Dees and Dogs poster by Mark Knight revealed

Celebrated cartoonist Mark Knight has unveiled the 2021 Herald Sun Premiership Posters.

Celebrated cartoonist Mark Knight has been joined by the next generation of Dees and Dogs legends to unveil the 68th annual Herald Sun Premiership Posters.

The 2021 premiership posters were revealed ahead of the 2021 AFL Grand Final between the Melbourne Demons and the Western Bulldogs to be played in Perth this weekend.

Joining Knight at the unveiling were the children of AFL greats – Melbourne’s Brad Green with sons Oliver and Wilba alongside Western Bulldogs AFLW player Isabella Grant, the daughter of Bulldogs great Chris Grant.

The Herald Sun posters are one of the most sought-after items of Premiership memorabilia on sale after the final siren each year. The posters, originally the brainchild of cartoonist William Ellis Green (aka WEG), have a rich history as part of AFL fans’ annual finals experience. WEG began his career at The Herald in 1946 before retiring 41 years later but continued to pen the Premiership Posters until his death in December 2008.

Knight, an award-winning political cartoonist who has been the Herald Sun ’s resident cartoonist since 1987, was unveiled as his successor the following year. The Herald Sun’s Premiership Poster is the only Premiership Poster officially endorsed by the AFL.

In total, over the past seven decades, more than $6 million has been raised for The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, with two-thirds of that total raised in the past 13 years with Knight at the helm.

Penny Fowler, chairman of the Good Friday Appeal and the Herald & Weekly Times, thanked the Herald Sun and Mark Knight for this ongoing contribution to the Appeal.

“In a tough year for many, the Good Friday Appeal is so grateful for the generosity of footy fans who plan to purchase a Premiership Poster,” Mrs Fowler said. “Mark is one of Australia’s most celebrated cartoonists and so kindly donates his work for those in need, in the biggest AFL week of the year.

“For 13 years, Mark’s posters have been a vital part of the fundraising for The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. It’s a fantastic opportunity for fans to secure their own piece of footy history, while supporting such an important cause.”

Posters also are available online immediately after the final siren on Saturday September 25 and at Victorian newsagents and Woolworths stores from Monday September 27.

Story published: Thursday 23 September 2021

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