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    Re: Book extract: Waiting for the Big Dance with the Western Bulldogs

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    Another mistake I think above. I don't think there is a place called Haywood. There is a Heywood but it's in Western Victoria, hundreds of kilometres away from Denison. Wil Anderson is from Heyfield, right next to Denison.

    I worked with a bloke called Dennis Heyfield. Lovely bloke, his brother played footy for North Melbourne.
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    After speaking to Obie for about fourty-five minutes on the telephone we
    Finally arrived at the truth of the matter and said that we had to go down
    And pick up the garbage, and also had to go down and speak to him at the
    Police officer's station. So we got in the red vw microbus with the
    Shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed on toward the
    Police officer's station.

    Now friends, there was only one or two things that Obie coulda done at
    The police station, and the first was he could have given us a medal for
    Being so brave and honest on the telephone, which wasn't very likely, and
    We didn't expect it, and the other thing was he could have bawled us out
    And told us never to be seen driving garbage around the vicinity again,
    Which is what we expected, but when we got to the police officer's station
    There was a third possibility that we hadn't even counted upon, and we was
    Both immediately arrested. Handcuffed. And I said "Obie, I don't think I
    Can pick up the garbage with these handcuffs on. " He said, "Shut up, kid.
    Get in the back of the patrol car. "




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    Re: Book extract: Waiting for the Big Dance with the Western Bulldogs

    When i was young we had a builder called Haywood. His first name was Ted. But he was not related to E.J.

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    Re: Book extract: Waiting for the Big Dance with the Western Bulldogs

    Quote Originally Posted by HOSE B ROMERO View Post
    When i was young we had a builder called Haywood. His first name was Ted. But he was not related to E.J.

    Not the commodore Ted! (Teddy Bullpitt is the only other Ted I could think of off the top of my head.)
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    After speaking to Obie for about fourty-five minutes on the telephone we
    Finally arrived at the truth of the matter and said that we had to go down
    And pick up the garbage, and also had to go down and speak to him at the
    Police officer's station. So we got in the red vw microbus with the
    Shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed on toward the
    Police officer's station.

    Now friends, there was only one or two things that Obie coulda done at
    The police station, and the first was he could have given us a medal for
    Being so brave and honest on the telephone, which wasn't very likely, and
    We didn't expect it, and the other thing was he could have bawled us out
    And told us never to be seen driving garbage around the vicinity again,
    Which is what we expected, but when we got to the police officer's station
    There was a third possibility that we hadn't even counted upon, and we was
    Both immediately arrested. Handcuffed. And I said "Obie, I don't think I
    Can pick up the garbage with these handcuffs on. " He said, "Shut up, kid.
    Get in the back of the patrol car. "




    Arlo Guthrie

    WOOF NUMBER 6

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    Re: Book extract: Waiting for the Big Dance with the Western Bulldogs

    Haydn Bunton, Ron Barassi and ''Lethal'' Leigh Matthews. E. J. Whitten’s statue is not there, a sore point out west

    That really shits me that an out and out cowardly thug like Mathews (the back of anyone's head never frightened Lethal. He was happy to coward punch anyone. A bloke facing him and ready to hit back would send him screaming like a frightened ninny though. He was soooo brave ) gets a statue and EJ misses out.

    Typical AFL. Glorify the bloke who went North and spent all that AFL money.
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    After speaking to Obie for about fourty-five minutes on the telephone we
    Finally arrived at the truth of the matter and said that we had to go down
    And pick up the garbage, and also had to go down and speak to him at the
    Police officer's station. So we got in the red vw microbus with the
    Shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed on toward the
    Police officer's station.

    Now friends, there was only one or two things that Obie coulda done at
    The police station, and the first was he could have given us a medal for
    Being so brave and honest on the telephone, which wasn't very likely, and
    We didn't expect it, and the other thing was he could have bawled us out
    And told us never to be seen driving garbage around the vicinity again,
    Which is what we expected, but when we got to the police officer's station
    There was a third possibility that we hadn't even counted upon, and we was
    Both immediately arrested. Handcuffed. And I said "Obie, I don't think I
    Can pick up the garbage with these handcuffs on. " He said, "Shut up, kid.
    Get in the back of the patrol car. "




    Arlo Guthrie

    WOOF NUMBER 6

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    Re: Book extract: Waiting for the Big Dance with the Western Bulldogs

    Quote Originally Posted by Twodogs View Post
    That really shits me that an out and out cowardly thug like Mathews (the back of anyone's head never frightened Lethal. He was happy to coward punch anyone. A bloke facing him and ready to hit back would send him screaming like a frightened ninny though. He was soooo brave ) gets a statue and EJ misses out.

    Typical AFL. Glorify the bloke who went North and spent all that AFL money.
    What's worse is there is a statue of Jimmy Stynes. Yes he was a great footballer but no way is he a legend. There are many more that achieved greater things than a 265 gamer.
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    Re: Book extract: Waiting for the Big Dance with the Western Bulldogs

    It has been said before but I still believe EJ deserves a statue at the MCG. He contributed to the game so much and was huge with the State of Origin - loved it.

    EJ is recognised in our heartland

    In Footscray Whitten Stand, Whitten Oval, Whitten Avenue
    In Braybrook a statue outside the Braybrook Hotel
    The Western Ring Road bridge over the Maribyrnong river named the EJ Whitten Bridge
    And in the future hopefully an EJ statue outside the home of footy where we all had the greatest day of our lives.
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    Re: Book extract: Waiting for the Big Dance with the Western Bulldogs

    Quote Originally Posted by bornadog View Post
    What's worse is there is a statue of Jimmy Stynes. Yes he was a great footballer but no way is he a legend. There are many more that achieved greater things than a 265 gamer.

