Carlton great recalls the first time he met John Elliott and post-premiership celebrations
Carlton great Stephen Kernahan has recalled the first time he met John Elliott while paying tribute to a “great Carlton man” on 3AW Breakfast.
The former Carlton president and Liberal Party powerbroker, and father of 3AW Drive host Tom, passed away on Thursday at the age of 79.
Elliott was president of the Blues when they won two premierships and was known for his ruthless nature in signing footballers for the club.
Speaking on 3AW, Kernahan reflected on their first meeting.
“I was 15, or so, and kept getting summoned to the Elders boardroom in Adelaide when they used to fly over,” he said with a laugh.
“It scared the s*** out of me a few times when those guys came over – I had to take mum and dad with me all the time.”
Kernahan went on to develop a great relationship with Elliott, who Elliott once described as his favourite ever player.
“Even to this day, we had been trying to catch-up for lunch during COVID,” he said.
Kernahan said Elliott should be remembered for his contribution to the club.
“Some of my best nights were at his house in Toorak, especially after premierships,” Kernahan said.
“I remember walking out in daylight hours a couple of times.
“I’ll never forget those nights and John reciting poetry to us at about five in the morning, a few times, it was very funny.”
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