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On November 15, fans of Australian football will celebrate the 100th birthday of the most famous Tiger of all time—Jack ‘Captain Blood’ Dyer. Ten years since his death, the real story of the renowned Tiger hardman has not been told in any detail, other than in caricature and hype, much of it promoted by the man himself during his illustrious media career. We know he was a football hero during the Depression era and WWII eras, a premiership player, coach and enforcer who by the end of his 312-game career had broken 64 collarbones (well, so he said). We also know he was a master of brutalising the English language and one of football’s first TV, print and radio celebrities.
Tony Hardy is the author of Race Around the Sports World (published by The Slattery Media Group). He has written regularly for The Age, The Australian and Good Weekend.
From 2008–09, he had his own weekly satirical sports ‘column’ on 612 ABC Brisbane’s Afternoon Show with Richard Fidler. When not writing, he works as a freelance creative director and has won international awards for his advertising creative.
Read a review of Finding Jack Dyer that appeared in The Courier
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Read a story on Finding Jack Dyer that appeared in The Age on August 14
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