    Actually I can understand Stynes getting a statue. It's his story that gets him accross the line I reckon. He traipsed halfway around the world to take up a game he didn't know as a teenager. Having an atypical teenager who has trouble negotiating that tricky space between the couch and the rest of the world that impresses me.


    Quote Originally Posted by Eastdog View Post
    It has been said before but I still believe EJ deserves a statue at the MCG. He contributed to the game so much and was huge with the State of Origin - loved it.

    EJ is recognised in our heartland

    In Footscray Whitten Stand, Whitten Oval, Whitten Avenue
    In Braybrook a statue outside the Braybrook Hotel
    The Western Ring Road bridge over the Maribyrnong river named the EJ Whitten Bridge
    And in the future hopefully an EJ statue outside the home of footy where we all had the greatest day of our lives.
    It's a good point about State of Origin. Teddy drove that for years.
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    After speaking to Obie for about fourty-five minutes on the telephone we
    Finally arrived at the truth of the matter and said that we had to go down
    And pick up the garbage, and also had to go down and speak to him at the
    Police officer's station. So we got in the red vw microbus with the
    Shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed on toward the
    Police officer's station.

    Now friends, there was only one or two things that Obie coulda done at
    The police station, and the first was he could have given us a medal for
    Being so brave and honest on the telephone, which wasn't very likely, and
    We didn't expect it, and the other thing was he could have bawled us out
    And told us never to be seen driving garbage around the vicinity again,
    Which is what we expected, but when we got to the police officer's station
    There was a third possibility that we hadn't even counted upon, and we was
    Both immediately arrested. Handcuffed. And I said "Obie, I don't think I
    Can pick up the garbage with these handcuffs on. " He said, "Shut up, kid.
    Get in the back of the patrol car. "




    Arlo Guthrie

    WOOF NUMBER 6

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    Re: Book extract: Waiting for the Big Dance with the Western Bulldogs

    Quote Originally Posted by Twodogs View Post
    Actually I can understand Stynes getting a statue. It's his story that gets him across the line I reckon. He traipsed halfway around the world to take up a game he didn't know as a teenager. Having an atypical teenager who has trouble negotiating that tricky space between the couch and the rest of the world that impresses me.
    TD, I disagree with this. Jim Stynes has only been put up there because of some influential people, just because he died young. He was an ok player that did win a Brownlow, but other than that I think he was fairly ordinary over his career.

    Statues currently around the MCG are:

    Ron Barassi
    Leigh Matthews
    Dick Reynolds
    Haydn Bunton
    John Coleman
    Norm Smith
    Jim Stynes
    Kevin Bartlett (in 2017)

    Stynes is no legend or overly exceptional player and is no where near those players above. Stynes is even in the Australian Hall of Fame - why? Gary Ablett senior hasn't even been given that honour.

    You look at someone's record like EJ's or even Scott West. 324 games, 7 B&Fs, 5 times All Australian but because they played for us there is no statue.

    I bet if I think about it hard enough I can pick out many more players from other clubs that should be ahead of Stynes.

    EJ is universally known to be one of the greatest players to play the game - yet no MCG statue.
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    Re: Book extract: Waiting for the Big Dance with the Western Bulldogs

    I may be incorrect but i thought the original criteria for the statues around the mcg was 'sportspeople who had a long standing impact at the ground'. Rather than the greatest vfl/afl players.

    Regardless, maybe 'woof' members could take things into our own hands? Meet outside the mcg under the cover of darkness ? Anyone handy with bronze?

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    Re: Book extract: Waiting for the Big Dance with the Western Bulldogs

    Quote Originally Posted by HOSE B ROMERO View Post
    I may be incorrect but i thought the original criteria for the statues around the mcg was 'sportspeople who had a long standing impact at the ground'. Rather than the greatest vfl/afl players.

    Regardless, maybe 'woof' members could take things into our own hands? Meet outside the mcg under the cover of darkness ? Anyone handy with bronze?
    Umm, are we knocking down statues that are already there, or putting one up?
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    After speaking to Obie for about fourty-five minutes on the telephone we
    Finally arrived at the truth of the matter and said that we had to go down
    And pick up the garbage, and also had to go down and speak to him at the
    Police officer's station. So we got in the red vw microbus with the
    Shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed on toward the
    Police officer's station.

    Now friends, there was only one or two things that Obie coulda done at
    The police station, and the first was he could have given us a medal for
    Being so brave and honest on the telephone, which wasn't very likely, and
    We didn't expect it, and the other thing was he could have bawled us out
    And told us never to be seen driving garbage around the vicinity again,
    Which is what we expected, but when we got to the police officer's station
    There was a third possibility that we hadn't even counted upon, and we was
    Both immediately arrested. Handcuffed. And I said "Obie, I don't think I
    Can pick up the garbage with these handcuffs on. " He said, "Shut up, kid.
    Get in the back of the patrol car. "




    Arlo Guthrie

    WOOF NUMBER 6

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    Re: Book extract: Waiting for the Big Dance with the Western Bulldogs

    Trainer Kev O’Neill hands the 1954 Australian penny given to him during the grand-final parade to coach Luke Beveridge for good luck. Six survivors from the Bulldogs’ only VFL/AFL premiership team, the men of ’54, visit the Bulldogs rooms before the match – Ron Stockman, Harvey Stevens, Don Ross, Jimmy Gallagher, Dougie Reynolds and Angus Abbey. Beveridge chats with them for 10 or 15 minutes, asking them questions about the club as they knew it and how their careers had started. ''He had no airs or graces,'' Ron Stockman tells me, adding slightly mystified, ''He was calm as a cucumber.''
    Thank goodness his grandsons' foolishness didn't lead him to sever ties with the club.

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