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Thanks for everything, Mr Walker

Australian cricket great Max Walker has died, aged 68
Thanks for everything, Mr Walker
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"Max had a degree in architecture even if he claimed the only thing he ever designed was a chook shed. He must have been clever because as he often joked, he managed to transform a career in cricket, football and architecture into talking and writing bullshit and getting well paid for it."
Greg Chappell on loveable larrikin Max Walker, who passed away this week at 68.

"He wasn’t the quickest (bowler) and he probably wasn’t the best looking lad but I reckon he would have been a nightmare to play against."
Ian Chappell on his former teammate and friend.

"I used to joke that his left arm was so jealous of his right arm that it insisted on bowling at the same time! Fortunately his voice was easier to imitate than his delivery stride and he quickly became one of my best characters."
Billy Birmingham's skits as Max Walker as The 12th Man became synonymous with the great man.

"He was loved around the world by teammates and opponents alike and to my mind seriously underestimated in part because he was first change to Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson."
Keith Stackpole, who played 13 Tests with Walker and captained him at Victoria.

"It's a shame we can't cram a few more players into the cars."
Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge wished more of his players could enjoy the AFL grand final Parade, but there’s only room for 22 - and Bob Murphy.

"I wasn't happy with the way I was treated and the way I was exited from the football club. If you take responsibility in what you do things are a lot easier to deal with. I didn't at that stage and I was filthy with the club and wanted to kill everyone in it."
Time heals all wounds, said former Swans captain Barry Hall, who wasn't happy about his departure from the Swans in 2009 to join the Western Bulldogs.

"The Bulldogs are riding a wave of emotion at the moment and I’m probably on that too, so my heart is saying the Dogs by a goal, but my head says Sydney by a goal."
Having coached both clubs, Rodney Eade is sitting on the fence.

"We haven’t made a grand final since he was captain-coach and we’ve been knocked out of seven preliminary finals, so it’s great to be back playing for a premiership."
Ted Whitten Jr said his father, 'Mr Football', would be over the moon for his club. They haven't been to a grand final since Whitten Sr led the team out in 1961.

"The players that I am most envious of tonight would be the Western Bulldogs players because after we leave this room and go our separate ways, the Western Bulldogs players will leave the room quickly because they understand they’ve got a job ahead of themselves."
Geelong's Patrick Dangerfield produced a classy speech after winning the Brownlow Medal, which is just as well given how long he had been considered the favourite.

"I can see Tommy Lynch's teeth from here. Look at them. They are huge."
Dangerfield managed to sledge his former Adelaide teammate during his speech. Lynch does have a fair set of chompers.

"All players aboriginal & non aboriginal should boycott the anthem & start changing Australia’s ignorant mentality...lets move forward together yo."
Aussie boxer Anthony Mundine joined the calls for AFL and NRL players to boycott the national anthem, a move that has made headlines in the NFL thanks to Colin Kaepernick.

"I went through it in 2005 (of) how much it meant to the Swans fans that hadn’t seen a premiership for so long and being a Shire boy and a Sharks supporter since a young fella, I know how much it’ll mean to the community of the Shire."
Swans assistant and ex-Sharks kicking coach Nick Davis wouldn't mind an AFL-NRL double.

"We don't need people telling us how good we are. All we need is the pat on the back from our teammates and our coaches, that’s good enough for us. Whatever people think about us outside these four walls here doesn’t matter."
Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith is no stranger to playing the villain in NSW.

"It is right that Cronulla beats them, more exciting that Cronulla beats them, and a better YARN when Cronulla beats them!"
Peter FitzSimons is no Storm fan.

"I run New York! I run this whole city!"
UFC's walking headline Conor McGregor announced his arrival in New York, not long after posting a photo smoking what appeared to be marijuana.

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