Finals fever!

Pat Fensham with his poster collection.

Pat Fensham with his poster collection.

Patrick Fensham has been collecting AFL/VFL premiership posters for 45 years, since he was seven years old, and for the first time ever they are currently on display.

"I've been collecting premiers' posters since 1972 and I currently have them all on display at the Railway Hotel in Newstead for the AFL finals series," Pat said.

Pat is a Carlton supporter and the first poster in his collection is the Carlton premiership poster from 1972.

"I liked the poster so much I wanted to get more, so it just became something I did," Pat said.

"I love the cartoons, as a kid I was into drawing cartoons and I loved footy. I knew all of the players and their numbers and I actually remember drawing a cartoon replica of the Carlton team with all the players in their positions on a football oval."

Pat recently moved to the area and has been in Newstead for two years.

"I live opposite the Railway Hotel. I thought this would be a nice idea to bring in some finals fever!"

"I've been a member of the Carlton Football Club since the early 2000s and I just love the game."

Pat attended the 1995 AFL Grand Final between Carlton and Geelong.

He said Carlton had had an impressive season and were coming into the grand final off a run of 15 wins.

"Carlton won pretty easily. It was a fantastic feeling," he said.

"To go to a grand final is pretty amazing and not something I got to do all the time and to see your team win in a grand final is something special, it's a real highlight of my life."

Pat is the president of the Newstead Primary School Council and is inviting anyone who appreciates the display to contribute as a school fundraiser.

"I guess I wanted some sort of pay back for the effort I've put into the collection, so I thought if people like the collection then why not ask them to contribute to a fundraising effort. For an under-resourced country school like Newstead every dollar helps. This enables us to look outside the parents and school community for some fundraising."

The collection is on display in the lounge at the Railway Hotel. Publican Trevor Mitchell is happy to host the display. The hotel has almost 50 people take part in the football tipping competition throughout the season, all of whom Trevor hopes will come along on grand final day to watch the game.

"Those in the footy tipping will have free food and drink and we'll have the game on all of the TVs," Trevor said.

Pat said he would be pushing donations to the school on the day and would auction off some of the additional spare posters he had.

"I'll 'unveil' the 2017 poster soon after the game and then take the collection down mid October," he said.

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