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PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Ian Robertson

A familiar figure to generations of young fans as a television commentator with the Channel 7 network, Ian Robertson had previously been a star in three Premiership teams for Carlton - an elegant, pacey, versatile player who was a brilliant exponent of the running drop-kick.

Born in suburban Footscray in 1946, Ian Anthony ‘Robbo’ Robertson grew up in the lush farming country around Wonthaggi in south-east Victoria. By his mid-teens, everyone at Dalyston Football Club was predicting a VFL career for the rangy key forward, so early in 1966, Ian’s father wrote to the Footscray Bulldogs, requesting a trial for his son. But when no answer came from the Western Oval, another letter was sent to Carlton Football Club, and the Blues’ new captain-coach Ron Barassi replied with an invitation to a trial game. Impressed with the tall youngster’s attitude as much as his ability, Barassi signed him on the spot, and their association couldn’t have begun at a better time. After years of mediocrity, Carlton had stunned the football world by recruiting Barassi, and the Navy Blues were on the road back to Premiership glory..

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To read the "Robbo" story, click HERE.

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What value is history, what price is a picture.... this article by longstanding Blueseum contributor Miles Wilks, explores recent finds and great images from the past. Journey through an amazing array of pictures and some of the mystery behind what they are showing. Enjoy the read HERE

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