Such an extensive on-field resume would have probably qualified Pat for induction into the AFLUA Hall of Fame but it was his work for the association that carried more weight and saw him included.
Pat was elected to the Social Committee in 1963 and the following year took on the role of Social Secretary. During his three years in this office he and his committee organised various dances, theatre nights, a trots night, car rallies, the Annual Ball and the always popular Annual Picnic. In addition he was responsible for the 1965 visit of the South Australian umpires over VFL Grand Final weekend and was commended by the Association Secretary for the success of the functions and visit. Following his resignation as Social Secretary Pat was elected Junior Vice-President in 1967 and consequently took the President’s chair in 1969.
It was a busy year. A glut of recent retirements prompted an Association investigation into the causes, tribunal issues came to a head an appeal was run to benefit the family of member Ian Penrose who had died during the year, the Association took part in a Youth Sporting Expo and there was a successful trip to Western Australia. Pat was chiefly responsible for organising the latter two events and as President was closely involved with the other issues.
Having received Life Membership for ten years service in 1965, Pat’s executive service was recognised with a Lifetime Achievement (Special) Award. Further recognition of his outstanding career came in the form of a retirement dinner organised by the Association in November 1974 at the Sheraton Hotel. It was a joint function as Doug Gilham had also recently retired.
Writing in the Annual Report, John Moss noted, “…attended by approximately 100 guests. In addition to a number of current members, many friends journeyed from country areas to pay tribute to the fine records of both men.”
More recognition came in 2008 when Pat was elected to the AFLUA Hall of Fame and in 2010, only weeks prior to his death on 6 March, he was elevated to Legend Status.
Through a career of dedication on the field and exemplary work off it Pat McGough leaves an outstanding legacy of service to an Umpires Association grateful for his contribution.
Acknowlegement: Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia) – Tuesday, March 23, 2010