DOB: 7 April 1932
Died: 23 March 2015
From: University Blues/Ballarat
Number: 23 1957-1962
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Tunbridge had appeared in a Collingwood practice match in 1956, and almost every club in the competition sought his services that year but as he'd already been appointed coach at Ballarat he decided to stick with the team he'd played much of his senior football with.
The 25-year-old Tunbridge finally moved to the city in 1957 and signed with Melbourne. Ballarat initially refused his clearance but relented in time for him to play in Round 1. By the end of his first season he had played for Victoria, been voted Best First Year Player and won a premiership.
Tunbridge only missed two games in six years and had a fine career for somebody who started in the VFL so late. He played his football as an amateur and claimed expenses only for his travel back and forth from Ballarat and a meat pie before the game. He was renowned for skipping match preparation and showing up 20 minutes before the bounce, often carrying his free pie.