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Cats to pay tribute to Polly

‘Polly’ Farmer in action on debut for Geelong in Round 1, 1962. (Bob Gartland Collection)

GEELONG will wear its 2o19 indigenous jumper in Saturday’s final round clash with Carlton at GMHBA Stadium as part of its tribute to Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer.

The jumper, designed by player Quinton Narkle, will feature the No.5 worn by the champion ruckman on the front and back.

Farmer, who played 101 games for the Cats between 1962-67, died on August 14 following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 84.

There will be a pre-match tribute on the big screens, and the AFL Record will feature Farmer on the cover and include a lift-out poster.

“Polly Farmer was a pioneering figure in both Australian football and in changing Australian culture. Polly’s record as a footballer stands among the greatest that the game has known,” Cook said.

“The fact that Polly, who last played with the Cats in 1967, remains an iconic figure today for the Geelong faithful speaks to the impact he had on the club, our supporters and the region.

“The Geelong Football Club will forever be better due to the fact Polly played and coached us.”

Geelong will hold a public memorial service for local fans to farewell Farmer in the Cats’ Social Club at GMHBA Stadium on Friday, August 30 starting at 2pm.

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