Old Tin Shed erected fine football traditions in Ipswich
IF you want to start a conversation about the good old days in Ipswich football, mention the Old Tin Shed at Bundamba.
For years, it served clubs well including Coalstars formed in 1964.
Garth Mitchell remembers it from his early days as a player.
"I actually started in the tin shed," Mitchell said, recalling how it was later bricked around until finally being demolished when the new Ipswich Knights clubhouse was built.
It's unclear exactly when the tin shed was first erected.
The shed was basically a big dressing room where teams were separated by a curtain.
That led to some tense encounters after games.
"They actually had international teams come there and play," former club president Ross Hallett said.
The canteen and toilets were separate to the shed, which was positioned on the bottom half of the Bundamba complex.
"We actually built around that, bricked it in, because it was all steel-framed roof," Hallett said.
"They started rebuilding around it in the late 70s when I started playing A-grade."
Functions used to be held in the Old Tin Shed, which wasn't even level in places. Old chains kept the doors closed.
The famous shed is sure to be one of many topics discussed at Coalstars 50 year anniversary at the Ipswich Knights clubhouse on August 30.
More than 200 people have RSVP'ed for the big afternoon and evening to take a stroll down Ipswich football's memory lane.