Face of Tigers’ Al­bany link

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Tim Ed­munds

For­mer Al­bany man Craig Parham be­came the face that summed up Rich­mond’s path to its first AFL grand fi­nal in 35 years.

Mr Parn­ham, who has been a Tigers mem­ber for more than 20 years, said he could not hold back the tears of hap­pi­ness which flowed af­ter his beloved club beat off Greater Western Sydney.

He had trav­elled with eight mates to the MCG from his cur­rent home in Mt Gam­bier in South Aus­tralia and be­came one of the faces of the Tigers’ army of fans af­ter Satur­day’s win.

The Face­book page AFL­fix.com has since led a so­cial me­dia cam­paign to get Mr Parham tick­ets to the grand fi­nal, with its post be­ing shared more than 530 times.

Yes­ter­day at time of print, the Tigers tragic was still op­ti­mistic of snar­ing tick­ets, hope­fully to see the Tigers’ first pre­mier­ship since 1980.

Mr Parham said he was con­fi­dent the Tigers would win the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal.

“I went to their last pre­mier­ship in 1980 and I was 15 and how ironic is it that when we took our seat on Satur­day I was sit­ting in the ex­act same seat I did in the 1980 grand fi­nal, M13 be­tween the goals and points,” he said.

“It was just un­be­liev­able. I’m a diehard Rich­mond fan and it had been a long day af­ter a few beers.

“I’m an emo­tional dude and I just couldn’t help it, there would have been oth­ers do­ing the same.”

Mr Parham said the mes­sage of sup­port had been con­sis­tent.

“I’ve got about 60 un­read mes­sages on my phone,” he said.

“I’m not re­ally fazed; if I score a cou­ple that would be great but I’ve got ev­ery­thing I need to watch the game here at home.”

Pic­ture: Chan­nel 7 Perth

For­mer Al­bany man Craig Parham cries af­ter the Tigers de­feated GWS in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal.

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