Gary Buckenara in the Hun is pushing forward the idea that the old AFL reserves come back as curtain raisers and scrap the current VFL.
Still bitter about getting the lemon & sars from the Dolphins?
I read the article from Buckenara, in many ways I agree with his suggestions. VFA clubs need juniors and I would like to see the u18 clubs absorb the TAC sides.
I'd love to see regional /country clubs sides back in, but I just can't see it happening.
AFL Rserves will never happen again they said they could not afford it before the virus let alone after
More chance of Northcote dragons playing Brighton penguins in the 2021 vfl or vfa grand final. Afl reserves no hope whatsoever !!!!
Vfa If I remember correctly Nortcote were called the "Cotes" in the 1950s.A Green Jumper with a Gold/Yellow Vee and the Wesgarth Oval as it was then covered in Merri Creek soil the biggest mud heap in Melbourne.
The brickfielders, the cotes and the dragons. Even in the 70s supporters chanted come on the Coates and come on coaters. The legendary sol Alexander from Alexander stores was a great sponsor and supporter. He use to go from end to end and wave and yell out over here to the dragons players having a shot. When opposition got free kicks sol oftened yelled come on umpire. Think vfa 3rds second division leading goalkicker was called the sol Alexander trophy. What was some of the legendary regular zebra fans that stood out Billy in the 60s and 70s.
Sandringham had Ed Hattam from Hattams Menswear Store in Hampton at the time as a great benefactor
.He was for a while a Vice President as well.A former President Jim Bisset a local Grocer was a very vocal supporter along with another Pres Dennis Donnell who quite often had runins with umpires.
Sandy had many over the top fanatical supporters (maybe including me LOL) but I dont know their names.
Camberwell had Stan with his famous catch cry 'go cobras go and away we go'. Brunswick had an older guy who always turned up donning his full footy gear boots and all Port Melbourne had a supporter called Dale and he gave opposition players hell behind the goals. Some of the comments I cannot repeat. Very entertaining but would not get away with these days. The fullbacks got a very torrid time. Sunshine supporters were pretty feral. In 1976 Northcote trailed the crows by almost 5 goals at the 26 min mark of the last quarter at Skinner reserve. Northcote booted 5 goals in 4 minutes to snatch victory. After the game as the Northcote players were going up the race the crows supporters spat at the Northcote players.
Yes there were some pretty willing and by todays standards shocking happenings at footy matches.Sandy and Port matches could always turn ugly including brawls amongst spectators.
I also remember in the early days Umpires had to have police escorts off the ground and sometimes away from the ground after the game with angry supporters waiting for them to leave.The race on the left of the Stand was for the Umpires and to a lesser extent the opposition players Sandringham didnt have a covered race ever.
I recall that Umpires at one time refused attend Sandringham games at Beach Road Oval unless the security was beefed up!
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