Do you remember when Sandringham had employed Bob Jones karate security staff who stopped fence jumpers sneaking into the ground. Late 70s or early 80s.
and had female mud wrestling during half-time
I miss the humour from the crowds. There was some really funny stuff yelled out during most matches - didnt matter who you were barracking for you'd be pissing yourself laughing for half the game! Of course with everything being so politically correct now we will never get back to that. Its a shame....
I remember someone telling Tony Ebayer he wouldn't get a kick in an electric chair lol
Certainly do vfa!We also had members helping as well
Sleasebags trying to save a dollar would jump over the fence on the beach side of the ground costing the club a lot of money..
The Mud Wrestling got a lot of media coverage and built the crowd numbers up for the game as well which is why it was put on.
The funny thing was the people who crowed close to the action were splattered with the mud!I think I had the best view up on the Social Club balcony.
In the early1960s Sandy also had a "rock" band called the Flies play before a match and at half time.
The lead singer was one Ronnie Burns who became a solo artist and in 1990s was with Burns Cotton & Morris
Crown and anchor after games was popular. As were sunday morning sessions. I remember Caulfield v Northcote game in 1982. Got to princes park around 1pm. Most of the bears supporters were so blind by 2pm they were staggering all over the place. Great value with some of their comments. Can hill were very entertaining at beach road. Port supporters gave opposition players and supporters days to remember. Crows supporters were right up there in the vocal department. All clubs had there great characters off the field.
Billythekid - the sandy v Port games where the fans were waiting to give the umpire a post match greeting, was that at Port ? If so then it appears Port had this tradition for a very long time as it is mentioned in Terry Keenans 2nd book which is the club history from 1918-43.
On one occasion a poor fella was mistaken for the umpire, he found refuge in a Port house where he hid for hours until police helped him to safety.
As for Skinner reserve, that ground also saw National League Soccer with the once great Sunshine George Cross playing there - a player factory producing some of Australias best ever.
A couple of photos from Sunshine at Skinner reserve.
17 PREMIERSHIPS, 21 X Runners up
THE VFLS MOST SUCCESSFUL CLUB - THE MIGHTY PORT MELBOURNE BOROUGH!
I'M PORT MELBURNE BORN, I'M PORT MELBOURNE BRED, I'LL BE PORT UNTIL I'M DEAD!!!
MegaA, No I was refering to matches in the 1950 - 1960s at Beach Road Oval.It happened a few times and I recall the police being called to escort the umpires out of the ground a couple of times.
There was one particullar umpire that the Sandy fans hated as they thought he favoured away teams .I think his name was O'Donahue
Billy, do you recall a game in 1962 at Sandy against Willi, the ump gave the Zebras 82 free kicks to Willi's 16? The Sandy supporters wouldn't have hooted him much that particular day.
From the Willi website history pages :
In the round 5 game at Sandringham on May 26, umpire Trewin awarded an astonishing total of 98 free kicks, the highest number ever in any VFA game, 82 of which went to the home side and only 16 to Williamstown. Not surprisingly, the Seagulls lost by 26 points that day, 13.12.90 to 9.10.64. In the return match at Williamstown, the Zebras had the game won but the Seagulls put in a magnificent finish to tie the game, 11.14.80 to 12.8.80, and prevent the first Sandringham win at Pt Gellibrand since 1951.
As were sunday morning sessions. I remember Caulfield v Northcote game in 1982. Got to princes park around 1pm. Most of the bears supporters were so blind by 2pm they were staggering all over the place.
vfa - I remember those days well, Caulfield was always very big on the social side. They had a barrel on before the game, started at 11am I think, the Bearsmen got free beer at half time, we had our own tankards with our names on them behind the bar, and if that wasnt enough, there was the Bear Cave Disco after the game! Dont think I ever made it to work on a Monday during the footy season!
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