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Sisto Malaspina, 74, was mortally stabbed outside Pellegrini & # 39; s Espresso Bar - the cafe he ran since 1974 - during the rampage in the Melbourne CBD last November

A beloved cafe owner who died in the terrorist attack on Bourke Street has been remembered with a heart-warming gesture for the AFL Grand Final.

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Sisto Malaspina, 74, was mortally stabbed outside Pellegrini & # 39; s Espresso Bar – the cafe he ran since 1974 – during the rampage in the Melbourne CBD last November.

Months before his death, Mr. Malaspina promised a die-hard fan of Greater Western Sydney Giants that he would put up the team cloth if they reached the AFL Grand Final.

Peter Marsden, a Giants fan who travels to Melbourne for games, began dining at Pellegrini's as part of his AFL ritual for his family.

Sisto Malaspina, 74, was mortally stabbed outside Pellegrini & # 39; s Espresso Bar - the cafe he ran since 1974 - during the rampage in the Melbourne CBD last November

Sisto Malaspina, 74, was mortally stabbed outside Pellegrini & # 39; s Espresso Bar – the cafe he ran since 1974 – during the rampage in the Melbourne CBD last November

Months before his tragic death, Mr. Malaspina promised a die-hard fan of Greater Western Sydney Giants that he would put up the team cloth if they reached the AFL grand finale

Months before his tragic death, Mr. Malaspina promised a die-hard fan of Greater Western Sydney Giants that he would put up the team cloth if they reached the AFL grand finale

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Months before his tragic death, Mr. Malaspina promised a die-hard fan of Greater Western Sydney Giants that he would put up the team cloth if they reached the AFL grand finale

& # 39; I love soccer and take my children to sporting events. We have been coming to Melbourne for a number of years to watch football & he said Daily Mail Australia.

& # 39; I always came to Pellegrini & # 39; s because it was a tradition to have pasta for the games. & # 39;

Mr. Marsden, who sometimes helps with the Giants banner, recalls that he met Mr. Malaspina in 2016 during one of his many visits to the espresso bar.

& # 39; Why do you support this team? & # 39; Mr. Malaspina asked about Mr. Marsden, who put on a supporter scarf and the colors orange and black.

Marsden returned to Pellegrini & # 39; s during last year's final series, where GWS was eliminated by Collingwood.

The couple started talking about the footy again and Mr. Malaspina promised Giants supporters.

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& # 39; We shook hands and he said, if we would make the grand finale if he showed the scarf for a week, & # 39; Mr. Marsden recalled.

During his major final preparations, Mr. Marsden returned to the espresso bar to fulfill the promise and pay tribute to the deceased owner.

During his major final preparations, Mr. Marsden returned to the espresso bar to fulfill the promise and pay tribute to the deceased owner. & # 39; We came back, recently went there and saw Rosie [a regular employee]. She was happy that we could give and show the scarf, & he said. Rosie is pictured with the scarf on

During his major final preparations, Mr. Marsden returned to the espresso bar to fulfill the promise and pay tribute to the deceased owner. & # 39; We came back, recently went there and saw Rosie [a regular employee]. She was happy that we could give and show the scarf, & he said. Rosie is pictured with the scarf on

During his major final preparations, Mr. Marsden returned to the espresso bar to fulfill the promise and pay tribute to the deceased owner. & # 39; We came back, recently went there and saw Rosie [a regular employee]. She was happy that we could give and show the scarf, & he said. Rosie is pictured with the scarf on

& # 39; We came back, recently went there and saw Rosie [a regular employee]. She was happy that we could give and show the scarf, & he said.

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Marsden said that if GWS wins the championship, it returns to the espresso bar to stick a ticket on the wall.

The Giants fan is & # 39; very nervous & # 39; before Saturday's game, but & # 39; believes that someone is watching over us & # 39 ;.

He said that the money for his grand finale tickets was taken from his bank account, exactly at the same time that Pellegrini invoiced him for dinner – 10.51 pm.

Before the tragedy, Mr. Marsden described visiting Melbourne and Pellegrini & # 39; s as sharing the tradition with the children & # 39 ;.

Marsden said that if GWS wins the premiership, it will return to the espresso bar to stick a ticket on the wall. The Giants fan is & # 39; very nervous & # 39; before Saturday's game, but & # 39; believes that someone is watching over us & # 39;

Marsden said that if GWS wins the premiership, it will return to the espresso bar to stick a ticket on the wall. The Giants fan is & # 39; very nervous & # 39; before Saturday's game, but & # 39; believes that someone is watching over us & # 39;

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Marsden said that if GWS wins the premiership, it will return to the espresso bar to stick a ticket on the wall. The Giants fan is & # 39; very nervous & # 39; before Saturday's game, but & # 39; believes that someone is watching over us & # 39;

& # 39; He [Mr. Malaspina] had this beautiful smile and laugh that everyone knows & said, # Mr. Marsden.

In terms of the decisive game, Mr. Marsden praised & # 39; underdogs & # 39; GWS.

& # 39; Even if we don't win, we have already won & # 39 ;, he said.

& # 39; I think we now have a lot of respect, people rather doubted us … Everyone underestimated us as an underdog.

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& # 39; The culture of the club both on the field is just amazing. The never-surrender attitude simply embodies what the club is about. & # 39;

Marsden wrote to a GWS Facebook fan group and said: & If nothing else a beautiful, beautiful soul looks down on us with a cheeky grin. RIP Sisto & # 39 ;.

The GWS Giants scarf is not the only sporting memorabilia that adorn the walls at Pellegrini & # 39; s. Film star Russell Crowe gave Mr Malaspina a black rabbit after the South Sydney Rabbitohs won the 2014 final and a Western Bulldogs emblem celebrated their 2016 AFL victory.

Before the tragedy, Mr. Marsden described visiting Melbourne and Pellegrini & # 39; s as sharing the tradition with the children & # 39 ;. & # 39; He [Mr. Malaspina] had this beautiful smile and laugh that everyone knows & # 39 ;, Mr. Marsden said

Before the tragedy, Mr. Marsden described visiting Melbourne and Pellegrini & # 39; s as sharing the tradition with the children & # 39 ;. & # 39; He [Mr. Malaspina] had this beautiful smile and laugh that everyone knows & # 39 ;, Mr. Marsden said

Before the tragedy, Mr. Marsden described visiting Melbourne and Pellegrini & # 39; s as sharing the tradition with the children & # 39 ;. & # 39; He [Mr. Malaspina] had this beautiful smile and laugh that everyone knows & # 39 ;, Mr. Marsden said

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