Collingwood: A Love Story

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Drawing on meticulous research and family history, this narrative tells the story of the Collingwood Football Club through the war-torn friendship of two of its early players, Doc Seddon and Paddy Rowan. As teammates in the early 20th century, Doc introduces Paddy to his childhood sweetheart, Louie.  Paddy and Louie fall in love, but are tragically separated when both Paddy and Doc are shipped off to war. More than just a love story, this multi-generational saga recounts the battles that each man fought...

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Overview

Drawing on meticulous research and family history, this narrative tells the story of the Collingwood Football Club through the war-torn friendship of two of its early players, Doc Seddon and Paddy Rowan. As teammates in the early 20th century, Doc introduces Paddy to his childhood sweetheart, Louie.  Paddy and Louie fall in love, but are tragically separated when both Paddy and Doc are shipped off to war. More than just a love story, this multi-generational saga recounts the battles that each man fought along the Western Front and explores the unique history of Melbourne as well as the decline of the gritty suburb of Collingwood.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780522858808
  • Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Eddie McGuire vii

Author's Note xiii

Prologue 1

1 The Flat 7

2 Paper Football Dreaming 19

3 Liverpool Street 33

4 Birkenhead 43

5 An Enigmatic Arrival 49

6 The Collingwood Method 55

7 When Percy Met Louie 65

8 The Call to Serve 76

9 A Pre-match Wedding 90

10 The Black and Gold 101

11 The Great Carlton Conspiracy 110

12 St Arnaud 120

13 Twenty Rounds in Egypt 131

14 An Absence of Glory 141

15 A Death in the Woods 150

16 Two Men, One Grave 167

17 Send Him My Love 174

18 A Talisman or Two 185

19 Home 200

20 Between the Cracks 208

21 Promises Kept 226

Epilogue 245

Acknowledgements 255

Index 261

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