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Chitty's Finger

How tough was Bob Chitty? Very - just read below for this astounding eyewitness account which took place at or around the time of the 1945 Preliminary Final:

"Bob was a leading hand at the Explosives Factory in Maribyrnong. He was exempt from military service due to the nature of his employment.

Bob was running late and the hierarchy were getting very anxious. It was only 15-20 minutes before the opening bounce when Bob arrived in a taxi, still dressed in his working clothes. He had a bandage on his hand and I seem to recall it was covered in iodine. Asked what had happened, Chitty replied that he had "knocked the top off my f-- finger". I don't remember whether he had been treated at an Emergency ward or just at the factory first-aid station.

The doctor examined the finger as Chitty was helped into his Carlton uniform. The doctor opined that he would be unable to play but Bob just said "I'm playing" and headed out to do battle with the Shinboners.

Chitty is known only nowadays for his legendary toughness but should also be remembered as a fantastic player who at 5ft 81/2 could hold down full-back and centre half back or star on the ball or on a half back flank."

source: (kkk)

Bob Chitty | Preliminary Final, 1945
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Page last modified on Wednesday 13 of January, 2010 11:31:08 AEDT by molsey.

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