Captain Blood hangs up boots

25aug03

A SIGN of how times have changed was Richmond's tribute to Jack Dyer at
Telstra Dome">


 



Captain Blood hangs up boots

25aug03

A SIGN of how times have changed was Richmond's tribute to Jack Dyer at
Telstra Dome, a dry indoor venue while the rain fell like tears on the
vacant Punt Rd oval across town.

Jack Dyer charged through mud and rain over 18 seasons to 1949 at the
Tigerland home he dominated.

His death cannot take away joyful, affectionate memories of homespun footy
wisdom, which Jack leaves adult fans.

Jack Dyer was genuine, showing a real humility to people belying his
fearsome on-field reputation as "Captain Blood".

A knee injury meant he had to run straight ahead, straight through all
opposition, but in a record 312 games he was suspended only once.

In seven Grand Finals, winning two including 1943 as captain-coach, his
skill as a speedy, goal-kicking ruckman complemented his fearsome
toughness.

Jack Dyer left Richmond's St Ignatius College at 14 to support his family.

As a publican, policeman and milk-bar owner, Jack knew what football meant
to working-class people in the Depression.

He was kind and courteous in dealing with fans, encouraging young
footballers, helping children and visiting the sick.

His mate Lou Richards never saw Jack swear in front of a woman and Bob
Davis recalls him as a family man above all.

Such a gentleman's code (which often turned a blind-eye to sporting
violence) is a fading memory in many respects. But some wealthy sports
stars could well take note of Jack Dyer's manly integrity.

And his wonderful legacy of "Dyerisms" have become part of football's
lexicon, bang on target despite hilariously emasculating the language.

His forum was radio and HSV 7's World of Sport and League Teams shows.

Jack's gentle, self-effacing humour contrasted with Lou the lip's gags.

And when Jack spoke seriously, the football world took heed of his wisdom.

His passing comes within a year of Bomber legend Dick Reynolds and
Collingwood's Bob Rose. All sporting giants.

Captain Blood will get a huge send off - with a "motor arcade" leading the
hearse.


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