Carlton legend Brendan Fevola has gatecrashed Collingwood training ahead of this week’s AFL grand final – and in some style.
Fevola turned up to Collingwood’s open training session at Olympic Park in Melbourne on Tuesday decked out in Brisbane Lions gear.
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To any non-AFL fans out there, the Magpies and Lions are facing off in this Saturday’s AFL decider at the MCG.
Fevola turned up wearing the Lions’ jumper, beanie and scarf and topped it off with a few extra teeth blacked out.
Just in case anyone wasn’t sure what he was up to, the 42-year-old carried signs that read “Lost the 02 Granny to Brisbane” and “Lost the Brownlow Medal to Brisbane”.
The Pies lost to the Lions by nine points in a thrilling 2002 decider, while Brisbane midfielder Lachie Neale took out Monday night’s Brownlow Medal, with Collingwood fancy Nick Daicos finishing third.
Fevola spared Pies fans a reminder of the 2003 grand final, which the Lions won by 50 points to seal a famous three-peat.
It turns out it was all a stunt for Melbourne radio station Fox FM.
Fevola is a presenter on the station alongside Fifi Box and Nick Cody on the “Fifi, Fev and Nick” show.
“So you want me to go down to Collingwood training, where there will be tens of thousands of people today, in Brisbane kit, to do a Street Talk,” Fevola asks Box on air, to which she responds extremely favourably.
“I could get bashed,” Fevola adds.
Indeed, some Collingwood fans didn’t seem too keen on the “Brisbane, Brisbane” chants Fevola started in a video of his arrival at training.
“Boo,” Fevola replies to the fans, before boldly shouting: “You feral bunch.”
Finishing off Fevola’s outfit were a series of badges pinned to his scarf showing past and present Lions stars.
Current Lions Cam Rayner, Joe Daniher, Harris Andrews and Charlie Cameron could all be seen, alongside the likes of Luke Power, Brad Scott, Chris Johnson, Pearce Hanley, Joel Patfull and even Tom Rockliff, who left the Lions for Port Adelaide in acrimonious circumstances in 2017.
Noted prankster Fevola also had a badge of Justin Leppitsch, a former All Australian defender and head coach of the Lions, who is currently an assistant coach at Collingwood.
During his career, Fevola played 187 games and kicked 575 goals for the Blues before spending one final season at the Lions in 2010.
He was spotted in the crowd at last weekend’s preliminary final between Brisbane and Carlton, which the Lions won to reach this weekend’s grand final.
One Collingwood fan on social media could at least admire Fevola’s courage at turning up to Collingwood training dressed as the enemy.
“I know you do this for gags but come on,” they wrote on Instagram.
“Must say though (you) have guts going down to Collingwood home ground.
“C’mon fev get on our wagon mate cheers.”