FAMILY TRADITION: Bill Anderson, Col Cassell, Michael Anderson and daughter Sienna, Kyle Goodman, Craig Cassell, Jack Kennedy and John Birkett at the Mitchell Magpies Old Boy's game on Saturday.
FAMILY TRADITION: Bill Anderson, Col Cassell, Michael Anderson and daughter Sienna, Kyle Goodman, Craig Cassell, Jack Kennedy and John Birkett at the Mitchell Magpies Old Boy's game on Saturday. Lucy Rutherford

Old Boys bleed black and white until they die

Rugby league: While their glory days on the paddock are behind them, former Mitchell Magpie teammates Billy Anderson and Col Cassell say they will bleed black and white until the day they die.

It's clear the brothers-in-law still love their rugby league club, the two can be found cheering on the sidelines at every home game to watch family members Michael Anderson and Kyle Goodman continue the tradition.

"The best part about this club is that everyone supports one another and helps out when needed,” Anderson said.

"We're both life members now - it's just tradition, that's what living in Mitchell is all about.

Captaining and coaching the 1978 Magpies side to a grand final victory is a memory Anderson has carried with him for four decades, watching his two sons and now his nephew carry on the legacy in the black and white jersey.

"We only won two grand finals in the 14 years I played so they're pretty easy to remember,” he chuckled.

"Being a Maggie is just what we do in my family. It makes me proud to know they love being one as as much as I did.”

In a close game against the Chinchilla Bulldogs on the weekend, a late surge from the Magpies wasn't enough to get them over the line and the side went down 22-18.

"It's always a bonus when we win but it's more about everyone getting together and barracking them on,” Cassell said.

"I remember my favourite part of the game was always the grog after.

"Celebrating with your teammates after the game, regardless of the result, is what being a Magpie is all about. "There's one teammate I'm still celebrating with to this day - I'm married to his sister so he's stuck with me now.”

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Tamika Newton, Amani-Rae Goddard, Bindi Newton, Pamela Newton, Carol Newton, Matthew Newton and Griffin Newton Lucy Rutherford