By Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe Amateurs mourns the passing of premiership player and life member Graham Linley, who died at Mount Martha on Sunday night, aged 80.

‘Linells’ as he was known, played his 100th game during the 1969 season when the Hoers won a B grade flag.

He played on the half-back flank and is remembered as a talented left footer with flair and dash.

“Linells was a beautiful long-ranging kick and had plenty of flair and dash,” teammate Don Blackwood recalled.

“He was a good team man. Loved a laugh and was cheeky with his teammates. And he was so reliable in all facets of the club.”

Russ Knight recalled that Graham began as a forward and was a member of our 1962 reserves premiership team. “I’ve never known a bloke who was more talkative on the field – he was always talking up his teammates,” said Russ.

After hanging up the boots post-1970 season, Graham was awarded life membership and got involved with committee.

He worked as a proof reader at The Age and also took on the role of club correspondant filing match reports and social notes to the Amateur Footballer.

In 1976, Graham arranged for an article and photo to appear in the Sporting Globe when Dave Berry played his then record 250th game for the club.

Graham also served variously as vice-president, minutes secretary and club bingo volunteer in 1977-79. He also rolled up his sleeves to help as team manager and runner for the Under 19s in 1977. 

Graham happily attended the 50th anniversary reunion of the 1969 premiership team in the clubrooms in August 2019, despite his struggle with Parkinson’s Disease.

The club extends its condolences to Graham’s family and ex-wife Jan.  A funeral will be held at Blair Chapel tomorrow (Thursday November 10) at 12.15pm at Springvale Botanical Cemetery.

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