JOHN (JACK) LUNDRIGAN
Jack was born at St. Lawrence on July 13, 1921. He, like many of his age, spent most of his leisure time kicking a football or anything that resembled a football around the meadows. At the tender age of 17, he was scouted by Reverend Father Thorne who noticed his football talent and asked him to play for the Senior Laurentians. According to sources, his hard-nose style of fullback play surprised many of his opponents as he stopped them flawlessly one attack after another.
His playing career spanned a period of 17 years. During that time he played against all Burin Peninsula teams along with St. Pierre, Holy Cross, Feildians, and Corner Brook. He was a member of many Burin Peninsula Championship teams and was a stalwart fullback on two provinicial championship teams in 1951 and 1952. He played with such greats as Gus Etchegary, Herb Slaney, Bob Kelly, and Bill Slaney. He credits his parents, Pat and Sara Lundrigan for giving him the inspiration to excel at the game. His coaches during his playing days were Rene Slaney and Theo Etchegary.
Jack did not retire from the game after his playing days were over. He became coach of the senior Laurentians and brought the team to their first ever national Challenge Cup competition in Toronto losing by a very narrow margin of 3-2. He coached a number of Burin Peninsula Championship teams, along with two All-Nfld titles, and an Atlantic Provinces Championship. His claim to fame as a coach was his discipline which he demanded at all times both on and off the field. Players like Norm Kelly, Cyril Quirke, and Reg Farrell could certainly attest to this.
Jack is a member of the St. Lawrence Hall of Fame since 1978. He passed away in 1980 leaving behind his wife Clara, Sons Kevin, Clyde, daughters Clara, Carmel, and Jean along with a number of grandchildren