I turned up to the legendary Glenferrie Oval in 1990. Geoff Lord sent me a letter. I had long hair and a baseball cap. Yabby was crook. Interim Coach, Allan Joyce, met me and dressed me down.
AJ: What are you doing here?
JG: I‘m here to train.
AJ: Well, get changed for training.
JG: What time is that?
JG: What time is it now?
(At that point AJ looked at his watch and pointed to the master clock.)
AJ: Get changed. Get your cap off and cut your hair.
JG: John Platten has long hair?
AJ: And he’s a Brownlow medalist.
Hawthorn Football Club was built on strict values, decency and tough stuff. All thanks to one man.
Vale John Kennedy