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    President Gordon still battling for the underdog

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    Group hug for Peter Gordon, Marcus Bontempelli and Bob Murphy

    PETER Gordon boasts keen senses of history and justice.
    A longtime crusader for the underdog, Gordon was chiefly responsible for saving his beloved Bulldogs from a merger with Fitzroy during his first stint as president in 1989, when he was a 32-year-old rising star in the legal world.

    And the ever-passionate Western Bulldogs boss espouses a unique perspective on his club’s incredible 2016 premiership.
    Asked to describe the spiritual impact of the triumph, Gordon draws analogies with the fall of the Berlin Wall (which, incidentally, started within weeks of the Dogs' successful 'Fightback' in 1989) and the $89 million settlement he achieved for thalidomide survivors in 2013.

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    "(The flag) was six months ago, so I can put it into more perspective now," Gordon told the AFL Record before the Dogs started their title defence with a win over Collingwood.
    "In a way it's like a local version of the fall of the Berlin Wall, in that it was such an important event in people's lives that many had despaired they'd never see.

    "I'm still stopped by people who tell me what a profound effect it’s had on their family and their lives. Recently a woman told me, 'My dad died in December, but he died a very happy man because his team had won the flag.'
    "It's amazing how many people have similar stories.

    "The last big legal class action I did was for thalidomide victims and it was for people like the Bulldogs – they were born 50-55 years ago; they'd been denied justice and compensation all their lives; they’d led pretty simple lives struggling to make ends meet, and they were just hoping their day would come. (Thalidomide drugs, used in the late 1950 and 1960s by pregnant women with morning sickness, were later found to have caused severe birth defects.)

    "It seems odd to compare the 2016 premiership with that class action, but there are some profound similarities.
    "There’s no underestimating the effect the premiership has had on people."

    The full version of this story appears in the round two edition of the AFL Record, available at all venues.


    Premierships: SENIORS - 1898,99,1900, 1908, 1913, 1919-20, 1923-24, 2014, 2016 . AFL 1954, 2016. RESERVES - 1938, 1945, 1962, 1988, 1994, 1998. UNDER 19S - 1954. Other Premierships - Championship of Victoria 1924. VFL Night Series 1963-64, 1967, 1970. Preseason Cup, 2010.

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    Re: President Gordon still battling for the underdog

    Hmmm. Not sure I'd make those links, but sure it was epic.
    Matty Boyd Career Highlights:

    Club Captain: 2011-2013 - Night Premiership Side: 2010 - Premiership side: 2016 - Charles Sutton Medal: 2009, 2011, 2012 - All Australian team: 2009, 2011, 2016 - Best Team Player: 2016 - Coaches Award: 2015 - Match Committee Award: 2007 - International Rules Series: 2008, 2010 - AFL Life Member - Western Bulldogs Life Member - Record Games Played by a Rookie - 8th Most Games Played for Footscray/Western Bulldogs - 66th Most Goals Kicked for Footscray Western Bulldogs - Most Finals Won by any Footscray/Western Bulldogs Player - Brownlow Votes: 108

    Bob Murphy Career Highlights:

    Club Captain: 2015-2017 - Night Premiership Side: 2010 - All Australian team: 2011 & 2015 as Captain - AFLPA Best Captain 2015 - Rising Star Nominee & Most Promising player: 2001 - Best Team Player: 2003 - Runner Up, Charles Sutton Medal: 2011 & 2015 - International Rules Series: 2002, 2003 - AFL Life Member - Western Bulldogs Life Member - 6th Most Games Played for Footscray/Western Bulldogs - 27th Most Goals Kicked for Footscray/Western Bulldogs - Club Captain of Western Bulldogs in Premiership Year: 2016 - Brownlow Votes: 51

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    Re: President Gordon still battling for the underdog

    "In a way it's like a local version of the fall of the Berlin Wall, in that it was such an important event in people's lives that many had despaired they'd never see.
    I love Gordo, and thankyou Lord for the Granny but IMO not a comparison that should be made.

    Although the Hoff as next years half time entertainment, "I would like to see that."
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    Re: President Gordon still battling for the underdog

    Very small speech but great words said from Peter last night before we unfurled the flag.
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    Re: President Gordon still battling for the underdog

    President Gordon sounds like the guy from Batman got himself elected to the White House.
    AFL premiers 2016
    VFL premiers 2016



    Well-meaning little therapists
    Goose-stepping twelve-stepping Tetotalitarianists
    The tipsy, the reeling and the drop down pissed
    We got no time for that stuff here
    Zero crime and no fear
    We've bred all our kittens white
    So you can see them in the night
    And at night we're on our knees
    As quiet as a mouse
    Since the word got out
    From the North down to the South
    For no-one's left in doubt
    There's no fear about
    If we all hold hands and very quietly shout
    Hallelujah
    God is in the house...

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