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35Daicos

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Collingwood player Dave Little died recently:
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Oliver, you guys don't have a DOD for this Collingwood player: Australian Football - Jack Thompson - Player Bio
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35Daicos

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This certainly isn't a recent death, but one from years ago that was missed: Kevin Flint
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The AFL chaps have accepted that this is the ex-Collingwood player, and their records (and those of Collingwood FC) have now been updated: Name Search
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There's lots of trees on Ancestry that have him dying in WA (in 2011). They are aware of his Collingwood connection, so I don't think there's any doubt it's the right person:
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Is Des Bell the current oldest living ex VFL/AFL player?
 

35Daicos

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Is Des Bell the current oldest living ex VFL/AFL player?
This is what the 2022 AFL Season Guide has:
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Without checking I'm not sure if the "status" of any of those chaps has changed. Assuming Des is meant to still be among us I don't know why he wasn't included on that list:
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Prince Pretty
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This is what the 2022 AFL Season Guide has:
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Without checking I'm not sure if the "status" of any of those chaps has changed. Assuming Des is meant to still be among us I don't know why he wasn't included on that list:
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I looked up a few of the names listed above last night and if Wikipedia is accurate then Alex Mathieson passed away this year.

A couple other names here seem to have died a while ago but as long as we’re still talking about them they’ll never be forgotten at least.
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Oliver Gigacz

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Is Des Bell the current oldest living ex VFL/AFL player?

This is what the 2022 AFL Season Guide has:
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Without checking I'm not sure if the "status" of any of those chaps has changed. Assuming Des is meant to still be among us I don't know why he wasn't included on that list:
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Jim Miller (Footscray) is currently the oldest living player and he proudly wears it. He just celebrated his 75th anniversary of being made a life member at the club.

I seem to recall another list being posted earlier this year which was more up-to-date, I remember because another Bulldog in Angus Abbey is now in the top 5/10 oldest living players.
 

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Jim Miller (Footscray) is currently the oldest living player and he proudly wears it. He just celebrated his 75th anniversary of being made a life member at the club.

I seem to recall another list being posted earlier this year which was more up-to-date, I remember because another Bulldog in Angus Abbey is now in the top 5/10 oldest living players.
Just looked them up and I find those two incredible because I’ve found that most people who live to that age generally played less than 20 games. I could be wrong but it’s just the feeling I get.
 

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Just looked them up and I find those two incredible because I’ve found that most people who live to that age generally played less than 20 games. I could be wrong but it’s just the feeling I get.
So even better if your games tally is nil😜
 

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Just looked them up and I find those two incredible because I’ve found that most people who live to that age generally played less than 20 games. I could be wrong but it’s just the feeling I get.


Yeah these 2 are outliers.

Newton Chandler likewise.

"The grand old man of Carlton" lived until he was 103 years old.

He played 69 games for the club.
 

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