Almanac Footy: Four generations of Spargos

 

When Charlie Spargo debuted for Melbourne in Round Six, 2018, he created a small piece of history; the Spargos were the first family to have four consecutive generations to have played in the VFL/AFL.

 

1ST GENERATION

 

Bob Spargo senior – Footscray 1934-41 (65 games, 6 goals), Melbourne 1942 (2 games, 0 goals), Victoria (1 game, 0 goals)

 

2ND GENERATION

 

 

(Sons of Bob Spargo senior)

 

Bob Spargo junior – Footscray 1958-63 (80 games, 43 goals).

 

Ricky Spargo – Footscray 1966-71 (64 games, 65 goals).

 

 

3RD GENERATION

 

 

Paul Spargo (son of Bob Spargo junior) – North Melbourne 1985-92 (81 games, 109 goals), Brisbane Bears 1993 (9 games, 9 goals),

 

 

4TH GENERATION

 

 

Charlie (son of Paul) – Melbourne

 

 

Source AFL

 

In addition to 213 games, Bob Senior and his two sons were also accomplished runners, with five Stawell Gift finals between them. Bob Senior finished third in 1936 and 1940, Ricky ran a place. Three members of one family to make the final of the famous foot race might not be a record, but is very impressive alongside their football accomplishments!

 

With this lineage it’s no wonder the pint-sized 173 centimetre small forward has some intrinsic football talent, with his uncanny ability to hit the scoreboard and apply defensive pressure being vital in the Dees now-tantalising look at a drought-breaking premiership. The youngster is often reminded by his father that he has “good roots”.

 

Paul Spargo debuted in a Semi Final for the Kangaroos, kicking a goal and collected 10 possessions in a losing team. He was probably a better player than his 90 league games might suggest, with highlights being a second placing in the Roos’ 1988 Best and Fairest, and a six goal haul in Round 22 at Princes Park against the Hawks that same year. Incidentally, The Shinboners lost that game by a massive 95 points, Jason Dunstall got the three Brownlow votes with 10 goals straight, and the Hawks went on to be Premiers.

 

The Spargos moved across the country from Perth to Albury where Bob was appointed coach of the Albury Tigers in the Ovens and Murray Football League. Albury is on the Murray River and, although on the NSW side of the border, it is an Aussie Rules stronghold with the O and M representing teams from northern Victoria and Albury. The Albury Sporting Hall of Fame includes a Wimbledon Singles Champion (Margaret Court), an Australian wicketkeeper (Steve Rixon), a women’s basketball star (Lauren Jackson) and a Cox Plate-winning racehorse (Better Loosen Up).  Throw in a triple Brownlow Medallist (Haydn Bunton) and an AFL Premiership captain (Brett Kirk) and you start to realise Albury has a knack of producing great sportspeople (and horses).

 

 

 

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