David Koch, Chairman of Port Adelaide has won another great victory for his club that transcends the decision to remove the tarpaulins and will bring an equal amount of joy to the club’s supporters as its four victories this season.
In the final AFL match to be played at AAMI Stadium, Port Adelaide have been granted permission to wear the black and white ‘prison bar’ Guernsey that the SANFL Port Magpies wore in a record 13 Premiership run at AAMI Stadium (formerly Football Park) that went from 1980 to 1999.
Port Adelaide have close ties to the SANFL Magpies team, acknowledging this with their ‘One Club’ slogan. This will be only the third time the team have been allowed to wear the black and white strip in the AFL.
David Koch has offered a heartfelt thanks to Collingwood President Eddie McGuire and his club for allowing Port Adelaide permission to wear the strip that the black and white army protect so fiercely.
The magnanimous gesture by McGuire and Collingwood will allow Port Adelaide to acknowledge its historical links with the SANFL Magpies, and to also have an opportunity to provide members the opportunity to be a part of history, and provide some financial benefit to the club.
Until May 7th Port Adelaide members have the opportunity to purchase a limited edition heritage Guernsey for $260 and have their name on the jumper the players will wear onto the ground. The offer is limited to the first 1600 members who apply and the clever strategy may well appeal to those who are still on the fence about getting a Power membership in 2013.
Collingwood’s assistance in allowing Port Adelaide the opportunity to wear the ‘prison bar ‘strip at its final game at AAMI Stadium where the Power will play the Blues cannot be understated. It shows that many Club presidents, while they are in competition throughout the season are becoming happier to help the national competition thrive than ever before.
Though the cynical could be forgiven for believing that the added passion that the strip will bring to the Port Adelaide team will be directed at Collingwood’s old enemy Carlton probably didn’t hurt McGuire’s decision making.