The late soccer legend Russell Ebert is being immortalised in a biography written by his teenage grandson to honour the South Australian nice.
- Soccer legend Russell Ebert’s life story is being recorded in a biography to be revealed in October
- Grandson Albert has taken the lead with contributions from the entire household
- Ebert was made an Australian Soccer Corridor of Fame Legend in 2022
Born within the Riverland city of Berri, Ebert is without doubt one of the most celebrated gamers in South Australian soccer historical past and was made an Australian Soccer Corridor of Fame Legend this 12 months, eight months after his dying.
The revered sportsman is the one participant to have been awarded the Magarey Medal 4 instances, in 1971, 1974, 1976 and 1980 — the South Australian equal of the Brownlow medal.
His ability as a participant and coach got here collectively when he mixed the 2 roles, taking up the captaincy of Port Adelaide, turning out for a document 392 video games.
After his taking part in profession, Ebert went on to educate SANFL sides Port and Woodville-West Torrens, earlier than turning into a revered junior growth coach for the state leagues.
Handballing historical past
A younger Albert Ebert approached his grandfather about capturing the sportsman’s life story in September final 12 months, as a means of retaining a document of his achievements for the household.
“Albert requested us if we’d love to do a chapter, so my mom wished to do a chapter, then my sister, brother and I did a chapter and piece as effectively,” Ben Ebert, Albert’s father mentioned.
The household affair quickly changed into a much bigger challenge, and deep conversations between the soccer legend and his grandson led to nothing being off the playing cards, even his final battle with leukaemia is recorded within the biography.
“The guide has simply all the pieces … the beginning, the end after which the remaining,” Ben Ebert mentioned.
After Russell Ebert’s passing in November 2021, writer Albert was tasked with filling within the gaps of the legend’s life story, with the help of his father Ben.
“We discovered Russell’s dairies from 83 to 99 when he was teaching. It was cursive writing so Albert stopped for some time as a result of he could not learn it,” Ben mentioned.
“I needed to pop in after which spent about eight months on it.”
Ben Ebert famous his father shied away from talking about his accomplishments, however his diaries revealed how a lot Russell achieved inside his life.
“He was working a enterprise, he was doing charity work, working a soccer crew, as a captain and coach,” he mentioned.
“I can think about him up there shaking his fist at everybody going, ‘Why are you telling everybody all my stuff?’ However I’m certain he could be proud as punch.”