Former Brothers Bulldogs captain Alan Bedford back in 1987 when he won the AFL Wide Bay premiership
Former Brothers Bulldogs captain Alan Bedford back in 1987 when he won the AFL Wide Bay premiership Contributed

Former Dog ready to cheer side to win

AUSSIE RULES: Former Brothers Bulldogs captain Alan Bedford is hoping this year's side can follow in his footsteps tomorrow.

Bedford was a member of the team that won the 1987 premiership over Hervey Bay in the inaugural AFL Wide Bay.

He still remembers the victory three decades on.

"We started poorly - got stitched up by over 200 points to Hervey Bay in the first match,” he said.

"We then battled our way to the grand final and were not expected to win.

"But we peppered them early and just hung on to win.”

Bedford joined the club after moving to the region in the early 1980s.

"I came up with a mate and headed to the Bundy Hotel where we met a few from the club,” he said.

"We then got jobs in the region and stayed in the region after that.

"It's where I met my wife and we had three kids.”

Now based in Brisbane, Bedford will be in the region tomorrow for his granddaughter's birthday.

"I'll be keeping track of them and we'll probably travel past them in action on the way,” he said.

"Two weeks ago when they played Maroochydore we kept an eye on the scores online. It was good to see them win.”

Bedford had some advice for the side.

"Embrace it, enjoy it and give it a red hot crack,” he said.

"The days don't come often so you need to take your chances.

"If you win the party is pretty massive and you also build incredible bonds with your teammates.

"They become friends for life.”

The Bulldogs will be aiming to win their fourth premiership tomorrow.



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