Wednesday, August 09, 2006

boot studding revisited

I'm taking the liberty of adding Glen Manton's definition of boot-studding for further illumination:

"The boot studder is an under-rated staff member who, in the modern era, has been surpassed by boot technology (to an extent). In the olden days-1990's etc-the bootstudder would polish boots, maintain the 'studs' on the bottom, also known as 'stops' and house/protect boots for the players. On match days he would carry out 'long stops' in case of rain and have them available at 1/4 time, 1/2 time etc.In the modern era most players wear blade type boots and play inside-the leather is softer and may not need polishing at all thus the football world loses another great part of it's history in the form of an overweight, grey old man with a great sense of humour and love for the players and game-shame."

Everytime I hear or read book studder it comes with a western twang and an echo of boot scooting.


Lance said...


I take exception to the description of a Bootstudder (tongue firmly planted in cheek) of an overweight, grey old man. I may be grey, but do not consider myself as "old" (I am 62, but feel as young as a 30-year old), and yes, I do have grey hair, but all of the other attriutes you appropriate to bootstudders, I fully embrace. I have been the bootstudder for an AFL team for the past 10 years or so, and wouldn't change things for the world - it keeps you young (in mind, if not in body), and, whilst it is not the most glamorous job in the club, it gives you a great feeling of satisfaction that you are doing something to help a group of great young chaps.


Andrew's black dog blog said...

I'm glad you're not overweight. Is there a book in boot studding. Or is boot-studder like a doctor or a butler - sworn to secrecy?