Odd Friday Lunch with Des ‘Tuddy’ Tuddenham


The Odd Friday Lunch with Des “Tuddy” Tuddenham – Friday 7th July
Three courses
Drinks at bar prices

Bookings: Phone 94864501



Des Tuddenham was born in 1943 near Ballarat – one of nine children, from a farming family. He started playing with Collingwood in 1962 and was renown for his tough & fearless play, and his skills. He won the Copeland Trophy (best & fairest) at Collingwood in 63, his first full season at the club. He became Collingwood captain in 1966 but after a ‘pay dispute’, along with Len Thompson in 1970, he lost the captaincy.


In ’71 he was named captain of the VFL representative side – the first player to be named captain while not being captain of his home club. His performance as captain of the Vic side attracted the attention of Essendon Football Club, and he was enticed to become captain-coach of Essendon in 72, where he stayed for four years. He lifted Essendon from 2 consecutive years of second lasts in 70,71 to finals football in his first two years. He returned to Collingwood in 76 as captain, and played for 2 more years. He finished up on 251 VFL games.


Des was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2009, The Australian nominated him as one of the 25 greatest footballers never to win a Brownlow.



One of Des’ greatest regrets was to have never won a premiership. He was an inspirational captain and truly fearless footballer.




Entree – Roasted Eggplant, Garlic & Mustard Soup with Basil & Vintage Cheddar.

Main – Spanish Braised Chicken and Chorizo with Olives & Peppers, Truffled Polenta or Morrocan Spiced Slow Cooked Lamb Shank with Tomatoes, Cummin & Corriander Toasted Cous Cous.

Dessert – Apricot & Brandied Raisin Bread & Butter Pudding with Orange Custard & Vanilla Ice Cream.


North Fitzroy Arms – in good form.


  1. Rocket Singers says

    Could fight in any weight division!

  2. haiku bob says

    I’ll be there!
    Look forward to seeing Des.
    Always good value.

  3. that sounds like a ripper lunch!

  4. I saw Des deliver a hip and shoulder to an opponent in the Windy Hill goalsquare in 1972,the guy didnt fall over as such,he collapsed like an imploding chimney stack,straight down.Tuddy was and still is an Essendon Legend.

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