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    Travelling Swannie!! mcs's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jono2707 View Post
    I came on board in the early 90s just after I moved to Sydney - about 93 I reckon. I've followed AFL since growing up as a kid in the Riverina in the 70s, where league and Aussie rules were on a pretty equal footing. I played both as a youngster.

    My beloved scarf also originates from about 93. It's been with me ever since, and has steadily accumulated pie stains, beer stains and a general air and odour of something you might find on the footpath outside a Salvos store. But I love it, and it tells the story of my journey with this team.

    I got a 2012 Premiers scarf, but its only had a few outings. I want to get a Pride scarf too, but my beloved stained stinky pilled ratty Swans scarf will always be what comes with me to the footy.
    I'm glad its not only me that has an obsession with a beloved scarf!

    Mine hasn't been on such a journey yet as yours Jono - only purchased in 2005 at my first live game. But its been to every game I've seen live, had plenty of beer stains, pie stains, tea stains (from tamer matches at home!), and various other things along the way. Some tears of joy in 2012 at my first taste of a Grand Final victory live as well!

    When my better half (as she sometimes does!) suggests I should get a new scarf, my response is you don't throw out a dual premiership scarf until it is no longer fit for purpose! It is a bit tatty, has several unremovable stains (even though she has managed to convince me to wash it a couple of times in recent years) but it is an unremovable part of my Swannies story - if it doesn't disintegrate before said time, it'll go with me to my grave
    "You get the feeling that like Monty Python's Black Knight, the Swans would regard amputation as merely a flesh wound."

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    Travelling Swannie!! mcs's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hotpotato View Post
    I grew up in the Northern Territory, in Darwin and we played tennis, rode our bikes, played golf, the three Musketeers and Aussie Rules.
    It was a memorable outdoor, adventurous and happy childhood.

    My old man was the sole Inspector of Primary Schools for the whole of the NT.
    He was pretty good at sport and took a very keen interest in the development of Aussie Rules in the schools and particular interest in the aboriginal kids who loved the game.

    He had to go on many long trips alone to all the outback schools .
    Prior to one trip , the sports master in Darwin requested him to take some brand new Sherrins to all the schools he was going to .
    They would be all pumped up ready for the kids to use them .
    Naturally he agreed and into the back of his Holden were placed 100 or so brand new tight Sherrins .

    A long way down the Stuart Highway at around 2.30am in the morning (he hadn't found a hotel/motel open ) he pulled off the road to grab some shuteye.

    He crawled back on top of the footballs but had a great deal of trouble getting to sleep because it was impossible to get comfortable .
    He became more and more disgruntled and opened the back door to try and rearrange things .

    Of course half the footballs tumbled out .
    This made him really mad, so he grabbed one of them and gave it an almighty kick across the Stuart Highway into the donga.

    Feeling guilty , he trudged after it to retrieve the ball that belonged to one of the schools he was inspecting .

    He was dressed in a white singlet and white boxer underpants .

    He located the ball under the half moon, and started back. At that exact moment a road train appeared out of nowhere bearing down on him, he stepped back and looked up at the totally spooked out driver who was convinced he'd seen a ghost with a football.

    The driver slammed on the brakes and the truck came to a screaming halt.

    Dad walked up and peered up at the frightened driver.

    What the hell are you doin man ?

    I was fetching my football . I kicked it over the highway.

    Why would you be kicking a football at 2.30 in the mornin?

    I couldn't sleep, my car is over there.

    It really didn't matter what the old man said, the truckie thought he was another Territorian Nutter on the loose .

    Dad pulled into a hotel a couple of years later and the boys at the bar were engrossed in a story being told by a truckie....

    .... " and out of the darkness this apparition appears in a white singlet and white boxer shorts holding a football..... "

    Dad played for Sturt later on in Adelaide, I barracked for Wests.

    I moved to Sydney in 1968 and couldn't get into League or Union .

    When South Melbourne relocated in 82, I was very happy to start folllowing them ...

    The wife is a convert from Union, the kids are rusted on Swans fans.

    We've been to all the Grand Finals except 2012, when money was a bit tight .

    We love it .

    I run a bicycle tour biz in Sydney and often take clients to the footy as part of their Down Under experience .
    That story of your old man is fantastic Hotpotato
    "You get the feeling that like Monty Python's Black Knight, the Swans would regard amputation as merely a flesh wound."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hotpotato View Post
    Thanks Meg. It is a true story .
    Your father may be the world's only verified urban legend
    Chillin' with the strange Quarks

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    The story has gone up and down the Stuart Highly for decades, with various embellishments I guess , so it is an urban legend now but the fundamentals are accurate.

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    pr. dim-melb; m not f
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    Terrific story Hotpotato - I laughed like a drain!
    He reminds him of the guys, close-set, slow, and never rattled, who were play-makers on the team. (John Updike, seeing Josh Kennedy in a crystal ball)

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    Thanks Di .... you're funny !

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