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In this series, we uncover the moment when passionate Swans members fell in love with the red and white.

 

Daley’s life revolves around the Swans and it was a clash with Hawthorn in Round 12, 1967 that sparked the maniacal affection.

 

“Our neighbours were Melbourne supporters and he’d go to a few games every year with them, so I thought, ‘Okay, well I might want to get into footy’.

 

It’s a moment of pure joy between father and daughter, the two celebrating Aliir Aliir kicking the winning goal and it’s a moment that they will treasure forever.

 

I just remember going as a kid, ‘Who’s this dude? This guy’s cool. He’s got long hair and tight shorts and he always seems to be marking the ball and kicking goals and he’s a bit of a star’.

 

It was quite an emotional moment. He got through, we had beaten Collingwood, we had just had a couple of bad losses to Gold Coast and Essendon. But we bounced back.

 

I desperately wanted Fevola to miss, and the Swans to win. Without even really knowing it until that moment, my transition was complete.

 

It was such a great era. For me, Kel was the genesis of what became the Bloods spirit and eventually took us to the 2005 premiership.

 

We’re always thankful to the Swans because we were able to foster our sons’ love of the game through the club. It’s all about a family connection and the links back to where we came from.

 

Growing up it was something very special. It was just dad and I and that’s what we share. We went to the footy and watched the Swans together through the good times and the bad times.

 

It’s the feeling of being part of a crowd galvanised behind the team they love and it’s unique to the SCG. When the crowd really gets into it, it’s an amazing thing. There’s a magical chemistry between the crowd and the team that I’ve rarely seen in sport.

 

The first time I ever stood on a seat was at a Swans game, the preliminary final against Essendon in 1996. I was doing things I’d never done before, being uninhibited and yelling out. It was just so much fun.

 

It was something no other team had. We weren’t in the upper echelons of footy teams in terms of talent. It was all about the spirit and chemistry of the group and that really resonated for me.

 

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