Sunday, March 30, 2014
The awards ceremony began with recognition of board members who had served for more than twenty five years, club founders Fritz Becker, Frank Stadler, Horst Melcher, Adam Harjung, Eckhard Kaempfer, and Henry Wittje.
Board members Gus Bender, Walter Melcher, and Steve Zimmer were also given awards in recognition of meritorious service, Hans Metzinger Sr. was honored for being the longest tenured president in Green White history, and Mr. Everett Weaver and the Mount Prospect Park District were given awards for promoting the sport of soccer.
Miss Green White 1986 Renee Kilian was recognized as well.
The players who had logged the most games played were Joe Laxgang (856), Stefan Zimmer (625), Rudi Mayer (611), Nick Willer (558), and John Woolfe (530).
The youth program
Green White had thirteen teams in 1986, and many of them were achieving quite a bit of success on the field. The U-19 team, led by coach Robert Mokran, won their division, and provided a pipeline of young players to the First Team, including Danny Vladic and Walter Mecher Jr. The U-19 Strikers team coached by Horst Melcher, was no ordinary B team. They featured players who would contribute for years to come, including Bernie Czekajlo, and Goalie Kurt Melcher. The U-16 team featured the likes of John Woolfe Jr., Peter Kaempfer, Brian Bischoff, and Tony Melcher.
In 1986, there were two U-14 teams led by coaches Hawkins and Stadler. The Hawkins-led team had a player named Cole Lanham who has a son (Max) playing for Green White today (the U-11 Cosmos), and the U-14 Strikers team featured current Green White board member Robert Stadler.
Green White also had a Ladies team coached by Klaus Kilian. The team was captained by Arlene Mayer (a former Miss Green White), and featured 1986's Miss Green White (Renee Kilian) and the previous Miss Green White Monika Zimmer.
Elsewhere in Soccer
The 1986 World Cup was held in Mexico. The four semi-finalists were West Germany, France, Belgium and Argentina. Argentina beat Belgium to reach the finals and West Germany beat France. That led to a very memorable World Cup Final in the oppressive Mexican heat. Argentina jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but West Germany stormed back to tie it, with goals from Karl Heinz Rumminigge and Rudy Voeller. With seven minutes left to go in the game, Diego Maradona fed his teammate Jorge Burruchaga with a perfect pass, and Argentina won the game 3-2. Maradona won the Golden Boot award as the best player.
In Pop Culture
*The number one song of the year was "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder & Elton John.
*The Academy Award for best picture was given to "Platoon"
*The top rated television show of 1986 was "The Cosby Show"
Elsewhere in 1985
~The Space Shuttle Challenger carrying teacher Krista McCaulife blew up in the sky killing everyone aboard.
~Microsoft held it's initial public offering of stock.
~The Chernobyl nuclear disaster occured in the Ukraine, killing thousands of people and costing billions of dollars.
~5 million people linked hands across the country for "Hands Across America" to raise money to fight hunger.
~The Iran-Contra Affair was revealed to the American public for the first time.
Coming next month: 1987.
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