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YouitQ Footballer's Courage

Behind , the brijrht and successful league football debut of 17 vear-old chunkv Haydn

Bunton.jun. as a worm Adelaide rover on Satur day lies an inspiring story If Bunton had not pos sessed a grim competitive temperament, great cour age and determination, he. would never have played sport. ??'?,' Until he was 10 years of age he was a cripple and had to wear a leg iron and could walk only with the help of crutches. One morning in Perth, in 1939, Haydn, jun.— then three* years of age and a healthy child— complained that his leg hurt. He was taken to hospi tal and found to have a disease of the hip and a fractured pelvis. For the next two years he lay in a hospital bed unable to walk and, when discharged, he , had lo wear an iron splint which he was not able to dis card until he was 10. Haydn, jun., grew up in a home in which sport was a constant topic, because his father was champion rover Haydn Bunton, .triple Brownlow and Sandover Medallist. His model was there, but the chance of emulating him seemed impossible. But the youngster aever gave up trying and when his family moved to Ade laide in 1945 he went to Blair Athol school. He kicked a football for the first time in 1948 and it was not long before he was in the school team. Later at Adelaide High School he won the Gosse Medal for the fairest and most brilliant player In the Students' Grade and last year was runner-up for the medal.

Haydn Bunton, sen., rubbing down his eon at the City Baths yesterday morning.

Haydn Bunton, sen., rubbing down his eon at the City Baths yesterday morning.

On Saturday afternoons he played with the North Adelaide Senior Colts, aid during the summer proved to be an excellent cricketer. His good torn in the pre-season's trial matches this year gained him a place in North's side against. West.

'His first game in League company was a bet ter, one- than mine,' said his father last night. 'I began with Pitzroy with a fanfare of trumpets, but hardlygot a kick in the first match and no one in Melbourne would talk to me'— KEITH BUTLER.