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AFL boss Gil McLachlan asked random homeowners if he could use their toilet

AFL boss Gil McLachlan asked random homeowners if he could use their toilet after leaving the Melbourne Cup – and discovered the house is owned by footy star Luke Ryan’s parents!

AFL boss Gil McLachlan was caught short at the Melbourne Cup last week and ended up in the home of Luke Ryan’s parents, the Fremantle star has revealed. 

McLachlan was in attendance at Flemington as spectators returned to the iconic racecourse for the first time in two years, with fans kept out amid the coronavirus pandemic.

And as the estimated 100,000 punters piled out of the venue and back to the city, McLachlan was in desperate need to use the toilet, and ended up knocking on the door of a random house.

Gil McLachlan ended up in the family home of an AFL star after attending the Melbourne Cup

Gil McLachlan ended up in the family home of an AFL star after attending the Melbourne Cup

Unbeknownst to the AFL chief, the home’s owners were the parents of Dockers gun Ryan, in a bizarre series of events.

‘Dad works at Flemington and he had seen Gill at the birdcage, they had a quick chat talking about the footy,’ Ryan told 6pr. ‘He was walking home, walking to get a cab, we pretty much live right on the racecourse. 

‘He saw mum and dad and asked if he could use the toilet, he went inside and mum has one of my jumpers on the wall, they had a good chat and mum told him I’m her son and yeah, it was pretty weird. Mum said he was a really nice guy. 

Luke Ryan (R) revealed how the AFL boss was caught short after going to Flemington

Luke Ryan (R) revealed how the AFL boss was caught short after going to Flemington 

McLachlan asked to use the toilet at Ryan's parents' house just outside the racecourse

McLachlan asked to use the toilet at Ryan’s parents’ house just outside the racecourse

‘Mum took a photo, she couldn’t believe it, she was so happy. It’s unbelievable how these things happen.’

Living locally to Flemington, it is not unusual for passing punters to ask to use the facilities at the Ryan household, the 26-year-old added. 

‘It’s not the first time that’s happened, he [Gill] wasn’t blind drunk but we’ve had a few who have asked to use the toilet. It’s pretty funny.’ 


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