Last year here at The Footy Almanac, we had a lot of fun with the Dairy Farmers Team of the Century, a concept which really took off, and continues to generate discussion wherever teats are pulled, and pots are poured.
This season we’ve been having a bit more fun, this time with old woollen footy jumpers which, judging from the emails and the posts, have struck quite a chord.
There is something in an old footy jumper – how it feels, how it smells, how it has survived, and (especially) the club it represents and the stories it contains.
Please keep sending those photos and stories in.
This may seem like a bit of a leap, but I thought it was timely to go back to the day when footy jumpers were wool, and to celebrate the people who have produced this classic Australian fibre.
So we’re going to have a crack at picking a wool industry team. We’ll let the concept evolve naturally in true Almanac style (which masks a complete disregard for planning and organisation), because I can see the different elements which make up the concept.
We could pick various teams:
Really, anyone who has had anything to do with wool and footy.
So, here we go, if you know anyone, or can think of anyone, with wool in their blood, who has grown up on a sheep property, or worked in some capacity with wool, or worn a Jackie Howe, or blued with a Kiwi, or owned a kelpie and has played footy, please nominate them for the greatest wool team of all time.
Maybe, like Nathan Fyfe, they’ve found their way to the top level – in any of the metropolitan comps. Maybe they stayed home and played locally. They can be from any era – living or dead. I’ll nominate Tom Wills right now.
Add your nominations here. Give us the name of the person, where they’re from, who they played for and what was their involvement with wool.
I can think of a few regions:
The Western District of Victoria – you may have seen the story on Bill Bailey from the Coleraine FC (that’s Bill up the top)
The Riverina – Jumping Jack and son? – Rod Gillett will know heaps
The Mid-North of SA – James Lang, you must have a few suggestions
The Yorke Peninsula/West Coast – wool here?
South-west WA – Sean Gorman, you used to work in the wool industry. Your role? Geez, big man, you might even get in it.
Tassie? Please tell me Richo came off a sheep farm
So make your nomination via the comments box below and we’ll see where this leads us.