Members of the victorious Blackstone Rovers FC Under 18 team that won the James Stewart Shield in 1962 reunited at Football Queensland (FQ) headquarters recently to inspect the updated Shield.
Their team success was never recorded on the Shield at the time, an anomaly that was recently rectified to display their success.
Team Captain Barry Payne coordinated the reunion, with eight members of the former team present to view the updated James Stewart Shield at FQ headquarters which now reflects the team’s 1962 Shield win.
Payne reflected on the 1962 victory of the Under 18 team, saying it was “an important part” of him and his teammates’ football career as they defeated Under 21 teams on their way to winning the Shield.
The James Stewart Shield is a magnificent piece of Queensland football history, currently housed at FQ headquarters, and was arguably the second largest sporting shield in size behind the Sheffield Shield.