On hand to relive some fond memories was Paul Sironen, one of the clubs heroes from the 80�s decade, along with Darren Senter and, exciting young player, Dene Halatau.
�It�s funny to think I wore this jersey nearly 20 years ago�, said Sironen
�Seeing the team run out in it this weekend will bring back a lot of memories�.
In 1986 Sironen wore the famous jersey and went on to win Dally M Rookie of the Year and NSW Rugby League Writers Discovery of the Year.
In the same year Dene Halatau was just 3 years of age, and whilst he may not have played in the 80�s Dene has grown up playing in the Balmain Junior League and knows the pride and history behind the black and gold jersey.
�I�m looking forward to running out onto Leichhardt Oval in the black and gold jersey, I�ve seen loads of games from the 80�s and know the passion and pride the team had back then, to be part of the celebration this Sunday is a great honour�, said Halatau.
Darren Senter is one of the few remaining Wests Tigers players who played for the Balmain Tigers before the joint venture was formed in 2000 and knows what�s it�s like to play at Leichhardt Oval for the pride of Balmain.
�The spirit of the Balmain Tigers amongst the fans has always been strong and it�s great to see that is now part of the culture of Wests Tigers, to wear the old jersey will be a great step back in time for everyone involved�, said Senter.
�I think it also fitting that we will be wearing the jersey against South�s in what has become a local derby between the two foundation clubs�.
Not forgetting the Wests Magpies, Wests Tigers will wear the 1980�s style Magpies jersey against the Cowboys in Rd 25.