Melbourne Demons fan Stan Plummer relives that Grand Final win of 1964

Lifelong Melbourne Demons fans Stan Plummer, 88, and Malcolm Cowan, 63. Photo: Craig George
Lifelong Melbourne Demons fans Stan Plummer, 88, and Malcolm Cowan, 63. Photo: Craig George

While the shine of Melbourne's last premiership in 1964 might have worn off, lifelong Demons fan Stan Plummer's sharpness remains.

The 88-year-old Tasmanian recalled the victory like it happened yesterday.

Collingwood ruckman Ray Gabelich loping down the wing before putting this Pies in front with minutes to spare.

The ensuing frantic few minutes that saw Melbourne midfielder Hassa Mann have a shot at goal, but miss leaving the Demons two points shy of a famous victory.

And, of course, the folklorish snap and goal from scroungy back-pocket Neil Crompton that would ensure his side's victory with mere seconds to spare.

The number of Melbourne fans in Launceston that last saw their side win a grand final in the flesh, cannot be high, but Mr Plummer is friends with another.

Malcolm Cowan was 16 when he saw the Demons' most recent flag.

In the elation of the victory, he secured Ian Ridley's signature, despite Ridley not having played in the match.

Malcolm Cowan's autograph book with Ian Ridley's autograph. Picture: Craig George

Malcolm Cowan's autograph book with Ian Ridley's autograph. Picture: Craig George

His memory was a little hazy, but he knew his side had taken almost 50 years to return to offer him and Mr Plummer another chance at grand final glory.

"I've said before, I wasn't going to cark it until the Demons won another one," Mr Plummer said.

Mr Plummer also witnessed his side's Saturday nemesis, the Western Bulldogs, win their first drand final in 1954. Against? His Demons.

Now with the two sides facing off again, Mr Plummer and Mr Cowan remain quietly confident the 2021 incarnation of the affair will be a reversal of fortunes.

Although, they admitted their confidence may be mislaid.

After Melbourne lost the grand final in 1954, they went on five of the next six premierships.

Mr Plummer and Mr Cowan will be watching the game from the former's West Launceston home after not trying to secure tickets to the Western Australian held game.

They said the ability to sit in front of the TV with a fresh stubby made the prospect of hours of travel and stale beer look glum in comparison.

Mr Cowan hoped for an affair similar to that which was fought out in 1964.

He predicted Demons forward Kysaiah Pickett to be the modern-day Neil Crompton, pouncing on a loose ball in the dying stages of the 2021 grand final and putting his side in front for the final time.

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