AFL fans spot incredible detail in photos 14 years apart

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·3-min read
The West Coast Eagles fan, pictured here in 2006 and 2020.
Is this the same West Coast Eagles fan 14 years on? Image: Getty/Fox Sports

Eagle-eyed AFL fans have made an incredible discovery with the help of one of the game’s most iconic images.

A passionate West Coast Eagles fan got the attention of Twitter users on Sunday after some overzealous antics in giving the umpires a piece of his mind.

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The older gentleman certainly didn’t miss as he sprayed the umpire from the West Coast supporter section behind the goals.

But after the man went viral, some AFL fanatics thought they recognised him.

As many pointed out, he appears to be the same man who gave Sydney Swans champion Michael O’Loughlin a spray way back in 2006.

Michael O'Loughlin, pictured here spraying some West Coast Eagles fans in 2006.
Michael O'Loughlin and the West Coast Eagles fans in 2006. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

O’Loughlin gave it to the West Coast supporter bay after scoring a goal at Subiaco 14 years ago, producing an iconic photograph as the fans gave it right back.

As many pointed out on Sunday, the man has the exact same moustache and bulging vein popping out of his neck.

If it’s not the same bloke they certainly look uncannily similar.

Eagles soar as Crows’ struggles continue

As statement games go, they don't come more emphatic than the Eagles' 66-point demolition of Collingwood, with Josh Kennedy booting seven goals on Sunday at Optus Stadium.

A 1-3 start and discontent at hub life in Queensland seemed a long time ago for Adam Simpson's men, who feasted on the understrength Pies, who lost skipper Scott Pendlebury to injury before the first bounce.

“We were really concerned after the three losses we had, not really with personnel, but our system wasn't (right), and the identity of our side was a little bit off,” Simpson said.

“I thought our players really took ownership ... they're playing a pretty distinct brand (now).

“I don't know where we're at in terms of the competition, but I feel like we've caught up a little bit more than anything.

“Now we're ready to compete with anyone.”

On the other hand, Adelaide pushed understrength Essendon but suffered a 9.8 (62) to 8.11 (59) defeat on Sunday at Adelaide Oval which stretched their record losing streak to 11 matches.

The Crows lost Brad Crouch and Tom Doedee to hamstring injuries in the loss which moved them a step closer to the club's first wooden spoon.

“I know it's hard because supporters want to win as much as we do,” Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks said.

“But I hope they feel like they saw some things out there today that made them proud.”

with AAP