Bizarre scenes as a VERY dedicated fan brings a whiteboard to St Kilda vs Essendon clash
Real AFL fanatic or a coach in training? Bizarre scenes when a VERY devoted fan takes a whiteboard to Saints vs Essendon clash
- Man took the match to a new level at Marvel Stadium on Friday night
- He looked like an assistant coach as he kept up with the action on a whiteboard
- Fan who claimed to have sat next to him said the man had “many other chart positions”
Some AFL fans are so committed to camping overnight to get tickets, name their kids after their favorite players, and even paint their house in team colors, but one diehard took things to a new — and very strange — level. during Saints vs Bombers on Friday night.
Seated behind the goals in Marvel Stadium, the man was seen holding a whiteboard with players’ names and positions marked on a diagram of the pitch, much like the lineup coaches use to explain strategy to their team during breaks and halftime. .
Anyone sitting next to him could be forgiven if he thought one of the assistants at Essendon or St Kilda couldn’t find a seat along the border or on the bus and had to resort to a bench in the stands.
Chairman of the Board: A fan took action tracking to a new level during the Bombers’ victory
The fan seemed to be taking notes as he took the match, just like some cricket fans fill in scorecards while watching the action, or footy diehards record the goalkickers in their copy of the AFL Record.
A commenter on Reddit said they sat next to the whiteboard man during the game.
“We spoke on the board. It means things like injuries and suspension, but also his opinion on how the players are performing,” the commentator wrote.
“There were many more charts, but it seemed like the whole system was deep inside his head.”
One of Ben Rutten’s assistants holds up a whiteboard (right) as the coach addressed Essendon during Friday night’s break
It’s not clear which team supported the man, but he would have been very happy to have taken off from the ground had he supported the Bombers, who had surprise 35-point winners in Spud’s Game, which was held in memory of the late St Kilda, the great Danny. Frawley.
If you’re looking to go after the man the next time you go to a game, AFL whiteboards complete with field markers can be purchased online for just $75.90 – which may seem a bit expensive, but you can’t put a price on them like you are Ben Rutten’s right-hand man at a Bombers match.