Public tribute at Stadium for Dick "Tosser" Turner

The life of the late Former Origin Greats (FOGS) Chairman and long-time Queensland State of Origin Manager, Dick "Tosser" Turner will be celebrated at Suncorp Stadium next Monday, 23 June, commencing at 11am.

Mr Turner's funeral will be a private family affair. However, the family has kindly agreed to allow FOGS to organise a public farewell to the man who became known as the "Godfather of Origin Football".

It is proposed to hold the celebration appropriately at the ground where State of Origin began in 1980 and where Mr. Turner left his mark as Queensland team manager over many years.

FOGS Executive, Gene Miles said today many of the 166 players who have represented Queensland at Origin, along with those who came into contact with Mr. Turner as a player and Rugby League administrator were expected to attend.

He said among those paying tributes will be Rugby League legends Wally Lewis and Mal Meninga, QRL Chairman, John McDonald and Don McLennan representing the Redcliffe Dolphins club.

John McKeon will officiate while poet, Rupert McCall will deliver a tribute as part of the hour long celebration.

Access to the Stadium will be via the public gates A and B on the Southern Plaza (Milton Road end). Limited parking will be available at the Stadium Bus Station and on local streets. Guests are encouraged to use regular QR rail (to Roma St or Milton stations) and Brisbane Transport bus services to the Stadium.

MEDIA NOTE REGARDING COVERAGE OF MONDAY'S CELEBRATION: A limited number of carparking spaces at the Stadium have been set aside for media. You should arrive at the Main Vehicle Entrance (Castlemaine St) and identify yourself and your media organization. You will be directed to the carpark. You should then report back to the Main Vehicle Entrance area and wait. At 10.55am sharp, Greg Adermann will escort you to a dedicated position where you will be able to cover proceedings. NOTE: Latecomers will not be admitted after this time.

19 June 2008

Further information: Greg Adermann (Suncorp Stadium) 0419 729972 or Gene Miles (FOGS) 0411 364429