When i was a kid in the 70s and 80s I loved getting to Alberton early and hanging around the gates for when the league players arrived and pestered them for autographs. The best was Dave Granger. He gave all the time in the world, chatting, joking, etc. I loved him and it hurt me deeply when they said mean things about him in the papers.Port Adelaide has always understood how important it is for supporters to be able to have actual contact with players. It forges a special bond between club and supporters. The Che Cockatoo-Collins anecdote is something that Port just do time and again.
As a supporter, it was always special in the 80s and 90s being able to go up to the McLean room post-match and talk with the players.