Vince Copley was born on a government mission into poverty in 1936. By the time he was fifteen, five of his family had died. But at a home for Aboriginal boys, he befriended future leaders Charles Perkins, John Moriarty and Gordon Briscoe. They were friendships that would last a lifetime. ‘Always remember you’re as good as anybody else,’ his mother, Kate, often told him. And he was, becoming a champion footballer and premiership-winning coach.