I ran into Jobe and Virginia at the end of the night and had a good chat with them, and after a bit, told Jobe about the Family day in 93 after winning the Night GF, and his Dad had announced he’d decided on a comeback, and how he demonstrated what a totally amazing bloke he was/is that day.
I’d run into him there, and I’d asked him to take a photo with my kids, to which he said “sure”, … and I was on an arty B&W kick at the time, and still learning how to set up and use a new camera, and the set up took a while in the shaded gloom of the Windy Hill stand, and he knelt down with his arm around each of them for a good few minutes while I stuffed about and finally took the shot.
I thanked him, shook his hand and he walked off, and then I looked at the settings on the SLR and realised I’d set the aperture arsse about & the picture would be black!!
I called out to him and explained, and he came back and went through the whole painful exercise again, without even a hint of upset or frustration. I’ve never forgotten it, and I would not have thought my respect & admiration of Timmy could rise higher than the level it was already at, but it did.
Upshot here, is that after I’d told that story, I suggested the Dons would be fully primed for a real chance in 2 years and wondered if Jobey might want to follow in his old mans footsteps once again, and make a comeback after a year off, and ultimately achieve the same as him by helping us win a flag as he did, … at which point there was a raised eyebrow and a glint in his eye, and a curious and smiling sideways glance from Virginia, … “well, … you never know I s’pose”…he said.
(Yeeesss!! It’s happening!! )