JIM Robison is the latest member of the Albury Tigers’ star-studded teams from the 1950s to die.
The Tigers premiership player and Ovens and Murray Football League media identity died this week, aged 87.
His passing follows the recent deaths of teammates from the same era, Lance Mann and John Stoney.
They played together in an era when Albury contested three grand finals in the mid-1950s including the 1956 premiership win against North Albury under the coaching of former Essendon player Jack Jones.
Robison previously played for Hawthorn before joining the Tigers.
He mainly played at centre half-back for Albury and played starring roles in the 33-point win against North Albury in the 1956 flag side and again the following year when the Tigers lost to Wangaratta by two points.
Robison was a best and fairest winner at Albury and was selected in the club’s team of the century announced in 2003.
Other teammates from the 1950s to make the side were Jones, Mann, Reg Gard and Leon Pain.
Robison played 89 matches for Hawthorn before coming to the O and M.
He took up umpiring at the end of his career before entering radio and television promoting the O and M.
Robison called football on 2AY and was part of a television football panel show in the formative years of AMV Channel 4 in Albury.
His fellow panelists on the show which went to air in the Union Road studios included Ross Sellars, Vern Drake, Barry Pascoe and Merv King.
Robison also operated a sports store in Albury with his wife Beth.
Albury Tigers players will wear black armbands in honour of Mann, Stoney and Robison and another former player and club stalwart, Billy Strang, who also died recently, in its O and M opening round clash against Myrtleford tomorrow.
Robison was pre-deceased by his wife Beth and is survived by daughters Susie and Sally and families.
At his request a private cremation has already been held.
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