Lionel Reid

Career Games - 304

Lionel "Butch" Reid - Best All Round Sportsman in the Hills  

Football - played 100 games with Emerald FC, 60 with Cockatoo FC, and 144 with Gembrook FC.

1956 - Captain Coach of Gembrook senior side - won Best & Fairest, also MDFA B&F
1959 - played 31 games with Gembrook
1961 - 1963 - Played seniors under coach Dave Donaldson
1962 - Played in Gembrooks Premiership side
1964 - Coached and played reserves side, won Best & Fairest
1965 - Coached reserves - clocked up 136 games.
1967 - Finished his playing career at Gembrook on 144 games.

Lionel had a deep passion for both Emerald FC and Gembrook, and played with both clubs. In the
seventies, he returned to Gembrook FC as a committeeman and coached the U/17s in 1973. Butch remains the only man in the history of the club to coach all three sides. He played a total of 304 games in his career. Butch was a wonderful storyteller, and because of the full and rich life he had led, he certainly had the stories to tell! Butch was also an excellent cricketer and a superb pool player. He was also a champion woodchopper, being one of the few to defeat the great Martin OToole (Butch was using a chain saw and Martin was only seven years old at the time).