Football great remembered

Former Cobden footballer David Rhodes.

ONE of Cobden Football Club’s shining lights of the 1960s, David Rhodes, died at his home in Melbourne on February 15, aged 64.
He died of a brain tumour, diagnosed just nine months ago.
David was recruited from Cobden by Fitzroy after starring for the Hampden League in a demonstration match against Fitzroy in early 1968, which Hampden won.
He played 73 games with Fitzroy as a dashing winger.
In 1972, he had a brilliant season and was selected in the prestigious Victorian team for the interstate carnival, playing for the Big V alongside the likes of football luminaries John Nicholls, Kevin Sheedy, Kevin Bartlett, Royce Hart, Peter McKenna, Leigh Matthews, Peter Knights, Gary Dempsey, Peter Bedford and Keith Greig.
He moved to Perth where he played several seasons with Subiaco, before living in London for two years.
As well as football, David was successful in the world of business, particularly the business of sport. For more than 20 years, David headed sports sales at Channel 9 in Melbourne, working on the major tennis and golf championships, Formula One, 500cc Motorcycling, World Boxing, Winter Olympics, Commonwealth Games and of course the cricket and building Nine’s AFL product such as The Footy Show.
He later worked with the international sports management group IMG, as Australasian manager of golf, then with the Special Olympics and most recently as Victorian manager of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (FCFA) where he made a significant contribution to prostate cancer awareness in regional Victoria.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth and children Nick, Will and Georgina.
David was the second son of Geoff and Veronica Rhodes (both deceased). His siblings John, Heather, Peter and Bernard and members of the extended Rhodes family were at a service held in Melbourne.
David’s Big V jumper was displayed at the funeral.
It was attended by a large friendship group as well as representatives of those places of employment, Fitzroy Football Club, Bassett Class Tennis Club (25 seasons), Metropolitan Golf Club (22 years member) and the Not Bad Thanks Basketball Club (299 games).

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