Ex-Docker bemused by “ridiculous” Ross Lyon rule

Ed Langdon has taken aim at former Fremantle coach Ross Lyon over a long-sleeve jumper rule he enforced during his time at the Dockers.

A notorious long-sleeve jumper wearer, Langdon thought the ban was “ridiculous”, but felt he couldn’t speak up given he’d only played a handful of games.

“I had five years at Freo and I was never allowed to wear it because Ross Lyon was never a big fan of it,” Langdon told SEN’s The Run Home.

“I thought it was a bit ridiculous, but at that point in my career, I wasn’t really in a position to be arguing, put it that way.”

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As for Langdon’s current coach Simon Goodwin, the premiership Demon revealed he never had to ask Goodwin whether or not he could wear a long-sleeve jumper.

“No – and nor should you have to,” Langdon said.

“That’d be like saying, ‘can I wear a headband this week or do I have to tie it up?’

“As soon as I came to the Demons, I wanted to make it my own, I used to wear it at junior footy and Melbourne is a lot colder than Perth.”

Langdon has been critical of Lyon’s coaching methods in the past.

“I’ve come from five years of the Ross Lyon method, so it’s absolutely a nice change to have someone as cool, calm and collected as Goody,” Langdon said on AFL Nation last year.

“I don’t think I’ve heard him raise his voice since I’ve been at the club.

“Coming over from Freo, where if you don’t look Ross in the eye at a meeting, he starts yelling at you.

“So it’s been a nice change.”

Langdon played 68 games for the Dockers before departing at the end of 2019.





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