Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band Profile

Glen Moffatt
16 Nov 2014

When it came time to choose between moving to Australia or disbanding in late 1974, Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band unanimously decided on calling it quits with a Christmas-New Year North Island tour. The thought of starting over across the Tasman was just too much to bear.

Bursting onto the national scene as the NZBC’s Studio One New Faces winners of 1973, Bulldogs scored two top five hits, released an album, toured relentlessly, were awarded recording artist/group of the year at the RATA Awards and the group award at the NEBOA Entertainer Of The Year and even performed for and met the Queen. They had nothing more to prove.

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Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band at Neil Worboys’ wedding, late 1972. Left to right, Kevin Findlater, Tony Hooper, Brien McCrea, Brian Hayward, Worboys, Richard Egan.
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Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band, 1974. Left to right, Kevin Findlater, Richard Egan, Neil Worboys, Brian Hayward, Danny Shaw, Tony Hooper.
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The first Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band reunion, 1993. Back, left to right, Tony Hooper, John Donoghue, Richard Egan, Danny Shaw, Brien McCrea, Kevin Findlater. Front, Neil Worboys and Brian Hayward.
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Miss September - filmed at a reunion show in Napier in 1995
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The poster for the 1974 Television Mama single
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Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band. Left to right, Neil Worboys, Richard Egan, Kevin Findlater (rear), Brien McCrea (front), Tony Hooper, Brian Hayward
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The packaging for the early 1990s Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band reunion in name only, Upside Down World.
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Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band, 1972. Left to right, John Donoghue, Paul Curtis, Brien McCrea, Kevin Findlater, Richard Egan, Neil Worboys.
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Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band 1974. Left to right, Richard Egan, Kevin Findlater, Neil Worboys, Tony Hooper, Danny Shaw, Brian Hayward.
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The Bulldoggin LP, released 1974
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Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band at the Coastlands shopping centre, Paraparaumu, 1974. Left to right, John Donoghue, Danny Shaw (rear), Richard Egan, Kevin Findlater.
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Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band’s final tour, December 1974 to January 1975
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Danny Shaw and Kevin Findlater, 1974
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The Wall’s Bulldog Bite frozen confection of 1974 featuring a competition to win “an LP record starring Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band”
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Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band promo shot, early 1974. Left to right, Tony Hooper, Richard Egan, Danny Shaw, Neil Worboys (front), Kevin Findlater, Brian Hayward.
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Everyone Knows - RATA Awards 1974 (low quality)
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Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band’s first gig, 1972. Left to right, John Donoghue, Paul Curtis, Richard Egan, Neil Worboys, Kevin Findlater, Brien McCrea (behind cymbal).
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Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band at the Coastlands shopping centre, Paraparaumu, 1974. Left to right, Richard Egan, Tony Hooper, Danny Shaw, Neil Worboys, Kevin Findlater.
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The Show Must Go On - filmed at a reunion show in Napier in 1995
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Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band made the national news with their unsuccessful attempt to fly the plane they made for their appearance on the 1974 RATA Awards across the Avon River in Christchurch as a publicity stunt
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Horse, 1972. Left to right, Danny Shaw, Neil Worboys, Peter Gapes, Tony Hooper, Kevin Findlater. All but Gapes would eventually feature in Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band.
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Dance The Stars Away - filmed in NZBC Dunedin studios, May 1974 for children's series Spot On. Richard Egan on lead vocals.
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Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band original line-up, 1972. Back, left to right, Kevin Findlater, Paul Curtis, Richard Egan, Brien McCrea. Front, John Donoghue and Neil Worboys.
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Horse, 1972. Left to right, Neil Worboys, Kevin Findlater, Peter Gapes, Danny Shaw, Tony Hooper. All but Gapes would eventually feature in Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band.
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A Mardi-Gras Music promo shot for the 1974 Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band album Bulldoggin. Left to right, Richard Egan, Kevin Findlater, Neil Worboys, Brian Hayward, Tony Hooper, Danny Shaw.
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Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band, early 1974. Left to right, Kevin Findlater, Brian Hayward (rear), Neil Worboys, Richard Egan, Danny Shaw (front), Tony Hooper.
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Trivia:

During the 1980s and again since 1995, Neil Worboys and Kevin Findlater have been members of Hogsnort Rupert alongside former Bulldogs manager Dave Luther.

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Members:

Neil Worboys - vocals, harmonica, kazoo, mandolin

Kevin Findlater - guitar, bass, vocals

John Donoghue - banjo, guitar, vocals

Brien McCrea - washboard, bongos, vocals

Paul Curtis - tea-chest bass, vocals

Richard Egan - vocals, jug, percussion

Tony Hooper - vocals, banjo, guitar

Brian Hayward - tea-chest bass, bass

Danny Shaw - drums, percussion, washboard

Bill Wood - tea-chest bass, bass