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Club mourns top ‘Dog

Tuesday, 23rd December, 2014

The North Football Club have farewelled one of their most staunch supporters with the passing of John Spain. PICTURE: Ethan James The North Football Club have farewelled one of their most staunch supporters with the passing of John Spain. PICTURE: Ethan James

By Darrin Manuel

The North Football Club are mourning the loss of a faithful servant with the recent passing of John Spain.

Spain captained North’s Colts side in 1948, and went on to play in the under 19s.

He was best remembered for his tireless work off the field however, serving as the club’s head first aid officer for over a decade from 1993.

The demanding role often required John to be at the club for up to five days a week.

He also took on trainer duties and was always on hand for the players whether they required medical treatment, or just a drink of water on game day.

“John was one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Too often those words are just thrown around, but in his case it couldn’t be more true,” said North Football Club president, Ben Victory.

“He loved his footy club and everyone there, and enjoyed long chats about the talent coming through.

“I often joked that in the last few years when he wasn’t able to get down to the club he still knew everything that was going on, more so than I did, as he had so many spies.

“He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. Our thoughts go out to his family who are all great Bulldogs as well.”

Spain was honoured with life membership of the club in 2013.

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