Julia Gillard thought she would spring a surprise on Prince Charles by giving him a Mansfield Eagles football jumper because Charles had gone to Timbertop, a Geelong Grammar campus, which is near Mansfield:
THE Mansfield Football Club has made Prince Charles its number one ticket holder after Prime Minister Julia Gillard presented the Prince with a Mansfield Eagles jumper after a last-minute race to get it to London.
Upon hearing this on 3AW this morning, I put out a tweet to Mansfield Footy Club:
@MansfieldEagles Serious question. Were the Mansfield Eagles ever called the Mansfield Demons?
Channel Ten reporter Roger Oldridge replied:
@AfterGrogBlog @mansfieldeagles changed from demons in 1998 when they entered the GVFL. Shepp united were already the Demons
Even if Charles remembered there was such a thing as the Mansfield football club (he attended Timbertop for eight months in 1966) he would not remember the blue & gold jumper since Mansfield used to be the Mansfield Demons and wore the red & blue jumpers of Melbourne.
Gillard should have given, well, panic-rushed around the world to Charles a Mansfield Demons jumper, although Charlie was probably comfortable receiving an Eagles jumper on the same day that the Eagles pumped the Demons at Subiaco.