150 Year Anniversary Dinner

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GoNorth

Norm Smith Medallist
Apr 13, 2003
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I am really torn when it comes to the Doc. Champion of the club, great bloke to know, excellent company in all settings, very honest in his discussions, but should have been shot for high treason.
Firstly, congratulations to Allen Aylett on his position in the top 10. He must have been a wonderful player to be named as one of North’s best 10 players.

I don’t want to turn what was an awesome celebration of our great club into a discussion about Allen Aylett. However when watching him up on stage, I just couldn’t help thinking, ‘If you had had your way, the North Melbourne Football Club would not be 150 years old now. It would have died 12 years ago when it ceased to exist and became the Gold Coast Kangaroos.’ I can’t forgive and I won’t forget.
 

Groucho

Premium Platinum
Jun 12, 2000
9,213
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Who's the bloke behind Boomer? Someone representing the Foote clan?

Dench looks like he's hardly aged, for a bloke who played in the same teams as Greig, Schimma and Blight.

More pics people!!
I think it’s Frank Goode behind Boomer, representing Les Foote as president of the past players association.
 

Hearts to hearts

Brownlow Medallist
Mar 16, 2001
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Firstly, congratulations to Allen Aylett on his position in the top 10. He must have been a wonderful player to be named as one of North’s best 10 players.

I don’t want to turn what was an awesome celebration of our great club into a discussion about Allen Aylett. However when watching him up on stage, I just couldn’t help thinking, ‘If you had had your way, the North Melbourne Football Club would not be 150 years old now. It would have died 12 years ago when it ceased to exist and became the Gold Coast Kangaroos.’ I can’t forgive and I won’t forget.
His name came up and I thought that. Then they showed the clips and reminded me he gave his all as a very good player and then backed up to bring North Melbourne its first ever real success in the 1970s. Then we came back to the stage and he’s a small old man with a limited grip on what was going on. And I thought, I can choose to remember the forty years of building the club up or the ten of misguided undermining, and in the spirit of this occasion I choose to be grateful for all the good he did for the NMFC.

Smaller scale but I make the same choice with Carey, to look at the whole and be grateful for the good part that is the biggest part.
 

Firestarter

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Feb 19, 2016
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His name came up and I thought that. Then they showed the clips and reminded me he gave his all as a very good player and then backed up to bring North Melbourne its first ever real success in the 1970s. Then we came back to the stage and he’s a small old man with a limited grip on what was going on. And I thought, I can choose to remember the forty years of building the club up or the ten of misguided undermining, and in the spirit of this occasion I choose to be grateful for all the good he did for the NMFC.

Smaller scale but I make the same choice with Carey, to look at the whole and be grateful for the good part that is the biggest part.
With Carey, I desperately want to do the same but a part of me is furious at the decade-long aftermath.
 

Snake_Baker

L'enfant terrible
Apr 24, 2013
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Firstly, congratulations to Allen Aylett on his position in the top 10. He must have been a wonderful player to be named as one of North’s best 10 players.

I don’t want to turn what was an awesome celebration of our great club into a discussion about Allen Aylett. However when watching him up on stage, I just couldn’t help thinking, ‘If you had had your way, the North Melbourne Football Club would not be 150 years old now. It would have died 12 years ago when it ceased to exist and became the Gold Coast Kangaroos.’ I can’t forgive and I won’t forget.
There's a very strong argument for claiming we'd be dead if he wasn't the impetus behind our rise in the 1970's.
 

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Billy Not Really

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Apr 7, 2018
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Aylett probably saw Gold Coast as the only option for the Kangaroos to live on and was probably quite pessimistic about the outcome.

I'd like to hear Aylett's reasoning retrospectively, alternatively I don't think his moments of latter day poor decision making should tarnish him as a North person and a player.

For whatever bad he may have done, he's done ALOT of good for the club.
 

gokangas

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Jan 16, 2004
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Aylett probably saw Gold Coast as the only option for the Kangaroos to live on and was probably quite pessimistic about the outcome.

