Alf Penno was one such man but he learned his football, for the most part, in his early twenties after he returned to Australia following WWII. He went on to play over 200 first grade games with the Eastern Suburbs Club and played in their premiership teams between 1953-59. As well, Alf coached the side to their flags in 1956-57-58 and incredibly was twice voted best and fairest in 1950 & 55. We say incredibly because here was a person who played rugby league right up until his early twenties.
Alf was a laconic persons who didn’t aspire to set the world on fire but he did. Besides all the achievements mentioned above he represented NSW on 21 occasions, the last when he was 32 in the 1958 Centenary Carnival in Melbourne.
He was inducted into the Sydney Football Hall of Fame in 2007. He sadly passed away on 6 June aged 83.
We have used a 1948 photograph of the great man to share with you how he appeared in his prime.
His funeral details will be advised in the Sydney papers.
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