An elderly Watsonia resident, who once worked as a servant for a wealthy British landowner back in the late-1930s has expressed his confusion over highly paid athletes being referred to as “servants of the game”. In an eloquently penned letter sent to Bugle HQ, Harold Nailor, suggested that it was extremely odd to refer to young men getting well remunerated to play sport as servants of any type.
Nailor went on to explain the type of working conditions that he faced in England during the 1930s, including long days, demanding bosses, terrible pay, and atrocious support from the servant’s union. He then went on to give a rather detailed description of his average day, which would start at 4.00am with the lighting of kerosene lamps throughout the mansion, and end at 10.00pm with the final stoking of the many fireplaces on the property.
While Nailor said he always enjoys Grand Final day, he was already bracing himself for the rather jarring label of “servants of the game” when referring to veteran players, especially with so many big name retirees being paraded around the MCG before tomorrow’s game.