Tuppence Moran and
The Coburg Football Club
the days when Alan Tripp was president at Coburg and I was the coach
Tuppence Moran was a regular at our games. It was a time VFA football
was very popular on Sundays with people from the racing fraternity and
Alan was a very prominent bookmaker; an SP bookmaker, they said!
well remember a confrontation in the rooms one night after a game
against Port Melbourne in 1986 when Tuppence entered the foray. Stuart
Hicks had taken exception to that feisty rover Brian Allison’s tactics
against his brother, Ashley, who was a star player with Port. The
skirmish was over within minutes but it had the capacity to escalate.
‘Tuppence, he could fight like a thrashing machine in his younger days.
I’m glad he took the bloke away,’ someone had quipped as Tuppence led
his man out of the social club.
days Brian Allison and Ashley Hicks laugh about that night in the
social club. Despite his team winning by 14 points Port coach Peter
Chisnall wasn’t smiling. Chisnall, who played in North Melbourne’s 1975
premiership side, had some harsh words to say about Allison. ‘He was
talking about an inquiry into how I’d supposedly eye-gouged Ashley
Hicks. All I’d done was rub some mud into Hicks’s face,’ says Brian.
Enter Alphonse and Lewis
all look back with humour on those days at Coburg when emerging
gangsters such as Alphonse Gangitano and Lewis Moran – who was always
exceedingly polite – rubbed shoulders with players born and bred in the
north of Melbourne. Few were strangers to a bit of biff and bash. Two
years after that stoush at Coburg Tuppence’s nephew Jason would bite
off a piece of a Coburg official’s ear at the Prince of Wales Hotel, in
Ascot Vale, a few kilometres from the cafÈ where his uncle was shot
dead on Monday 15 June 2009.
Furlan’s car explodes
could we have imagined that one of our own, club sponsor John Furlan
would be blown to pieces by an explosion in his car in Coburg on 3
August 2009, a year after Jason Moran shot dead Gangitano? Furlan could
be gruff and antagonistic and was known to complain about the state of
the world. But he seemed harmless. So too, did the Quadara bloke whom
our 1982 coach Harold Martin brought to the club. On 28 May 1998 his
brother, Joseph Quadara was shot dead in Toorak, another casualty in
the underworld war.
Judy Moran crying over Tuppence’. That was the catch-cry around the
northern suburbs when Judy was reported in the media as having
appeared, distraught, at the site of her brother-in-law’s murder.
Another regular at Coburg in the mid to late ‘80s Judy is now in
custody, charged as an accessory after the fact. Everyone says she’d
fallen out with Tuppence. That doesn’t make her guilty, but it surely
adds spice to the mystery!
Mincha Street, West Brunswick, where Judy Moran is alleged to have left the getaway car.
a select group of people know that it was Lewis Moran, wearing a
balaclava, who robbed Alan Tripp at gun point in his ‘betting’ flat at
the rear of his Princes Street house in Flemington in the mid ‘80s. One
day that story will see the light of day. So too will the story that
underworld figure Dennis Allen had threatened to kill former footballer
‘Crackers’ Keenan because of derisive comments he made about the great
Port Melbourne player, Fred Cook, who was at that time, due to a drug
habit, in Allen’s circle of friends.