• Collingwood Boys At War

Champion Footballers Indulge In Other Sports. Newsy Letters From The Boys. In a chatty letter to George Anderson, his old comrade, Dan Minogue, Collingwood's captain and famous follower, describes his experiences and routine work on the voyage to England. He was in the pink of condition, had become a good sailor, and, despite the monotony of duties, had managed to knock out a fair amount of enjoyment during the trip. He goes on to say:- “'I have been boxing with Ern Hickling the welter weight champion of West Australia, since I came on the boat, and on Monday, August 14, I won the heavyweight championship of the D.A.C., and was challenged by Ike Jones, of the Infantry, for the championship of the boat, with a £10 side wager. Rumor had it that Jones had gone eight rounds with Jerry Jerome, and had a record, almost as big as Les Darcy, so you can imagine I felt as if I was taking on a tough proposition. Some of the officers and men put up a tenner for me, the articles were drawn up and signed, and we were matched to fight ten two minute rounds on August 21. Well, yesterday was the day, and at 3 p.m. I walked into the ring with the old Black and White guernsey on, feeling as fit as you and I used to when we went for our walk on a Saturday morning before a match. The first two rounds were easily mine, and in the third I ripped a left to the body and up on the bridge of the nose, and he took the count. The D.A.C. boys went mad. I am to have a medal presented to me when we land to commemorate the event. Interesting Souvenir In a later letter from England to Mr E. Copeland, the Secretary of the Collingwood Football Club, Minogue mentions the fact that he had already met several well known footballers, including Carl Willis, Bruce Sloss, Hughie James and Billy Sewart, and that he had spent an enjoyable few days in Ireland. He also sent along an interesting memento for mounting and preservation in the Collingwood Committee Room in the shape of a small piece of aluminium, being part of the aluminium rod of the first German Zeppelin brought down near London. This was brought down by Lieutenant Robinson, at Cufley, six miles from London, on Sunday morning, the 3rd September, 1916, and should prove a unique relic to future visitors to the Collingwood rooms. Lightning Footballers “Doc” Seddon and Paddy Rowan, Collingwood's celebrated second ruck, whose photos appear in this week's issue, are at present taking an active part in the great offensive on the Somme. Both are in tip-top condition, and so far have come through unscathed. Corporal Rowan of Collingwood F.C. Writing in October from “Somewhere in France,” “‘Doc” Seddon says: - Well, old man, a chap is among it over here all right. You are alive one minute, God alone knows where you will be the next. Poor old Buff Huntley got blown out here yesterday. I was speaking to him only a short while before, and he was complaining of his ankle, but, poor fellow, his ankle will trouble him no more. “The boys were asking me to send them something over for a keepsake. I will only be too pleased, but they will have to wait until we get out of this, for the only things I could send them from here would be some of Fritz's shells' or some Huns' heads, and I am sure they would not like them. Well, I will have to close up as it is getting late, and Fritz is sending some big stuff over.” Winner, Wednesday 15 November, 1916.
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