was dated from 1918 and a girl who was doing her teacher placement in Mitchell, her grandfather, Dan Connelly got player of the year in 1918,” Birkett said.

"We had always talked about having a reunion, but couldn't find a start date, so Peter Flynn said to go with that date.”

Saturday evening guests celebrated in style with the 100year reunion dinner.


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