Fremantle Dockers history up for grabs in online auction

Fremantle Dockers history up for grabs in online auction
Ross' Auctioneers and Valuers' David Crofts in Ross Lyon's former office.
Fremantle Dockers history up for grabs in online auction
Fremantle Dockers history up for grabs in online auction
Fremantle Dockers history up for grabs in online auction
Ross Lyon's former office.
Fremantle Dockers history up for grabs in online auction
Fremantle Dockers history up for grabs in online auction
Fremantle Dockers history up for grabs in online auction
Fremantle Dockers history up for grabs in online auction
Ross' Auctioneers and Valuers' David Crofts in Ross Lyon's former office. Ross Lyon's former office.

THE office where Fremantle coach Ross Lyon orchestrated his side’s run to the 2013 grand final is among a host of items at the AFL club’s former base going under the hammer.

About 400 pieces including training equipment, banners, massage tables and monitors – used by the club during its two-decade stay at Fremantle Oval – are up for grabs to the highest bidder via an online auction.

The Dockers left their former home for Cockburn ARC earlier this year, leaving behind plenty.

Everything in Lyon’s modest former office – from his desk, chair and whiteboard – can be scooped up as part of a package.

Items likely to generate plenty of attention are the players’ lockers, which are being auctioned off in banks of three, with some signed by current and former players including skipper Nat Fyfe, Aaron Sandilands and Peter Bell.

Ross’ Auctioneers and Valuers is running the auction, which will see money raised go towards supporting initiatives run by the Fremantle Dockers Foundation.

Auctioneer Dave Crofts said the lockers were likely to be the big attraction.

“It’s a rare opportunity for people to buy a locker and have it on display at their work or home or anywhere,” he said.

“I haven’t crossed an AFL club before selling old lockers so it will be interesting to see what (price) they go for.”

The Dockers have withdrawn the rock and anchor formerly used at games before the first bounce, with it likely to be used in a future display.

Strewn throughout the Parry Street venue are interesting titbits from the former hosts, including whiteboards with messages about long-term goals for players, training structures, and even posters with the “Freo Way” mantra.

Crofts said having to catalogue hundreds of items had given him a fresh appreciation of the way a club operates.

“From the items left behind, you do get that understanding of how intense a football club is,” he said.

Inspections will be held Friday and Saturday, while the auction is already live at auctions.com.au.

Stage one closes June 6. Stage two closes June 7.

Match tickets and corporate boxes to the Gold Coast game in round 20 are also up for grabs as extra incentive for those taking part.

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