Earlier this month, Western Sydney Men of League wellbeing committee members Noel Willick, Peter Moses, Keving Corbett and Garry O’Donnell caught up with former Parramatta Eel Don Regan at the Maple Grove retirement centre Casula.
The visit was organise by Don’s great mate Bernie Lauchlan who enjoyed the morning tea with the Men of League committee members.
Don Regan, official Blue & Gold player number 36, was a tough and skilful second row forward and played in Parramatta’s Rugby League first grade team in 1949 after spending time with President Cup in 1947/48.
Regan, whose good mates included the late Bob Jones, past Parramatta present, and Matt Johnson, who still goes to every Parramatta game, said the best player he played against was Clive Churchill and the best players he played with at Parramatta were Bruce Mann, Bob Hobbs and Phil McCarrol. The great Vic Hey was his coach.
After football, Regan coached Liverpool All Saints for over 10 years. He is known as a legend in the Liverpool area, working as a volunteer for St Vincent’s De Paul for 60 years.
Don and his wife Dawn have been married for 66 years and have two boys, Paul & James, and daughter Teresa. They have six grandchildren and five great grand children with another one on the way.