Mag­gies top Port tragic re­veals all

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

LOVE them or loathe them one thing that can­not be de­nied about the Colling­wood Foot­ball Club is the ded­i­ca­tion, some would say ob­ses­sive na­ture, of their fans.

For 50-year-old Port Dou­glas busi­ness owner Mark Todd he said that be­ing a mem­ber and be­long­ing to the club is his great­est achieve­ment in his life and is the only rea­son for liv­ing.

’This is more than re­li­gion . . . I’ve been born into “the army” and I would die for the black and white,” Mark said.

“An­other rea­son I had to be a Pies’ fan was be­cause Dad said he would ’never feed us’ as we were grow­ing up if we didn’t bar­rack for Colling­wood.

“There is no op­tion . . . there is those of us that are (Pies’ fans) and then there is those that wannabe.”

Mark said he also man­aged to con­vert his wife from be­ing an Essendon sup­porter to a Mag­pies’ fol­lower.

When asked how he was able to con­jure such AFL heresy he said: “I told her, ’if you want to marry me you have to drop Essendon as your club and adopt the Pies’ and we’ve been hap­pily mar­ried ever since - though I sus­pect she tapes the odd Essendon clash and se­cretly watches the games, but I’m yet to catch her.”

And Mark has also built a replica black and white picket fence at his PD Seafood house shop that is at the orig­i­nal Vic­to­ria Park ground, the spir­i­tual home of the Pies.

He also has a Colling­wood flag fly­ing from the top of his shop and reck­ons it should fly ev­ery­where.

“The Colling­wood flag should re­place the Aus­tralian flag as it has far more mean­ing to many more peo­ple than the Aussie flag,” Mark said.

And inside the shop he has a heap of posters and other Colling­wood me­men­tos in­clud­ing a slab of CUB beer housed in Colling­wood black and white.

Un­til re­cently he also pos­sessed a 2010 Colling­wood Grand Fi­nal jumper, signed by all of the players, which he auc­tioned off and raised $4000 and do­nated to the Ju­nior Crocs.

Mark used to also play in the SSB (bank league) as a 10-year-old for Colling­wood at Vic­to­ria Park as well as sell­ing the leg­endary Footy Record at games and made quite a lot of money in tips thanks to his dad.

“Dad bought me all the jumpers from each one of the teams and who­ever played, say it was Mel­bourne and Fitzroy and the win­ner was Fitzroy, well af­ter the game I would don the Fitzroy jumper and many of the fans com­ing out of the ground would give me a tip when they bought a Footy Record be­cause I had the win­ning team’s jumper on . . . it was a master stroke of Dad’s,” Mark said.

Ink for Pies: Mark Todd shows off his Mag­pies’ tat­too.

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