- Mar 1, 2014
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There was definitely a connection between Don Bradman and the PAFC although how deep it ran is a matter of conjecture. Bradman admired Fos' achievements and his ability to keep a sporting team at the top for so long. It went further than that though. I was in the Port Club one afternoon when a suit came up to me and asked if John Cahill was about. I called Tim Evans over as he was Bar Manager in those days. The guy in the suit explained that he was Don Bradman's private secretary and that Bradman had a lunch appointment with Jack. I reckon that was about 1996 just after Port had been granted a place in the AFL. I think Bob McLean definitely had a role in the relationship between Bradman and the PAFC but I am unsure how deep it went. Bradman was pretty guarded about his private life and it took 60 years for Bradman to consent to a one on one interview with Ray Martin. He was also Chairman and a Board member of 16 different public companies so there may be long lasting connections there. Wasn't Bradman on the Board of SA brewing at one stage? If so that would be a good start as the PAFC would have been a long running customer.Think this is appropriate in here, Vale Keith Bradshaw, CEO of the SACA after being the first non English CEO of the MCC.
The SACA have always had a good relationship with Port. Did a deal to play home games with them at AO in 1975-76. Past CEO John Harnden made sure that the SMA CEO was independent of both SACA and SANFL and not handed to Leigh Wicker. ex SACA president Ian Mclachlan went into bat for us first to get us to Adelaide Oval in the '00's when things were sh*t at Footy Park, and then during the redevelopment negotiations and is a member of the Chairman's Club coterie group.
Keith Bradshaw I've been told has done a few good things with Port as well, during his tenure, as indicated in the short article on Port's website that says in one paragraph - Keith was an outstanding administrator, a great leader and visionary, and a friend of the Port Adelaide Football Club.
I have often thought about Big Bob McLean, ex state cricketer, ex secretary of the Port Adelaide Cricket Club the 6 months he wasn't working hard as secretary of the Port Adelaide Football Club and his relationship with the SACA and Bradman, and probably why in the late 60's he wasn't put on the SANFL's Management Committee to find a home ground for the SANFL. Big Bob was on just about every other major SANFL committee.
raptalia I have been meaning to bump the Big Bob Mclean gets inducted into the Australian Football HoF thread to ask you about Port's relationship with the SACA and Bradman, given you have written a few things over the years on the cricket board about Bradman and Fos Williams - and by connection assume Big Bob was also part of that relationship.