Dale Thomas goes viral with hanger in return to footy, midgame shoey

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Dale Thomas showed after his return on Friday night that he is still an entertainer on the football field.

The former Collingwood championship star turned out for amateur club Wattle Park Animals’ reserves’ Division 12 match and wowed the crowd.

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Better known as Daisy, he was the number two pick in the 2005 draft. He opened the contest with the first goal, but it was later in the game that he stole the show.

A kick into the middle of the pitch gave Thomas the perfect opportunity to fly high, and he did not disappoint.

Thomas stood on the shoulders of an Oakleigh Krushers opponent and retrieved the hanger.

He landed cleanly on his feet and immediately took off running towards the goal as he hit the ground. Two quick jumps followed before he darted the ball into the chest of a teammate within 50 yards.

The moment was typical Thomas and spread quickly on social media as it garnered more and more views.

Thomas took the microphone for Triple M on Saturday and spoke about his return, while describing a bizarre first that occurred during the game.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever stopped in the middle of a game to take a shoe off my shoe,” he said.

“And then, when I was standing in the goal area and the ball was 50 meters away, a sausage in a bread roll was thrown to me.”

He was asked about his viral hangar and said he had big ambitions in mind early on in the competition.

“I dropped a piece at the beginning,” he admitted.

“I scored the first goal of the game in about the first minute, so I was sitting there thinking, ‘One more minute, I’ve got 25-minute quarters without a break, I’m on my way to a hundred.’

“But after the first quarter I slowed down a bit.

“There was a really decent crowd there too, the Oakleigh Krushers loyalists on the wing were definitely at full volume.”

Thomas was asked how he ended up playing for the team and the 258-cap player said he blamed it on the club after a heavy defeat.

“You can basically call me James Bond, I’m a kind of agent with a ‘license to thrill,'” said Thomas.

He said he offered his services for a Friday night game, but “…I didn’t know I would get the text message about two weeks later.”

“We sang the song at the end and they doused everyone with chocolate milk, which even a day later, after two showers, still has this beautiful, lingering smell,” Thomas said.

“I came home and Tash (his wife) said, ‘Did you puke?'”

Thomas’ services were crucial as he helped the Wattle Park Animals defeat the Oakleigh Krushers 12.11 (83) to 8.6 (54).

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