I read recently of the sad passing of former Collingwod player, Kevin Grose. He played 32 senior games, scoring 10 goals in his three seasons at senior level 1975-1977. Most of his senior football was played on the flanks: half back and half forward. He played under two coaches, Murray Weideman, then Tommy Hafey. Kevin Grose was a member of Collingwood’s playing group when they ‘won’ their first wooden spoon in 1976
My main recollection of him pertains to the fact he was one of the few players of that period who was tattooed. Tattooing in the 1970s was not the fad it is in contemporary society. There was a stigma attached to people with tattoos, and tattooed footballers were certainly noticed.
After his VFL career he established himself at North Heidelberg. In his first sesaon , 1978, he tied as the league’s leading goal kicker, with a season tally of 80 . What makes this even more meritorious is the fact he spent a lot of the season in a mid-field role. His contributions at North Hedielberg, saw him recognised as a forward pocket in their Team of the Century.
Vale Kevin Grose.