He was posted to Darwin, and was there for the Japanese bombing, as well as Queensland, Morotai Island and Labuan Island in British north-west Borneo.
‘It’s hard to explain,’ he said of what it meant to toss the coin.
‘I have been supporting West Perth ever since I was six years old. All I have ever lived for. No matter where I went it was always red and blue.
‘When I went away to the country in the bush in the Depression years, I used to go and play football. Me mother used to sow a red ribbon down here (on the left side of the guernsey) and a blue ribbon down there (the other side).’
He also had fond memories as boy growing up in North Perth.
‘We always had a footy team, not a team, a mob of us in Kadina Street, North Perth, off Charles Street. We used to go over and watch the (league) game of a Saturday and then we’d go home ” old Ted Flemming, Joe O’Connor, McDermott, all those blokes. And we used to say we’d get hurt. And we used to have a tin of Rexona ointment on the side by the fence; we would rub it on our legs because we’d reckon we would smell like footballers.’
The day didn’t turn out as wanted for Lind and his fellow West Perth fans, with the Swans winning the game.