- Sep 9, 2017
- AFL Club
Very roughly: it started when Footscray almost folded in 1989 (I think it was) and the Richmond, Collingwood and St Kilda cheer squads fronted up at the Western Oval to support Footscray in their fight to survive as an independent entity. A merger with Fitzroy had been on the cards and only the massive efforts of Footscray fans and the rest of the footy community prevented it. As a sad consequence, however, Fitzroy ended up going to the wall.What’s the story here?
Anyway, the next year, when it was Richmond's turn to almost fold, the Footscray cheer squad fronted up en masse to support our fundraising efforts. They weren't the only ones, but they were probably the most invested given their own club had just barely survived. I still recall Footscray supporters, wearing their red, white, and blue, standing side by side with Richmond supporters rattling cans to raise funds to clear Richmond's debt.
They were hard times, but we got a lot of support from some good people. Footscray people were some of the best.