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  1. #16
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    From Star Weekly

    Bulldogs' oldest past player celebrates 100th birthday

    JUNE 4, 2019 4:00 PM

    The Western Bulldogs’ oldest past player, a former club president, last Thursday celebrated his 100th birthday.

    Jim Miller, who was born in West Footscray and now lives in Altona North, celebrated with his family, which indulged him with a cake decorated in the colours of his beloved team.

    By age seven, Mr Miller was often at football grounds of a weekend, selling Football Records and watching games.

    After leaving school, he moved to First Street in West Footscray, where he met his future wife, Jean, who lived across the road.

    They were married just before Christmas in 1940 and moved to Suffolk Street, West Footscray, where they lived for the next 77 years.

    Mr Miller enlisted in the army and the RAAF and was stationed at Perth before returning to Benalla in country Victoria, becoming a flying instructor. He later became self-employed as a transport operator of chemicals, bullets and dynamite around Australia.

    Mr Miller was part of the first Footscray team to play in a VFL final – in 1938, his first season at the highest level.

    The Western Bulldogs say Mr Miller gave the Dogs fine service over 131 games in 11 years.

    After retiring from active sport, he became vice-president of the Footscray Football Club from 1957-63 and president from 1963-66.

    Mr Miller’s other passions included golf and racing.

    He also liked holidaying at Deniliquin and every winter for 30 years, he and his wife would travel with their caravan to sunny Queensland and other places around Australia.

    Mr Miller has one daughter, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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    Jim Miller, who was born in West Footscray and now lives in Altona North

    Same as Ted Whitten. He was born in West Footscray and lived in Altona North in his last years.
    AFLW Premiers 2018

    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


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