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’.
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.
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.
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.