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AFL footballers


Peter Moore visits the children's ward, 1981 Carlton footballers visit a young patient, 1982

Collingwood ruckman, Peter Moore visits the children's                Carlton footballers visit a young patient, 1982
ward, 1981    

From the late 1970s, AFL footballers frequented the Eye and Ear for injuries to the eye sustained during play and while being treated at the hospital, they would often spend time entertaining the young patients in the children's ward.

In 1976, Footscray ruck-rover Ken Newland spent some time in the hospital as did Hawthorn captain Don Scott, who had a finger poked in his eye during a match. In June that year Medical Director Dr Kenneth Howsam noted that during winter squash and football players occupied as many as 10 beds.