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Vale Charlie Sutton


Charlie Sutton died today aged 88.

Footscray’s 1954 Premiership Captain/Coach, 1950 Best and Fairest winner, 18 times Victorian representative including Victorian Captain Coach 1952, Footscray President 1978-81

Charlie Sutton was a true Bulldog and a great clubman. Until recently he would attend training at least one night per week and he attended all Footscray functions where possible.

I had the pleasure of meeting Charlie on several occassions and I have his autograph which I treasure. From my experience, the glowing tributes we have heard today from his peers, colleagues, family and friends are of a great man and indeed the man I encountered. Warm, generous, friendly with a wicked sense of humour.

A visit to ‘The Welcome Stranger Hotel’ in Bourke St, Melbourne would often include an entertaining chat with the owner Charlie Sutton and sometimes even a complementary pot!

Fairwell to a true legend and a lovely bloke.


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Poor ol’ Footscray revert to their Poor ol’ Strip

I’m interested to read that Poor ol’ Footscray have reverted back to their blue guernsey with the red and white hoops. This was the guernsey that was worn by the Poor ol’ Footscray players in their moment of glory, the 1954 season when Poor ol’ Footscray actually won something…the 1954 flag.

“We see the new Guernsey as the birth of a new tradition – that reflects our connection to our community and commitment to build the Western Front,” says Western Bulldogs Chief Executive, Simon Garlick.

Poor ol’ Footscray have tried several different strips in their bid for an identity that has lost it’s way over the decades. From Footscray to the Western Bulldogs and back again, nothing seems to have worked for this club who spruiks so much but displays a cabinet so bare.

The heritage guernsey has a touch of Nanna’s tea towel about it, something Happy Hammond would be proud to wear. This depiction tells the whole poor ol’ story, the body language of the players suggests that Poor ol’ Footscray may have lost…again…

Whoever designed this guernsey with Fido on the front had no idea how to draw. It doesn’t even look like a dog. The caricature looks more like a dog’s skull than the head of man’s best friend. Poor ol’ Footscray were always dead dogs with this on their chest.

We would all be familiar with this Poor ol’ Footscray guernsey. This strip is the one the Bulldogs wore for twenty odd years from about 1980. I always thought it looked best with the red shorts.

The away strip displayed the dead dog again.

This collection of Poor ol’ Footscray guernseys are my favorites. These were the proposed designs when Poor ol’ Footscray were rumoured to be merging with the struggling Fitzroy Lions. Was it Fitzcray or Footsroy?

Then again Poor ol’ Footscray have been rumoured to merge with just about every other team…

No matter how you look at it, you have to hand it to Poor ol’ Footscray for trying. Let’s hope reverting to the old hoops will bring back some of the magic of ’54 so the Dogs can actually win something and get me off their back forever.


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No more Collingwood!

A sure sign that footy is back is the repeated bulltish overload of the Collingwood football club in our newspapers.

On one day alone, (Herald Sun Friday Feb 24), I learnt that Melbourne are poaching some of Collingwood’s coaching staff and the poor old sooky, sooky Magpies are unhappy about it.

Woopity doot!

This piece of sports journalistic dribble should have been worthy of say a small column a few pages from the back page, but since it involved Collingwood, the ‘scoop’ was awarded the prime real estate position of a full spread on the back page where the real big sports stories should prevail. I might add, the story went under the misleading heading of ‘DEES RAID PIES’ which attracts the reader to the story to find out what darstadly deeds the Demons have been bestowing on the sooky, sooky Magpies. To read the story and find out that the raid was to poach such household names as Jason Taylor, Collingwood’s recruiting assistant…’ASSISTANT’! This followed on from the Dees poaching that famous sports physiotherapist, Gary Nicholls and assistant coach Leigh Brown.

I also learned that:

Dane Swan thinks he will return to Arizona mid year,

Travis Cloke is on top of the Free Agents wish list,

Phil Carmen is providing AFL players with legal, educational, investment, career and media advise,

Eddie McGuire is on a fitness kick,

Dayne Beams gave evidence in court,

and Dane Swann wants to get a tattoo in his ear…

I discovered all of this important information all before I reached the ’50/50 column!’

