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Saturday, 19 September, 1964.

Ronald Dale Barassi held the premiership club aloft and never played for the club again.

This triggered really mixed reactions...mainly sadness. But on the bright side RDB is home again where he belongs just waiting for the 13th which we hope isn't too far away - guessing 3 to 5 years...well wishing and hoping that...ah, there's that touch of saddness again or wistful longing...

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Saturday, 19 September, 1964.

Ronald Dale Barassi held the premiership club aloft and never played for the club again.

He may well have been his worst game for the Dees as well.

We won that day inspite of RDB.

Have a gut feeling it will be the last one I see WJ

But I have the memory which unfortunately is a lot more than a large number of others.

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He may well have been his worst game for the Dees as well.

We won that day inspite of RDB.

Have a gut feeling it will be the last one I see WJ

But I have the memory which unfortunately is a lot more than a large number of others.

He actually did play again. It was a post-season 'champion of Australia' game v I think, South Adelaide, the South Australian premiers. Melbourne won narrowly and Ron Barassi played well in that game.

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My grandfather was around ten years old that day. Sadly, he may not live to see another Melbourne game, let alone a Premiership. Hopefully on the day we finally win one, I'll be able to have a celebratory beer for him.

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My grandfather was around ten years old that day. Sadly, he may not live to see another Melbourne game, let alone a Premiership. Hopefully on the day we finally win one, I'll be able to have a celebratory beer for him.

Geez, give him a break. He's only 58, a mere babe. He's got 30 years to go yet

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Geez, give him a break. He's only 58, a mere babe. He's got 30 years to go yet

I was there too! I'm 59 now. Gasp! Can't believe Hassa missed that shot at goal. 48 years on... the only years I'd give a 'pass' to are 1971, 1976, 1987 to 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 to 2006
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My grandfather was around ten years old that day. Sadly, he may not live to see another Melbourne game, let alone a Premiership. Hopefully on the day we finally win one, I'll be able to have a celebratory beer for him.

Your grandfather was 10? Shite, my Dad was in his 20s and I always had you pegged as being around the same age as me (I'm 28). You must be both young, and from a line of young parents.

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Your grandfather was 10? Shite, my Dad was in his 20s and I always had you pegged as being around the same age as me (I'm 28). You must be both young, and from a line of young parents.

Babies!

Were you the last one Nasher? he was getting on by the time you appeared.

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I was there too! I'm 59 now. Gasp! Can't believe Hassa missed that shot at goal. 48 years on... the only years I'd give a 'pass' to are 1971, 1976, 1987 to 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 to 2006

prof, as a semi-veteran demon tragic, would you give a pass to '67? came 7th i think. we pulled back from a bad situation that year, had it not been for norm smith's bad health may have done even better.

Ed: 8 (out of 18) games decided by a goal or less that year. Must be a record.

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Babies!

Were you the last one Nasher? he was getting on by the time you appeared.

Yeah, he was 42 when I was born and yep I was the last. I had a sister who was already 21 when I was born and had a baby of her own, so I have a nephew who is older than me. Weird eh :) Never met my nephew though and only met my "sister" for the first time at the old boy's funeral.

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Yeah, he was 42 when I was born and yep I was the last. I had a sister who was already 21 when I was born and had a baby of her own, so I have a nephew who is older than me. Weird eh :) Never met my nephew though and only met my "sister" for the first time at the old boy's funeral.

Families are amazing Nasher.

I have a sister who is 18 years younger than me. Has no memory of me living at home.

I am closer to being her children's grand father than their uncle.

And not one of them supports the Dees, all bloody North and Bombers and Brisbane fans.

Ran out of taste in the family after me

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I was only a twinkle in my dad's eye in 1964. I have read so much about that era and heard so much from Dad about what it was like to be a Demon supporter at that time. I long for that experience......

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prof, as a semi-veteran demon tragic, would you give a pass to '67? came 7th i think. we pulled back from a bad situation that year, had it not been for norm smith's bad health may have done even better.

Ed: 8 (out of 18) games decided by a goal or less that year. Must be a record.

I remember 1967 well. Did not miss a game. Hassa Mann starred all year. After a shocking year in 1966, perhaps '67 deserves a pass.
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Saturday, 19 September, 1964.

Ronald Dale Barassi held the premiership club aloft and never played for the club again.

Just to follow up my comment about RDB's last game, I managed to track down this reference:

http://australianfootball.com/clubs/bio/South+Adelaide/320

Although it doesn't mention Barassi, it identifies the match and is a fascinating if now buried part of MFC's folkore.

I will add some match details to this game in my next post. BD

In a footnote, South Adelaide also won their last premiership in 1964, their 11th - one short of us.

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I was in my penultimate year of high school in '64, and had enjoyed all the successes of our era of glory. I'm now well and truly retired. Little did I know .........

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I was in my penultimate year of high school in '64, and had enjoyed all the successes of our era of glory. I'm now well and truly retired. Little did I know .........

Similar story mate how could we have possibly dreamed the next 48 years

My god that is almost half a century.

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