Norm Smith Medallist
- Aug 11, 2015
- AFL Club
Emmett Dunne can't find evidence of an award that year. Dyer's son 'very dissapointed'.
In 2000, Trevor Ruddell (MCC Asst.Librarian), Roland Weeks (Museum Curator), and myself began reviewing the club's minute books and we noticed discrepancies with the Life Membership list (which have been subsequently changed), and then noticed discrepancies with Best and Fairest list.Why was the investigation called for? I’m not sure I understand what good it was trying to achieve?
It was clear in the research that the respective awarding was incorrect.A bit pedantic I reckon.
If the club decided in the 80s that these blokes deserved to win the best and fairest for those years they should have just left it, and maybe just put an asterisk next those years saying it was awarded retrospectively.
But the award was never made, to the satisfaction of club historians. It's similar to the mythical "Champion of the Colony" award from the early years, for which Vic Thorp was credited as a two-time winner. Turned out it was a retrospective title created by journalists years down the track.I think the family have a point if he's had that award for 80 years. Plus there was the captain wearing number 17 which Cotchin stopped.