AFL and Essendon legend John Coleman’s book now available

The Book -The Untold Story of Essendon's John Coleman is not now available

The Book -The Untold Story of Essendon’s John Coleman is not now available

IT was the four-line letter that in all effect killed off Richmond’s persistent however ultimately unsuccessful try to get Essendon goalkicking great John Coleman to the Tigers.

As the 2 groups get ready to go into battle on Saturday evening a letter has emerged — from beneath the floorboards of Coleman’s home, the place he lived till his demise in 1973 — that sealed the deal for him to go to the Bombers.

It was written that during the pre-season of 1949, just before he dedicated himself to the Bombers, when the Tigers had been circling and Coleman’s brother, Albert, was coaching at Punt Rd.

Essendon ex-player and ex-coach John-Coleman

Essendon ex-player and ex-coach John-Coleman

Coleman was the most popular thing in football. He had kicked 296 goals in 31 matches for Hastings at an average of 9.55 a match and every team besides Geelong and North Melbourne desired his signature.

In his book Coleman: The Untold Story of an AFL Legend, Doug Ackerly revealed how Richmond went tougher than anybody to lure the young goalkicker, then aged 20. The emergence of the letter for the reason that book’s publication highlighted how the Tigers had been trumped.

Club secretary Maurie Fleming and captain Jack Dyer watched Coleman play on a number of events and the evening earlier than the 1948 VFL semi-final they met him on the Tyabb Post Office and put 500 pounds on the desk for him to sit out for one year.

 Coleman had signed a “Form 4” with Essendon the year before, however had not been cleared by Hastings.

The Bombers, too, had been visiting Coleman and despatched a deputation headed by captain-coach Dick Reynolds and selector Harry Hunter. They had lunch with Coleman and his mother and father at the Hastings naval base.

Coleman said to them he would play during the first practice match of 1949 however couldn’t, though he did travel to Melbourne and was in a photograph with Reynolds for The Argus and trained with the Bombers.

He was yet to be tied to any team formally, and boarding with a good friend in Kew, was in Richmond’s zone, however then the zones had been modified by the VFL in March, 1949.

With that avenue shut, Richmond lured Coleman’s brother Albert to Punt Rd, the place he trained with the Tigers and participated in a practice match for them. Coleman even ran laps together with his brother on the field.

All seemed lost for the Tigers when Coleman played a practice match for Essendon and applied to Hastings for a clearance to the Bombers.

That got here just after Coleman acquired a letter, signed by Essendon secretary Bill Cookson, that assured he would play each game for the Bombers during the 1949 season.

If he wasn’t already locked in, that sealed the deal and marked the start of a legendary career in black and red, not yellow and black.

”COLEMAN — The Untold story of an AFL Legend” — by Doug Ackley, available now.

After finishing his playing career at Essendon, John Coleman went to be the coach for his team

After finishing his playing career at Essendon, John Coleman went to be the coach for his team

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