Dees or Dogs? Why the Spargo family's Grand Final allegiances are torn

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Despite Charlie Spargo playing for Melbourne, his family's Grand Final loyalties are split
CHARLIE Spargo expects there to be a little bit of division within his family this week. The Melbourne small forward, who has proven to be a crucial under-the-radar cog in the Demons' rise this season, is a fourth-generation footballer at the top level.

His great grandfather Bob Spargo snr played two games with Melbourne after 65 matches with Footscray. His grandfather Bob jnr and great uncle Ricky both played for the Bulldogs, too, before Charlie's father Paul played 81 games with North Melbourne and nine with Brisbane.

Saturday night's Grand Final between the Demons and Bulldogs could make for some split loyalties within the Spargo football family tree.

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"They're semi-torn I think," Charlie told AFL.com.au. "I haven't spoken to my uncle who's a diehard Bulldogs fan or my grandpa yet. I'm honestly not sure what they'll do, I think my grandpa Bob will be on my side because he went to the 2016 Bulldogs flag so he's seen one.

"My uncle's probably a bit more passionate about the Dogs so he'll probably be on their side and I know my whole family is all for me. It's a weird situation."

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Spargo often reflects on his family's football links, with every game he plays for Melbourne adding to the story.

Paul Spargo in action for North Melbourne in 1992. Picture: AFL Photos

"My dad always filled me in on what those before me had done with my grandpa and great grandpa and they've always been a source of information for me to pick their brains, particularly my dad, he's been paramount in helping me build a career in the AFL," he said.

"He never pressured me to play footy or anything like…
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