Port Adelaide fan shows off prized guernsey collection ahead of AFL preliminary final

Anthony Lynch says he has the largest collection of Port guernseys in the world. (ABC North and West: Georgia Roberts)

Some people collect stamps, others coins. For Anthony Lynch, it's football guernseys.

The Whyalla local has spent years building his Port Adelaide Football Club jumper collection.

His Port Power man cave is home to a collection of guernseys and comes complete with LED lights, perspex Power signs and a handmade Port Adelaide bar.

As Port prepares for Saturday's preliminary final against the Western Bulldogs, Mr Lynch casts his eyes across a wall of jumpers and reckons it's the biggest collection of Port Adelaide guernseys in the world.

Each number tells a story, and each guernsey — 120 of them match-worn — is a highly coveted piece.

"I've bought and sold and traded a lot in the last probably six years, but the current guernsey collection would be about $120,000 to $130,000," Mr Lynch said.

"The hobby has really taken off in the last three or four years.

"I think that it's down to … social media [and] the advent of buy-swap-sell pages and people seeing other people's collections and thinking, 'That is really cool, I would like to get involved'."

The guernsey worn by Gavin Wanganeen in his 300th AFL game is one of Mr Lynch's favourites. (ABC North and West: Georgia Roberts)

Enough is never enough

Mr Lynch said he owned every style of guernsey Port had worn in the AFL.

"It's taken six or seven years, but I've got them all."

It's a hobby that can sometimes break the bank.

His wife, Kirby, keeps track of all the buys, swaps and sells on a spreadsheet.

Kirby Lynch has come around to the hobby — but it took some convincing. (ABC North and West: Georgia Roberts)

She said she had come around to the hobby, but it took some convincing.

"A few more years into it, the price of the guernseys started to get a lot larger than they were when they first started.

"I think one day I finally said enough, I'm done, enough."

But she wasn't done, and neither was Mr Lynch.

"I've grown [now] to accept it and I'm used to it."

Each number tells a story and each guernsey is a highly coveted piece. (ABC North and West: Georgia Roberts)

An overpowering obsession

The Lynches have travelled abroad in their support for the Power — to China and back for the AFL matches played in the hopes of broadening the Australian sport's reach.

Mr Lynch bought guernseys worn by Power players there too, and son Jake got the first look when they arrived.

"He opened up the ones he got from China one day," Jake said.

Jake Lynch doesn't love the smell of some of the worn guernseys. (ABC North and West: Georgia Roberts)

Feelings mutual

Port Adelaide Football Club said Mr Lynch was one of its most passionate supporters. 

"The club is blessed with some of the most passionate members and supporters in world sport and Anthony is no exception," a club spokesperson said.

"It is supporters like Anthony who make our club so special and drive our success."

The feeling is mutual.

"Port Adelaide is steeped in tradition. Whether people in South Australia like it or hate it, they know it and they all want to beat Port Adelaide because they've been a very successful club," Mr Lynch said.


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