THE spirit of Charley Clancey’s late grandfather hovered close and proud as the youngster got a leave pass from school to meet his Richmond idols yesterday.
Seven-year-old Charley is one of five grandsons of the late Paddy Clancey to have carried on his lifelong devotion to the AFL club.
The Richmond players were in Warrnambool as part of a two-day community camp.
Charley caught up with the Tigers players at St John of God Warrnambool hospital, where his grandmother June Clancey was nursing co-ordinator for 31 years. Charley’s mum Alison is also part of the St John of God family and works at the hospital through her nursing training.
Charley was thrilled to chat to Richmond full-forward Jack Riewoldt at the hospital and have him sign a football jumper and get an autographed football card. Yesterday, Charley’s grandmother said her late husband was always delighted to receive telephone calls from his grandsons, aged from four to 17, whenever Richmond won and they would revel together in the team’s victories.