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    Quote Originally Posted by bloodspirit View Post
    The Bloods - Leaving South Melbourne, Episode 1 (sydneyswans.com.au)

    The first episode in a series about the club's history. This episode is an illuminating insight to the club's relocation. There are some great details like Silvio Foschini describing his match day routine commuting from Melbourne to play in Sydney. It's also remarkable to think how the players back then would have to back up and go to work the day after the match etc. Another colourful detail was Tony Morwood describing how when a player was called up from the reserves (the reserves were based in Melbourne) the senior playing group wouldn't meet them until match day and would only then learn who the player was - whether they were tall or short, or right or left footed etc.
    One notable omission from episode 1 is the mile high brawl on the trip to Manila. It seems to have been glossed out. The story I heard is that Peter Morrison and Kevin Goss were at the centre of it, and it ended both their careers at the Swans.
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    One notable omission from episode 1 is the mile high brawl on the trip to Manila. It seems to have been glossed out. The story I heard is that Peter Morrison and Kevin Goss were at the centre of it, and it ended both their careers at the Swans.
    The thing that's stuck with me from listening to the first episode was the emotional angst among every invested party: players, coaches, supporters et al. The sense of abandonment or dislocation for those who had / have South Melbourne in their blood was visceral. For whatever reason, I never noticed it, nor entertained what it must have been like to have the footy club you're so passionate about, be relocated. It's certainly creating a sense of empathy and makes me face the answer to the question, what would it be like if my beloved Swans had to move again?

    This is coming from someone late to game. The first match I watched was in 1996, when Plugger kicked that behind over the Bombers. I'm looking forward to the next episodes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruck'n'Roll View Post
    One notable omission from episode 1 is the mile high brawl on the trip to Manila. It seems to have been glossed out. The story I heard is that Peter Morrison and Kevin Goss were at the centre of it, and it ended both their careers at the Swans.
    I saw this video about the relocation a while back: Saving South - YouTube. It references the 'scuffle' on the plane with one of the players who wanted to go to Sydney turning on Peter Morrison who, according to John Rantall, had a foot in both camps. Bernie Evans intervened. And then apparently so did Kevin Goss - who invited the unnamed first player to step outside [of the plane!] to sort things out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bloodspirit View Post
    I saw this video about the relocation a while back: Saving South - YouTube. It references the 'scuffle' on the plane with one of the players who wanted to go to Sydney turning on Peter Morrison who, according to John Rantall, had a foot in both camps. Bernie Evans intervened. And then apparently so did Kevin Goss - who invited the unnamed first player to step outside [of the plane!] to sort things out.
    Perhaps he had better skydiving skills? I wonder if there's ever been a fist fight while parachuting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloodspirit View Post
    And then apparently so did Kevin Goss - who invited the unnamed first player to step outside [of the plane!] to sort things out.
    ROFL!!
    Thanks I needed that - mind you it says all you need to know about the Goss'
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruck'n'Roll View Post
    One notable omission from episode 1 is the mile high brawl on the trip to Manila. It seems to have been glossed out. The story I heard is that Peter Morrison and Kevin Goss were at the centre of it, and it ended both their careers at the Swans.
    This little doco, "Saving South" which was a 'student project' by Swans fan John Holdsworth is excellent. Interviews with all the major players in the saga and also a bit more about the "Thriller on the way to Manilla" at around the 10:23 mark.....but the whole thing is worth watching. Amazing our club survived it all.

    Saving South - YouTube

    Oh, I now see bloodspirit has already referenced this film. Well done!
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