Thanks Ken Arthurson

Thanks Ken Arthurson

Post by Leigh Gillespi » Fri, 24 Jan 1997 04:00:00


        OK, now many of you will remember the "Thanks John Quayle" piece
that I wrote after the resignation of Mr Quayle was announced. And you'll
probably also remember that I copped a bit of flak for it but I think he
deserved every bit of praise I gave him. Since just about all I said also
applies to Arko much of this has been written before but I think it needs
saying. As last time this is not meant as a critique of his reign but just
my small tribute.
        Now I'm sure there will be many amongst us spouting off with all
sorts of ***celebrating Arko's departure but I urge those who would
make such comments to think back on what he has done for the game. It has
been a most remarkable journey for the game under the stewardship of Arko
and John Qualye and even more so from such a sorry position. Back `83 it
was a game in chaos (not too much unlike the current situation) with
declining attendances, gross financial mismanagement and the odd hint of
high level corruption. In the following decade the game in Australia
experienced its most prosperous period ever and despite recent events we
can never take credit for that away from Messers Arthurson and Qualye.
        So I'd just like to express my gratitude to Arko for all he has
done for the great game. Without his contribution to the administration of
Australian (NSW) RL during the mid to late eighties it is very unlikely
that league would be anywhere near the national game that has become
today. We may not have seen the historic expansion beyoud NSW in 1988 and
then further into NZ and WA in `95. We may not have seen the record
support and profits (which made the game so interesting for Murdoch) or
the great sight of 87,000 Victorians packing out the MCG for origin. Who
would have believed back in 1983?
        There can be no doubt that Arko was RL to the bone. From his
playing career, cut short by a nearly fatal injury, to his coaching years
and later in adminstration Arko dedicated the greater part of his life to
the game (47 years). Sure he made mistakes (one of which was probably
sticking around 3 or 4 years too long) and he must take his share of the
blame for those of the NSWRL and ARL but without his contribution who
knows how the game would have emerged from those dark days of the early
eighties. Certainly no better. So anyway, from this league supporter at
least, thanks Ken Arthurson. I wish you a long and enjoyable retirement.
You certainly deserve it.

Catchya round, Leigh

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Thanks Ken Arthurson

Post by John Hull » Fri, 24 Jan 1997 04:00:00

Leigh,

I found that an objective biography of Arko. I think he was right to retire
now, and I suspect what finally convinced him was the news that Packer's
television would be showing SL.

Arthurson did revive the ARL in the '80s. Ironically, without his efforts
there wouldn't have been much of a sport to fight over in the 1990s.
Possibly you will get flak from the most enthusiastic SL supporters for
this piece, but they would do well to realise that .

Let's hope unity is finally on a step closer.

John



A fine summary of Ark's contribution, from which I'll select the following:

Quote:
> It has
> been a most remarkable journey for the game under the stewardship of Arko
> and John Quayle and even more so from such a sorry position. Back `83 it
> was a game in chaos (not too much unlike the current situation) with
> declining attendances, gross financial mismanagement and the odd hint of
> high level corruption. In the following decade the game in Australia
> experienced its most prosperous period ever and despite recent events we
> can never take credit for that away from Messers Arthurson and Quayle.
>    There can be no doubt that Arko was RL to the bone. From his
> playing career, cut short by a nearly fatal injury, to his coaching years
> and later in adminstration Arko dedicated the greater part of his life to
> the game (47 years). Sure he made mistakes  . . . but without his
contribution who
> knows how the game would have emerged from those dark days of the early
> eighties. Certainly no better.


 
 
 

Thanks Ken Arthurson

Post by Shane Sil » Sat, 25 Jan 1997 04:00:00

I too object to the Biography of Arko & suggest also that the following
excerpt is more appropriate:-

Quote:
> It has
> > been a most remarkable journey for the game under the stewardship of
Arko
> > and John Quayle and even more so from such a sorry position. Back `83
it
> > was a game in chaos (not too much unlike the current situation) with
> > declining attendances, gross financial mismanagement and the odd hint
of
> > high level corruption. In the following decade the game in Australia
> > experienced its most prosperous period ever and despite recent events
we
> > can never take credit for that away from Messers Arthurson and Quayle.

> >       There can be no doubt that Arko was RL to the bone. From his
> > playing career, cut short by a nearly fatal injury, to his coaching
years
> > and later in adminstration Arko dedicated the greater part of his life
to
> > the game (47 years). Sure he made mistakes  . . . but without his
> contribution who
> > knows how the game would have emerged from those dark days of the early
> > eighties. Certainly no better.


 
 
 

Thanks Ken Arthurson

Post by Peter McNall » Sat, 25 Jan 1997 04:00:00



Quote:

>    OK, now many of you will remember the "Thanks John Quayle" piece
> that I wrote after the resignation of Mr Quayle was announced. And you'll
> probably also remember that I copped a bit of flak for it but I think he
> deserved every bit of praise I gave him. Since just about all I said also
> applies to Arko much of this has been written before but I think it needs
> saying. As last time this is not meant as a critique of his reign but
just
> my small tribute.

In total agreement. Arko loved the game, and had the game at heart. I may
not agree with all his decisions/views, but can't argue with the spirit he
showed. I only hope that future stewards of the game of Rugby League, in
whatever form it takes, show the same passion. I too wish Arko a
well-earned happy retirement.

Peter.

 
 
 

Thanks Ken Arthurson

Post by Keith Bow » Sat, 25 Jan 1997 04:00:00

HERE HERE!

Shame it had to end the way it did. BOTH FACTIONS LOST IN THIS
RIDICULOUS SITUATION!

regards

Keith (Soon to be an ex) COUGAR FAN (NO CLUB)