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Max Basheer (front centre) and Leigh Whicker (front left) with the first, interim Adelaide Football Club board. Other members are, from back left, Ed Betro, Bob Hammond, Bill Sanders, Adrian Sutter and Rick Allert, with Bob Lee front right. Photo: SANFL
Football

Max Basheer and the $1 million deal that launched the Crows

This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of the SANFL winning the battle to stop Port Adelaide’s first attempt to enter the AFL. The story of how a high-stakes gamble in a Melbourne hotel gave birth to the Crows can now be told in detail, with Michelangelo Rucci reporting how a leading player won’t be taking his secrets to the grave.