Today I open Sunday’s Herald Sun (which in my opinion is no more than a gossipy weekend magazine, tracing the movements of  Kylie, Lara and Kerry-Anne) to find another Collingwood overload on a weekend where they didn’t even play a semi serious match!

Did you know that Dane Swann and Dale Thomas went to Bali over the off season? I know because the Sunday Herald Sun wrote a scoop on it…

A full middle page spread of the over rated Nick Maxwell telling the world how only a premiership is good enough for his club. Isn’t that the situation with most clubs? He was also having a sooky about how Geelong were picking on him in the Grand Final.


I regret the fact that I am contributing to the Collingwoodfest with my post here but I had to get it off my chest. It’s gunna be another long year if this Collingwood hysteria is precedent of things to come.

Fortunately Julia Gillard attended a Bulldogs practice match this weekend so we may get to read something about Poor ol’ Footscray on Monday!


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Ridiculous comments from Poor ol’ Footscray supporters.

All of you know me.

I’m not a vindictive man, a man of revenge, vengence or grudge. I never, ever spruik about my team winning, such is the humble individual that is me.

But I can’t help it with Poor ol’ Footscray. Since the dawn of time I’ve had to endure the jibes and ridicule from the supporters of this insignificant little club. The feral voice of those with far too little to crow about rings in my head every time Poor ol’ Footscray are gunna win the premiership…again…

I feel a need to sway from the norm and share with you the ridiculous comments I’ve had to endure from Poor ol’ Footscray supporters all week. These are the Poor ol’ Footscray supporters who again prematurely blew their load before the event.

SYMO: Hi Col, As usual NZ was cold, wet & windy and I am happy to be back just in time to see the mighty Dogs destroy the Gliders tonight although the forecast for wet weather does concern me slightly (might reduce the margin to below a 100 points !!).

SYMO again: All those “Poor Old Footscray” supporters will be looking for blood on Monday Col – you know that

THE BIG V: Dogs to beat Bombers – this makes me 1 ahead in the weeks tips against Col, Hooter & Tigey. Wise tip #1 – APF!

Tipsmaster’s note: APF = Alas Poor Footscray.

THE BIG V again:hope the Roos and Thompson get smashed! Very proud of Big Bad Bazza last week, got a headlock in and avoided suspension. Bring on Round 18!

THE JUDESTER: Bulldogs (yep, big bazza to go berserk & punch everyone’s lights out).

TIPSMASTER’s note: THE JUDESTER is actually a sooky, sooky Collingwood supporter who thought she too would get on the Poor ol’ Footscray Bandwagon.

I love the footy when we win 🙂


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BEARD responses

The tipsters of the DGES WORLD FAMOUS FOOTY TIPPING COMP have leapt behind the BEARD segment with full support.

This is how you responded to Ben Hudson, our first contestant of episode I of BEARD:




How about visiting the link for extra comments on Ben Hudson’s beard.

DGES WORLD FAMOUS FOOTY TIPPING COMP tipster, PEAR has even sent us some examples of scenes’s we’d like to see on DGES FOOTYTALK segment, BEARD

Thanks to DGES WORLD FAMOUS FOOTY TIPPING COMP tipsters, PEAR, JJ and WHISPER for their contributions which will be shown on future episodes of BEARD.


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BEARD – Episode I

Welcome to the newest segment in the DGES WORLD FAMOUS FOOTY TIPPING COMP. It’s simply called ‘BEARD’ in honor of those AFL footballers who have gone the hairy face look.

Our first contestant in ‘BEARD’ is Poor ol’ Footscray player Ben Hudson who obviously has no shame or self respect (or anyone who loves him for that matter to tell him what he really looks like).

You are all invited to send me your own versions of ‘BEARD’.

As per usual, tipster participation is welcomed and encouraged in the special segments of the DGES WORLD FAMOUS FOOTY TIPPING COMP.

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Poor old Footscray found guilty of salary cap breaches linked to Irene Chatfield’s tin rattling collections outside the grounds.


P.O.F. stripped of all Premierships won since 1954

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