Maggies top Port tragic reveals all
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.