MORE than two decades of working for Puma has left John Forbes with a fantastic collection of memorabilia.
A tribute to Brownlow Medallists created by Robert Harvey, signed guernseys and a bat signed by Don Bradman are some of the many pieces of history gifted to Mr Forbes during his career and which are on display at the Bendigo Town Hall from Friday.
Mr Forbes is a former national promotions manager at Puma and his lifelong philosophy has been to put friendship before financial gain.
"I'm the luckiest bloke in the world. I've looked after (Martina) Navratilova, Boris Becker. I've been in the rooms with the Australian cricket team," Mr Forbes said.
"I can't believe it, I have to pinch myself."
Mr Forbes said he was shocked to see part of his collection easily fill the town hall.
"I couldn't believe it. (Mayor Lisa Ruffell) said she wanted to put on an exhibition and came and picked it up herself," he said.
Cr Ruffell said there was so much more that could have been in the exhibition.
"It's a trial to see if the community want it and to see if Bendigo can host a sporting museum," she said. "If the people really embrace this it would be great to have sporting museum."
Well Played - A Lifetime of Appreciation is at the Bendigo Town Hall until Sunday. Entry is a gold coin donation.