Blighty Football Club footballers, members and guests had the opportunity to rub shoulders with two-time Essendon premiership defender Dustin Fletcher on Thursday night.
Fletcher, who is Essendon’s games record holder with 400 games, put the Redeyes’ senior and junior footballers through their paces before a dinner and talk.
Blighty playing coach and passionate Bombers supporter Jack Tyndall said it was a top night and a great experience.
‘‘Dustin’s a great bloke,’’ he said.
‘‘He took the juniors for training and then ran a drill with us senior boys for about 20 minutes before he had to set up inside the clubrooms for the talk.
‘‘He talked about everything from throughout his career in footy.
‘‘It’s not too often you get a 400-gamer come to your club so it was great to have Fletch there.’’
Thursday wasn’t the first time that Tyndall was able to meet the former Bomber, having met him at an Essendon training session about 10 years ago, where he got a photo with the key defender.
‘‘It’s weird because I was still pretty nervous to meet him,’’ he said.
‘‘I snuck over during training while the boys were busy to get a photo with him.
‘‘To think that 10 years ago I met him at a training day and then now he’s come out to Blighty is incredible.
‘‘Being a Bombers fan it was just an incredible experience.’’