Rick Hart loved the Fremantle Dockers. I met him once or twice. Even after a defeat to the Swans in Sydney he had time for a chat with a disappointed fan.
Steve Harris is something altogether different. He did not come from a sporting background at all. In fact before supporting Fremantle he barracked for the West Coast Eagles.
He has taken away the logo which the club has had since its inception, when I started supporting the Dockers.
He has taken away the four colours, our Port Heritage and uniqueness.
He is going to take away the song.
And now….he is going to move the club from its spiritual base in Fremantle.
He was not there in the hard years when 20, 000 or less fans turned up for one home win in the season.
He was not there in the pouring rain at the WACA where about 10, 000 of us witnessed Fremantle beating Port Adelaide. In fact he has not been there for any of the significant events that have shaped our history. He was certainly not there when about 10,000 fans marched from Fremantle to Subiaco oval to watch us be defeated, yet make the point that the heart of the Dockers is to be found in Fremantle.
And in fact….I wish he was not there now.