A contingent of high-profile football personalities engaged in a humorous and fiery debate that raised a total of $170,000 to care for children with life-threatening conditions.

Hosted by Channel Seven’s Emily Angwin at the MCC Members Dining Room, the Very Special Kids Footy Fever Debate tackled the topic of whether 80s and 90s AFL legends had better fashion than players of today.

The legendary mullets and moustaches of Wayne Weidemann, Robert DiPierdomenico and Warwick Capper are still talked about to this day, but will Bryce Gibbs’s man bun, Dane Swan’s arm tatts or Nic Naitanui’s iconic dreadlocks be remembered through to future decades as well? And what about shoes? Nick Riewoldt and Dustin Martin are drawing attention to their flashy footwork wearing multi-coloured boots, is this the new black?

The team debating the affirmative were AFL legend and Coleman medalist, Brian Taylor alongside TV funnyman, Lawrence Mooney whilst the team backing today’s footy players were Geelong premiership captain, Cameron Ling and Seven sports reporter, Tom Browne.

While the team advocating for the players of today put forward a great argument, the crowd decided hands down to award the winner of the debate to the team that convincingly proved that the legends of AFL had more style.

Special thanks to host Emily Angwin and the talented panel for a highly entertaining morning. Thanks also to special guests Peter Mitchell, Russell Robertson and the delightful McKee family whose little girl Emma is the face of this year’s Piggy Bank Appeal.

The Footy Fever Debate is the signature event of the Very Special Kids Piggy Bank Appeal, which aims to raise over $1 million during September to care for children with life-threatening conditions.

Watch Peter Mitchell say thank you:

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