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Michael Riley
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Brighton FC 1933

I have made a page about the 1933 Brighton team at http://practicalgenealogy.com.au/research/brighton-penguins-1933-vfa-sea...

I am interested if anyone can identify players in the team photo,
or can supply more details about any of the players.

My grandfather played for the club for many years and any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Michael Riley
http://practicalgenealogy.com.au/

vfa
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Great work Michael Riley.
I'll send a copy to Ian Bennett on the Local Footy Show and in the next week or two I will get them to show the photo on the Local Footy Show C31 in hope that one of the viewers might be able to help.

cobrascorer
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The photo on this web site is in a Brighton Football Club Souvenir History (cost 3 shillings). This booklet is up to 1960. It has photos of officials and players. Team photos include 1909, 1933, 1937, 1938, 1945 -1950, 1956 and 1960.

I would expect it to be in a local or state library.

Michael Riley
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Thanks so much VFA,

cobrascorer - Thanks. My copy is from my grandfather (I also have a 1930 club photo). I could not find the booklet you mention..or anything similar in the State Library catalogue...or the local Brighton library.

Because the club merged in the 1960s I am not sure who would hold the club records.

Now I know a booklet exists I can try an source it. Thanks

cobrascorer
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From the 1960 Brighton FC book:Players of note to join in 1926 were George "Kanga" Hunt, who came from Mayborough. ... "Kanga" Hunt gained his nickname for his remarkable leaps and was regarded as one of the best marks in senior football. Old timers will particularly remember his large and safe pair of hands.

A typical winning side of 1926 had him on a half forward flank.

In 1931, Hunt was in the VFA team which played NSW.

billythekid

Quite a lot of very interesting stuff there.

St Kilda before they shifted ( stole) Moorabbins Linton St VFA ground in 1963 had tried to move to Elsternwick Park which was Brightons VFA ground.
I think the move was blocked by the Brighton Council at the time.

I remember going to games at Elsternwick Park and remember it as having a massive playing area a very well built up terrace right around the ground but poor facilities for both players and spectators.

Its now the HQ of the VAFA.

Brightons first VFA ground was Brighton Beach Oval.

Michael Riley
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Yes Kanga came from Maryborough...thanks cobrascorer. the 1931 reference was important. It solved riddle about the Doug Nicholls photo which I also posted. Much appreciated.

Michael Riley
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Looks like 1963 was not StKilda's first time considering moving to Elsternwick Park.
Here is a 1933 story
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11704120

billythekid

[quote=Michael Riley]Looks like 1963 was not StKilda's first time considering moving to Elsternwick Park.
Here is a 1933 story
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11704120[/quote]

Yep they were never really happy being just tenants of the St Kilda CC.

The cricket made all the money out of the football games with the sole rights to all the caterting and had the only licenced social club.

That would have been one of the reasons that St Kilda FC had such a poor record in the VFL - they no had no money!

Another little known fact was that Sandringham left the Beach Road Oval in 1966 and played a full season at the Junction Oval.

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Sandy had a poor year when they went to Junction Oval, and lost a lot of their regular supporters
Never a good idea to move from your home base.(Unless you're prepared to lose your name, identity and culture. eg. Springvale).

lum

billythekid

[quote=lum]Sandy had a poor year when they went to Junction Oval, and lost a lot of their regular supporters
Never a good idea to move from your home base.(Unless you're prepared to lose your name, identity and culture. eg. Springvale).[/quote]

The main reason some supporters dropped off in 1966 was that Sandy had a poor season on the field missing the finals for the first time in a number of seasons.

Im quite certain the the Zebras would have been very succesfull if they had started winning and playing finals at the Junction as they ahd already picked up more supporters than they had lost by the move and most of the Hard core Zebra supporters still travelled to the Junction - dont forget its not that far from Hampton the St Kilda.
The Zebras also had the catering rights to the VFA finals and made a lot of money.

They also had very succesfull social/booze ups after home games in the old St Kilda FC social rooms under the home stand.

The reason Sandy went back to the BRO the next season was that the St Kilda CC true to form reneged on the 19 year lease not the lack of success at the Junction

Im quite certain if Sandy had stayed at the Junction and were succesfull during the next 20 golden years of VFA sunday footy it would have been seen as a brilliant move.
It was the stupid and greedy StK CC that missed out the most as the VFA also took the Finals away from the Junction for a few years as a reprisal to the Cricket Clubs' devious action.

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