GRAHAM Varley has “blue and gold” blood running through his veins.
It’s why the long-time Muswellbrook Rams stalwart is devastated by a recent burglary at his Sowerby Street residence.
Don’t worry about the cash and wallets, which were stolen.
Mr Varley is heart-broken by the theft of his prized Life Membership badges from the Group 21 rugby league club – one that belongs to his late father Dick, the other his own slice of history.
On top of that, the family boasts an 80-year association with the Rams, adding to his distress.
“Police finger-printed the place after the break-in but I didn’t notice the medals missing until later,” Mr Varley lamented.
“They could have taken anything but the two badges.
“I wear my father’s [medal] to club functions, while mine’s never been out of the box.
“I just don’t understand what the thieves would do with them [the badges] – they’re only gold-plated.
“We’re also the first father and son to receive Life Membership [at Muswellbrook], so there’s a lot of sentimental value attached to it.
“I’m even prepared to offer a reward; that’s how much it means to me.
“And, if someone returned them, there’d be no questions asked.”
In 2012, the Rams hosted a Varley Family Day to celebrate the clan’s 75th anniversary with the club – an occasion that is still treasured by Graham and his brothers Gordon and Kenneth to this day.
“Dad played, coached, managed and served on the committee,” Mr Varley explained.
“He’s even buried in his Muswellbrook RLFC jacket.
“Gordon, Kenneth and I each wore the Rams jersey on the field – the other boys in first grade.
“I also managed sides for two decades, never missing a game.
“The family also sponsored the club for many seasons, too.
“We love the club.”