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Legend Len on the mend

Newtown & Chilwell Legend Len Alford and three-time Mathieson medallist Matt McMahon. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

LOCAL football legend Len Alford is recovering at home following surgery that averted a potential stroke last month.

A post from fellow Newtown & Chilwell great Craig Morrissy on the Eagles’ Facebook page said the 84-year-old is “recovering very well”.

“..he is full of wit at the moment and is determine (sic) (he thinks) to get his license back although he is getting around very well on his mobility scooter,” Morrissy wrote.

“If you see a crazy footpath driver down Minerva Road or up around the cement (works) demolition works it will probably be him.”

Alford arrived at Elderslie Reserve in the early 1970s and for the majority of that period has been head trainer of the club.

A life member of the GFL, he was afforded Legend status by Newtown & Chilwell in 2018.

“Just shy of 85 years (old) he is in good spirits and can’t wait for access back into our Club, his Club,” Morrissy said.

“He has plenty of supporters sharing food with him. For the next 2-3 weeks, current isolation rules and good practice prevents us from visiting him at home much at all.”

Alford was recently honoured with a service award by the Associated Catholic Colleges for his work with St Joseph’s Colleges 1st XVIII football and 1st XI cricket teams.

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