In my previous long-winded rant (see Cheryl C’s ‘how ironic’ article about the Carl-Rich final) I lamented the way TV seems to encourage attention-seeking from the crowd, and traced it back to ‘Joffa’ in the early noughties with his gold jacket.
But 20 years before Joffa, there were those two couples that used to sit in the front row behind the goals at the left hand end at the SCG, and jump to their feet in outrage every time one of Tilt Carter’s blatant pushes in the back to Roach or Maclure or Quinlan was actually seen by the ump. Our household quickly dubbed them ‘S and W’ after the two old geezers in the Muppets, but I think one of these blokes was called Ken something. They were an absolute fixture at the SCG for ages, all weathers, week in week out, and they were seriously old even in 1982 (old enough to recall 1933 even) but I’d like to think maybe some of them were still around for the 2005 flag at least.
Can any of the Sydney contingent shed any light? Also, what other memories of genuine characters in the crowd (as distinct from boorish bullies) do Almanackers have?