The pub was in that transitional period where the afternoon crowd, having done their lolly on the races, are half-tanked and trying to leave. I got talking to a local plumber from up the street. He was a Collingwood fan ("Mum was Collingwood").
"Did you play?" I asked.
"One game for the Fitzroy thirds in 1959," he said.
"Good year for the Royboys," I said. He missed the significance of it. [Fitzroy firsts won the night premiership]
"Yeah. Against Carlton at Princes Park," he said. "Kicked a couple."
I was impressed. "Kicked one at the MCG as well," he added.
He saw my puzzled look. "Did a job there once," he explained. "Took me footy. Dobbed one at lunchtime."
Friday, June 01, 2007
From a terrific article by John Harms in The Age, on watching footy at the pub.