Volume 96, Issue 4

Thursday, June 13, 2002
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A teary-eyed farewell for J.W. Little Stadium

Jordan Bell
Gazette Staff

Shadows and dust are all that will remain of 73 years of football history when construction workers complete their impending demolition of J.W. Little Stadium.

The foundation of the age-old masterpiece may be falling, but the memories will be etched in the Western football community forever – a humble abode where the purple and white reigned supreme.

Former Mustang quarterback Jamie Bone explained his greatest memory in the only stadium he ever considered "home."

"My greatest memory playing in J.W. Little was the 1978 homecoming game against Laurier," Bone said. "I think one of the reasons the game means so much is because it was my last homecoming game at Western as a player."

Former Mustang defensive lineman Graig Richter reflected on his own experiences. "My greatest memory at J.W. Little had nothing to do with a game or practice, but rather the first day I reported to summer camp to pick up my gear – everything from the locker room to that rustic feel. It felt similar to opening a new book that you're really excited to read."

The process of J.W. Little being replaced with a more modern, multi-use stadium was inevitable. Nonetheless, Larry Haylor, head coach of the Mustang football team said the transfer from J.W. Little to TD Waterhouse Stadium didn't diminish the aura of the old gem.

"None of us left J.W. Little with feelings of joy or enthusiasm," Haylor said. "It was recognized as one of Canada's great sporting venues and often times one of the most permanent, vivid memories of our university.

"One of the most common questions asked of our players was 'What's it like to play in J.W. Little at Homecoming?'," Haylor added. "It was a Canadian identity."

TD Waterhouse will no doubt have an uphill climb to live up to the legacy of J.W. Little, but according to Bone, there may be assistance lurking in the aforementioned shadows.

"In Western's first game in the new stadium, the Mustangs scored on the last play of the game to beat Guelph," Bone described. "Many of the older Mustangs remarked that it took almost a whole game for the ghosts of J.W. Little to make the 400 metre trek to TD Waterhouse."

Summer nights are great times to revisit old loves; one can expect many present and former Mustangs to have a special place in their thoughts for the great pillar of football glory as it is given its final farewell.

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