We lost in ’67
And we took it pretty hard
But for my 19th birthday
I got a Michael Turner Scanlan’s footy card
I took it to school and swapped it
For a Scratcher Neal card, but then
Someone beat me up and flogged it
And I never got it back again
From ‘Down to kardinia’, by Greg Champion
There is little doubt that the GFC has provided a sanctuary for the oft-maligned red head. In a tribute to the much-loved Rangas we are dedicating a special Tuesday feature to those fiery-follicled members who have represented the GFC with distinction. Appropriately, our first featured member in the Rangtheon of Geelong is none other than…Robert ‘Scratcher’ Neal. Welcome to the prestigious club, Scratcher.
Name: Robert Neal
Nickname derived from: an arch reference to his background as a potato farmer
Recruited from: Wynyard, Tasmania
Games: 200 with Geelong (20 with St Kilda)
Goals: 51 with Geelong, (1 with St Kilda)
Played between: 1974 and 1986 with Geelong (1987-88 with St Kilda)
Known for: flamin’ red hair, cult status, boasting explosive pace coupled with elusiveness, smooth ball handling skills, excellent defensive qualities and fine temperament.
Playing distinctions: Wynyard Official ‘All Star Team 1965 – 1995‘
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