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Robert Flower - Demon Legend

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On this day in 1973 Robert Flower made his debut for the Melbourne Football Club against Geelong 

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Was it v Geel where we thumped them in the wet at MCG and Swan kicked 8?

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Was there. Wet day. Muddy. Rain. Thumped them. 

Met G Swan years later - staggered anyone in the world remembered his eight that day when I mentioned it to him. 

Time flies. 

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9 minutes ago, radar said:

Was it v Geel where we thumped them in the wet at MCG and Swan kicked 8?

Yes it was. Round 9 

 

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wasnt there but listened on the radio... great to see the old footy record there too. Trip down memory lane. I remember the media response was that Tillbrook and Swann were going to dominate the fwd line for the next decade. sigh. Swann was a gun in the reserves at that time too...when following them in the game before the game was more rewarding than the seniors. 

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38 minutes ago, Demonland said:

 

... gave me chills down my shoulders, and left me with a lump in the throat and tears eking.

memories, fond memories.

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I remember seeing him play in a reserves game wearing glasses, against Footscray I think.

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My father is in the team list that day. I just tried to call him to confirm if he played on the momentous occasion and to see if he remembers it but he’s still on the golf course so I’ll have to wait a little I guess.

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17 minutes ago, KingSlayer33 said:

My father is in the team list that day. I just tried to call him to confirm if he played on the momentous occasion and to see if he remembers it but he’s still on the golf course so I’ll have to wait a little I guess.

ray biffin?

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I was there.

i think Shane Fitzsimmons debuted that day too.

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2 hours ago, daisycutter said:

ray biffin?

Noel Leary. Only played about 20 senior games. Still more than me though. 😉

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1 minute ago, KingSlayer33 said:

Noel Leary. Only played about 20 senior games. Still more than me though. 😉

No 29

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Flower is the absolute Demon hero for our clan. My dad played for Murrumbeena in the late 60's and when he was 21/22 coached the Murrumbeena Districts U11s. One of his charges was a young Bob Flower. Dad is the 'adult' at the back left of the photo. Young Bob is in there too. No idea where that scorched earth wasteland is that they had the photo taken, but whatevs.

As it happens after my years of meandering through Rosebud junior footy, then Monash Rugby (more of a drinking exercise) I played a season of footy at the 'Beena before heading overseas. I tried hard but was just an honest backman in the Magoos. Anyway, playing for that club where my dad was a premiership player was a great highlight.

 

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I remember the day well. Sitting in the members on the “Tavern Bar” level. Remembered vividly for the Tilbrook and Swann show - had no idea it was the debut for our superstar.

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5 hours ago, Demonland said:

 

Always love seeing the ad hoardings. Icl computers! Speedo. Awesome

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4 hours ago, Sir Why You Little said:

My 10th birthday

Dad took me into the MCC

Well happy birthday Swyl, hope you have a good one 

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Watching Tulip play gave me cause to hold my head up high at school on Mondays, despite a heavy loss. 

A true gentleman as well.

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2 hours ago, KingSlayer33 said:

Noel Leary. Only played about 20 senior games. Still more than me though. 😉

ah, i'd forgot noel leary was a taswegian (from ulverstone)

20 games nothing to sneeze at.....and tassie hall of famer

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What a treat! At 39, I only saw him on TV and I think at some games a few times but too young to remember much, but dad took me to the 87 prelim :(

has there been a modern match for his composure , ability to find space and time, more importantly just run around and evade opposition like they're statues? It's unbereeeevable.

loved seeing the old brands - simsmetal Datsun sigma everyone's favourite east coast cooler. Just great 

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Probably would have been there on the old MCC Ladies ticket which the old man had as a member. Can't remember the game or flowers first. Pity. Oh and let alone Swann kicking 8 goals.

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Robbie was the best, i loved watching him play:wub: 

If you were too young to see Robbie tear up the wing of the G then you should watch him on line or DVD you will love it.

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6 hours ago, KingSlayer33 said:

My father is in the team list that day. I just tried to call him to confirm if he played on the momentous occasion and to see if he remembers it but he’s still on the golf course so I’ll have to wait a little I guess.

R u Carl jnr?

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A fotbaaling genius.

Sheedy once said on WOS that he was the best athlete playing League Footy.

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