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[quote=vfa]Ron Todd and Des Fothergil to Williamstown, Laurie Nash and Roy Cazaly to Camberwell, Bob Pratt to Coburg. There was some huge stars that crossed to the Association back then. Collingwood never forgave Ron Todd. Big crowd to watch Todd play his first game with the Town.[/quote]

When i bought my first house in Willi the old bloke who lived next door was a treasure-trove of info about the footy club. He told me Todd's first game was at Yarraville & there was 12,000 crammed into that small ground. Todd kicked 12 from centre-half forward in a 'promising' debut. He said the train back to Willi that night was like one of those Indian trains with people hanging out the doors & singing the club song all the way back to the 'Town.

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[quote=jamesh]I heard that when the VFA signed joined the ANFC (which opened it up to poaching from the VFL) Ron Todd was on his way back to Collingwood.... but Collingwood just had him sit there and wait.... so he walked and went back to 'town[/quote]

Both Fothergill & Todd tried to return to Collingwood. They took Fothergill back but were still dirty on Todd so they said NO. If you can remember at Victoria Park when they had the names of all the Collingwood premiership players plastered around the ground, there was one name missing, TODD. Seems they never forgave him for leaving, even after 30-40 years. Here's a couple of lins if you want to read more about his career.

http://australianfootball.com/players/player/ron+todd/5834

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Todd_%28footballer%29

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[quote=Wally from Williamstown][quote=vfa]Ron Todd and Des Fothergil to Williamstown, Laurie Nash and Roy Cazaly to Camberwell, Bob Pratt to Coburg. There was some huge stars that crossed to the Association back then. Collingwood never forgave Ron Todd. Big crowd to watch Todd play his first game with the Town.[/quote]

When i bought my first house in Willi the old bloke who lived next door was a treasure-trove of info about the footy club. He told me Todd's first game was at Yarraville & there was 12,000 crammed into that small ground. Todd kicked 12 from centre-half forward in a 'promising' debut. He said the train back to Willi that night was like one of those Indian trains with people hanging out the doors & singing the club song all the way back to the 'Town.[/quote]

Must have been an incredibile player & got to know him as a publican when working as a young lad in the Lorne area, we always stayed at Ron Todd's hotel the Pacific (I think).
The hotel had naughtical names for all the different sleeping areas & sometimes a little hard to find your room late in the evening.

We might be from the bush. but we ain't green

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[quote=Wally from Williamstown][quote=vfa]Ron Todd and Des Fothergil to Williamstown, Laurie Nash and Roy Cazaly to Camberwell, Bob Pratt to Coburg. There was some huge stars that crossed to the Association back then. Collingwood never forgave Ron Todd. Big crowd to watch Todd play his first game with the Town.[/quote]

When i bought my first house in Willi the old bloke who lived next door was a treasure-trove of info about the footy club. He told me Todd's first game was at Yarraville & there was 12,000 crammed into that small ground. Todd kicked 12 from centre-half forward in a 'promising' debut. He said the train back to Willi that night was like one of those Indian trains with people hanging out the doors & singing the club song all the way back to the 'Town.[/quote]
I can imagine it. The old rattlers with people swinging from the rafters. Pity there was no film of this game at Yarraville. If only someone had an old 8mm film.

jamesh

Only the arrogance of Collingwood wouldnt take Ron Todd back

Its a joke of the hall of fame that he isn't in it..... but here in South Australia weve noticed qualification isnt hard if you played VFL...... If your Barrie Robran you get public abuse from John Eliott ...... Barry Robran is the most humble guy in football and I remember his response 'I can live without his approval'.

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jamesh

Found this book in the Dandenong library catalouge. Has anybody read it? If not looks like I have a looong drive ahead of me

The Redlegs : the history of Dandenong Football Club 1874-1994 Author Farrow, Lionel S. Publisher:the Authors,Pub date:[2004].Pages:201 p. :

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jamesh

arrrg.....just found out the author who was a long serving redlegs and Dolphins administrator passed away a couple of years ago..... which means chasing up a copy is ****ing impossible.

The Prahran historian was right.... getting the VFA story really is a series of walking into brick walls.

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Jamesh,
I presume you have asked Santo Caruso if he knows any sources of "old" books you seek. Have you checked the Victorian State Library?
"If You're Dandy The Redlegs" is A4 size, about 15mm thick, clear plastic cover.
"The Zebra Story - A history of the Sandringham Football Club 1929-1985" and "Zebra Magic 1992: a premiership season", are well worth having for historical stuff.

I have quite a few VFA books, but will on no account lend them, as I have been caught several times lending things only to find them stolen by the criminal "borrower".

jamesh

will order Sandy books on Tuesday then

leaves me Prahran, Oakleigh & Preston to track down

Am desperate to find the Dandenong book. Must have only been a few published and not in state library either

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Most libraries have copies. The Dandenong book would be around somewhere. I have a more recent book that was published for the Dandenong Team of the Century early 2000s. Will try to dig it up. Several of the old Dandenong faithful would have a copy. For Preston history book Bullants at Play someone would have that for sure. This was a Fiddian book. Some of Marc Fiddian's book are out of print including through the Field Glasses which is a history of Pakenham Racing Club as well as Potatoes Passengers and Posterity (a history of the Puffing Billy). Another of his books out of print is (Down at the Station) which is all about Victorian Railway Stations. Prahran is called Blue Boys and Oakleigh is called Devils at Play. The 3 books from Preston, Oakleigh and Prahran were written roughly around the same time. Within 2/3 years. Probably around the late 80s ?

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