28 July, 1996, Footscray v Collingwood, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia
I don't know about you blokes but I can't bear fucking losing a game like that! Look, fantastic effort but what does a fucking fantastic effort mean? It doesn't get us anything! We don't get diddly squat! We don't get a point. They don't just give us something for just fucking getting close! It means nothing. If you think that I'm going to be happy walking into this room when we get beaten still, we can't be! We just can't accept it! I don't know about you guys, but if I see one bloke walk out of here, getting a pat on the back from people out there for a good effort, I'll spew up! Because it's just not acceptable! We were a rabble in that first quarter, absolutely bloody disgraceful. Absolutely disgraceful. yeah, for three quarters we were worked our asses off, we worked our backsides off to get back into the game, but the game is about 120 minutes of footy, and that was the most winnable one that we get for a long time, and we just pissed it down the drain. We absolutely pissed that game down the drain. Don't any one of you forget about it. Take away one thing from this game. You have the ability to play in this competition and to play it very very very well. We cannot got from that [hand gesture] which we've displayed right in the three quarters, back to what we displayed in the first quarter ever again. Ever again.,
Go and have your showers, we'll see you back at the social club.
This is an excerpt from The Year of the Dogs (1997) which is a rare footy classic, directed by Michael Cordell and Stewart Young. The full film is up on YouTube.