Police have recovered Melbourne Football Club's 1948 premiership flag after it was listed for sale on eBay.DARREN LINTON July 25, 2014 3:23am
A precious 1948 VFL Premiership flag the Melbourne Football Club won was on sale for $80
In a joint operation, Victorian and NSW police moved to recover the pennant from a Moama house on Wednesday night.
The raid took place after police confirmed with Melbourne officials the flag was missing.
The club said it was alerted to the flag’s presence on eBay last week and contacted the auction site and the AFL integrity department regarding the listing.
The flag has historic significance not only for the club, but also for the game because it was secured in a replay after the first drawn grand final in VFL history.
Former Demons captain Garry Lyon, formerly of Kyabram, said it was important to understand the footy club at that time was a section of the Melbourne Cricket Club and lived a nomadic existence, with no real home base.
‘‘When they moved from the MCG, lots went missing, there was no place to display anything, they didn’t have a home, so I can understand how things went amiss,’’ he said.
‘‘Premierships are pretty hard to come by, so we need to covet those and protect them with our lives, flags are an important part of the history of the club. There were no silver cups then.’’
He said Melbourne had some replica cups made, but not having an original presented made the flag even more significant for the club.
‘‘It’s nice to know it will come back to where it belongs,’’ he said.
No charges have been laid over the discovery and NSW police are seeking public assistance to find out how the flag ended up in Moama.
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