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Borough1874
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The history on the VFA & Vfl logo's (Shields) on jumpers

The VFA used their logo from season 1981 to season 1994
13 years in total

The Vfl used the gold VFL logo from 1995-1999
4years in total

The VFL used the grey/navy shield from 2000-2012
13 years in total

This logo of course was recycled & the former VFL (Now AFL) used this logo from 1976-1989.

What did the VFA use to distinguish itself pre 1981?

jb

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The VFA used their logo from season 1981 to season 1994
13 years in total

The Vfl used the gold VFL logo from 1995-1999
4years in total

The VFL used the grey/navy shield from 2000-2012
13 years in total

This logo of course was recycled & the former VFL (Now AFL) used this logo from 1976-1989.

What did the VFA use to distinguish itself pre 1981?

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I dont recall any badges/logo's in the 1970's, and the VFL would have been the same. The points of distinction were VFA played Sundays (VFL Saturday's), had a game televised live (no VFL games were shown live), and had 16 players a side (vs 18 everywhere else). Most jumper colours were unique too - except for Werribee, Frankston, Dandenong and Caulfield (before changing to royal blue from navy blue).

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Dandenong had a great emblem/motto on its jumper. I spotted a good Coburg one on Friday night which they wore in the 70s/80s.
Sixteen a side VFA with no wingers televised on Sunday arvo was unique and had a cult following. Plenty of fights, great action and some hard and tough footy. Also some household names that fans loved to support as well as hate.

Would love to get hold of the first ever televised VFA game in colour.
Northcote v Sunshine from Westgarth Street Oval.

By the way the Local Footy show 2 weeks ago in their Golden Days of Footy showed some footage from the 1938 second semi final between Brunswick v Brighton at Toorak Park. I'll check if it is on YouTube and if it is I will send the link.

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http://www.c31.org.au/program/view/program/local-footy-show

Check the link and go to the show that was shown on May 4. The Golden Days of Footy segment is probably at least 40 minutes into the show. Can't remember exactly but you will find it somewhere in the show.

Borough1874
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Thanks George good video!

Yes I'm learning about all the punch on's from the dvd's I have.

One other thing that was good was no centre square. The ground was just in thirds.

I wish I could have been to a game in its heyday

billythekid

The VFA teams that played in Div 1 of the ANFC carnivals from the 1950s and Div 2 in the 1960s played in a jumper the was very much like Geelongs with a VFA shield on the front.

The VFL wore the Big V

Borough1874
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Thanks billy. Hopefully a photo pops up one day!

jb

Forgot about there being no centre square. Basically key players ended up being the running half backs, and a good goal sneak on your half forward flank, such as Murnane (Oakleigh), Flaherty (Dandenong), Anderson (Port) and, down in div 2, Deaton for Mordialloc.
The other things were relegation and promotion, and the lightning premiership.

vfa, i reckon the VFA teams had more colourful shorts - remember Northcote, Box Hill and Oakliegh all running out in gold shorts, Waverley, Dandenong and Coburg had red shorts, and there was Sandy's blue shorts for a while. Willi had gold shorts when playing away for a couple of seasons in the '80's.

billythekid

Cookgalea Ive tried to find a decent pic but I havent been successful this image is the best I could come up with

The VFA team is centre left you can just make out the VFA logo on left of the jumper

There is a action pic also on the right side bottom

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The VFA Record for many years during the 1950s had on the front cover a photo of Ted Henrys VFA fullback wearing the hooped jumper out marking John Coleman VFL Full Forward ( no mean feat)

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Thanks for the upload! I understand what you mean now!

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The colour shorts and some of the VFA jumpers looked great on colour TV in the mid to late 70s. They certainly stood out.
Plenty of colour, action, biffo, entertainment, good footy and some tough players. Complete package.

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