Born in 1959. Dad followed Carlton, but my mate Ross in grade 1 at Beaumaris North primary said ‘Melbourne is the future’. Stick with the strength!
So I jumped on board, with my Ron Barassi plastic footy boots and Hassa Mann living around the corner (he did!)..... Here We Go!,
And the journey since has been wonderful. We lost A lot.....but the team gave me pleasure. If the Firsts lost, no big deal, the U19s won the premiership. If we Lost a game .....no big deal ..... Flower took that mark and had the most possessions. Found a way to see a positive!
You find ways to enjoy the loss. Voted for the merger because we would obviously take over Hawthorn and stay unchanged, the Demons.... didn’t happen and now are lambasted for voting for what we thought was a take over. So be it.
Was Overseas for the Hawthorn GF, read the sadness in the UK Times .....(pre-internet!) Thank heavens I didn’t fly home. Spent the week before the 2000 Final finding a seat for my father in law In the MFC members and queuing up for my MCC seat. Spent the second half in the Bar being miserable.
And so on and so on..... You all know the story
Have to mention Jim Stynes, and Bailey and Troy Broadbidge, and Flower... they would love this.
This club has given me so much over the last near 60 years.
A run at the GF, and dare I say a GF, or better.... would just be the cherry on the cake!
Now let’s beat the Pies!!!!!