An AFL team’s banner was briefly a laughing stock before a hilarious revelation showed the club’s clever, hidden superstition.
Collingwood may be on the ropes after a disastrous start to 2021, but their cheer squad hasn’t lost its sense of humour just yet.
The Pies’ most diehard supporters were briefly the focus of jokes across the footy world before the club’s revelation pointed out a clever, superstitious joke hidden in the text.
The Pies ran through a banner onto the MCG on Saturday afternoon before their clash with the Gold Coast Suns that included a spelling blunder.
Only fans who can remember the Magpies’ banner from 2018 got the inside joke.
The banner read: “Last time we did this we went alright. So show these Suns we own tonihgt”.
The spelling blunder was more than it seemed, with the Pies’ supporters making an actual blunder when preparing their banner for the game against the Blues three years ago.
The club explained the banner in a message on Twitter: “Throwback to the 2018 banner against Carlton which kick-started our grand final campaign”.
The Magpies beat Carlton twice in 2018 and won 15 of their last 20 games after beating the Blues in Round 2.
The club was mocked mercilessly for the blunder, but they’ve made up for the original sin with Saturday’s masterpiece.
The unfortunate ending to the club’s 2018 run was that they were left heartbroken by West Coast’s dramatic grand final victory that came down to the final minute.
The cheer squad also had a shocker that day with their banner being torn to shreds by windy conditions before the team was even able to run out onto the ground.