SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 25: Lance Franklin of the Swans celebrates kicking his 1000th career goal during the round two AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Geelong Cats at Sydney Cricket Ground on March 25, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/AFL Photos)

After a single-goal outing against the Giants in Round 1, Lance 'Buddy' Franklin entered Sydney's date with Geelong on Friday night requiring four goals to join the ilk of Gary Ablett Snr, Doug Wade, Jason Dunstall, Gordon Coventry and Tony Lockett in the 1000 club.

And after slotting a trifecta of set shots at the Randwick End of the Sydney Cricket Ground across the opening three terms, security and the 30,000 plus patrons in attendance were all on 'Buddy Watch'.

Despite the Swans' eventual victory paling into insignificance by the time the Sherrin was bounced to start the final term, it didn't take long before head coach John Longmire and contemporary sports science began to meddle with the potential milestone, with Franklin asked to ride the pine for five minutes.

With the bottom decks of the Bradman, Brewongle, Ladies, Members, O'Reilly, Messenger, Trumper, Churchill and Noble Stands all packed to the gunnels with patrons desperate to share in the history-making moment, the 'Buddy, Buddy, Buddy' chants quickly gave way to boos directed at Longmire's box.

Yet, with almost 10-minutes exactly left on the clock, Franklin was let out of the interchange gates by 'Horse' and trotted in his chest out manner down to the Paddington End of the oval.

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For a handful of moments, it appeared as though the visitors were unwilling to come to the party, with Geelong heading inside 50 routinely and completely controlling the flow of play.

That was before a rebound leading to a chain and the chain leading to Chad Warner, with the youngster hitting his fellow Sandgroper lace out with just shy of seven minutes left on the clock.

With the advertising hoardings right around the oval now coated with a string of legs and many more sets ready to jump and join in the celebrations, Buddy obliged with his 1000th from almost the identical position as Tony Lockett slotted his own some 27 years ago.

And the rest, as they say, is now history.

While, seemingly, every last one of the raucous crowd made their way out onto the ground to rub shoulders with football's biggest rockstar, social media was sent into a frenzy.

Even we paid tribute to the big man.

Warner was also pretty chuffed about his small part in the larger play.

Although they are often on the end of tirades from the fans in the stand, credit must go to the man in yellow who wasn't willing to clock off before being swarmed himself.

And swarm they did.

Irrespective of the fact that it was the Foo Fighters that acted as the soundtrack for the wild scenes in the Harbour City, one punter couldn't help be jogged by some operatic advertising from yesteryear.

Given Franklin claimed he had "got a taste of Carlton Draught in my mouth" before he eventually made his way down the Paul Kelly Race, this take has aged like a cellared red.

Those on the ground were able to find their own angle and bring us a slice of history, including legendary snapper, Michael Willson.

Given it took what felt like an eon to clear the ground, there was also plenty of time for fun too.

However, the night was perfectly capped with a bit of family time.