Archie Fowler's great, great grandsons continue footballing traditions

The tradition continues: Great, great grandsons of Archie Fowler are carrying on the traditions of playing rugby league. Pictured are, Alastair Coghill, Hanz Hererra, Joel Marchment, Ryan Walmsley, Jack Marchment, Nicholas Riley, Hudson Marchment and in front, Noah O'Brien.
The tradition continues: Great, great grandsons of Archie Fowler are carrying on the traditions of playing rugby league. Pictured are, Alastair Coghill, Hanz Hererra, Joel Marchment, Ryan Walmsley, Jack Marchment, Nicholas Riley, Hudson Marchment and in front, Noah O'Brien.

Archie Fowler was an inaugural part of the early history of Beechwood Football Club.

The Beechwood club celebrated its 100th year of participation in the Hastings League over the long weekend. Archie is credited with being one of the early pioneers, playing rugby union in the pre-Hastings League days.

In his earlier career, when rugby union was one of the first games of football recorded on the Hastings, Archie was playing as part of the Port Macquarie Rugby Union competition for his club Beechwood.

In 1902 he won the J Dark (Storekeeper) trophy as Beechwood's best and fairest player.

The trophy was a gold medal.

The move to rugby league did not commence on the Hastings until 1920 with Beechwood, Wauchope, Hamilton and Port Macquarie Clubs being represented in the Hastings League.

Archie Fowler's sons, grandsons and great grandsons have all played for Beechwood over the years.

And now his legend lives on, with many of his great, great grandsons carrying on his love for the game as they participate in Rugby League competitions for their respective clubs.

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