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Article in The Age
Article in the Herald Sun
A chat with Dugald Jellie on the Richmond Footy Club site.
I blather on to Presentation Night
The Holy Boot reviews the shirts
Vin Maskell's ode to his
Geoff Blethyn t-shirt.
Vinnie Catoggio played his first VFL senior match in the 1973 Grand Final in front of 116,956 people. Unsurprisingly he had butterflies and didn’t make an impact. But he bounced back to play 70 more games for the Blues. His amazing Italo-Afro hairdo and his elusive spin out of trouble will always be remembered.
He’s a painter these days – give him a ring.
Australia’s most famous sharpie. Uncompromising centre-half-back in one of the most brutally efficient football teams ever, the 1973 Tigers premiership team. A smoker and a gentleman.
Brownlow medallist Peter Bedford sells the dummy, Lake Oval, 1974. Fun fact: he also played Sheffield Shield cricket for Victoria, 39 games, 1602 runs at 28.10 and 45 wickets at 33.40
Geoff has given this design his seal of approval. He has just soared back into media prominence like he soared over many a hapless fullback in his short but stellar VFL career.
You wonder how a bloke who played in chunky spectacles and kicked 100 goals in a season could have ever faded from the limelight, but there you go. He’s a humble man and probably welcomed the lack of attention.
Peter McKenna’s career is hard to get your head around from a 2013 perspective. He kicked 130 goals in 1970, bringing up his 100 on 10th July – incredible. Along the way he managed to co-host Hey Hey Its Saturday and record two hit singles.
If he hadn’t been poleaxed by his captain Tuddy in the
2nd quarter of the ’70 GF (having already kicked 5) he would
likely have been a premiership matchwinner too.
One of the first of many Geelong bloodnuts.
The wiry winger from Wynyard got his nickname
from his background as a Tasmanian potato farmer.
There are not many people going around you could call
“St Kilda grand final match-winners”. Probably just this guy. Kicked 5 goals in the epic 1 point win of 1966.
But he is remembered better for a few shirtfronts
on opposition full-forwards in his later days. Unfair.
Dempsey was a genuine 2-club champion. This shirt celebrates the big fella’s early days at Footscray. It was a struggling club which sold every champion it got its hands on in this era.
Dearly beloved by the Kangaroo faithful, Denchy was a fullback before his time. A square-headed sinewy bugger, he played and thrived in an era of 100-goal full-forwards. Played in the Roos first premiership in 75 and captained their second in 77.
He had an unfortunate dalliance with embezzlement
but paid his debt and is back in the fold. Still has the mo too.
Rock star Tim Rogers’ favourite Roo.
Silky skills. Greyhound speed. A 68kg frame not made for football, matched with unflinching courage and rigorous fairness. Robbie Flower stood out on any football field. Well played, No 2!
Since Robbie's untimely death in October 2014,
all Rees Design profits from sale of his merchandise
go to the Australian Cancer Research Fund.
Bernie was a 2 club legend – established himself at Footscray then left (like a lot of other Doggie champions in the 70s) and went to Fitzroy. His best years there were actually in the 80s
so its a bit of a stretch putting him in a Lions guernsey
and calling him a 70s enigma but – my shirts my rules!
This shirt celebrates Superboot’s back-to-back
Coleman medals of 83 and 84.
Tucky played forever. Appeared in 11 Grand Finals, and won 7 of them, 4 as captain. One of the VFL’s greatest plumbers.
Maurice burst on the VFL scene as Richmond’s boom recruit for 1982, and ended that season as the first Norm Smith medallist in a losing Grand Final. He was the Tigers most exciting player.
He passed away in 2010, and his family have kindly approved the sale of this artwork in his memory. A small amount from every sale will go to the Lowitja Institute’s Career Development Fund, supporting indigenous health researchers - $84 sent as of 1/1/16
Thanks to Matt Corbett's research the list of his
achievements includes his 1976 WA welterweight title.
A SANFL footy legend of the 1980s, Dietrich was a big man with a big appetite. He once tried to ride his bike home balancing two piping hot family pizzas. It did not end well and he missed two games with badly burned legs. A full forward who topped the ton in 83 and 84, he played 2 games for South Australia.
Sonny was in the inaugural Centrals team in 1964, and in fact collected the first kick for the club in its SANFL history. He was still running out for the Bulldogs 13 seasons later. He was best and fairest in 1970, and played for South Australia four times.
Bucky Cunningham made his SANFL debut in 1971, playing as a rover and small forward. He played in a flag in 77, was appointed captain in 79 and lifted three premiership cups, before giving it away in 1983. Bucky played 256 games for Port (kicking 428 goals) and 6 for SA.
9 years later he was appointed CEO of the Magpies, was instrumental in taking them into the AFL in 1996, and in the 2000s saw a period of dominance finally result in an AFL premiership in 2004, whereon he stepped down in triumph. He was elected to the SA Football Hall of Fame in 2005.