Last year here at The Footy Almanac, we had a lot of fun 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.
We’ve had some terrific stories – keep them rolling in. All you need is an image of a woollen footy jumper and a yarn to tell us about it.
We’ve also had dozens of comments (see the thread at the end of this story) and many emails as well.
Many have nominated good footballers who have a wool heritage or connection.
With footy season upon us it’s time for me to pick a few squads. That means I need more nominations.
So, let’s keep the names coming in, 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 young Tom? Rocket Rod Gillett will know heaps.
The Mid-North of SA – I’ll be meeting some of the troops up there when I’m at the Sundowner at Burra next Monday. Details of that wool event (featuring Catriona Rowntree) are HERE.
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.