Obituary – John ‘Mulga’ Shelton

The Pakenham Gazette pays tribute to a local sporting hero, John ‘Mulga’, Shelton. Includes an important lesson in why you should always kick that one after the siren, if you get the chance.


Our memories of ‘Mulga’

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  1. ROBERT UTBER says

    Thanks for that fitting tribute by Australia’s leading country newspaper and Kris Shelton. Having known Mulga all his life he was larger than life. In fact I would even suggest that he probably knew more people than most!
    A day at the football with “Mul” was a day not to be missed. Not one for going backwards (his shirt front of Barassi gets bigger each year) he would see somebody from afar and yell out g’day to him or her. He remembered everything about those people he met.
    The Sheltons were from a great football family with uncles playing at league level, brothers and cousins dominating local football and even helping Richmond on their way to being a power house in the seventies.
    Mulga’s brothers all had nick names as well “Todd”, “Slim”, “Honey”, “Tadpole” and they were all top footballers.
    I will miss him yelling out from the terraces “hey Bobby Utber how’s that grandson of yours goin. Jeez he can play”. That was Mulga a friend of everyone.
    PS. Citrus Bob was Stabkicks at the Pakenham Gazette for 30 years.

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