Footy Almanac Snippet II: A report which starts at Brunswick Street Oval

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This from Rees Quilford who grew up barracking for Fitzroy. If this isn’t footy in culture, and footy at the heart of things, then I’ll go he.

From his match report of Richmond v Brisbane, mid-winter, at the MCG:

I was getting a much-needed Saturday morning coffee in North Fitzroy when word arrived of an impromptu kick at the Brunswick Street Oval. Beaumaris had forfeited their match, so the Fitzroy thirds were playing a social intra-club – all welcome. A mate of mine, Curly, runs around for the Roys and he’d convinced a few of the other boys, Shacks and Porky, to venture down for a look. Shacks was the only one dusting off the boots so Porky and I drifted back into the shadows of the Fitzroy Pavilion to watch the warm-up.

There were men of all shapes and sizes: tall and short, rotund and wiry and that they were all wearing the old Fitzroy strip made it all the more magnificent. There was a Daniel Merrett lookalike and another bloke had a bit of Mark Zanotti about him.

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