I'd like to hear Aylett's reasoning retrospectively, alternatively I don't think his moments of latter day poor decision making should tarnish him as a North person and a player.

For whatever bad he may have done, he's done ALOT of good for the club.
Had the discussion. Fair while ago now but he strongly believed that North would not survive long term based in Melbourne. Let's not forget that in his days as AFL head honcho he was one of the main architects of the national game. He drove the AFL's agenda strongly above our own. Traitor. But I like him a lot and the fact he never once resiled from what he believed and was always ready to debate the issue. I still have a lot of love for the Doc - but........
 

Only Forwards

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Aug 14, 2008
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Smaller scale but I make the same choice with Carey, to look at the whole and be grateful for the good part that is the biggest part.
On the whole I think Saturday night was some carthasis the club needed.

Seen some pretty trying times since the turn of the century.

Let's celebrate where we came from, that we've over come adversity and we move forward together. They will never knock us down.
 

king of the road

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Aug 17, 2009
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Had a good chat to Jy and LDU towards the end of the night. Both were loving hearing all the old stories and you could see they were getting caught up in the history of the club.

LDU mentioned that he feels a bit stuck behind Cunners and Higgo. I told him to bide his time and just focus on improving his fitness and learning from these blokes whilst they're still around. He's a bull and just wants to be in the middle. Just needs to up his fitness to get to more contests.
Higgins was out for a few weeks. Not sure he took his chance then.

He looked better against the Hawks with Higgins in!

He’ll get there eventually.
 

Massive Unit

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Feb 8, 2011
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He did indeed. I had a good chat with him for about 15 minutes. He was my favourite player in that mid 90s era, so we talked a bit about that (and getting older).

I congratulated him on his work with PUKAUP. In my opinion, it's blokes like Schwatta that have enabled the younger guys to speak up about their struggles.
 

D23D

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Apr 27, 2008
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Took me years and years to like Shagga purely because of who gave up to get him. What a player Schwatta was. Electric.
Schwatta was electric and could be sublime overhead too. But he wanted out didn’t he?
I remember Shagga telling a story of his welcome media gig in the old Kanga Casino where a few old ladies there were crying out that they wanted Schwatta back!
 

archeroo

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Jul 11, 2012
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Travelled from Kalgoorlie for the event - and was blown away - so happy we made the effort to attend.
The highlight for me was clearly Peter Chisnalls speech - he lit the room up and showed so much passion for the club. If you haven’t watched it do yourself a favour. Also seeing the club legends was a highlight.
All the current players were there and all very, very approachable. Thought sandy Roberts did a great job too.
All in all the club did a great job and should be commended. The whole weekend went well off perfectly with both teams winning and the Arden street open day also.
I took a photo of the guest list on the way out which is attached.

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GoNorth

Norm Smith Medallist
Apr 13, 2003
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Arden St - HOME of NMFC
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Travelled from Kalgoorlie for the event - and was blown away - so happy we made the effort to attend.
The highlight for me was clearly Peter Chisnalls speech - he lit the room up and showed so much passion for the club. If you haven’t watched it do yourself a favour. Also seeing the club legends was a highlight.
All the current players were there and all very, very approachable. Thought sandy Roberts did a great job too.
All in all the club did a great job and should be commended. The whole weekend went well off perfectly with both teams winning and the Arden street open day also.
I took a photo of the guest list on the way out which is attached.

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Thanks for posting this, archeroo. It’s great to see that people such as Bob Ansett and Eugene Arocca were there as well as former players like Leigh Colbert, Anthony Furey, Peter German and Shane Clayton, amongst others. However, no matter how hard I looked, I couldn’t find Graeme Duff’s name on the list anywhere. 🤷‍♀️
 

shintemaster

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Aug 24, 2002
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Thanks for posting this, archeroo. It’s great to see that people such as Bob Ansett and Eugene Arocca were there as well as former players like Leigh Colbert, Anthony Furey, Peter German and Shane Clayton, amongst others. However, no matter how hard I looked, I couldn’t find Graeme Duff’s name on the list anywhere. 🤷‍♀️
Time has told.
 

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